Allison Thomas, MT-BC
Owner/Music Therapist – Mainstay Music Therapy, Inc.
phone: 260-494-1624 ext. 500
I am a board-certified music therapist and Founder of Mainstay Music Therapy, Inc. and Co-Founder of Music Connections based in Fort Wayne IN. I graduated from PFW with a Bachelor of Science of Music Therapy, and established MMT as a Medicaid Waiver provider in 2011. I continue to manage and run my business as it has grown from a solo practice to one with many employees, community connections and contracted therapists. I primarily provide music therapy services based out of our office location to those with various needs. My clinical experience includes working with geriatrics, pediatrics, mental health, intellectual disabilities, and developmental health. I previously taught Introduction to Music Therapy courses at PFW and currently supervise their student music therapists. I believe that music making cannot be separated from connection with others, and that interaction within music can allow for expression, acceptance, development, and shared experiences that are invaluable to an individual’s growth and resilience.
Shelley Anderson, MT-BC – Director of Clinical Operations – Internship Supervisor
phone: 260-494-1624 ext. 502
I graduated from Radford University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy and a minor in American Sign Language. I completed my internship in Lafayette, Indiana where I served 15 groups across elementary, middle and high schools as well as individual sessions for people receiving waiver services. I have experience working with intellectual and developmental disabilities, school aged children, older adults, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and memory care patients.
Meghan Callender, MT-BC — Lead Music Therapist — Serving Dekalb & Noble Counties
phone: 260-494-1624 ext. 505
I am a board certified music therapist who graduated from Shenandoah University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in music therapy. During my time at SU I worked with school-aged children with Autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, Apraxia of Speech, behavior disorders, and physically disabled students, as well as patients in the hospital setting and adults with Parkinson’s and Dementia. I enjoy making music with others and helping them reach their goals through the use of music.
Madeline Capiro, MT-BC — Staff Music Therapist – Serving Allen and Whitley Counties
phone: 260-494-1624 ext. 507
I am a Board Certified Music Therapist and received my Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology in 2018 from the State University of New York at Fredonia. My primary instrument is flute, but I also love to play the guitar, piano, ukulele and sing! I completed my internship in New Jersey at Matheny Medical and Educational Center, where I worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities and medically fragile conditions. I also have clinical experience working with students in an integrated preschool, adults with various psychiatric disorders, and older adults in a dementia care unit. Music can change lives and reach people in ways nothing else can. I look forward to sharing my love of music with you!
Evan George, MT-BC — Staff Music Therapist — Serving Allen, Adams and Wells Counties
phone: 260-494-1624 ext. 512
I am a board certified music therapist who graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in music therapy and a minor in Spanish. I completed my internship at It is Music Time LLC, in Fort Wayne. Throughout my school practicums and my internship, I gained experience working with babies, school aged children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics with a wide variety of diagnoses. I have experience working with people with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and physical disabilities. I play guitar, piano, ukulele, bass guitar, trombone, and trumpet. I believe that music can be a great way to help people reach their full potential and is a fun, nonthreatening way to help people grow.
Wade Hodges, MT-BC — Lead Music Therapist — Serving Allen County
phone: 260-494-1624 ext. 510
I am a Board Certified Music Therapist, and I graduated from Georgia College and State University. I completed my clinical internship at MARC Spectrum of Solutions in Midland, TX. Throughout my I undergrad I worked with a large variety of clients including but not limited to: 3/4 year old school children, middle school Special Ed. classes, high school students, adults with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities, elderly adults in assisted living homes, nursing homes, and hospice homes. I fell in love with music therapy long before it became my degree path in school and my eventual career when I saw the profound effect it had on people of all ages. Besides music, I love basketball, and hanging out outside during the summer to catch the nice summer breeze!
Danielle Klinker, MT-BC — Music Therapist Supervisor — Serving Allen County
phone: 260-494-1624 ext. 503
I am a board certified music therapist and graduated from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne in July of 2017. During my schooling, I worked with a variety of populations, including developmental disabilities, geriatrics, rehabilitation, pediatrics, and mental health. I completed my six month internship at Bi-County Services in Bluffton, Indiana where I worked with adults with developmental disabilities. Music therapy addresses developmental, psychological, physical, emotional, and spiritual goals, which are key factors of wellness and quality of life. Music has a powerful impact on individuals and is a unique outlet to achieve goals and improve life. I enjoy making music with and facilitating others as they strive to reach their highest potential.
Ashlee Miller, MT-BC — Lead Music Therapist — Serving Allen County
phone: 260-494-1624 ext. 506
I am a board-certified music therapist and graduated from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne in October of 2019. I completed my internship in Minneapolis Minnesota where I worked at a Parkinson’s day program, an outpatient cancer center, an inpatient oncology unit, as well as carrying a home hospice caseload. I have experience working with people from all stages of life and many walks of life. My clinical experiences include Alzheimer’s and dementia, intellectual and developmental disabilities, neurological disorders, and mental health. I believe music can create a space where people feel welcome and provide the tools that enable people to work on the goals that lie before them.
Katherine Moore, MT-BC — Staff Music Therapist — Serving Allen County
phone: 260-494-1624 ext. 511
I am a board-certified music therapist who received my bachelor’s in music therapy and psychology minor from Baldwin Wallace University in 2019. I completed my clinical internship through MusicWorx Inc. in San Diego, California, where I gained experience working with adults in the medical setting, Parkinson’s Disease, military veterans, the elderly, medically fragile children, and children’s pediatric music therapy. I have prior experience working with intellectual disabilities, mental health, and Autism. I believe that music provides a medium with which individuals can reach their highest self and I have a passion for connecting with others through music therapy!
Melody Niemoth, MT-BC — Staff Music Therapist — Serving Kosciusko County
phone: 260-494-1624 ext. 504
I am a board-certified music therapist who graduated from Concordia University, NE in June of 2020 with my Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy and psychology minor. I completed my internship at Midwest Music Therapy in St. Louis where I gained experience working with early childhood and school aged children, adults with developmental disabilities, older adults in memory care, and inter-generational groups. I have previous experience working with people in rehabilitation hospitals, pediatric transplant units, in-patient psych units, and various school settings. I feel honored that I have the opportunity to meet people where they are and pursue growth together through music.
Maleea Roy, NMT, MT-BC — Staff Music Therapist — Serving Allen County
phone: 260-494-1624 ext. 501
I am a board-certified music therapist and graduated from Purdue University Fort Wayne in September of 2019. I completed my internship in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where I worked at both the Psychiatric Clinic and the Children’s Hospital through University Pittsburgh Medical Center. I have experience working with a variety of people including patients with various mental health needs (dual diagnosis, eating disorders, and schizophrenia); children with complex medical needs; and developmental health needs. I am also trained by the Academy of Neurological Music Therapy to implement Neurological Music Therapy techniques. I am passionate about utilizing music to transform my clients’ lives within an Anti-Oppressive Practice framework and strive to deliver the highest standard of care to clients from all walks of life. Let’s make music together!
Taylor Duncan — Music Therapy Intern
I am an intern from Purdue University Fort Wayne finishing my degree in music therapy. During my schooling, I worked with people from all stages of life. My clinical experiences include intellectual and developmental disabilities, Alzheimer’s and dementia, children within a hospital setting and mental health. Outside of music therapy, I danced competitively for 15 years and now teach at the same studio. Music has always been a part of my life, and I am excited to continue using music through music therapy!
Area Therapist Partners
I am a board certified music therapist and a graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. I completed my internship at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago working with a variety of children and their families throughout the hospital including Neonatal ICU, Pediatric ICU, Cardiac ICU, Hematology/Oncology, Neurology, Cochlear Implant Clinic, and Adolescent Psychiatry. I also started the hospital’s first music therapy group for transgender and gender nonconforming adolescents. My experience includes working with dual diagnoses, medically complex children, mental health, trauma, and developmental health. I have a passion for working with infant, child, and adolescent mental health, and with members of the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. My love for music therapy extends beyond the clinical space, as I’ve presented at both regional and national conferences, and continue to pursue music therapy research. I absolutely love that I get to make music with people every day.
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