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.


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


New Leaf Music Therapy, Winchester, Shenandoah, music therapy, Richard Lewellen, Virginia

New Leaf’s director and founder Richard Lewellen, MMT, MT-BC, plants a tree on the day the practice was started.

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.



Debra Parmerter, Chief Operations Officer for New Leaf Music Therapy, worries about the details so our clients (and therapists!) don't have to.

Debra Parmerter, Chief Operations Officer for New Leaf Music Therapy, worries about the details so our clients (and therapists!) don’t have to.

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.