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.

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.

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Bonnie Hayhurst, MT-BC

Bonnie (she/her) founded The Groovy Garfoose in 2009. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology 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. Bonnie is an active presenter and blogger on integrating technology in music therapy and her passion is creating sustainable music therapy jobs and bringing inclusive programming to every community in Summit County and the surrounding area in Northeast Ohio.

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Sarah Chappell, MT-BC

Sarah (she/her) joined The Groovy Garfoose in 2017 and serves as Clinical Director and Internship Director. 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. With a passion for children and child development, Sarah enjoys focusing her music therapy skill set with kiddos at our school contracts. As Clinical Director, Sarah provides consistent supervision and observation support to our staff. She also assists families in gaining access to our services through music therapy consultations. Sarah enjoys her work as Internship Director as well. Mentoring future music therapists is important work and Sarah is grateful for this opportunity.

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Abbey Fistek, MT-BC

After contracting for The Groovy Garfoose last year, Abbey (she/her) officially joined the Groovy Garfoose as an employee in 2022. She holds her Bachelor’s in Music Therapy from the University of Dayton and has completed coursework towards her Masters Degree and Early Intervention Licensure through Cleveland State University. Abbey holds the credential MT-BC (Certification #08682). Since 2007, Abbey has worked in a variety of private and public school settings, gaining extensive experience in the creation, development, and implementation of arts based education and music therapy programming. These positions provided opportunities to not only create and collaborate, but also educate other professionals, parents, and administrators in the community about the benefits of music therapy and arts-based programming. Most recently, Abbey has provided group music therapy services within the school setting, in addition to providing individual music therapy and adapted music lessons in the community.

Bri Grucza, MT-BC

Bri (she/her) joined The Groovy Garfoose in 2018 after completing her 10-month 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 grounded rapport with every client she meets. Bri serves children, teens and adults in schools, day programs, recreation centers and at our music therapy clinic in Stow.  She is also our enrichment coordinator and oversees our Summer Camp and Glee Club programming.

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Abby Petrey, MT-BC

Abby Petrey (she/her) originally joined The Groovy Garfoose in 2019 as a music therapy intern and has returned to work with the team full time as a board certified music therapist in 2022. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Abby completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy at Cleveland State University and earned her MT-BC credential in 2020 (Certification #15765). Abby began her professional career in Indiana supporting people of all ages and abilities through individualized music therapy and collaborating with various interdisciplinary support teams; more specifically co-treating with occupational therapy, behavioral support, and vocational rehab. Abby brings joy, compassion, and intentionality to her work. She is thrilled to be back with The Groovy Garfoose team providing person-centered and strengths-based music therapy services and also serves as our social media coordinator.

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Christine O’Keefe, MT-BC

Christine (she/her) joined The Groovy Garfoose in January 2022. Christine fell in love with music when she began playing the flute at 10 years old. Her passion for music led her to become a music therapist so that she could share the transformative power of music with others. Christine obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from the University of Dayton in 2021. She completed her music therapy internship at Music Therapy Services, LLC in Cincinnati working with children and adults with varying needs and abilities. Christine holds the MT-BC credential (Certification #17048) and is a member of the Association of Ohio Music Therapists. A Medina, Ohio native, Christine provides school-based and community based music therapy services in Summit County and supports individuals at our clinic. Additionally, Christine’s passion for horses is guiding the way for our music therapy partnership with Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center.  

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Chelsea Falatic, MT-BC

Chelsea Falatic (she/her) joined Groovy Garfoose in 2022. She was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and discovered her love for music and the arts at a young age through bands, choirs, and local theaters. She followed this passion and completed her coursework for music therapy at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. She obtained her certification (Certification #16793) following her internship at The Music Settlement in Cleveland, Ohio where she mainly worked in school settings with children and teens. Chelsea is delighted to be a member of the Groovy Garfoose team and to bring music into people’s lives as a therapeutic tool.

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Alex Mullenax, MTI

Alex (she/her) joined The Groovy Garfoose in August 2022 as a music therapy intern. Alex completed her music therapy coursework at Cleveland State University in May 2022 and plans to finish internship and earn her MT-BC credential next Spring. During her coursework at Cleveland State, she was placed at many different practicum sites including the palliative care unit at University Hospitals, JFSA-Horvitz YouthAbility, Campus International Schools, and Mt. Alverna Senior Living, serving a variety of ages and abilities. Music has been a constant in Alex’s life since before she can remember and using its power to accomplish individualized goals in therapy has been so fulfilling. She can’t wait to learn more from this amazing group of MT-BC’s and clients!

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