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Moved by Music Team
President and Founder -
Pamela Jackson MM, MTBC, NMT
Administrative Manager and Vice President:
Sara Perez Sadler
Our Incredible Therapists
Colorado Springs Team
Joanna Ostrander, MM, MT-BC, NMT Head Music Therapist and Administrative Assistant
Joanna Ostrander has been a Board Certified Music Therapist since 2007, with experience in a plethora of settings including caring for individuals with physical difficulties and injury, those on the autism spectrum, those with emotional and psychiatric diagnoses, as well as neurotypical children and adults. She has worked in schools, group homes, psychiatric hospitals, as well as community based settings. Joanna attended Colorado State University where she studied Neurologic Music Therapy. Joanna sees music as an “in-cognito” form of therapy, as it does it’s work on the brain with or without the awareness of the participant, as each individual's brain is affected and changed as it interacts with music.
Becky Conwell, MT-BC, NMT
Becky Conwell is a fun and energetic music therapist. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. She has been practicing music therapy with Moved by Music in the Colorado Springs area since 2016, primarily among children and adults with developmental disabilities and/or neurologic disorders. In 2019, she acquired the Neurologic Music Therapy accreditation which she has maintained ever since. She enjoys hiking, crafting, and is heavily involved in her church's children's and young adult ministries.
Megumi Kajigaya, MM, MT-BC
Megumi earned her master’s equivalency in music therapy from Colorado State University in 2013. After completing her 6-month music therapy internship at an adult psychiatric hospital, she became a board certified music therapist in 2014. She specializes in working with children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders. She believes that music is a universal language, and finds joy in providing opportunities of self-expression and connecting to people through music. As a therapist, she values creating a supportive and encouraging environment while helping her clients achieve goals. Getting to know her wonderful clients and seeing them learn and grow are the most rewarding parts of being a music therapist at Moved by Music.
Christina Castillo, MA, MT-BC
Christina graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Master of Arts in Music therapy. After becoming board certified, she joined the Moved by Music team in 2017 and worked with children of all diagnoses and abilities. In 2021, she moved back to her home state of Texas where she continued doing at home music therapy in San Antonio with adults of varying abilities. In 2023 she moved back to Colorado Springs and re-joined the Moved by Music team where she continues to serve clients of all ages and abilities in their homes. Christina enjoys bringing a playful energy to sessions when appropriate to allow clients to enjoy the therapy process. She prioritizes the therapeutic relationship to build trust and allow clients to feel safe to expand their abilities. Christina loves writing songs and creating music in her free time. She loves spending time outside hiking and enjoying nature. She also enjoys dancing of all types, especially partner dancing such as swing dancing.
Lily Hsu, MT-BC
Lily is a board-certified music therapist with a wide range of experiences working with children, adolescents, and adults. Lily received her BA in Music Therapy at Florida Gulf Coast University and is currently completing her Masters in Music Therapy at Colorado State University. She uses an eclectic music therapy approach to address individuals with varying needs/diagnoses. Lily focuses on building strong therapeutic relationships and rapport which celebrates the person's strengths in order to reach their goals. Her favorite aspect of working in music therapy is when the individual is able to discover tools that empower them to continue music making outside of the session.
Rajahna Wanick, MM MT-BC
Rajahna is a dedicated and passionate Music Therapist who joined the Moved by Music team in June, 2022. Rajahna received her Masters in Music Therapy from Illinois State University and became a Board Certified Music Therapist in January, 2021. Not only does Rajahna have experience working with children, teens, and young adults, but she also has a background working in memory care and hospice care with older adults. Rajahna enjoys incorporating a variety of instruments, movement, and art in her Music Therapy visits. When Rajahna is not serving clients in the community, she enjoys spending time with her family and finding new hiking trails to explore.
Grace Nowak, MEd, MT-BC, NMT-F
Grace joined the Moved by Music team in 2023 to provide services in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, she graduated from Mercyhurst University in 2017 with her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy with a piano concentration and minor in Psychology. She became a Board Certified Music Therapist and completed her training in Neurologic Music Therapy in 2018. In 2019 she graduated from the Master of Education in Early Intervention with Autism Specialization program at the University of Pittsburgh, where she also studied Applied Behavior Analysis. She completed the advanced Neurologic Music Therapy fellowship training in 2021. Grace has had experience with a wide range of ages and populations throughout her career. She specializes in early childhood and she is passionate about working with adolescents and adults as well. Her holistic approach to therapy includes her science-based background combined with being client and family centered. Grace's favorite part about being a music therapist is providing her clients with a safe space for self-expression and using the universal language of music as a tool for connection.
Cassie Lewis (they/them), MT-BC
Cassie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 2019, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree from University of the Incarnate Word in 2023, and became a Board Certified Music Therapy shortly after. Through their experiences, Cassie has worked with children, teens, and adults with varying diagnoses and needs of support including Autistic persons, those with neurologic disorders, mental health needs, and LGBQT+ youth. They approach each client with unconditional respect and positive regard, and draw from an eclectic array of techniques to best support each client individually. Cassie strives to empower their clients through exploration, self-expression, and build connection through shared experiences.
Victor Gall, MT-BC ,NMT
Victor graduated from Western Illinois University in 2011, after completing his Bachelor's degree Victor worked in the St Louis area for the next 10 years. Mainly he focused his work with school age children with disabilities. Victor started an after school program, with a rock band centered group, called Rockabilities which received a grant from Autism Speaks in 2015. This group was involved with the Evening of Entertainment, a public facing fundraiser put on by the Recreation Council for over 5 years. Victor simultaneously worked for the Miriam Center giving adaptive/modified instrument lessons. He also worked for St louis Public schools as well as the surrounding school districts in St Louis County. Victor led groups for St Louis Project club, an inter-generational high risk autistic group. As a side job he worked as a caregiver with an Autistic gentleman, learning first hand about the difficulties and the joys of everyday life. He also held a weekly group at Achievements Unlimited, an ABA center for adults with challenging socio-emotional considerations. Victor organized for the Coalition for Truth and Independence, a group that seeks to change policies in order to improve life for people with disabilities. He then moved to the Denver area and has worked for Moved by Music for more than 2 years providing sessions to clients in Colorado Springs and the Denver metro area. Victor is halfway through his Master’s program at Colorado State University. He has just completed his Neurologic Music Therapy certification and hopes to apply everything he has learned to his current caseload. My favorite thing is getting in the groove with all types of people, and providing live preferred music as a catalyst for change!
Marissa Jones, MT-BC
Marissa Jones is a board-certified music therapist who started working with Moved by Music in August of 2022. She received her bachelor's degree in music therapy from the University of Alabama. Marissa especially enjoys working with young children, but also has a special place in her heart for older clients. Marissa believes that music therapy is a space where children can learn about their innate value and have fun along the way. She loves getting to see the unique perspectives and strengths that each client brings to music therapy sessions.
Melodie Madison, MM, MT-BC
Melodie completed her Master’s degree in Music Therapy at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. Melodie is a trained Classical guitarist and has performed in ensembles and recitals. Melodie is a multi-instrumentalist (i.e., piano, harmonica, ukulele, bass, djembe, and drums). She is also a trained neurologic music therapist. During her undergrad’ and graduate program, Melodie used music therapy techniques and methods to facilitate individual and group sessions addressing communication, gait, quality of life, mental health, pain management, and cognition with participants of all ages. Melodie has enjoyed working with Moved by Music, a private practice, since December 2022. She works with both children and adults. She facilitates a group at the Rocky Mountain Stroke Center, called Brain Fit. Melodie facilitates another group with the Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies called Tremble Clefs. She is based in the Denver area and its surroundings. Melodie speaks fluent French and is currently learning Spanish and Italian. She enjoys meeting an and connecting with individuals from all around the world.
Melissa Madell, MA, MT-BC
Melissa has been practicing as a music therapist for 4 years. She received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 2017 and went on to graduate with a master’s degree in Music Therapy at New York University in 2019. Melissa approaches her work as a music therapist viewing each of her clients as a whole person, not just a diagnosis. She meets her clients where they are in the moment and works through music to achieve established goals. Melissa has experience working in geriatrics, hospice, sub-acute rehab, inpatient psychiatric care, and inpatient detox care. As a new Colorado resident, Melissa enjoys spending her free time exploring Colorado and hiking with her husband and dog, Darcy.
Shelly Peterson, MA, MT-BC
Shelly is a practicing music therapist and elementary music teacher in the Fort Collins area. Her career in music therapy started north of the twin cities in Minnesota for 6 years. She then started a private music therapy practice in Iowa and successfully ran it for over 11 years. She moved to Colorado with her husband and two children 7 years ago and loves it. She enjoys hiking, mountain biking, swimming, reading, cooking, and gardening. She is passionate about the power of music and works to instill a love of music for life with her clients and students.
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