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Meet the Team

TRACIE SANDHEINRICH, MA, MT-BC

Owner, Lead Music Therapist, Director of Clinical Services & Development

SPECIALIZATION:

Hospice, geriatric, palliative care, neurologic + pediatric medical/hospital

 

At a very young age, Tracie found herself sitting on a stack of books and magazines just high enough to reach the piano keys. She grew up in a musical family, actively singing and playing music in her home church, and singing at the nursing home where her grandmother lived. It is without a doubt that Tracie knew and valued the power of music. After a chance meeting and introduction to the field of music therapy, Tracie never looked back. Tracie finished her coursework, followed by completing a clinical internship at St. Luke's Hospital (Adult Rehab) and BJC Hospice. She graduated from Maryville University with a bachelor's of science degree in music therapy in 2008.

After her internship, Tracie was hired on with BJC Hospice in Farmington, MO (2007-2009) where she brought music therapy to patients who were diagnosed with a terminal illness. In many cases, patients were seen in the home or long-term care facilities. In seeing hospice patients, Tracie was able to provide tailored music therapy interventions and work closely with an interdisciplinary team, which has helped groom her formal approach to providing quality services. Tracie believes that even in an unfortunate situation like impending illness, music at its finest, can not only bring physiological and psychological comfort to the patient, but to the family as well.

In November 2009, Tracie received the offer to help jumpstart a program called Kids Rock Cancer, a non-profit organization affiliated with Maryville University, whose mission is to help children and families facing the challenges of cancer and/or blood disorders through the process of therapeutic songwriting. As the senior music therapist, Tracie actively sees patients, supervises an additional KRC music therapist, supervises practicum and internship students, and enjoys program development. Tracie continues to be inspired by these participants and families, and ultimately encourages each and every participant to write their own story because she believes everyone has a song to sing.

Also in 2009, Tracie started her own private contracting music therapy company called Through Melody. Her company provided board certified music therapy services specializing in adult, geriatric, palliative, and end-of-life care, specifically in Southern IL. Since the rapid growth and need for services on both sides of the river, Through Melody merged with Music Therapy St. Louis, where Tracie stands as co-owner and Director of Therapeutic Services. Along with an amazing team of music therapists, Tracie aspires to continue educating and advocating about the many benefits of music therapy and other expressive therapies. In addition to dementia and hospice care, Music Therapy St. Louis will provide services to people of all ages with all types of healthcare needs ranging from cancer, children and adults with disabilities, mental health/illness, grief and loss support and overall wellness.

Aside from music therapy, Tracie recently graduated from Lindenwood University's graduate program and holds a Master of Professional Counseling. Not only did this fuel her passion for mental illness support, but directed her on the “always learning” path with hopes to not only grow as a person and music therapist, but also to help make creative therapies more accessible to people in the community and advocate for the importance and awareness of mental health.

JAIME KENNINGTON WILHITE, MMT, MT-BC

Owner, Lead Music Therapist, Director of Clinical Services & Supervision

 

SPECIALIZATION:

Children, individuals of all abilities, neurologic + pediatric medical/hospital

 

Jaime has been a professional performing musician in the St. Louis area for 15 years. After a 10-year career in marketing she decided to take a leap of faith and switch professions to follow her passion using music to service others. Six years later, she was a practicing board certified music therapist and attained a Master of Music Therapy at Maryville University

With a variety of clinical placement from Special School District, St. Louis Psychiatric and Rehabilitation to St. Louis Arc, in 2016, she found herself leading the St. Louis Arc, Lafayette Industries and other music therapy programming. These populations range from toddler to geriatric populations. She leads integrated classroom group music therapy at Childgarden as well as the children, teen, adult and geriatric groups at St. Louis Arc and Rainbow Village and the employee program at Lafayette Industries. By 2018, she has led two (2017, 2018, 2019) Creative Music Making performances collaborating with the St. Louis Symphony and Maryville University. 

At Music Therapy St. Louis, she directs and supervises undergraduate, graduate student in clinical practica or internship. She also leads the programming at Lafayette Industries, where there is an active student population, and is also on their Expert Advisory Panel for new programming and development. She also spends a lot of her time taking on private clients assessing and session planning in a 1:1 setting customized to that individual.  

In 2017, Jaime was overjoyed to be part of the Kids Rock Cancer team. When she first heard of the

Kids Rock Cancer, in 2014, she immediately got involved. With her event experience, she volunteered at events, assisted in program efforts and joined the Club Rock Committee. Jaime identified with the program on a personal and professional level in such a way that it aligned with her life goals and dream career. All the pieces of the puzzle came together after a 6-year journey when she was offered the music therapist position at Kids Rock Cancer. Writing her first song at the age of 16, Jaime found an innate passion with therapeutic songwriting and advocates its evidence-based results. The opportunity with Kids Rock Cancer could not be a more perfect fit. When asked about her new position, she says, “I am humbled and incredibly honored to be part of such an outstanding team and community effort through Kids Rock Cancer.”

Jaime and Tracie recently presented at the Integrated Creative Arts Therapy Conference (June 2018) where Jaime shared her master thesis containing over 13 months of mixed methods research discussing understanding lyrical analysis in pediatric oncology. She is currently working on publishing her work in the industry's leading qualitative clinical journal. More to come!

While Jaime manages and oversees the student clinical programs through Music Therapy St. Louis, she will also be taking on an adjunct faculty role, teaching at Maryville University Spring 2019. 

Jaime says, “If you love what you do, it shows and if it feels right, go with it.” She is passionate and driven to work in this field. After the career change and nearly a decade of perseverance she says it was worth every minute. 

KIMBER MCNAUGHTON, MMT, MT-BC

Senior Music Therapist & Supervisor

 

SPECIALIZATION:

Abilities, children, hospice, geriatric + palliative care

 

Kimber’s introduction into music began at an early age through her grandmother, who has spent her entire career as a music teacher, and began piano lessons with Kimber at age 6. Music remained a focal point through her life through involvement in church choir, concert band and piano. While pursuing a Music Business degree from Elmhurst College she quickly realized her calling was to help others. This is when Kimber was introduced to Music Therapy. Kimber ultimately received a BA in both Music and Psychology from Elmhurst College in 2011 before attending Illinois State University and receiving a Master’s of Music in Music Therapy in 2014.
 

Following her internship at Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care in Flat Rock, NC, Kimber began her career as a certified Music Therapist in Atlanta, GA where she gained experience working within the Atlanta Public Schools, as well as with VITAS Healthcare. These positions allowed Kimber to provide services to varying clientele, including children with developmental and intellectual disabilities, as well as with individuals presenting progressive and terminal diagnoses.


 

Kimber loves creating relationships with her clients through music and is passionate about advocating for the importance of Music Therapy. She is thrilled to be part of the MTSTL team, and excited for the new opportunities that await in her future.

BREANNA NOE, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist

 

SPECIALIZATION:

Hospice, geriatric + palliative care

Breanna studied Music Therapy at Maryville University. Since a child she had aspirations to become a Veterinarian but when her sister, who went to Maryville, introduced her to this healing profession, Breanna jumped on board without hesitation. Voice was her main instrument and she graduated in 2012 with a major in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology. She split her internship between the geriatric and hospital setting, where she worked with pediatrics, burn unit, oncology, and high risk pregnancies.
 

Breanna has worked with Through Melody (Tracie's previous company) since October of 2015 with a focus on geriatric, palliative, and hospice care. She does group music therapy sessions at several different long-term care and assisted living communities in Southern Illinois.

She has also been an integral part of the expansion of the company on the IL side serving St. Clair, Clinton, Madison, and Bond Co clients.  Her main instrument is her voice but she uses a myriad of instruments including guitar, ukulele, steel tongue drum, the reverie harp, and other percussion instruments. She also works PRN in admitting at HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland and continues to be a huge advocate for music therapy in the hospital setting. Last but definitely not least, she enjoys producing, directing, and rockin' the stage with a community theatre company in her hometown, Hard Road Theatre Productions in Highland, IL. 

BREANNA NOE, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist

 

SPECIALIZATION:

Hospice, geriatric + palliative care

Breanna studied Music Therapy at Maryville University. Since a child she had aspirations to become a Veterinarian but when her sister, who went to Maryville, introduced her to this healing profession, Breanna jumped on board without hesitation. Voice was her main instrument and she graduated in 2012 with a major in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology. She split her internship between the geriatric and hospital setting, where she worked with pediatrics, burn unit, oncology, and high risk pregnancies.
 

Breanna has worked with Through Melody (Tracie's previous company) since October of 2015 with a focus on geriatric, palliative, and hospice care. She does group music therapy sessions at several different long-term care and assisted living communities in Southern Illinois.

KENNEDY OLTMAN, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist

 

SPECIALIZATION:

Individuals of all abilities + children

Kennedy grew up in a small town outside of Peoria, Illinois, where music became an integral part of her life. She participated in her school marching band, pep band, a cappella group, and choir, as well as local theatre, Peoria Area Civic Youth Chorale, and a youth performing arts company. 

 

After high school, Kennedy moved to St. Louis, Missouri to pursue her dream career in Music Therapy. She attended Maryville University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Therapy 2018. In her internship with Midwest Music Therapy Services, she worked with individuals of all intellectual and developmental abilities (all ages) and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! 

 

Kennedy’s primary instrument is voice, but she also plays a variety of other instruments including guitar, piano, and ukulele. She enjoys teaching voice and piano to youth throughout St. Louis in her free time, as well as jamming and performing with friends. 

CARA STERN SUDBROCK, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist

 

SPECIALIZATION:

Individuals of all abilities + children

Cara found her calling for music and the helping profession at a very young age. She has been singing, performing, and volunteering since her early elementary years. She always enjoyed performing in choirs and ensembles. Cara graduated from Lindenwood University with a BA in Vocal Performance and Music Business. After graduation she moved to Nashville, TN to pursue a career in the music industry. While in Nashville, she observed the senior music therapist at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, and quickly found her passion—helping others through the power and evidence based practice of music therapy.  She decided to move back to St. Louis to attain a Master of Music Therapy from Maryville University.  

Cara has worked with a diverse clientele including children, adolescents, and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, speech disorders, physical disabilities, visual impairments, traumatic brain injury, and behavioral health [SSM Health St. Joseph- Wentzville]. Cara is passionate about advocacy in this field, and has a desire to help others by empowering them through the medium of music.

AMANDA WICK, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist

SPECIALIZATION:

Hospice, children, individuals of all abilities, geriatric + palliative care

 

Amanda was born into a musical family. Her great grandfather, John Wick and his brothers Louis and Adolph were the founders of Wicks Organ Company in 1905. Growing up, Amanda  learned a variety of instruments, but her primary focus was on the piano. Despite her love of piano, Amanda feels a special connection with the human voice while singing.

Amanda attended Highland High School and was part of a variety of music groups and activities including musicals, jazz choir, acapella choir, Madrigal choir, Madrigal dinners, concert band, marching band, solo and ensemble, and more. Amanda decided to attend Xavier University in 2013 to pursue a degree in Music Education but realized that this wasn’t the profession that would bring her fulfillment. She realized she found joy in helping others find fulfillment in their lives. 

This realization led her to transfer to ISU to pursue music therapy.

After leaving ISU in May 2017, Amanda pursued an internship with Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee, FL. During this internship, Amanda cared for 20-25 patients on hospice care. Amanda worked with a variety of patients with progressive, terminal diagnoses including:  COPD, Senile degeneration of the Brain (Dementia), cancer (including breast cancer, brain cancer, lung cancer, and more), Parkinson’s disease, and more. 

Amanda returned home to Highland, IL and became a board certified Music Therapist in July of 2018. She is excited for the opportunities that await her with Music Therapy STL.