I am a Philadelphia, PA based Dance/Movement Therapist specializing in Aging & Dementia Care. I have two decades of experience working with older adults, individuals living with dementia, and their care partners, across various cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. I feel strongly that regular therapeutic engagement, the creative arts, and a welcoming, sensory-inviting setting are key components to wellness. I am committed to helping to promote healthier aging and overall quality of life for individuals with varying cognitive and physical abilities. I use a person-centered, movement, and sensory hybrid approach, to help connect and EngAge. My professional history includes: healthcare administration, therapeutic program development, care partner training, Dance/movement therapy (DMT) clinical supervision, aging and dementia workshops, and regular 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 at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Delaware Valley Chapter Dementia Conferences, at the 2017 Philadelphia Spring Memory Care Forum, at the November 2018 LeadingAge Meeting and EXPO, at Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, and at various senior care organizations. 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.
- Therapeutic engagement with older adults, individuals living with dementia, and their care partners across various cultures and socio-economic backgrounds, using a person-centered, movement, and sensory hybrid approach.
- Aging, Dementia, and Community Initiative Support (group and individual support; 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 standards of the 1940s and 50s, as well as Soul tunes of the 1960s and 70s. I use appropriate and culturally sensitive music of all genres as a primary stimulus for movement and engagement.