Deforia Lane, Ph.D., MT-BC serves as Associate Director of the Ireland Cancer Center, & Director of Music Therapy at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Ireland Cancer Center and Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. Dr. Lane has designed and implemented music therapy programs for such diverse populations as the mentally handicapped, abused children, geriatric clients, behaviorally and psychiatrically disturbed, adult and pediatric cancer patients and the terminally ill. Public notice of her work extends from recognition in publications such as Reader's Digest and Coping magazine to forums such as National Public Radio, Cable News Network, CBS This Morning, Wall Street Journal TV and ABC World News with Peter Jennings.
Edward Gallagher, MT-BC, is Director of Education & Creative Arts Therapies at the Beck Center for the Arts, and received his Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Cleveland State University. Mr. Gallagher oversees a full range of arts education classes in dance, music, theater and visual arts; creative arts therapies; and education outreach. He founded the Creative Arts Therapies program at Beck Center, the first program of its type in Ohio. Mr. Gallagher is Immediate Past President of the Great Lakes Region of The American Music Therapy Association and is a frequent presenter on the uses of music in therapy and in the early childhood classroom. In 2007, he received the Service Award from the Great Lakes Region of The American Music Therapy Association.
Kara Caine has been a music therapist and music educator with the Music Therapy Enrichment Center, Inc. since 2009. Before the Music Therapy Enrichment Center, Kara especially enjoyed working as the Music and Movement Instructor for ACE: Activities Created for Enrichment with participants with moderate to severe developmental disabilities, ages 5-22, in Roanoke, Virginia. Kara graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelor’s of Music Education: Music Therapy and Public School Teaching from the College of Wooster. At Wooster, Kara received the Pi Kappa Lambda prize in music. Kara’s completed her clinical music therapy internship at the Fraser School in Minneapolis, a preschool for children with disabilities and typically developing children. She has been teaching piano and flute privately for 9 years and has experience with students of all abilities.
Tara Griest, MT-BC holds a BA in Music Therapy and a minor in psychology from Baldwin-Wallace University (2000). For over a decade Tara, worked with children with multiple developmental and special needs, adults with cognitive disabilities and geriatrics at the Beck Center for the Arts where she was the Associate Director of Creative Arts Therapies. Tara currently works at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and dedicates her time to adult oncology, patients with sickle cell disease, geriatrics and physical rehab. Previously she worked with Star Rockers, a Rock Hall wellness group for seniors. Tara has lectured on topics in music therapy locally and nationally and is currently working on her masters in music therapy at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana. She passionate to see children grow while having fun and to be part of this important developmental stage of their lives.
Diana Le is a music therapist who completed her Bachelors of Music with honors, majoring in music therapy and psychology at the University of Miami, Florida. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Health Sciences at Cleveland State University and recently obtained her fellowship at the Robert F. Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy. She traveled from Florida where she worked with children and adolescents with special needs to Cleveland to work at University Hospitals. Aside from seeing individual patients in the women’s oncology, neurology, and rehabilitation units, Diana conducts a weekly music therapy groups for the Mood Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program.
Brittany Lesch, MT-BC is Associate Director of Creative Arts Therapies at Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood. She is a board-certified music therapist with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Ohio University and works with individuals and groups of all ages throughout the community. At Beck Center, she coordinates early childhood arts programs including Kids-N-Tunes, special events such as Razzle Dazzle and Super Saturdays at Beck Center, and is a frequent presenter. Brittany joined the Toddler Rock music therapy team in January 2011.
Emily Richmond, MA, MT-BC, worked for 10 years as a music therapist at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, where she conducted research and performed clinical work in the NICU and with the pediatric hematology and oncology division. She was fortunate to work with the Toddler Rock Program from 2002 to 2005, and was thrilled to return to the program in 2010.
Each year music therapy interns from colleges and universities across the country come to University Hospitals Case Medical Center to complete a 6-month internship. As a part of their training they participate in Toddler Rock, bringing their expertise and enthusiasm to their own preschool class. They gain valuable skills while providing a variety of eclectic experiences for the children with whom they work.