Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow
Stephanie Crissinger received her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. She worked in long-term care and memory care settings following her 1,000-hour internship at Park Nicollet Health Services in Minneapolis, MN. Stephanie has provided music therapy services to a wide variety of clientele throughout Iowa and Minnesota. She is particularly passionate about working with older adults with dementia and adults with Parkinson’s disease and other neurologic disorders. Stephanie is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and Music Therapy Association of Minnesota.
Growing up playing the piano and violin, Stephanie realized music therapy was the perfect way to incorporate her two passions: helping people and music! She discovered her calling for music therapy while shadowing a hospice music therapist. During her coursework, Stephanie learned about Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT). She was immediately drawn to the NMT model as it is based on the neurobiology of music perception and utilizes standardized treatment methodology to retrain brain and behavior functioning utilizing evidence-based techniques. This led her to become a Fellow of Neurologic Music Therapy. In addition, Stephanie is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, which includes classes on the physical and psychological aspects of aging within an interdisciplinary perspective.
Stephanie is excited to continue her music therapy practice and utilize the power and structure of music to help clients throughout the Twin Cities metro area.