Jennifer Pinson, MT-BC
Owner of Dynamic Music Services, Inc.
Jennifer has been a MT-BC since 2011, after completing her BS degree in Music Therapy and Psychology at Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College. Prior to completing her music therapy degree, she completed a BS in Music in 2008 from Indiana State University. Upon completing her degree in music therapy, she began working with individuals with special needs on the Medicaid Waiver in Bloomington, IN. She has since serviced many clients and families on the waiver in Bloomington, Indianapolis, and the surrounding areas. In addition to serving families on the Medicaid Waiver, Jennifer provides services in Eldercare, ABA, and more.
Jennifer is currently serving as Past President of the Association for Indiana Music Therapy. She is actively involved in the state and region, and is an active member in the national level of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Jennifer also offers presentations about music therapy and entrepreneur training.
Sammi Acconcio, MT-BC
Sammi was born in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts and grew up in Kingsland, Georgia. Sammi’s love for music was obvious to her family and friends at an early age. She began her musical journey in the sixth grade by learning to play the trumpet. She further honed these skills by performing in her high school marching band. She was also heavily involved in musical theater and chorus throughout high school.
As a high school senior, Sammi learned about Music Therapy and felt that’s what her life calling was to be. The following year, she enrolled in the Music Therapy program at Georgia College & State University. While attending college, Sammi received extensive classical voice instruction. She was an active participant in the prestigious Max Noah Singers as well as the Georgia College University Chorus. In 2018, The Max Noah Singers were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City to a capacity crowd. Sammi is also a member of the music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota. She served as chapter president during her senior year of college.
In the summer between her junior and senior year of college, Sammi participated in a study abroad program. She travelled to Heidelberg, Germany, where she learned how different cultures approach music therapy and the outcomes. After finishing her academic coursework, Sammi served as an intern at Dynamic Music Therapy from June – December 2019. She graduated from Georgia College & State University in December of 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Music Therapy.
Sammi joined the Dynamic Music Therapy team as a board-certified Music Therapist in March of 2020. Sammi’s primary passion is continued development of her vocal talents as well as helping others to realize their own potential. She strives to always make a positive difference in the lives of her clients and everyone she meets. Sammi is overjoyed to be on the Dynamic team and to begin her journey as a credentialed Music Therapist.
Janelle Davis, MT-BC
Janelle was born and raised in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. Her passion for music began at age six, being involved in piano lessons, church choir, and then later, flute and piccolo. During high school, Janelle had a particular interest in psychology and counseling, and was introduced to the profession of music therapy from her flute teacher. She knew then that music therapy would be the most perfect career choice for her, because it joined her two greatest passions in life: music and psychology.
Janelle graduated from Western Illinois University in July 2017 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology. While attending WIU, Janelle was involved in marching band, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Music Therapy Association, and the International Women’s Music Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota. Janelle then went on to complete her music therapy internship at Opportunities for Positive Growth in Fishers, Indiana, where she worked with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities on the Indiana Medicaid Waiver. With just over two years of experience in the field of music therapy, Janelle is thrilled to be joining the wonderful team of therapists at Dynamic Music Services!
Kristin Dawson, MT-BC
Kristin was born in raised in Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky, spending almost all of her childhood located in Metropolis, Illinois. Her love for music started at an early age due to her parents involvement in church and recreational music activities. Kristin began singing in Western Kentucky Choral Ambassadors children’s choir in the 2nd grade, began formal voice lessons in the 6th grade, and stayed engaged in singing and music making ever since.
Kristin discovered music therapy when she was a freshman at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. After half of a semester in the “Intro to Music Therapy” course, Kristin discovered that music therapy was her calling. While attending, she participated in both the college’s Chorale and Madrigal ensembles, made two choral tours to Ireland, and became an international choral champion with the Madrigals in the spring of 2019. She graduated summa cum laude of her class in May of 2019, then went on to complete her music therapy clinical internship with Four Season Hospice near Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Kristin’s primary passion is for hospice and geriatrics and had interests in music-centered and psychodynamic approaches. She aspires to become a GIM (Guided Imagery and Music) Fellow and return to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for a degree of Master of Arts in Music Therapy. Kristin is humbled to be joining the team at Dynamic Music Services as she begins her career as a credentialed Music Therapist.
Megan Hansen, MT-BC
Megan grew up in Corydon, IN where she enjoyed doing all things musical – piano and voice lessons, marching and jazz bands, musical theater, worship groups, coffee shop gigs… she loves it all! She has a passion for music and has always enjoyed sharing musical experiences with other people. Megan first heard about Music Therapy as a junior in high school. As she began to learn about it, she became more and more passionate about music therapy. Megan went on to study at Indiana Wesleyan University, and graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy, summa cum laude.
Throughout her experiences in school Megan enjoyed doing Music Therapy with a variety of populations, but she felt drawn to working with people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Megan completed her internship at Opportunities for Positive Growth in Fishers, Indiana where she served people with IDD receiving services through the Medicaid Waiver. She loves building relationships and making each music therapy experience a rewarding one. Megan is excited to be part of the Dynamic Music Services team and is looking forward to serving the Indianapolis community!
Devanne Hargis, MT-BC
Devanne is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Devanne began developing her love for music early in life when she began to study percussion and found her passion particularly for playing marimba while taking lessons, being a part of a competitive marching band and indoor drumline in high school. Devanne wanted to find a career path where she could share her passion for music while also helping others and thus discovered music therapy. She attended the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy as well as a minor in Psychology in 2017. While attending, Devanne was involved in various instrumental and vocal ensembles, Music Therapy Club, and the International Women’s Music Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota.
After earning her degree, Devanne completed her internship at Orchard Manor in Lancaster, Wisconsin where she worked at a nursing facility with older adults as well as adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Devanne is excited to be in Indianapolis to provide music therapy services and be a part of this amazing team of music therapists at Dynamic Music Services, Inc.
Lauren Kell, MT-BC
Lauren is originally from St. Louis and began studying music at the age of nine with classical violin and piano. She was actively involved in orchestra and private lessons growing up and discovered the profession of music therapy in high school. Lauren earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy and a Minor in Psychology from the University of Dayton in 2017. Throughout her time at Dayton, Lauren was actively involved in orchestra, string quartet, Sigma Alpha Iota, and music therapy club.
In June 2016, she had the opportunity to travel to Portland, Jamaica as part of the Jamaica Field Service Project, a service learning trip for music therapy and music education students where she provided music enrichment services in a variety of settings under the supervision of Board-Certified Music Therapists. Lauren completed her internship at Midwest Music Therapy Services in St. Louis, where she primarily worked with individuals diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities in schools and privately in their homes. Lauren is excited to continue working with this population and others in the Indianapolis area as part of the Dynamic Music Therapy team!
Veronica Manges, MT-BC
Veronica was raised in Carmel, Indiana, joined her first choir at the ripe age of four, and has been unable to stop making music since. Be it piano, guitar, percussion, clarinet, or voice – music has always found its way into her everyday life, so it is only fitting that she go on to include this passion in her work. Veronica recently graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology. In her time at UD, she was involved in Choral ensembles, musical theater productions, Sigma Alpha Iota, Music Therapy Club, New Student Programs, and Campus Ministry retreat teams. She studied psychology abroad in Florence, Italy, and worked as an Undergraduate Music Minister.
Following school, she went on to complete her music therapy internship at The Center for Discovery in Harris, New York – a school and residential facility for children and adults with a variety of intellectual and developmental disabilities. In the fall, Veronica plans to attend Saint Mary of the Woods College to earn her Master of Arts in Music Therapy through a distance program. Veronica is excited to be back in her old stomping grounds after leaving the Hoosier nation for a five-year-Ohio-New York-hiatus.
Anthony Switala, MMT, MT-BC
Anthony is from Upstate New York and began studying music at the age of ten when he joined his elementary school band playing the clarinet. From there, Anthony fell in love with music and began to learn the woodwind and orchestral stringed instruments all throughout middle and high school. Anthony started his work with Dynamic Music Services in the Summer of 2021 after completing his Master of Music in music therapy at SUNY Fredonia that same year and graduated at the top of his class. Before graduate school, Anthony studied at Georgia College and State University and completed his internship at the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. During his internship, Anthony had the pleasure of working with registered music therapists primarily in school settings across the Auckland city centre.
Anthony follows a humanistic philosophy in his music therapy practice, emphasizing that all clients have free will, and works towards his clients’ goals with an unconditional positive regard. In addition to this, Anthony believes that all musical instruments can be included in the therapeutic process if they benefit the client, and strongly advocates for the inclusion of orchestral and world instruments in music therapy. He hopes to continue further in academia and eventually pursue his PhD at some point during his career as a music therapist.
Caitlin Taylor, MT-BC
Caitlin was born and raised in Georgetown, IN and has been developing her passion for music from a young age. Her grandfather was a wonderful pianist, who began sharing his love of the piano with Caitlin when she was months old, holding her on his lap as he would play. Throughout her life, Caitlin was involved in piano lessons and then picked up the flute in sixth grade. In high school, Caitlin was actively involved in marching band and theatre.
Although she had a deep love for music, Caitlin decided to pursue pre-medicine with a minor in music at Indiana University – Bloomington. By her junior year, she realized something was missing but couldn’t place a finger on it. After watching the Gabby Giffords documentary and hearing about music therapy, she immediately did some more research and knew this was what she wanted to pursue. Caitlin changed her degree to psychology and graduated from IU in 2014. Taking a year off, Caitlin went on to study music therapy at the University of Louisville and graduated summa cum laude in 2019.
Caitlin completed her internship at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, KY where she had the great opportunity to work under the supervision of seven incredible music therapists. While there, Caitlin gained experience in general medical, adult/pediatric oncology, NICU, stroke, and mental health. Caitlin is thrilled to be taking everything she has learned and applying it to her practice as a board-certified music therapist with Dynamic Music Services, Inc.!
Emily Theurer, MT-BC
Music Therapy Clinical Supervisor
Emily is a native of Bismarck, North Dakota. She was involved in auditioned community children’s choirs as well as school music programs growing up and trained in ballet for 17 years. She received her Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy summa cum laude from the University of North Dakota where she worked with a variety of populations, from newborns to older adults. While there she was a member of the Concert Choir, which toured to Havana, Cuba, and co-founded and served as first president of the student organization Autism Speaks U UND.
Emily completed her clinical internship at Children’s Hospital New Orleans, working as a part of the inpatient rehabilitation team. She collaborated with physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, child life specialists, recreational therapists, physicians, and nurses to work with children and young adults with a variety of needs, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, neuromyelitis optica, and medical complications due to non-accidental trauma. She also provided music therapy interventions bedside in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric ICU, Cardiac ICU, Children’s Medical Unit, Cancer Unit, and Respiratory Unit. Emily is looking forward to providing music therapy services to the Indianapolis area.
Jacob Wilson, MT-BC
Jake grew up moving about the Wabash Valley before settling in the small town of Universal, Indiana. His musical journey started when he joined the middle school concert band as a percussionist. As soon as he could he joined the marching band and jazz band. Jake participated in the theater whenever possible, getting on stage or playing in the pit for many a high school or community theater production.
Jake studied music therapy at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. While at the Woods, he continued to take every musical opportunity presented to him. He joined the Woods Vocal Ensemble and helped to rebuild the concert band.
After completing his course work in May of 2020, Jake went on to complete his internship with Dynamic Music Services From September 2020 to April 2021. Having reaching all the requirements, Jake received a bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.
Jake joined the Dynamic Music Services team as a board-certified music therapist in May of 2021 where he continues to further his knowledge of the profession and the people he serves. He feels increasingly lucky and grateful for the opportunities afforded to him and all of the people that have supported him thus far.
Rebecca Winebarger, MT-BC
Rebecca is originally from Corydon, Indiana and grew up in a musical family and developed a passion for music early in life. She fell in love with the piano and flute through her involvement in lessons, as well as high school concert, marching, and jazz bands. Rebecca’s music therapy journey began when she observed a music therapist in a school setting her senior year of high school. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from the University of Evansville.
Rebecca completed her internship with Music Therapy of the Bluegrass in Lexington, Kentucky working within the Fayette County Schools on student IEP goals and objectives (Grades K-12). Rebecca excited to join the Dynamic Music Services, Inc. team and provide music therapy services to those in and around the Indianapolis area.