Neurologic Music Therapist
Michelle Meadows is a Board-Certified Music Therapist who completed her music therapy coursework in the equivalency program at the University of Iowa, following the completion of her Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Northern Iowa in 2018. During her 1,040 hour clinical internship with Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, Oncology, and Home Hospice, Michelle worked directly with home hospice patients as part of her independent caseload as well as with several patients from the Frauenshuh Cancer Center and the Struthers Parkinson’s Center. Michelle enjoys working with all populations, but has a particular affinity for working with children and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is a member of the American Music Therapy Association, the Music Therapy Association of Minnesota, and The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy.
During Michelle’s undergraduate program in flute performance, she became involved in volunteering with the University of Northern Iowa Spectrum Project, an inclusive creative arts program for individuals ages 5-21 with Autism Spectrum Project involving participation in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and culminating in a final performance for a live audience of over 1,000 members. In her last year with the Spectrum Project, Michelle worked as the Music Director and was responsible for collaborating with the team to create music based activities that would be performed at the show. It was Michelle’s involvement with the Spectrum Project that sparked her passion for using music to allow individuals of all abilities to reach their full potential and create joy and skills that would reap benefits for each individual’s life.
Michelle is thrilled to be a part of the Living Spirit Services, LLC. team and to work with a variety of clients to create individualized and functional neurologic music therapy based interventions to support each client’s unique needs. She has experience with a variety of individuals and populations, including outpatient mental health, patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, preschoolers, individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, patients receiving cancer treatment, hospice, and some patients with Parkinson’s disease. Michelle believes in the evidence-based practice and approach of music therapy, and strives to uphold her work and the profession by always adhering to the most current research and best practices to utilize music in the most effective way to support clients in achieving their non- musical, functional goals.