Founder and Director Kathy Quain, MME, MT-BC
Kathy Quain is passionate about empowering lives through music and creating connections through group music-making. She studied at Northwestern University earning a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance and completed her Masters of Music Education in Music Therapy at the University of Kansas. In the 1990's, she served as President of the the Western Region of NAMT (now American Music Therapy Association). She is active presenting at various conferences in the fields of Music Therapy, Music Education, Drum Facilitation and Alzheimer's. She serves as the Internship Director for Music for Therapy's Internship in affiliation with the Berklee College of Music and The University of Georgia and is a University Fieldwork Supervisor with the University of the Pacific.
She is Board Certified with the Certification Board for Music Therapists and is an Orff-Schulwerk Music Specialist trained at the San Francisco International Orff Course. A Remo-Endorsed Health Rhythms and Drum Circle Facilitator, she has served as a mentor at various trainings. She is also trained in Technology of Participation communication strategies available through the Institute of Cultural Affairs. As Founder and Director of Music for Therapy, Kathy oversees programs in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area and also provides direct Music Therapy services.
Music Therapist, Leslie Rush
Music Therapist Leslie Rush holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy from Maryville University of St. Louis and a Bachelor of Music Business from Millikin University.
She is experienced serving a wide range of populations including children and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Certified as a Registered Behavior Technician, she has successfully structured programs for children on the Autism Spectrum supporting language, academic, social, communication and daily living skills. She is experienced serving children with visual impairments from 0 to 2 years old and also tailoring music therapy for teens and adults with eating disorders.
An advanced pianist and singer, her live music is therapeutic to active seniors to elders on hospice. Leslie plays and teaches guitar, ukulele and piano.
Emma Tarai, MA, MT-BC
Emma Tarai is a board-certified music therapist who graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in music education and flute performance. She started playing the flute at the age of 10. Emma taught music education in the Bay Area, K-6, for a few years before returning to school to become a music therapist. A graduate of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA she received a Master’s degree in Music Therapy and completed her clinical internship at Morton Bakar Center in Hayward, CA.
She has experience working with a variety of populations in many settings. During her internship, she served clients age 50 - 100+, older adults with psychological and skilled nursing needs. She worked at Cordilleras Mental Health Recovery Center as a Rehabilitation Therapist, serving clients with developmental disabilities and mental illness in a locked treatment unit.
In addition to music therapy practice, Emma also teaches flute to children and adults with all abilities. Her work experience as a music therapist helped her to develop unique and individualized approaches in flute teaching. She focuses on helping students build a strong foundation in musicianship as well as adapting to each student's needs to achieve individualized goals.
Emma Tarai is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and the California Association for Music Therapy (CAAMT).
Music Therapist, Philip Didlake, MT-BC
Phil Didlake is currently working with Music For Therapy in the San Francisco Bay Area where he serves elders with Alzheimer's Disease, adults with mental health needs and individuals with autism. A drummer and multi-instrumentalist, Phil enjoys using rhythm and inclusive musical environments to promote health and wellness. Phil is a drum circle facilitator trained in the healthRHYTHMS protocol and received his music therapy degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. While pursuing his studies, Phil served as president of the New England Region - American Music Therapy Association for Students, organized and ran a weekly drum circle facilitation group, and was featured in a Berklee press release recognizing inspiring students in the 2016 graduating class. Didlake is on a team developing an evidence-based drumming protocol known as Drummassage and continues to build communities around drumming, music, and dancing.
Music Therapist, Megan Dozler, MS, MT-BC
Megan Dozler, MS, MT-BC, provides individual music therapy for clients in Napa and Solano County with Music For Life Music Therapy Services. She received a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from the University of the Pacific and holds a Master of Science in Counseling Studies from Capella University. A Board Certified Music Therapist since 2002, she is the Music Therapy Clinical Trainer at the Veterans Home of California in Napa Valley.
Music Therapist, Kellie Shoham
Kellie Shoham is experienced providing Music Therapy through Holisticare Hospice, Music Works and now Music for Life Music Therapy Services. A vocalist and well-rounded musician, she completed her Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy at Temple University. She is experienced in improvisational, compositional, re-creative, and receptive music therapy techniques. An energetic Music Therapist, Kellie has served individuals and groups with various needs including psychiatry, autism spectrum, and cognitive disability.