• Stephanie

    Stephanie Johnson

    MT-BC

    Founder of Music Speaks

  • Deb

    Deb Brockington

    MA, MT-BC

    Service area: Northeast Iowa

  • Laura F

    Laura Fehr

    MT-BC

    Service area: Quad Cities, Northeast Iowa, Western Illinois

  • Kirsten

    Kirsten Meyer

    MA, MT-BC

    Service area: Western Iowa, Omaha

  • Leanne

    Leanne Shradel

    MT-BC

    Service area: East Central Iowa

  • Christina

    Christina Whipple

    MA, MT-BC

    Service area: All of Music Speaks

  • Andra

    Andra Peeler

    MT-BC

    Service area: Des Moines, IA and surrounding area

  • Mikayla

    Mikayla Cota

    MT-BC

    Service Area: Des Moines, IA and surrounding area

  • Cole

    Cole Eisenmenger

    MT-BC

    Service area: Omaha, Council Bluffs, Southwest Iowa

  • Laura S

    Laura Seibert

    MT-BC

    Service area: Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa

  • Tyanne

    Tyanne Mischnick

    MME, MT-BC

    Service area: Western Iowa, Omaha

  • Elisa

    Elisa Padro

    MT-BC

    Service area: Omaha, Nebraska; Council Bluffs, Iowa and surrounding areas

  • Bethany

    Bethany Wheeler

    MA, MT-BC

    Service area: Iowa City, IA

  • Brooke

    Brooke Moeller

    MT-BC

    Service area: Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area, Iowa

  • Jenny

    Jenny Cook

    MM, MT-BC

    Service area: Chicago, Illinois

  • Colleen

    Colleen Thomas

    MT-BC

    Service area: Dixon/Sterling/Rockford, IL

  • Laura H

    Laura Helm

    MT-BC

    Service area: Des Moines, IA and surrounding area

  • Jacqueline

    Jacqueline Vilca

    MT-BC

    Service area: Chicago, Illinois and surrounding suburbs

  • Katie

    Katie Suddarth

    MT-BC

    Service area: Des Moines, Iowa Area

  • Laura F

    Laura Fortner

    MT-BC

    Service Area: Fresno, California Area

  • Meghan

    Meghan Phadke

    MA, MT-BC

    Service area: Des Moines, Iowa and surrounding area

  • Rachel

    Rachel Black

    Support Team Associate

    Service Area: All of Music Speaks

Music Speaks

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About Music Speaks

“Making music your medicine”

Music Speaks, LLC was founded in 2009 with the intent to serve and educate communities on the research-based health profession of music therapy. As the practice has grown, so has Music Speaks, but our goal remains the same: providing music therapy to enhance the health, function and well-being of each client.

The ‘Music Speaks’ name was created to capture one of the many benefits of music therapy: communication. As music is known as a universal language, our board certified music therapists use the power and versatility of that language to improve communication both verbally and non-verbally. ‘Where words fail, music speaks.’

Read more about our services here…


Meet the therapists

All of our therapists are highly-qualified, board certified music therapists.

Stephanie Johnson, MT-BC
Founder of Music Speaks & Executive Director
Board Certified Music Therapist
Neurologic Music Therapist-Fellow
  • Service area: All of Music Speaks
  • Expertise population: Dementia, hospice, older adults
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy—University of Iowa
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, hand drums 
Christina Whipple, MA, MT-BC
Development and Public Relations Associate
Board Certified Music Therapist
Neurologic Music Therapist
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – Music Therapist
  • Service area: All of Music Speaks
  • Expertise population: ASD, hospice
  • Music Therapy degree: Master of Arts in Music Therapy — University of Iowa
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, violin, ukulele, frame drums, Native American flute, autoharp
Tyanne Mischnick, MME, MT-BC
Client Relations Associate
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: All of Music Speaks, direct therapy in Southeast Nebraska
  • Expertise population: Special education, adults with intellectual delays, older adults
  • Music Therapy degree: Master of Music Education/Music Therapy—University of Kansas; Bachelor of Arts in Music with Psychology Minor—University of Nebraska
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, percussion
Andra Peeler, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: South-Central Iowa
  • Expertise population: Older adults, dementia
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music Education/Music Therapy — Wartburg College
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, ukulele, percussion
Bethany Wheeler, MA, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Iowa City, Iowa
  • Expertise population: Medical, hospice, dementia
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance – Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Master of Arts in Music Therapy – University of Iowa
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, harp, piano, percussion
Brooke Moeller, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area, Iowa
  • Expertise population: Older adults, dementia
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music Education with Music Therapy— Wartburg College
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, piano, voice, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, guitalele, percussion
Cole Eisenmenger, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Omaha, Nebraska; Council Bluffs, Iowa and surrounding southwest area
  • Expertise population: Older adults, pediatrics, medical & rehabilitation
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music Education – Music Therapy– University of Kansas
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, piano, auxiliary percussion
 Colleen Thomas, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
Neurologic Music Therapist
  • Service area: Dixon/Sterling/Rockford, Illinois
  • Expertise population: Adults and children with developmental disabilities, hospice
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy – Illinois State University
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, keyboard, various small percussion instruments
Deb Brockington, MA, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  •  Service area: Northeast Iowa
  • Expertise population: Dementia/Alzheimer’s, hospice, developmental disabilities, ADHD, visual impairments, hearing impairments, sensory processing disorder
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music Education/Music Therapy—Wartburg College; Master of Arts  in Music Therapy—Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, violin
Elisa Padro, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Omaha, Nebraska; Council Bluffs, Iowa and surrounding areas
  • Expertise population: Adults and children with developmental disabilities
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy- Western Illinois University
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, piano, ukulele, percussion
Jacqueline Vilca, MM, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service areaChicago, Illinois and surrounding suburbs
  • Expertise population: Hospital setting, school age children with ASD and emotional disorders, older adults
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy- University of Miami
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, piano, ukulele, woodwinds, percussion
Jenny Cook, MM, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Chicago, Illinois
  • Expertise population: Older adults, dementia
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music Therapy & Vocal Performance (Piano Minor) — Michigan State University; Master of Music – Michigan State University
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, piano
Katie Suddarth, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Des Moines, Iowa area
  • Expertise population: Hospice, Older adults, and children with disablities
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy—University of Iowa
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, ukulele, voice, piano, percussion
Kirsten Meyer, MA, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Omaha, Nebraska; Western Iowa
  • Expertise population: Older adults, mental health, PTSD, substance abuse, and forensic psychology
  • Music Therapy degree: Master of Arts in Music Therapy—University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, piano, percussion
Laura Fehr, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Quad Cities, Northeast Iowa and Western Illinois
  • Expertise population: Adults and children with developmental disabilities, autism, older adults, dementia, hospice
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy—University of North Dakota
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, piano, hand percussion
Laura Fortner, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Fresno, California and surrounding areas
  • Expertise population: Adults and children with developmental disabilities
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy & Bachelor of Arts in Psychology — Queens University of Charlotte
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, piano, ukulele
Laura Helm, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Des Moines, Iowa and surrounding area
  • Expertise population: Older adults with memory care needs; adults with acquired brain injury
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy—University of Iowa
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, large buffalo drum
Laura Seibert, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Expertise population: Adults and children with disabilities, dementia, hospice
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music Therapy– Maryville University
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, percussion
Leanne Shradel, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: East-Central Iowa
  • Expertise population: Older adults, hospice, children of all abilities
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy—Illinois State University
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, keyboard, percussion
Meghan Phadke, MA, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Des Moines, Iowa and surrounding area
  • Healthcare experience: Medical, Hospice/Palliative, Behavioral Health
  • Education: Master of Arts in Music Therapy—The University of Iowa; Bachelor of Arts in Music—The University of Missouri Kansas-City
  • Music Talents: Guitar, voice, percussion
Mikayla Cota, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Des Moines, Iowa
  • Expertise population: Older adults and adults with disabilities
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy—Wartburg College
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, piano, ukulele, drums, hand percussion
Angela Nelson
Accounts Receivable Administrator
  • Service area: Serving all of Music Speaks
  • Healthcare experience: Caring for children and adults with cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and other mental and physical disabilities. Researcher for the VA and the University of Iowa in Immunology and Infectious Disease.
  • Education: Bachelor of Science in Genetics—Iowa State University
  • Music Talents: Experience playing clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, tenor saxophone
Rachel Black, MLIS
Support Team Associate
  • Service area: Serving all of Music Speaks
  • Experience: Community engagement, organization of resources, reference and research experience, website content developer, and program planning. Public librarian and historical archivist.
  • Education: Bachelor of English, Master of Library & Information Science – University of Iowa
  • Music Talents: Voice, piano, experimental jaw harp