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KELSI TAFARO, M.ED, MT-BC, NMT

 Executive Director, Owner

Kelsi is a board-certified music therapist and neurologic music therapist living in Haymarket, Virginia. Born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Kelsi moved to Virginia to attend the Conservatory at Shenandoah University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy and Master's degree in Special Education. 

Kelsi's career started in music therapy private practice, and she fell in love with the ability to see a variety of individuals and groups across multiple populations. For four years, Kelsi has served as a full-time special education, autism program teacher at John Champe High School in Loudoun County. She continued her career in Loudoun County as the Special Education Department Chair at Freedom High School, and later moved on to consulting.

NeuroSound Music Therapy was a lifelong dream for Kelsi, and she could not be happier to provide music therapy services to individuals and families in Northern Virginia. Kelsi hopes to increase awareness of the positive effects of music therapy among other professionals in the health services field, and also provide quality, research-based therapy to those in need in the Northern Virginia area.

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KATIE CONRAD, MT-BC

Staff Music Therapist

Katie is a board-certified music therapist living in the DMV. Katie grew up in a small Florida town called Apalachicola. She attended Queens University of Charlotte and graduated in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in music therapy. Katie shares a cozy apartment with FIVE pets—including a gecko named Mango and a pug named Gertrude! 

 

Katie has spent her first professional years working in long term care, assisted living, and Hospice care. Katie practices from a person-centered lens and believes in supporting people’s individual needs with new and familiar music. Katie is a long-time camp counselor and has enjoyed teaching ukulele lessons and leading glee club in the mountains of North Carolina. 

 

Katie is so excited to be working with the team at NeuroSound Music Therapy and to continue to serve the Northern Virginia area through creative Music Therapy services.

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ALYSSA SY, MT-BC, NMT

Staff Music Therapist | Growth and Development Manager

Alyssa is a board-certified music therapist living in Fairfax, Virginia. She was raised in North Carolina and there attended Appalachian State University where she received her Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy. Alyssa was also a member of the all-female music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota where she was the public relations chairman.

Alyssa moved to Northern Virginia to complete her internship at a high school within the Fairfax County Public School System. During this time, she served students with diagnoses including learning disability, autism spectrum disorder, emotional disability, hearing impairments or deafness, intellectual disability, and a mixture of other diagnoses. Alyssa then worked in private practice back in North Carolina before returning to Northern Virginia. She has enjoyed working with a wide range of clients and meeting their needs through music.

A career in music therapy has allowed Alyssa to fill both her love of music and her desire to help others meet their full potential.  She is excited to serve the Northern Virginia area with NeuroSound Music Therapy.

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DIXIE MAZUR, MT-BC

Staff Music Therapist

Dixie is a board-certified music therapist living in Aldie, VA. Raised near Knoxville, TN, Dixie moved to Virginia to attend Radford University, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy. After completing coursework to earn her license in k-12 music education, she settled in the northern Virginia area with an opportunity to do music therapy within Fairfax County Public Schools.

 

Dixie's career started in FCPS five years ago, where she completed her internship working with a diverse population of students in grades 9-12. Immediately following her internship, Dixie was offered a job to work with her current school's autism and emotional disability programs, while also teaching K-6 general music. In 2017, Dixie was recognized for her work in special education as FCPS's Outstanding Elementary New Teacher of the year. As passionate as she is about music therapy in the public school system, she has the desire to begin working in private practice to reach more of her local community. She continues to work part time at Marshall Road Elementary School. 

 

Music therapy has always been a passion of Dixie's. She is excited and motivated to help provide music therapy services and advocate for the profession in her community. 

CELIA GROVE, MT-BC

Staff Music Therapist

Celia is a board-certified music therapist living in the DMV area. She was born and raised in Frederick County, Maryland. She attended Elizabethtown College in Lancaster, PA for her bachelor of music therapy and completed her coursework in 2018.  


After Elizabethtown, Celia moved back to the DC metro area and completed her internship with Fairfax County Public Schools, where she served students with autism, Down syndrome, emotional disabilities, and intellectual disabilities at two different placements. 


After becoming board certified, Celia moved to Indianapolis, Indiana to work for two and a half years for a Medicaid Waiver provider, providing music therapy services to a wide variety of clients in both age and diagnoses. 


Celia is excited to return to the Northern Virginia area to provide music therapy services, and is eager to be working with the NeuroSound Music Therapy team!  

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HEIDI OWER, MT-BC

Staff Music Therapist

Heidi is a board-certified music therapist living in Northern Virginia. She spent most of her life growing up in Colorado where she attended Colorado State University (Go Rams) to obtain a bachelor's degree in music therapy. During her last year there, she served as the prospective student committee chair for the music therapy student association. 

Heidi completed her internship with Fairfax County Public Schools working with high school students with a range of abilities including autism, anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders. After completion of internship, Heidi worked at a private practice and gained experience working with children with a variety of disabilities as well as leading groups in assisted living and memory care units. 

 

Having a career in music therapy is a dream come true for Heidi because she loves music and helping others reach their full potential. How exciting that she gets to combine those two passions everyday! Heidi is proud to be a part of the NeuroSound team and serve the community of Northern Virginia. 
 

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ELLEN ABOOD, MT-BC

Staff Music Therapist

Ellen is a Northern Virginia native and grew up right here in Fairfax County. In 2018, Ellen received her Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from The Catholic University of America in Washington DC. Before going back to school to receive her Music Therapy Certification, Ellen spent a year working with children at an early childhood development startup in Arlington as well as teaching dance at a local studio.

In 2019 she began her journey to becoming a Music Therapist through Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College’s online certification program. While in school, Ellen continued to grow her passion for music and helping others by leading dance classes at underprivileged schools in DC and continuing her work at the early childhood startup. 

Ellen completed her internship at Beyond Words in Northeast Ohio working with children and adolescents with a range of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Here she solidified the idea that practicing music therapy in a private practice was the perfect fit for her passions and skills.

Ellen is thrilled to be a part of the NeuroSound Music Therapy team and is proud to continue serving the Northern Virginia community!
 

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Staff Music Therapist

Anneka Bell, MT-BC

Anneka is a board-certified music therapist currently residing in Northern Virginia. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in music therapy at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania where she was president of their music therapy club, and recently completed her internship at A Place to Be in Middleburg, VA. 

 

Anneka has been playing the piano since she was 5 years-old with a love for Romantic era, musical theatre, and alternative rock music. In addition to music therapy sessions, Anneka teaches piano with experience in adapted and traditional lessons. As a music therapist, she believes in establishing an environment of agency  and fun, with a client-centered perspective, to guide clients to find their purpose, fortes, and goals

 

Anneka is originally from southern New Jersey and when not in the music room, she loves to draw in different mediums, hike the trails, crochet too many blankets, and read with a warm cup of tea.

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