I am a Philadelphia, PA based Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist specializing in Aging, Dementia, and Care Partner Support. I am also the Director of the Art Therapy Minor (and soon to be NEW Creative Arts Therapy Minor Undergraduate Program) at University of the Arts.
I have two decades of clinical experience working primarily with older adults, individuals living with dementia, and their care partners, across various cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. I continue to look for ways to help strengthen connections within these relationships, to empower these individuals, and to encourage self-expression. I use a person-centered, movement, and sensory hybrid approach, to help connect and EngAge.
My therapeutic sessions and trainings are tailored to individual needs and requests and are offered for groups or individually. I work primarily with older adults, individuals with varying cognitive and physical abilities, and with care partners of all ages. I offer therapeutic movement experiences, creative suggestions for support and empowerment, and therapeutic, evidence-based recommendations to help communities, individuals, and their care partners navigate life changes and move towards wellness.
My professional history and current work includes:
- Dance/movement therapy (DMT) clinical supervision & Adjunct instruction
- Community-wide therapeutic program development & Healthcare administration (previous role)
- Clinical research collaboration; Interventionist and session manual development support
- Care partner training
- Aging and dementia presentations
- DMT and therapeutic engagement sessions
I am a member of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) and honored to have been a Staff Writer for the ADTA Blog.
I have presented my work and approach at various healthcare, aging, and dementia conferences and communities including: the Alzheimer’s Association, Memory Care Forum, LeadingAge Meeting and EXPO, and Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions. I am also a published author on topics related to my work and a member of The National Institute for Dementia Education (NIDE), Standards of Excellence (SOE) Council.
- Meaningful therapeutic engagement for older adults, individuals living with dementia, and their care partners, using a person-centered, movement, and sensory hybrid approach.
- Aging, dementia, and community initiative support (group and individual work; care partner training; tailored therapeutic program design and development within various aging and memory care communities).
- Extensive knowledge of (and personal affinity towards) Classic Jazz and Soul Music. I use appropriate and culturally sensitive music of all genres as a primary stimulus for movement and engagement.