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. While Bonnie has worked in hospitals, hospices, LTC facilities, clinics, adult day programs, schools, community programs, glee clubs and camps, she is most passionate about providing music therapy to children of all ages and abilities and developing professional development and adapted gross motor programming into the school setting to support students and staff to their fullest potential 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 and advocating for access to our services through music therapy consultations and professional development. 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 for a 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.

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