Established in 1990, Music Therapy Associates, LLC is the premier provider of music therapy services in the greater Lehigh Valley area (including Philadelphia, Kutztown, Reading, Poconos, and Western New Jersey). With 18 board certified music therapists, MTA is committed to finding the perfect client/therapist pairing in order ensure client comfort, time and location flexibility, as well as the best therapeutic outcome possible.
MTA places great emphasis on collaborative efforts with other healthcare professionals including speech therapists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. In addition to standard music therapy services, MTA also offers rehabilitation services to clients suffering from neurologic disorders including stroke, Parkinson's, and brain injuries, as well as performance/interactive music for birthday parties, family reunions, and special events.
Meet the therapists:
Katherine M. Purcell, MT-BC
is a Board Certified Music Therapist and Pennsylvania State Certified Music Teacher. She graduated, Cum Laude, from Shenandoah Conservatory in 1989 with degrees in both Music Therapy and Music Education with a minor in Psychology. For four years, she worked as a secondary school music teacher at a private school in Allentown, Pennsylvania, instructing severely emotionally disturbed children from around the country. Mrs. Purcell currently provides services as a contract Music Therapist for various agencies and individuals at the agency's facility, at the clients home or in her own studio. She provides individual and group music therapy sessions for individuals with Attention Deficit Disorder, Speech Delay, Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Brain Injury, Developmental Delay, Autism, Psychiatric Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Cancer, Physical Handicaps, Dysfunctional Families, and At-Risk Children. Together with her husband, who is also a musician, Mrs. Purcell provides highly entertaining and interactive musical activity programs for children's birthday parties and special events. She resides in Whitehall, Pennsylvania with her husband and son.
Julianna Altonjy, MT-BC
graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in music therapy from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She completed an internship in Southbury, Connecticut at the Southbury Training School, and with Connecticut Music Therapy Services in Watertown, CT. She has experience working with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, children in integrated preschool programs, adolescents with behavioral problems, hospice care patients, and individuals diagnosed with dementia or mental illnesses. Julianna also provides piano and voice lessons to elementary aged students. She resides in Warren County, New Jersey.
Lydia Anthony, MT-BC
graduated from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree, and completed her clinical internship at Expressive Therapies Utah, a private practice that works collaboratively with self-employed therapists and music therapists working full time in facilities throughout Northern Utah. She worked there facilitating group and individual sessions with children, at-risk adolescents, adults with developmental delays, adults in recovery centers, hospitals, and older adults in assisted living facilities, memory care units, and in hospice/palliative care. Lydia has also interned for the Jamaica Field Service Project where she gained experience facilitating drum circles with multiple populations in Westmoreland, Jamaica. Lydia believes that the therapeutic relationship between the client, the music, and the therapist is imperative to achieving therapeutic goals and overall wellness. Lydia strives to connect with her clients and help them achieve a higher quality of life, as well as foster their relationship with music.
Scott Berdux, RN, MA, MT-BC
received his Masters in Music Therapy degree from Immaculata University and served his internship at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, PA. Drawing on his 11 plus years of nursing experience, Scott has applied a fully holistic approach to his practice of music for the whole person. In addition to working as a nurse and music therapist, Scott also gives woodwind and keyboard lessons and performs in several musical ensembles.
Alyssa Bergey, MT-BC
graduated from Marywood University with a bachelor's degree in Music Therapy, and completed her clinical internship at CHOP (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia), where she worked in several units including: intensive care, oncology, cardiology, neonatal care, gastroenterology, adolescent medicine, pulmonary, neurology, and rehabilitation. Alyssa also has experience working in educational settings including emotional support classrooms, early education, outpatient therapy, hospice, intellectual and developmental disabilities, drug and alcogol rehabilitation, Alzheimer's and memory care, and working with individuals with Autism. Alyssa first began playing the guitar at the age of ten, and continues to pursue her passion for the instrument by performing at local coffee shops, playing in her church's worship band, and passing on her knowledge to her guitar students.
Lindsy Burns, MT-BC
received her Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy from Temple University, and completed her internship at Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice providing music and support to people and families facing terminal illness. During her internship, Lindsy worked with a variety of different medical diagnoses including various cancers, muscular sclerosis, dementia, Alzheimer’s, heart failure, and COPD as well as addressing various needs for her clients experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other existential fears about the end of life. Within this setting, Lindsy learned the importance of working with the whole human being as a unique individual, adapting to meet them where they are and support them throughout their decline. Lindsy also discovered her personal value of working with the families of her clients and being a member of a team to provide well-rounded care. Perhaps the biggest lesson Lindsy learned however, was the joy and beauty that comes from this unique time of life, from aging, and just how powerful music can be during these times.
Mary Cate Carr, MT-BC
is a board certified music therapist who received her bachelor's degree in music therapy from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her clinical internship at Rebecca School in New York City, NY working with children and young adults diagnosed with ASD and other neurological disorders. Mary Cate has experience working individually and with groups of children and adults on the autism spectrum, children with various neurological disorders, hospitalized children in rehabilitation unit, and older adults in various stages of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Mary Cate also enjoys teaching voice, piano, guitar, and ukulele lessons to her students in the area.
Anne Clark, MT-BC
is a music therapist and composer, having graduated from Houghton College with a BA in Music Composition, and later from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a Bachelor's Equivalency in Music Therapy. Before pursuing music therapy, Anne spent time working with at-risk youth and teaching elementary piano lessons. Within the context of music therapy, she has had the opportunity to work with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, older adults, including individuals and dementia, and most recently completed her clinical internship at Greater Binghamton Health Center, where she lead group and individual sessions on adult, geriatric, and child/adolescent units. Anne resides in Monroe with her husband Brian and dog Reggie.
Anissa Dominguez, MT-BC
graduated from Immaculata University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy, and completed her internship with Annapolis Music Therapy, a private practice in Maryland. While there, she gained experience running group and private music therapy sessions, adaptive piano lessons, jam sessions, and adaptive music groups. She also has experience working with adults and children who have visual impairments, mental illness, autism spectrum disorder, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is also proficient with American Sign Language.
Anissa is a classically trained pianist, and has been playing the piano for over 15 years. She also plays the guitar and flute, and has performed in Russia with the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra. She currently lives in Reading, PA. disabilities,
Stephanie Falcone, MT-BC
graduated, Cum Laude, from Elizabethown College with a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree. She completed her clinical internship at Bethany Children's Home in Womelsdorf, PA. Stephanie has experience working individually and with groups of at-risk adolescents, children on the autism spectrum, children with physical disabilities, pervasive developmental disorder, and ADHD, hospitalized children in a hematology/oncology unit, and older adults with varying levels of dementia. Stephanie utilizes a variety of instruments in therapeutic interventions, including piano/keyboard, guitar, ukulele, clarinet, voice, and percussion, and has an avid interest in music technology in the clinic, utilizing music recording and adaptive notation in meeting client goals.
Madison Frank, MT-BC
graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy. She completed her internship at the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, where she worked with students ages 5-21 with developmental disabilities, emotional behavioral disorders, psychiatric diagnosis, severe medical conditions, multiple disabilities, and within behavioral health facilities, pediatric specialty care facilities, and within a juvenile detention center. Madison also completed part of her internship at Camp Pegasus, a therapeutic social skills camp where she worked with campers ages 9-16, with both undiagnosed and diagnosed ADHD, learning differences, and high functioning Autism. She is pursuing her Master’s in Music Therapy and Licensed Professional Counseling at Temple University.
Margot Gatenby, MT-BC
is a Board-Certified Music Therapist who graduated Cum Laude from Temple University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree. She completed her clinical internship in a state psychiatric hospital, facilitating group and individual music therapy on all units of the hospital including acute/admissions, older adults, aggressive males, forensic, and treatment units. She has also worked with adults with psychiatric diagnoses in a university hospital setting, elderly and elderly with dementia and/or under medical rehabilitation, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, learning differences, Pervasive Developmental Delay, physical and mental disabilities, medical fragility, and children who are at-risk.
Margot is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Music Therapy at Temple University, and has a special interest in Music Therapy Research, which will be the focus of her final project. She enjoys singing jazz and playing doumbek in her spare time and comes from a musical family that holds a collection of instruments from all over the world.
Rachael Holmes, MT-BC
is the Creative Arts Therapy Director and Internship Director as well as lead music therapist at Young Children's Center for the Arts in South Philadelphia. Rachael was born and raised in Abington, PA and attended IUP for her bachelors of music & Drexel where she she received her Music Therapy Board Certification and Masters Degree in Creative Arts Therapy. Rachael now lives in Wilmington, Delaware with her husband Chris and dog Nelly. She enjoys reading, crocheting, cooking, running and obsessively cleaning.
Juliet Mitton, MTT, MT-BC
graduated from Millersville University with a BA in Music with a concentration in piano performance, and went on to obtain her master's equivalency in music therapy from Temple University. Juliet completed her internship at an adult wheelchair community, working with adults ranging in ages from 18-88. She has extensive experience providing end of life care to patients of all ages, and various diagnoses including Alzheimer's/dementia, cancer, Parkinson's, ALS, CHF and COPD. In addition to her work with MTA, Juliet works at a local hospice agency in Lancaster County as a music therapist. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, running and fitness, and is the music director/pianist at her church.
Carolyn M. Kantor, MA, MT-BC
is a board-certified music therapist. She earned a master’s degree in creative arts therapies with a concentration in music therapy from Drexel University. She received her undergraduate degree in music with a minor in biology from the University of Pennsylvania. Carolyn is also an experienced Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner with a private practice in the Philadelphia area. She has additional training in neurologic music therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and guided imagery in music. Carolyn works with children, adults, and older adults with a variety of challenges, including autism spectrum disorders, traumatic brain injuries, developmental disabilities, psychiatric disorders, cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. She has helped individuals to identify their strengths and experience joy through music-based interventions in many settings; including inpatient, outpatient, public/private residential settings, and hospice. Through individual and group music therapy sessions, goals such as increased socialization, motor function, cognitive stimulation, relaxation, physical/emotional well-being and improved quality of life are addressed. Carolyn has also provided clinical supervision to undergraduate and graduate music therapy students from Immaculata University, and currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband Greg.
Mary Lang, MA, MT-BC
graduated from Moravian College in 2010 with a BA in Music, with a concentration in viola. Knowing that she wanted to be a music therapist, she went straight to the graduate program at Immaculata University, where she received her MA in Music Therapy in 2014. Mary completed her music therapy internship at the Pilot School in Wilmington, DE, a private charter school for K-8 students with special needs and learning disabilities. Since then, Mary has accumulated experience working with clients that have visual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and various developmental disorders. She also spent three years working with groups of teens in a mental health setting.
Mary has always been musical, and began singing and playing the viola early on in grade school. She also plays several other instruments including guitar, piano, Celtic fiddle, percussion, and electric bass. Aside from her work with MTA, Mary teaches guitar and voice lessons, and volunteers with the Lehigh Valley Girls Rock every summer, teaching guitar, bass, and songwriting to middle and high school aged children, in addition to singing with the LEOPOCO Peace Singers several times a year. Mary is also working on her licensure as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor).
Kim Lyday, MA, MT-BC
began her music therapy journey in upstate NY, earning her Bachelor's Degree in both Creative Arts Therapy (concentration in music) and Psychology. There, she spent a semester offering creative music experiences at a local nursing home and children's home, followed by another semester assisting with and leading Music Together classes for small children and parents. Upon graduation, Kim went on to complete her Master's degree in Music Therapy at Immaculata University and chose to obtain her board-certification after graduation. While working a full time job as a direct care staff for adolescents with Autism, Downs Syndrome, and other developmental disabilities, she completed her clinical internship at Inglis House in Philadelphia. Inglis House is a unique residential facility for wheelchair-bound adults with a wide variety of physical and neurological disabilities, including Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Spina Bifida, Parkinson's Disease, Spinal Cord Injuries, Stoke, gun shot wounds, and several other physical disabilities. Upon completion of her internship, she became hired as part of the therapeutic recreation team, working full time. Throughout her time at Inglis, Kim led the vocal choir, and created a variety of groups and 1:1 intervention programs, incorporating gross and fine motor functioning, socialization skills, adapted piano and guitar lessons, communication, memory recall, breath and trunk support, voice projection, and several other goal areas. Now, as a contract music therapist, Kim enjoys offering music therapy sessions to groups and individuals around the Philadelphia area. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her new daughter, listening to audio books, and spending time in nature. She continues to have a strong thirst for knowledge and self-development, and travels a few times each year to various conferences to constantly enhance mindset, confidence, empowerment, business acumen, and of course, musical skills. Kim resides in Downingtown, PA.
Kristin Neel, MT-BC,
is a Board Certified Music Therapist who received her Bachelor's degree in Voice Performance from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and spent time auditioning, performing, and exploring before finding her way into the music therapy field. Upon discovering that she could combine her interests in human development and psychology with her passion for making and sharing music, she pursued a Master of Music Therapy degree at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. During her time in NC, she gained experience in a wide variety of populations and settings, and had the opportunity to gain a certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy through the ASU Human Development and Psychological Counseling Department.
Kristin completed her internship at Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers, NY, which is a pediatric palliative care facility that specializes in high quality care for children with long-term and pervasive medical diagnoses. She is currently working towards advanced and specialized music therapy trainings including NICU-MT, the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, and behavioral and emotional disorders. She most highly enjoys utilizing music improvisation and authentic drumming to explore and grow with her clients.
Kacey Olver, MT-BC
graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in music therapy from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and completed her internship at Saint Joseph’s Center and Trinity Childcare Medical Daycare. She has experience working with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, individuals diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, children with medical needs and individuals with multiple physical and developmental disabilities. Kacey has been playing the guitar since she was 10 years old. She also plays the clarinet and performs with the Marywood University Wind Symphony. Kacey enjoys reading and watching her favorite TV shows. She resides in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.
has been employed in the MH-MR field since 1976 as a Recreation Therapist serving institutionalized individuals. He has involved clients in social development and creative self expression through the use of music and the performing arts as a primary treatment modality. Ken has also performed at many retirement communities, schools, festivals and private events both as a solo entertainer and as a member of several different musical ensembles. He has also collaborated on several musical recordings.
Robert Smith, MT-BC
graduated from Immaculata University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree in 2017. During his time at Immaculata, Rob was fortunate enough to be granted a variety of hands on learning experiences with a wide range of client populations. His clinical internship was completed at Camilla Hall, the convent home and health care center for the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Rob utilizes a variety of instruments for therapeutic interventions including guitar, piano/keyboard, percussion, and voice. In addition to music therapy, Rob has other passions including song-writing, audio recording, and music technology. He hopes to share his skill and comfort in these areas with other clients and music therapists.
June M. Walker, MT-BC
is a Board Certified Music Therapist and Pennsylvania State Certified Teacher. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Chester University, West Chester, PA with a B.S. in Music Education. June went on to teach general music and related fine arts for two years at Pennsville Middle School in Pennsville, NJ. In 2013, she received a M.A. in Music Therapy from Drexel Univesity. June completed her music therapy internship at Philadelphia's Hahnemann University Hospital's Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where she worked with infant patients and their families, as well as Frankie's World Day Care, a nonprofit child care center serving children ages 0-12 years who had special medical needs. June also has experience working with older children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and older adults, including those with dementia or other cognitive concerns. June has always enjoyed music and began playing clarinet at the age of nine. Over the years she has picked up a number of other instruments including: piano, handbells, saxophone, recorder, Appalachian dulcimer, guitar, pitched and unpitched percussion, and a variety of Renaissance era instruments such as Krumhorn, Shawm, and Rackett. She is also skilled in teaching beginning lessons for most band and orchestral instruments and is currently the Handbell Choir Director at a local Bath area church.
MEET THE TEACHERS:
is a professional guitarist, and has been teaching the instrument for over 20 years. With experience in many styles including rock, classical, jazz, pop, reggae, blues, and folk, Todd is a versatile player, and uses his experience to help students achieve their own musical goals. His teaching method focuses on the fundamentals of music, and helping students learn the songs they know and love. Improvisational skills are also integrated into lessons, which helps students learn to create their own musical ideas. Todd also teaches bass guitar and ukulele and has taught both children and adults.
In addition to traditional lessons, Todd offers adapted lessons to individuals with disabilities. With over ten years of experience working with disabled adults, he has valuable insight into the struggles some individuals face, and the best way to help them reach their goals. Todd also has experience working with students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and offers a customized approach to learning that enables these students to excel at their strengths, while improving on their weaknesses.
Meet the Staff:
earned degrees in both Business Marketing and Business Management from DeSales University. He functions on the business side of MTA, and handles most of our marketing efforts and technical work. Corey is also a full-time musician, performing primarily up and down the East Coast with his traditional Irish band 'Poor Man's Gambit', and tours occasionally with the stage production 'Ireland the Show'.
is a Junior at Whitehall High School, and is very interested in pursuing a career in music therapy. She has played piano for ten years and also plays guitar, flute, and handbells in addition to singing in her school and church choirs. One of her favorite school activities is being involved with Student Focus where she spends time with her Life Skills buddy. Gabby enjoys volunteering at church, and travels for mission trips and serves as a camp counselor during the summer. She loves playing and cuddling with her dog, Copper.