Our Therapists

 

 

  Karyn (Casey) DePriest, MT-BC, NMT

Owner/senior Therapist

Certified Neurologic Music Therapist 

Licensed Music Together® Center Director

Registered Music Together Teacher

Casey DePriest is a Certified Neurologic Music Therapist and a 1994 graduate of the University of Evansville. Casey began her career working in physical rehabilitation , then child/adolescent psychiatric treatment at Welborn's Mulberry Center.  In 2002, Casey started a private practice and became an Indiana Medicaid Waiver provider to serve individuals with developmental disabilities.  Since that time she has developed her practice into a music therapy agency which has been able to reach a greater number of clients across the tri-state area through the addition of other qualified therapists.  In October 2011, Casey completed her Neurologic Music Therapy training, earned her NMT, and was inducted into the Robert F. Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy.

Casey is the Chair of the Indiana Music Therapy Task Force which works to raise awareness and provide increased access to quality music therapy services in Indiana.  She has testified at the Indiana Statehouse and continues to work closely with legislators to further the goals of the task force.  Casey is also a member of ERAC (Evansville Regional Autism Coalition) and serves of the serves on the Board of Directors for the Evansville Children's Choir.  Casey completed the Music Together Teacher Training during the summer of 2009 and became a licensed Music Together Center Director in October 2009.  Casey is authorized to provide Music Together Within Therapy services.  Casey is thrilled to be teaching Music Together and believes in the way this program engages families in a wonderfully musical way!

Casey has specialized in autism treatment through nearly 20 years of experience, advanced training, and professional supervision. She recognized a need for increased access to services and educational opportunities for individuals on the spectrum, recognizing their movement differences, neuro-connectivity differences, and related sensory and communication struggles. In 2014, Casey founded Optimal Rhythms, Inc. (501c3) and a new therapeutic school program, ACCESS Academy, to help support the needs of these individuals in our community. Casey is partnering with Colorado State University to further study the impact of rhythm on movement in individuals on the autism spectrum. Casey was recognized in 2014 as a Health Care Hero by the Evansville Courier & Press and is a 2015 Leadership Evansville Nominee. 

Karyn C. DePriest is listed at AllTherapist.com

 

Eric Lund, MT-BC, NMT

Senior Neurologic Music Therapist

Board-certified Music Therapist

Certified Neurologic Music Therapist 

Registered Music Together Teacher

Eric is a graduate of the University of Evansville.  He completed his internship in his home state of Minnesota but returned to the Evansville area with his new bride, Kristen.  Eric is a talented guitarist who also performs and teaches locally.  Eric joined IMT, LLC in August, 2008.   In October 2011, Eric completed his Neurologic Music Therapy training, received his NMT, and was inducted into the Robert F. Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy.  Eric serves clients of all ages with developmental disabilities and other neurologic difficulties.  Eric completed the Music Together Teacher Training in August 2009 and began teaching in January 2010.  Eric is now authorized to provide Music Together Within Therapy services.  Eric's Music Together families love his "silly quotient"!

 

Jennifer Pruden, B.M.E, MT-BC, NMT

Board-Certified Music Therapist

Certified Neurologic Music Therapist

Originally from St. Louis, MO, Jennifer is a 2011 graduate of the University of Evansville with degrees in both Music Therapy and Instrumental Music Education. She spent from 2011-2013 working as a music therapist in Indianapolis as well as teaching private lessons and accompanying. In Indianapolis, she served clients of all ages with developmental disabilities, psychosis, and emotional disorders. She completed her Neurologic Music Therapy training in October 2012 and became a certified neurologic music therapist. Jennifer joined IMT, LLC in August 2013. She was recently married and moved to Evansville to join her husband.

 

 Audrey Boutwell, MT-BC, NMT

Board-Certified Music Therapist

Audrey is a 2010 graduate of the University of Evansville. She completed her internship at the Star Center in Jackson, TN and then returned to the Jasper area. Audrey joined IMT, LLC in May, 2013. Audrey serves clients of all ages with developmental disabilities in the Dubois County and Spencer County areas. 

 

 Rayma Williams, MT-BC, NMT 

Board Certified Music Therapist

Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Rayma is a 2014 graduate from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi. She completed her internship at the STAR Center, Inc, in Jackson, Tennessee, where she worked with individuals of all ages with disabilities.  Rayma joined the IMT,LLC Team in January 2015.

 

 Eva Esarey, MT-BC 

 Board Certified Music Therapist

 Originally from rural Keystone, IN, Eva is a 2014 graduate from Indiana University-Purdue University of Fort Wayne where she also minored in Psychology. Eva completed her internship with a hospice agency in Indianapolis, IN where she worked with a wide variety of populations and age groups. Eva lives in northern Perry County with her husband, Tim, and dog, Sugar. She joined IMT, LLC in January 2015 and serves clients of all ages with developmental disabilities in Perry, Spencer, and Dubois counties.  

 

Board Certified Music Therapist

Fatima earned the Bachelor of Music dual degree in music therapy and violin performance from the University of Evansville, and the Master of Music Education degree in music therapy from the University of Kansas. She completed her internship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, New York. Her primary research interests are international music therapy students training, early intervention in child development, and the use of music in reducing preoperative anxiety of patients. Fatima has presented research and sessions at conferences of the American Music Therapy Association and the Kansas Music Educators Association.

 

Amy E. Miller, MT-BC

Administrative Assistant

Amy received her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree from the University of Evansville.  She has worked extensively with children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities, but also has experience in both medical and mental health settings.  After spending several years away from the profession of music therapy, Amy joined the IMT team in 2012.  Amy is an avid community volunteer and enjoys working with the local Ronald McDonald House and CureSearch for Children's Cancer.  She and her husband also founded the Isaac Miller Music Matters Endowment Fund in 2012 to promote music education and music therapy in the Evansville area.

 

Susan Simmons

Claims Administrator/Assistant

Susan is a graduate of St. Louis University where she earned a degree in Health Information Management and a minor in Business Administration.  Susan joined IMT, LLC in 2007 and is a wonderful asset to our agency.  She provides support for payroll, claims submission, form development, internal auditing, and medical records

 


WHAT DO MUSIC THERAPISTS ACTUALLY DO?

Working as a music therapist essentially involves preparing, conducting, evaluating and documenting sessions with clients. Working with a client usually begins before the first session. The first step is to collect the necessary background information by reviewing any written records or referrals that may be available. Then in the first session, the music therapist usually conducts an assessment to determine the client's strengths and therapeutic needs. In a music therapy assessment, information on how the client makes, responds to, and relates to music is collected and analyzed, and then related to other aspects of the client's life. Based on the assessment findings, the music therapist formulates goals, sometimes with input from the client, the client's family, other professionals, or an interdisciplinary team of clinicians. Care is taken that the goals are realistic enough to be accomplished within the time frame set for therapy. Once goals have been set, the music therapist makes a treatment plan outlining possible strategies and music experiences that might be helpful in meeting the client's NON-MUSICAL needs. In institutional settings, a meeting is usually held to coordinate treatment efforts and to formulate a program plan. As a result, the client is placed in individual, family, or group sessions, and the treatment phase of music therapy begins. Then after working with the client for a sufficient time, the music therapist conducts periodic evaluations to determine whether the methods of treatment are effective and whether the client is making progress in reaching the prescribed goals, When necessary, adjustments are made in the goals or methods. Finally, when the time comes for ending therapy, the music therapist prepares the client for leaving and helps to bring some kind of closure to the process.

In addition to these clinical procedures, music therapists may have other responsibilities, depending upon the work setting, the client populations, and the therapist's job requirements. In hospital settings, music therapists may develop programs to meet various patient needs, while helping them to cope with their stay and necessary procedures and using music as a prompt or motivation for progress in this and other therapy areas. In schools, music therapists may consult with classroom teachers or develop individual or group music therapy treatment plans to enhance and support successful learning for special students. In the community, music therapists may consult with physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, PTs, OTs, and/or SLPs for the purpose of co-treating or maintaining continuity of services.  Music therapists working in institutions develop programs to meet the needs of individuals and the milieu and may also have other duties such as ordering necessary equipment and supplies and maintaining them. Music therapists may also have positions which require administration, supervision, consultation, or teaching.