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 (she/her) 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 (she/her) 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 (she/her) 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 and 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 had Down Syndrome, lost the ability to talk in his late teens. However, he could sing! Watching him come to life when a song was played or rhyme was chanted solidified 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 music therapy clinic. Sarah also serves as our Student Observation Coordinator.
Bri Grucza, MT-BC
Bri (she/her) 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 and earned her MT-BC credential in 2018 (Certification #14686). Bri keeps our team current on new music, trends and technology and she possesses a natural excitement and rapport with every client she meets. Bri runs our Glee Clubs and provides music therapy services to Adult Day Programs and serves private clients are our music therapy clinic in Stow.
Mallory Simmons, Music Therapy Intern
Mallory (she/they) is the 2021 Groovy Garfoose intern and recently completed her undergraduate coursework in music therapy from Cleveland State University. During her undergrad, Mallory developed her knowledge of music therapy through multiple semesters of practicum courses, where she worked with small groups of children and adults with developmental disabilities as well as older adults with dementia diagnoses. She is so excited for the opportunity to further hone her skills as a music therapist under the guidance of the Groovy Garfoose team as she completes her journey to becoming an MT-BC!
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