We are so excited to welcome two new music therapists to our team!
Welcome to 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.
Welcome to Kathy Ryan, MT-BC!
Kathy was born outside of Chicago, and grew up in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. Both of her grandmothers were piano players, so it was only a matter of time until Kathy and her sister began piano lessons. Piano quickly became Kathy’s greatest love, and she spent many happy hours practicing and developing a love for a wide variety of music. While completing her Bachelor’s in Piano Performance at Illinois State University, she learned of and took a few courses in Music Therapy, and kept it in mind as she progressed in her studies.
Kathy went on to earn her Master’s in Piano Pedagogy at Butler University, and after graduating she made Indianapolis her permanent home, teaching, accompanying, and leading an after-school piano program in IPS through the Fine Arts Society. While at the Fine Arts Society (now Classical Music Indy), Kathy even trained in radio broadcasting, which resulted in a 6-year stint as morning classical music host on 88.7FM. In 2012, Kathy made the leap to pursue a career in Music Therapy, earning her certification in the inaugural Distance Equivalency program at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. Nearing five years in the field, Kathy is thrilled to be joining the Dynamic Music Therapy team!