• Stephanie

    Stephanie Johnson

    MT-BC

    Founder of Music Speaks

  • Deb

    Deb Brockington

    MA, MT-BC

    Service area: Northeast Iowa

  • Laura

    Laura Fehr

    MT-BC

    Service area: Quad Cities, Northeast Iowa, Western Illinois

  • Kirsten

    Kirsten Meyer

    MA, MT-BC

    Service area: Western Iowa, Omaha

  • Anna

    Anna Galloway

    MT-BC

    Service area: Chicagoland

  • Maggie

    Maggie Scheppmann

    MT-BC

    Service area: Central Iowa

  • Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Schwake

    MT-BC

    Service area: Northwest Iowa

  • Crystal

    Crystal Berkenes

    MT-BC

    Service area: All of Music Speaks; Direct therapy in Des Monies area

  • Leanne

    Leanne Shradel

    MT-BC

    Service area: East Central Iowa

  • Kim

    Kimberly Leeney

    Resource Coordinator

    Service area: Serving all of Music Speaks

  • Andra

    Andra Peeler

    MT-BC

    Service area: South-Central Iowa

  • Kristin

    Kristin Stock

    MMT, MT-BC

    Service area: Des Moines, Central Iowa

  • Cole

    Cole Eisenmenger

    MT-BC

    Service area: Omaha, Councile Bluffs, Southwest Iowa

  • Laura

    Laura Seibert

    MT-BC

    Service area: Dixon/ Sterling, IL; Northeast, Iowa

  • Tricia

    Tricia Hickle

    MM, MT-BC

    Service area: Iowa City / Cedar Rapids

  • Tyanne

    Tyanne Mischnick

    MME, MT-BC

    Service area: Western Iowa, Omaha

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
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 
Crystal Berkenes, MT-BC
CrystalBoard Certified Music Therapist
Development and Public Relations Associate
  • Service area: All of Music Speaks; Direct therapy in Des Moines area
  • Expertise population: Dementia/Alzheimer’s, hospice
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music Education/Music Therapy—Wartburg College
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Harp, guitar, frame drum, ukulele, native American flute
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
Anna Galloway, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Chicagoland
  • Expertise population: Dementia, psychiatric (including geriatric psychiatry, depression, schizophrenia, substance abuse, and other mental health diagnoses), older adults.
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy—University of Alabama (roll tide!)
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, percussion
Cole Eisenmenger, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Omaha, Council Bluffs, Southwest Iowa
  • Expertise population: Older adults, pediatrics, medical & rehabilitation
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music Education – Music Therapy– University of Kansas
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, piano, auxiliary percussion, voice
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, violin, voice
Elizabeth Schwake, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Northwest Iowa
  • Expertise population: Geriatric, children
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music Therapy & Music Education—Wartburg College
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, percussion
Jenny Cook, MM, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Chicagoland
  • 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: Voice, piano, guitar
Kirsten Meyer, MA, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Western Iowa, Omaha
  • 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, percussion, piano
Kristin Stock, MMT, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
Neurologic Music Therapist
  • Service area: Des Moines, Central Iowa
  • Expertise population: Dementia, hospice, older adults
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Arts in Music–Saint Louis University; Master of Music Therapy–Maryville University
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, percussion
Laura Fehr, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Quad Cities, Northeast Iowa, Western Illinois
  • Expertise population: Children/adults 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 Seibert, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Dixon/ Sterling, Illinois; Northeast Iowa
  • Expertise population: Children and Adults with disabilities, Dementia Care,and 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: Geriatric, 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
Maggie Scheppmann, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Central Iowa
  • Expertise population: Geriatric, children, adults with developmental disabilities
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy—University of Iowa
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, percussion
Rachel Miller, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Des Moines, Central Iowa
  • Expertise population: Dementia, hospice, older adults
  • Music Therapy degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy; Psychology Minor — Ohio Univeristy
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Guitar, voice, percussion
Tricia Hickle, MM, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist
Neurologic Music Therapist
  • Service area: Iowa City / Cedar Rapids
  • Expertise population: rehabilitation, hospice, adults and geriatric populations, children of all abilities
  • Music Therapy degree: Masters in Music Therapy from Colorado State University; Bachelor of Music — University of Northern Colorado
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Voice, piano, guitar, percussion, autoharp
Tyanne Mischnick, MME, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Southeast Nebraska
  • Expertise population: Special education, adults with intellectual delays, geriatric
  • 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
Vienna Sa, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Service area: Suburbs of Chicago
  • Expertise population: Children and teenagers with autism,eEmotional and behavioral disorders with teenagers
  • Music Therapy degree: Dual Bachelor Degree in Music Therapy and Psychology from the University of Miami
  • Instruments for therapeutic use: Cello, piano, guitar, DJ Equipment
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
Kimberly Leeney
Resource Coordinator
  • Service area: Serving all of Music Speaks
  • Healthcare experience: Providing care for children and adults with speech delays, developmental delays, and other mental/physical disabilities. Ophthalmology assistant, Residential Care Facility (RCF) Confidential Secretary; Over 15 years experience as a claims support analyst/auditor; human resource management.
  • Education: Certificats: Medical terminology, medical transcription, certified professional secretary (CPS). Various certifications through Iowa State University and Kirkwood Community College.
  • Music Talents: Some piano and guitar