About The Groovy Garfoose
At the Groovy Garfoose, we believe in the power of music to promote growth and wellness. Our team of board-certified music therapists provides a person-centered and collaborative approach to treatment with the latest advances in technology and best practices strategies.
Bonnie Hayhurst, MT-BC
Bonnie is the owner and clinical director at The Groovy Garfoose. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Clearwater Christian College and the Equivalency in Music Therapy from Ohio University. She completed her music therapy internship at University Hospitals of Cleveland and holds the MT-BC credential (Certification #07452). Born and raised in Mentor, Ohio, Bonnie has been providing music therapy services in Northeast Ohio since 2005. She has specialized training in Neurologic Music Therapy and is a member of the Ohio Association of Music Therapy and American Music Therapy Association. Bonnie is an active presenter and blogger on technology and apps for music therapy. In addition to wearing all the hats associated with running a business, Bonnie also serves as internship director at the Groovy Garfoose and loves the opportunity to supervise MT-BC’s in training.
Ellen Antes, MT-BC
Ellen joined The Groovy Garfoose in 2016. A Hudson Ohio native, Ellen originally went to college at the University of Connecticut for Vocal Performance. She later transferred to Ohio University where she earned a Bachelor’s in Music Therapy in 2015. During that time she completed the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) Level 1 Training and served as President of the Great Lakes Region American Music Therapy Association Students. Ellen interned at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio and holds the MT-BC credential (Certification #12482). Ellen has specialized training in Neurologic Music Therapy and is a member of the Ohio Association of Music Therapists and American Music Therapy Association. Ellen has a diverse case-load at The Groovy Garfoose including wellness groups, hospice patients, dementia groups, IEP students and teens and adults with varying developmental disabilities. Ellen also serves as our Social Media Coordinator.
Sarah Chappell, MT-BC
Sarah joined The Groovy Garfoose in 2017. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Sarah completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy at Ohio University in 2008. She interned with The Music School Settlement in Cleveland, Ohio and earned her MT-BC credential in 2009 (Certification #09201). Sarah brings a wealth of experience and mentorship to our team has worked with a variety of people in various settings, ranging from children and adults with exceptionalities to those in palliative and hospice care. Sarah learned from an early age that music is quite powerful. Her Uncle, who has Down Syndrome, lost the ability to talk in his late teens. However, he could (and still can) sing! Watching him come to life when a song is played or rhyme is chanted continues to solidify Sarah’s passion for music. Sarah provides music therapy services to our school contracts as well as children and teens with developmental disabilities at our Hudson music therapy studio. Sarah also serves as our Student Observation Coordinator.
Bri Grucza, MT-BC
Bri joined The Groovy Garfoose in 2018 after completing her internship with our team. Born and raised in Garfield Heights, Ohio, Bri completed her music therapy coursework at Cleveland State University. Bri earned her MT-BC credential in 2018 (Certification #14686). As a new MT-BC, Bri already possesses many strengths including a natural excitement and rapport with every person she meets. Bri runs our Glee Clubs and provides music therapy services to Adult Day Programs and private clients and teaches Adapted Lessons and Early Childhood Music Classes.
Emily Brill, MT-BC
Emily Brill completed her music therapy internship with The Groovy Garfoose in February 2019 and passed her board exam to become an MT-BC one week later. Born and raised in Wadsworth, Ohio, Emily completed her music therapy coursework at Cleveland State University. Emily earned CLASS Valedictorian out of 25 majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Emily chose a degree in music therapy because it combined her love for the arts with her intention to give back to her community by supporting others. Emily brings creativity and determination to her contract work with all populations at The Groovy Garfoose.
Kara Schifano, Music Therapy Intern
Kara Schifano is the music therapy intern at The Groovy Garfoose for 2020-2021. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, she completed her coursework at Cleveland State University playing violin as her primary instrument and later switching to voice at the recommendation of her vocal instructor. Kara’s passion for helping others began as a teen volunteer at a therapeutic equestrian program for individuals with disabilities. That passion was later united with her deep love of music in the field of music therapy. As a student, Kara has enjoyed working with a variety of populations from preschoolers to older adults, clinically using music and its elements to empower their personal achievements. Always ready for a challenge, Kara is excited for the wealth of opportunities and experiences she will have working with The Groovy Garfoose team.
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