New Leaf Music Therapy Partners with Frederick County Public Schools

Contact:      Richard Lewellen, MT-BC, MMT
540-868-5210
Richard@newleafmusictherapy.com

NEW LEAF SELECTED AS MUSIC THERAPY PROVIDER FOR FCPS
Frederick County (Va.) Public Schools Awards Music Therapy Contract

Winchester, Va., August 17, 2016 — New Leaf Music Therapy, a full-service practice serving the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, the Piedmont region of Virginia, Northern Virginia, and West Virginia, has announced that Frederick County Public Schools has awarded the company its music therapy contract for the 2016-17 school year.

“We are so excited to begin this partnership with the Frederick County teachers and administrators,” says Richard Lewellen, MMT, MT-BC, founder and director of New Leaf Music Therapy. “The vision Frederick County has for the success of its students speaks to the very core of why New Leaf exists. We’re looking forward to a great year.”

Frederick County Public Schools has three high schools, four middle schools, 11 elementary schools, and two instructional centers. It’s the 22nd largest of 134 school divisions in Virginia.

For more information, visit NewLeafMusicTherapy.com.

About New Leaf Music Therapy

New Leaf Music Therapy is a licensed and insured practice based near Winchester, Va., that serves a variety of client populations, including those who need childhood development and IEP support services, mental health and stress management, rehabilitative therapy including pain management, and health and wellness services. Its founder and director, Richard Lewellen, MT-BC, is recognized for his groundbreaking music therapy work with Parkinson’s Disease patients. For more information about music therapy as a field or about New Leaf Music Therapy, please visit http://www.NewLeafMusicTherapy.com.

 

Winchester Public Schools Awards Music Therapy Services to New Leaf

Contact:      Richard Lewellen, MT-BC, MMT
540-868-5210
Richard@newleafmusictherapy.com

WINCHESTER (VA.) PUBLIC SCHOOLS PARTNERS WITH NEW LEAF
City Students to Receive Best-in-Class Services from Growing Music Therapy Firm

Winchester, Va., August 17, 2016 — New Leaf Music Therapy, a full-service practice serving the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, the Piedmont region of Virginia, Northern Virginia, and West Virginia, has announced that Winchester Public Schools has awarded the company its music therapy contract for the 2016-17 school year.

“Our company aims to partner with premier educational systems throughout the Shenandoah Valley so we are beyond thrilled to begin this partnership with Winchester Public Schools,” says Richard Lewellen, MMT, MT-BC, founder and director of New Leaf Music Therapy. “We are already ramping up for a fantastic year and we can’t wait to begin to work with the students, parents, teachers, and administrators at WPS.”

Winchester Public Schools consists of John Handley High School, Frederick Douglass Elementary School, John Kerr Elementary School, Jefferson Street Center, Daniel Morgan Middle School, Garland Quarles Elementary School, and Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary School. Its mission is to foster a vibrant and diverse community of learners and to have the courage and commitment to inspire every student’s passion for excellence in learning.

For more information, visit NewLeafMusicTherapy.com.

About New Leaf Music Therapy

New Leaf Music Therapy is a licensed and insured practice based near Winchester, Va., that serves a variety of client populations, including those who need childhood development and IEP support services, mental health and stress management, rehabilitative therapy including pain management, and health and wellness services. Its founder and director, Richard Lewellen, MT-BC, is recognized for his groundbreaking music therapy work with Parkinson’s Disease patients. For more information about music therapy as a field or about New Leaf Music Therapy, please visit http://www.NewLeafMusicTherapy.com.

New Leaf Joins Top of Virginia Regional Chamber

 

Growing Music Therapy Firm Finds Support Among Local Businesses

Contact: Richard Lewellen, (540) 868-5210

Winchester, Va., April 18, 2016 — New Leaf Music Therapy, a full-service practice serving the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, the Piedmont region of Virginia, Northern Virginia, and West Virginia, has announced that it has joined the ranks of the top businesses in the region as a member of the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber.

“Our team welcomes the opportunity to integrate with the thriving business and non-profit community in Winchester and the Shenandoah Valley,” says Richard Lewellen, MMT, MT-BC, founder and director of New Leaf Music Therapy. “The networking and educational opportunities offered to Top of Virginia Regional Chamber members are unmatched and truly a life-saver for a growing business like ours. We look forward to being a part of this business community for a long time.”Winchester, Virginia, Shenandoah Valley, music therapy, music therapists, New Leaf Music Therapy, Top of Virginia Regional Chamber, Frederick County, Clarke County, Richard Lewellen

The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber is Clarke County, Frederick County, and Winchester’s premier business networking and advocacy organization and is dedicated to providing programs and services to meet the business and professional needs of its members.

New Leaf Music Therapy has recently expanded its team to include some of the best-trained and credentialed music therapists in the country, including Ceara Chiapparelli, MM, MT-BC, who serves as clinical director, and Leigh Jenks
, MMT, MT-BC, who serves as the firm’s educational director.

“Our goal is to go beyond providing our clients with the extensive benefits of music therapy—though that is at the core of everything we do,” notes Lewellen. “We aim the partner with the region’s schools, non-profit organizations, community support programs, other organizations, and individuals to bring the absolute best-trained and mentored music therapists working at the cutting edge of what the field can offer. We believe the residents of Winchester and the surrounding Shenandoah region deserve the service of one of the best music therapy firms in the country—that’s why New Leaf exists.”

For more information, visit NewLeafMusicTherapy.com.

About New Leaf Music Therapy

New Leaf Music Therapy is a licensed and insured practice based near Winchester, Va., that serves a variety of client populations, including those who need childhood development and IEP support services, mental health and stress management, rehabilitative therapy including pain management, and health and wellness services. Its founder and director, Richard Lewellen, MT-BC, is recognized for his groundbreaking music therapy work with Parkinson’s Disease patients. For more information about music therapy as a field or about New Leaf Music Therapy, please visit www.NewLeafMusicTherapy.com.

Jenks Joins New Leaf as Director of Education

LEIGH JENKS, MMT, MT-BC, JOINS

NEW LEAF MUSIC THERAPY AS DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Local Practice Continues to Grow, Serving Youth and Adult Populations

Stephens City, Va., March 28, 2016 — New Leaf Music Therapy, a full-service practice serving the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, the Piedmont region of Virginia, Northern Virginia, and West Virginia, has announced that Leigh Jenks, MMT, MT-BC, has joined its practice as director of education. Jenks has extensive experience as a music therapist, and her specialties include End-of Life Care and Guided Imagery and Music.

Leigh Jenks, music therapy, Northern Virginia, Winchester, Shenandoah, New Leaf Music Therapy, board certified music therapist

Leigh Jenks, MMT, MT-BC, joins New Leaf Music Therapy as director of education.

“Welcoming Leigh to New Leaf Music Therapy is like bringing a professional rock star to our ranks,” says Richard Lewellen, MMT, MT-BC, director of the Stephens City, Va.-based practice. “Our goal is to offer our clients music therapists who are among the best educated and part of one of the most well-rounded music therapy leadership teams in the country. We are beyond thrilled to welcome Leigh as New Leaf’s director of education.”

Prior to joining New Leaf, Jenks received her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree through Shenandoah University, completing an internship at Blue Ridge Hospice and Winchester Medical Center’s Pain Management department. She became board certified in 2003 and started the music therapy program at Blue Ridge Hospice. Her duties included direct patient service and case management, work in the bereavement department with co-facilitation of school groups, adult and child support groups, kids grief camp, public relations to expand services to the community, as well as staff support.  In 2011, Leigh received her Masters of Music Therapy degree and was awarded the Shenandoah University Music Therapy Professional Service award.

Jenks has specialized training in Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy, where she has spent the last 14 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.

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 also coordinates, maintains contact and provides support to students during their six-month music therapy internship. 

“My career has been a natural progression of training, research, and experiences that have led me to this role with New Leaf,” says Jenks. “I share New Leaf’s vision to build a practice based on continuing education and rigorous training for our music therapists. 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. I’m excited to be a part of a team that is so deeply committed to providing positive experiences through music therapy for our clients.”

Jenks discovered her love of music in grade school.  Growing up, she always knew that she wanted to help people feel better through music.  “I feel like I was given a gift to help others,” she notes. “I’m humbled to spend time with people that are suffering in some way.  I still am in awe when the music interventions that I provide help to elicit a smile, a word from someone that hasn’t spoken in years, a movement, or a statement like ‘You are an angel…I wish that you could visit me everyday.’  To me, being a music therapist isn’t work, it’s an honor and privilege that I never take for granted.”

Jenks lives with her husband and two children near Winchester, Va. 

For more information, visit NewLeafMusicTherapy.com.

About New Leaf Music Therapy

New Leaf Music Therapy is a licensed and insured practice that serves a variety of client populations, including those who need childhood development and IEP support services, mental health and stress management, rehabilitative therapy including pain management, and health and wellness services. Its founder and director, Richard Lewellen, MMT, MT-BC, is recognized for his groundbreaking music therapy work with Parkinson’s Disease patients. For more information about music therapy as a field or about New Leaf Music Therapy, please visit www.NewLeafMusicTherapy.com.

 

New Leaf Welcomes Alison Myers

ALISON MYERS, MT-BC, JOINS NEW LEAF MUSIC THERAPY

Local Practice Continues to Grow, Serving Youth and Adult Populations

Stephens City, Va., December 1, 2015 — New Leaf Music Therapy, a full-service practice serving the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, the Piedmont region of Virginia, Northern Virginia, and West Virginia, has announced that Alison Myers, MT-BC, has joined its practice serving clients primarily in youth populations.

Myers, a native of Wisconsin, is a board-certified music therapist recognized by the American Music Therapy Association. “My passion lies in helping children of all abilities to unlock their potential through music,” she says. “The New Leaf Music Therapy philosophy aligns with my own goals for client success so it was a natural fit. I’m pleased to be a part of this growing, best-in-class practice.”

Myers 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.

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Alison Myers, MT-BC, just can’t help showing her Packers pride. It resonates at New Leaf, though, since Richard Lewellen’s grandfather played for the team once upon a time!

In her spare time, she enjoys going camping and hiking with her dogs, as well as gardening and caring for her chickens. She is also a huge Green Bay Packers pan and enjoys going to games at Lambeau Field.

New Leaf Music Therapy is based in Frederick County, Va., and offers the services of music therapists 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 credentialed.

“Alison brings a wealth of knowledge and experience serving youth populations to the New Leaf Music Therapy team,” says Richard Lewellen, MMT, MT-BC, director of the Stephens City, Va.-based practice. “She is a recognized leader in the field and her interaction with clients leaves a lasting impression. Her knowledge and warm spirit are the perfect fit for New Leaf Music Therapy and we welcome her to the practice.”

For more information, visit NewLeafMusicTherapy.com.

About New Leaf Music Therapy

New Leaf Music Therapy is a licensed and insured practice that serves a variety of client populations, including those who need childhood development and IEP support services, mental health and stress management, rehabilitative therapy including pain management, and health and wellness services. Its founder and director, Richard Lewellen, MMT, MT-BC, is recognized for his groundbreaking music therapy work with Parkinson’s Disease patients. For more information about music therapy as a field or about New Leaf Music Therapy, please visit www.NewLeafMusicTherapy.com.

 

New Leaf Founder to Present at 2015 Voice Symposium

NEW LEAF FOUNDER TO PRESENT AT 2015 VOICE SYMPOSIUM

Richard Lewellen, MT-BC, Leading Groundbreaking Parkinson’s Disease Research at Shenandoah University

Stephens City, Va., May 27, 2015 — New Leaf Music Therapy, a full-service practice serving the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, the Piedmont region of Virginia, Northern Virginia, and West Virginia, has announced that Richard Lewellen, MT-BC, and his groundbreaking work on the effects of music therapy on Parkinson’s Disease clients will be featured at the 44th Voice Symposium in Philadelphia on May 31, 2015.

Richard Lewellen, MT-BC

Richard Lewellen, MT-BC

Lewellen’s presentation, “Group-Singing Music Therapy Protocol as an Adjunct Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease,” is the result of his master’s degree research at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University, under the advisement of Drs. David Meyer and Anthony Meadows of Shenandoah Conservatory, and Dr. Eva van Leer of the University of Georgia. The Symposium is jointly provided by The Voice Foundation and the American College of Surgeons in collaboration with Drexel University College of Medicine, Temple University, The American Institute for Voice and Ear Research, and the Academy of Vocal Arts.

More than one million Americans live with Parkinson’s Disease and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.  Speech-motor problems in Parkinson’s patients occur when dopaminergic neurons die or become impaired.  Primary symptoms include resting tremor, slowness, rigidity, postural instability, reduced speech intelligibility, depression, fear and anxiety, all to the detriment of quality of life.

“Speech intelligibility problems reduce effective communication and can contribute to social withdrawal, a growing sense of isolation, and strain in maintaining relationships, which is why this research is important for the quality of life for those who are affected by Parkinson’s Disease,” Lewellen notes. “Working closely with the Parkinson’s Support Group of Winchester, Va., we developed a choir and focused on a music therapy protocol as a means to improve vocal production, breath support, and overall voice quality. Participants and their caregivers enjoyed the process, and it is a feather in the cap of the Shenandoah University and Winchester communities to conduct this type of research to the benefit of local residents.”

Lewellen’s findings will likely be presented formally in the Journal of Voice at the conclusion of his thesis. Lewellen is credentialed by the Certification Board for Music Therapist, is a member of the American Music Therapy Association, and is completing his master’s degree at Shenandoah University. He also is the founder and director of New Leaf Music Therapy, a practice serving both youth and adult populations throughout the region.

For more information, visit NewLeafMusicTherapy.com.

About New Leaf Music Therapy

New Leaf Music Therapy is a licensed and insured practice that serves a variety of client populations, including those who need childhood developmental disability and IEP support services, mental health and stress management, rehabilitative therapy including pain management, and health and wellness services. Its founder and director, Richard Lewellen, MT-BC, is recognized for his groundbreaking music therapy work with Parkinson’s Disease patients. For more information about music therapy as a field or about New Leaf Music Therapy, please visit www.NewLeafMusicTherapy.com.