My name is Bonnie Hayhurst. I'm the owner, founder, and lead therapist here. I've been a board certified music therapist since 2005. I earned my Bachelor's in Psychology from Clearwater Christian College in 2002, my Music Therapy Equivalency from Ohio University in 2004 and completed my music therapy internship at University Hospitals of Cleveland under the guidance of Dr. Deforia Lane. In 2009, I started my private practice and the Groovy Garfoose now proudly serves infants, children, teens, young adults and adults of all abilities with music therapy services tailored uniquely to them.
The Garfoose isn't just a musical, whimsical, purple and yellow giraffe/moose, he's a constant reminder of why we here at the Groovy Garfoose do what we do. You see, the Garfoose represents a belief: that physical and mental disabilities don't diminish us, but make us better, stronger, and more enriched as a people.
The term "special needs" is one that resonates with us here at the Groovy Garfoose because we feel special needs does, in fact, mean special, unique, empowered, and one of a kind—like, say, a giant purple and yellow half giraffe/moose who loves music.
The Garfoose is our way of showing that those things that make us different make us special and should be celebrated in a big, loud, and proud way.