Meet our board members! Serving for the members of our association, as well as with people of Utah, we hope to help educate and support the development of music therapy in our state.
Karen is a graduate of Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Therapy and has been a board-certified music therapist since 1988. She is currently employed by Intermountain Health at Logan Regional Hospital and has worked there for over thirty years, providing both music therapy and recreational therapy services in many areas of the hospital. Currently Karen provides full-time therapeutic services for the adult rehabilitation and inpatient psychiatric units at Logan Regional. In previous years Karen worked in many settings including schools, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals. She is experienced working with children and adults with physical, emotional, and psychological challenges. Karen also consulted and provided music therapy services for many organizations in Cache Valley as an independent contractor. She served as Clinical Training Director at Utah State University for two years, managing and supervising student clinical experiences. She has also worked as an adjunct faculty instructor for most of her career, and has supervised and mentored hundreds of students in both practicum experiences and piano instruction. Karen enjoys composing music as both a clinician and an individual songwriter. She is married to fellow musician John Carter, a recording engineer. Together they enjoy outdoor adventures, exercising, and spending time with their four children and two adorable grandchildren.
Karen has been a part of UAMT since it was a grassroots organization in the 1980’s and is thrilled to see how it has grown, with members extending from the northern borders of Utah to the southern tip of the state, and music therapists practicing throughout Utah in many large cities, and small towns.
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Emma is a graduate of Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Therapy. She completed a seven-month internship in Portland, Oregon with Earthtones Music Therapy Services. She has worked with many populations including adults with mental health diagnoses, adults with Parkinson’s, Stroke, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as adult with intellectual disabilities, at-risk youth, and children of all ages and needs. She is currently employed at University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute as a full-time music therapist. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in the city, being outdoors, attending live music events, and cooking for friends.
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Cassie is a graduate from Utah State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy and earned a minor in Family Consumer Human Development (FCHD). While at Utah State, Cassie also received her Gerontology Certificate. Cassie completed her six-month music therapy internship at Primary Children’s Hospital, and now works with clients with special needs in a variety of settings. In her free time, Cassie enjoys hiking and exploring the outdoors.
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Celsie completed her undergraduate work at Utah State University, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Therapy, along with a minor in Family, Consumer and Human Development. Following graduation, she completed a seven-month internship at Earthtones Music Therapy in Portland, Oregon. After working with soldiers at Salt Lake Behavioral Hospital, Celsie made the decision that in order to deepen connection with her patients, she needed to take it a step further. She enlisted in the US Army Reserve and completed a deployment to Iraq. Celsie specializes in serving adolescents, adults and veterans with mental illness, developmental disabilities, autism and dementia.
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