Meet the Expressive Therapies Staff
owner and founder
MT-BC, NMT, LCSW, ICGC-II, WMTR
Sara is owner and founder of Expressive Therapies LLC. Sara has 20 years of experience working with individuals and groups combining her passions of music and positive mental health together in her approach to optimize potential and promote wellness! Sara is a Board-Certified Music Therapist, Neurologic Music Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, International Certified Gambling Counselor – II and Wisconsin Music Therapist, Registered.
Through holistic, trauma-informed treatment – Sara loves being able to combine both music therapy with psychotherapy and has had the opportunity to work with all ages and a wide variety of populations including: traumatic brain injuries, physical disabilities, autism spectrum, medical diagnoses including cancer, cardiac and physical rehabilitation, cognitive disabilities, dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, addictions, and mental health diagnoses including depression and anxiety due to situational stressors and/or chronic illness.
“My training in music therapy, neurologic music therapy and the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music is a wonderful tool to diversify my verbal therapy approach and one which I have found people can learn to use on their own. I love watching the power of music when it is combined with therapy, to bring patients to a deeper level of healing!”
MT-BC, NMT-F, WMTR, AMTA Internship Supervisor
Tiffany, MT-BC, NMT-Fellow became a Board-Certified Music Therapist in 1998 and joined the Expressive Therapies team in 2017. She is currently the clinical supervisor and AMTA internship supervisor at Expressive Therapies. Tiffany has practiced music therapy with a variety of ages and populations including adult oncology, skilled nursing, memory care, early childhood, pregnancy and childbirth, autism, and developmental disabilities. Tiffany is proud to be able to offer Neurologic Music Therapy as a service, completing training in Toronto, Canada in 2017 and completing her fellowship in 2020. Tiffany enjoys playing keyboard and singing in the praise band at her church.
“Music Therapy is an amazing tool! I love that I can use music therapy interventions to offer my clients alternate ways to communicate and socialize, facilitate mood change, and to improve cognition, speech and motor skills. It’s so rewarding to see my clients enjoy the process, make progress and feel empowered!”
MSW, MT-BC, NMT, WMTR
Jennifer joined the Expressive Therapies team in January 2018. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with degrees in Music Therapy and English with Creative Writing. Jennifer enjoys working with a variety of clients, including: autism, developmental disabilities, hospice, Alzheimer's/dementia, Parkinson's, cancer, anxiety, and homelessness. She is passionate about both music and writing as creative, therapeutic outlets and loves being a part of the Expressive Therapies team!
"Music and language are so unique in their ability to creatively explore and express our individual thoughts and experiences. I love seeing how both outlets provide such incredible means for self-expression, processing, and growth for so many people."
MT-BC, NMT, WMTR, AMTA Internship Supervisor
Joanna graduated in 2018 from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where she earned a degree in Music Therapy, with a minor in Dance. Prior to joining the Expressive Therapies team in January 2019, JoAnna worked with children and adults of all ages and abilities throughout her coursework, including those with autism, Alzheimer's/dementia, and various developmental disabilities. She also completed an internship at a children’s hospital in Dallas, Texas, where she got to experience the medical side of music therapy. JoAnna is so excited to be in Wisconsin as part of the Expressive Therapies team!
“Two of my biggest passions in life are music and helping others. I’m so thankful to be in a field where I get to pursue them both. There is something so special about making music that is also making a difference in someone else’s life.”
MT-BC, NMT, WMTR, AMTA Internship Supervisor
Angie, a board-certified music therapist, neurologic music therapist and AMTA internship supervisor, joined the Expressive Therapies team in December of 2019. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in vocal music before continuing to Western Michigan University to complete the music therapy equivalency program. She completed her internship through Music Therapy Services of Central Wisconsin, where she offered services to adults and children in Pediatric, NICU, Palliative, Oncology, and Neurorehabilitation units of Marshfield Medical Center. Throughout her coursework, Angie has had experience working with many different populations, including adults with Dementia, adults and children with developmental disabilities, and children with Apraxia of Speech. She is currently finishing her graduate work in music therapy and will be receiving her master’s degree of music therapy in June 2020.
“Music is an incredible therapeutic tool because it is a part of everyone’s lives and can have such deep meaning so people. It is so powerful, it can change neuropathways in the brain! I feel such joy when I see a client reach a goal, they never thought possible, sing when they are unable to speak, or express themselves in a new way through music. Music has always been a huge part of my life and sharing it in a way that helps someone achieve their greatest potential is incredible!.”
Kim joined Expressive Therapies in June 2020. Kim has earned her Master’s degree in Art Therapy, with an emphasis in Counseling from Mount Mary University in 2020 and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Expressive and Therapeutic Arts from Marian University in 2017. Kim has worked with a variety of clients including individuals who struggle with mental health issues and drug abuse, children with disabilities, developmental and physical disabilities, skilled nursing, Alzheimer's, dementia and hospice care. Kim believes that creating art can be used to safely address challenges or topics in our lives. She strives to use arts in various forms to build strong therapeutic relationships with individuals to find a way to express themselves.
“I believe in the creative arts process to help individuals safely address challenges or topics in their lives.
I have witnessed – through creative arts – individuals were able to feel empowered through art making,
gain confidence in themselves and able to express their own beliefs.”
Debbie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years experience in the areas of mental health, and drug and alcohol, assessment and treatment. Debbie has had the privilege of working with a wide variety of clients from teenagers to geriatrics both as a group and individual therapist, and social worker, in the inpatient and outpatient settings. She has direct experience in treating major mental illness, psychotic illness, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, behavior and substance addiction, and assessing risk competency issues. Debbie has served as a provider in addressing medical diagnoses including HIV, cancer, and chronic illness, utilizing a lifestyle medicine approach.
Debbie is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers - Wisconsin Branch
" I believe in a strengths-based, client-centered approach, which connects clients and their caregivers with community-based services, working with collateral providers for the best possible treatment outcome. Utilizing the arts in treatment not only supports long-term healing and growth, but provides tools for ongoing progress and stability."
MT-BC, NMT, WMTR
Alyssa is a board-certified music therapist who joined Expressive Therapies in April 2021. Alyssa graduated from University of Evansville in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in music therapy and a minor in psychology. Alyssa has experience working with groups and individuals in various settings and populations including pediatrics, inpatient mental health, schools, and geriatrics.
"" Music acts like a magic key to which the most tightly closed heart opens" ~ Maria von Trapp
MT-BC, NMT, WMTR
Leah became a Board-Certified Music Therapist in 2017 and Neurologic Music Therapist – Member in 2019. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University and is thrilled to be joining the Expressive Therapies team in June 2021. Leah is passionate about the power of holistic health for a truly balanced life. Leah has practiced music therapy with a variety of ages and populations, including hospice/end of life, dementia/Alzheimer’s, physical disabilities, pediatric oncology, pediatric ICU, psychiatry, early childhood development, and individuals with developmental disabilities.
“Music is a means of giving form to our inner feelings without attaching them to events or objects in the world ” – George Santayana
Sandra joined our team in July 2021. Sandra achieved her Master’s degree in Art Therapy, with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Mount Mary University in 2021 and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Expressive and Therapeutic Arts in 2018 at Marian University. Sandra is passionate about helping individuals progress and find a better quality of life. She believes in the power of art and creating experiences to promote self-expression and build coping skills within each person’s unique situation. Sandra specializes in fiber, two and three-dimensional art, as well as meditation and movement therapy. Sandra has worked with adults and children, with varied mental health diagnosis, autism, alcohol and drug addiction, and trauma survivors, in groups and individually.
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.." Albert Einstein
Kelsey completed her course work in May, 2020 from Queens University of Charlotte. She is completing her music therapy degree at Expressive Therapies as a music therapy intern. Kelsey had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients in individual and group settings while completing her course work. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages with autism, developmental disabilities, Intellectual disabilities, various mental health diagnoses, Alzheimer’s/ Dementia, and cancer patients. Kelsey is looking forward to learning more from the staff and clients at Expressive Therapies.
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything” -Plato
Lauren is an Art Therapist who joined Expressive Therapies in August 2022. Lauren graduated from Edgewood College with her Bachelor of Science in Art Therapy. Soon thereafter, she would attend Mount Mary to pursue, and obtain, her Master of Science in Art Therapy with an emphasis on mental health counseling. As an Art Therapist, she utilizes her creativity to support you throughout treatment in a unique way. Specifically, she uses art as a tool to help with introspection as well as expression. Using Art as a vessel for therapy can allow us to become vulnerable and open to change or new ideas. Innately empathetic, Lauren will not only support your inner artist but will help you find a balance within your life. Creativity, safety, support and empowerment are goals she strives to obtain during every session. She has experience working with people from 4 to 91 years of age who live with anxiety, depression, bipolar 1 & 2, substance abuse, severe medical illness, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, dementia, PTSD and trauma. She believes that everyone deserves to be heard, recognized and is worthy of empathy. s.
“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.”- Brene Brown
Mental Health Counselor
Jamie joined our team as a mental health counselor in May 2023. She received her bachelor's degree in social work from Olivet Nazarene University in January 2019 and her master's degree in social work at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in May 2023. Jamie has experience working with various ages and abilities. She believes in a strengths-based and person-centered approach to mental health care.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
MT-BC, NMT, WMTR
Kayla joined our team as a board-certified music therapist after completing her internship here at Expressive Therapies. She is a graduate of The College of Wooster with a bachelor’s degree in music therapy. During her education and internship, she had the opportunities of working with people of all ages and abilities. Kayla is passionate about the power of music and is looking forward to continuing her career as a part of the Expressive Therapies team.
"“Music can be a profound step in the exploration of self, in the conscious act of honest reflection that goes by many
names -- mindfulness, meditation, self-discovery, self-empowerment, and enlightenment.” ~ Amy Camie
David joined Expressive Therapies at the start of June 2023. He graduated with a Master's of Science in Art Therapy with an emphasis in Counseling from Mount Mary University. As a bilingual dual licensed Hispanic therapist, David's goal is to reach the local Hispanic community to provide Spanish based art therapy counseling. He incorporates an individual's culture and values into the therapeutic space as a way of expression, growth, and wellbeing.
“Art can permeate the very deepest part of us, where no words exist.” ~ Eileen Miller
Art Therapy Intern
Ray is an intern Art Therapist who joined Expressive Therapies in June 2023. She graduated from Edgewood College in Madison, WI, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Art in Art Therapy in 2019. She is working towards her Masters's Degree from Edgewood College with a graduation date 2024. Ray is specifically interested in contemplative art therapy, believing that art therapy can tap into specific parts of the mind where one can observe, reflect, and transform thoughts and perceptions. Ray also sees the importance of our connection with natural settings and seeks to integrate nature therapy with art therapy to foster connectedness, mindfulness, and transcendence.
"You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave
is a function of what the whole ocean is doing." ~ Alan Watts
Music Therapy Intern
Sabra completed her BA in psychology with a music minor in 2018 at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where she returned to in 2019 for a second bachelor’s degree in music therapy. After living in central Indiana her whole life, she moved to Oshkosh to complete her internship and degree program. She is excited to meet and work with so many new people and hopes that she can make a difference in the community.
"Therapists must convey to the patient that their paramount task is to build a relationship
together that will itself become the agent of change.” ~ Irvin D. Yalom
Melissa has been overseeing all administrative functions as Office Administrator with Expressive Therapies since April of 2018. Along with her Bachelor’s in Accounting, she brings over 20 years of customer care experience, an ability to achieve thorough-ness and accuracy when accomplishing tasks, and a personal passion for art and music. Melissa is a wife, a mother of three teenagers, and a labradoodle. On her down time, she enjoys yoga, working out/running, and being at home with her family.
"By combining your passion, your strengths, and personal experiences in your day to day life; not only will you continue to learn new things you will also find positive uplifting moments in each day!"
Laurie joined Expressive Therapies in 2021. She is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh with a bachelor's degree in Applied Math. With 25 years' experience working in a variety of roles providing customer support and leadership, she enjoys helping people. Laurie is married and has two cats. In addition to a passion for quilting, she enjoys gardening, camping, sailing, and spending time with family and friends.
""Leave the road, take the trails". ~ Pythagoras
Jo (Joanne) joined Expressive Therapies in May 2016 as the Billing Supervisor. She has many years of experience working in the mental health field along with billing within the outpatient, inpatient, and day treatment areas. Jo loves the mission of Expressive Therapies and the benefits it brings to so many people through the creative arts.
""Appreciate where you are in your journey, even if it’s not where you want to be. Your destination is still ahead."
Human Resource Generalist
Julie joined us in September 2022 as Human Resource Generalist with an associate degree in marketing. She has over 20 years of experience as a customer care leader as well as human resource support. She is passionate about helping others succeed as well as Expressive Therapies’ mission
I am thankful to work in an atmosphere where you never have to “leave your heart at home”
and your work is your passion. ~Julie
Kandace joined Expressive Therapies in March 2023 as Intake Specialist. She is currently pursuing her associate degree in early childhood education and has previously worked in therapy for children with Autism. Kandace is passionate about music, helping make a positive change in people’s lives and is also passionate about her foster dogs she helps find loving homes for!
“Music is the strongest form of magic.” – Marilyn Manson
Autumn joined Expressive Therapies in the beginning of 2023. She was so excited for this opportunity not only because of her love for art and music, but because she loves helping others and the mission behind Expressive Therapies as well. Alongside her love of all thing’s art and music, Autumn enjoys spending time being outdoors, as well as with her friends and family.
“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” – Albert Einstein
Kendal joined Expressive Therapies in July 2023 as a receptionist. Along with a passion for music, Kendal loves baking, photography and spending time with her dog, and family. She loves traveling to new destinations and her bucket list includes Hawaii, Italy, and Ireland.
"You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." – Winnie the Pooh