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           Kerry Hawkins, music therapist




Kerry Hawkins, music therapist

Kerry is a board-certified music therapist, certified Music Together teacher, and musician living and working in Fairfax County. Her professional endeavors are driven by her goal to inspire others positively through the power of music. In May 2012, she completed her Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Therapy, with a minor in Psychology, at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. In conjunction with working in Fairfax County as a music therapist with youth and adolescents with a variety of disabilities, Kerry also teaches an internationally recognized early childhood music program, known as Music Together, to children and their caregivers at various locations in the Loudoun County area. Alongside this, she serves as the lead singer, guitarist, and Worship Team leader to a local church in Sterling. During her undergraduate degree, Kerry worked at a number of distinguished facilities, such as the Dana Farber Cancer Center, Mclean Hospital, and Franciscan Hospital for Children, all within or around the Boston area. She has also provided Music Therapy to those at Rebecca House and the Day Therapy Unit at Hospice Isle of Man, in the United Kingdom. Growing up in the Isle of Man, and originally residing from South Africa, she has had the opportunity to interact and connect with a multitude of people, which has given her insight into recognizing and understanding the diversity of different cultures. When not facilitating Music Therapy, Kerry enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Irvin Sayoc Kalugdan, music therapist

Irvin is a licensed music educator, music therapist and musician living and working in the Alexandria area. His professional endeavors are driven by his goals to advocate for and foster the use of music and art in our everyday lives. He earned his Bachelors of Music and Masters in Music Therapy from the Shenandoah Conservatory. In addition to working in the Fairfax County Public School system as a music therapist for 16 years with at-risk youth and adolescents with emotional disabilities, he has worked and volunteered for various health and arts related organizations in the DC metro area. Originating from Northeast Philadelphia, Irvin’s environmental and musical influences led him to become a singer, dancer, avid guitarist and performer. In addition to having performed and presented both domestically and internationally, Irvin has several recording credits one of which earned a Grammy award in 2000. His professional experiences in music therapy range from community based program development and sustainability, public speaking, music experientials and workshops (ie. drum circles and performances) as well as research and clinical practice. When not practicing music or therapy, he loves the great outdoors as well as being a husband and a dad to his 2 year-old son and 3 year-old Jackie-Bichon.

Katie Myers, music therapist

Katie is a board-certified music therapist and emergency medical technician. She recently earned her master’s degree in music therapy at The Florida State University, where she also received her certification as a NICU music therapist. While at FSU, Katie became involved in medical music therapy research, and is the first music therapist to conduct a music therapy study in an ambulance. Katie completed her undergraduate degree in music therapy, with a minor in psychology, at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She also completed her internship in Pittsburgh at the world-renowned University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Katie has had the pleasure of sharing music therapy experiences with children and adults of all ages, both in the United States and in Jamaica. Katie is excited to improve the lives of others using music through CATxStudios. When not involved with music or therapy, Katie enjoys traveling around the world, spending time with friends and family, reading, and being outdoors.

Julia Sulivan, music therapist

Julia Sullivan is a board-certified music therapist practicing in the Northern Virginia area.  She earned a graduate degree in music therapy from the Shenandoah Conservatory, where she completed an internship in rehabilitation centers and assisted living facilities.  After completing board examinations in 2010 she has been serving a wide range of clients with disabilities. She has practiced in conjunction with Fairfax County Public Schools, Georgetown Hospital, assisted living facilities, and through private referrals. She is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association and regional (MAR-AMTA) and state (VMTA) associations. Her drive to improve quality of life using music fosters all her sessions and she is thrilled to practice in CATxStudios.

Sarah Ware, music therapist

Sarah Ware, MMT, MT-BC has been making music with children, adults and older adults for 6 years in the field of music therapy. For 2 years, she has worked for the State of Maryland through the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene at John L. Gildner RICA in Rockville, a residential and day treatment program for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders. In addition, she teaches piano and voice lessons’, giving kids confidence to play in a community setting. Sarah also has an interest in grief and bereavement, and has participated in bereavement camps through Sentara Healthcare in Southeast Virginia.

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