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.
“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.