New Leaf Music Therapy is based in Frederick County, Virginia, near the city of Winchester. Our therapists are trained by the nationally recognized music therapy program at Shenandoah University’s Conservatory. New Leaf’s clinicians are board certified by the American Music Therapy Association and must maintain a rigorous cadence of continuing education in order to remain certified. This means that when you partner with New Leaf for your music therapy needs, you are working with some of the best trained therapists in the country.
We are fully licensed and insured, and are more than happy to provide this documentation as necessary.
WE CAN HELP
Working with our music therapists will help you or your loved one turn over a new leaf to emotional and physical health, physical abilities, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through the power of musical responses. We do this by preparing a custom, individualized therapy plan, including:
- Development of specific therapy sessions for individuals and groups
- Customized treatment plans utilizing receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, imagery, performance, and movement
- Coordination with other service providers for interdisciplinary treatment
- Goal setting and continuous evaluation/feedback
- Extensive follow-up and communication about progress
FOUNDER, RICHARD LEWELLEN, MMT, MT-BC, Director and Founder
Richard Lewellen, Master of Music Therapy (MMT), Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC), has more than 30 years of experience working with musicians of all ages. He pursued an education in music therapy after experiencing firsthand the stunning improvements his autistic daughter exhibited thanks to regular music therapy from board-certified clinicians. Further, as an accomplished musical director, performer, and instructor in the genre of a cappella barbershop harmony, Richard has spent a lifetime observing how late-in-life individuals overcome mental and physical challenges to join their barbershop choruses on the risers and perform with relative ease. The healing power of music is apparent in all aspects of Richard’s life.
Richard brings to his practice not only a strong philosophy of client focus, but also a wealth of experience working with varied patient populations. He specializes in Alzheimer’s rehabilitative care, wellness for aging individuals, pain management techniques, and the use of music therapy to address chronic conditions such as PTSD and Parkinson’s Disease.
He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., and lives with his family in Stephens City, Va.
LEIGH JENKS, MMT, MT-BC, Director of Education
Leigh Jenks is New Leaf’s Director of Education. She has specialized training in Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy, where she has spent nearly 15 years providing services to patients in end-of-life. Her other specialty is in Guided Imagery and Music, which is a music-assisted therapy that integrates mind, body and spirit to promote wellness and healing. Her passion is using Guided Imagery and Music to address overall wellness, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, pain (both physical and emotional) and creativity.
Jenks has a master’s of music therapy and is a board-certified music therapist. She also serves as adjunct faculty for Shenandoah University’s music therapy department, providing direct supervision to student’s placed in the hospice and hospital setting. She coordinates, maintains contact and provides support to students during their six-month music therapy internship.
“I share New Leaf’s vision to build a practice based on continuing education and rigorous training for our music therapists,” Jenks says. “We aim to attract and retain thought leaders in the music therapy profession, which will directly result in a level of service for our clients that is unmatched.”
Jenks lives with her husband and two children near Winchester, Va.
AMY LOUDIN, MT-BC
Amy Loudin, a native of King George, Va., is a board-certified music therapist recognized by the American Music Therapy Association. “I’m passionate about using music to help my clients build skills, make meaningful connections, and process emotions,” she says. “I know that New Leaf Music Therapy is a practice that upholds this level of commitment to its clients and I’m excited to be a part of this growing team.”
Loudin pursued her graduate music therapy training at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. She completed her internship at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury, a continuing care retirement community in Winchester. During her internship, Loudin gained experience in Alzheimer’s and dementia care, wellness for older adults, end-of-life care, and treatment for mental health issues such as grief and depression. Through music therapy fieldwork placements, Amy also has experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, mental disorders, and dual diagnoses.
Before finding the field of music therapy, Loudin attended George Mason University, where she graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Sociology.
Loudin lives in Warrenton, Va., where she performs in several local groups including the Silver Tones Swing Band and the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, where she is principal trombonist. She can often be found outdoors, jogging, hiking, or enjoying a good book.
ALISON MYERS, MT-BC
Alison was born and raised in Southeastern Wisconsin. She studied Music Therapy at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wis., and completed her music therapy internship in Fairfax County Public Schools. For three years, she worked in Fairfax County Public Schools as a music therapist and general music teacher in an elementary school with a Comprehensive Services program. Her experience is primarily with elementary-aged children (ages 3 through 12 years) who have been diagnosed with developmental disabilities (including learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and Autism Spectrum Disorders) and emotional disabilities.
DEBRA PARMERTER, OPERATIONS
Debra Parmerter is New Leaf’s Chief Operations Officer, overseeing client management, scheduling, billing, privacy issues, and other areas of operations for the company. She brings extensive experience in organizational management, operations, administration, and procurement to the practice, which allows New Leaf’s clients to experience the widespread benefits of music therapy while minimizing the details to attend to when it comes to payment and paperwork. She is committed to offering New Leaf clients best-in-class customer service and supporting the practice’s music therapists in their efforts to do the same.
Debra is a certified EMT and has decades of experience in patient care as a member of volunteer fire departments and rescue squads. She and her husband are proud grandparents to 12 grandchildren, one of whom received music therapy services as a young child as part of her autism support plan.
CHRISTINA LEWELLEN, MBA, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Christina Lewellen, MBA, serves as New Leaf’s Chief Financial Officer, overseeing all aspects of financial transparency and authenticity for the company. She also manages New Leaf’s programmatic contracts, ensuring that terms are ideally balanced for the company, its music therapists, and its clients.
She brings a wealth of operational and financial experience to the position, having served in executive leadership roles in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She received her Master in Business Administration degree from Rochester Institute of Technology’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business, where she currently serves as a member of the alumni advisory board. She also serves in a volunteer capacity on the executive committee of Harmony, Incorporated, a women’s a cappella organization specializing in the genre of barbershop harmony.