I’m Ashlee, a board-certified music therapist with a love and passion for hospice and end-of-life care. I completed my Music Therapy Bachelors at Indiana Univerisity Purdue University Fort Wayne in 2018 and I have started working towards my Masters of Social Work at Indiana University just this year.
In my work, I utilize a whole-person centered philosophy. Within hospice work specifically, I firmly believe in treating patients and families as a whole, recognizing that physical health, emotional health, and mental health are all interconnected and can all be impacted by music. Music is used vehicle for addressing these aspects, providing comfort, alleviating pain, and fostering a sense of peace. In the realm of intellectual and developmental disabilities, this approach allows me to meet a client and family where they are and to use music as a tool to create a sense of connection and foster collaboration in sessions.
I have had 4 years of experience in both hospice care as well as the intellectual and developmental disabilities population. I wholeheartedly enjoy using music as a means of connecting with another person and allowing us to stand within the same common ground during our time together.
In my role as Director of Hospice Services, I enjoy collaborating with not only the companies that we serve but also our therapists on the team who support hospice patients. I love having the opportunity to help hospice companies utilize our unique service and come up with plans to support them and their patients in the way that works best for them.
Beyond the therapy room, I’m an avid learner. I have a desire to be not only a well-rounded therapist but also a well-rounded person. This has allowed me to move into pursuing another layer of education which is already opening doors to a deeper and more impactful service that I can offer!