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Arizona Music Therapy Association
PO Box 14, Tempe, AZ 85280

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AZMTA Executive Board

Cynthia Engelsman, MM, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist, Certified Gerontologist

Cynthia Engelsman, is a board certified music therapist, neurologic music therapist, and certified Gerontologist. Ms. Engelsman is also a certified Health Rhythms practitioner. She has provided music therapy services for individuals and groups in the Phoenix area and in southern Nevada. Ms. Engelsman has worked with children/adolescents, adults, seniors, and families in a variety of settings including home health, adult day programs, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient day programs, and clinic settings.

Ms. Engelsman received her bachelor of music in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, completed the music therapy equivalency program from Arizona State University (ASU), and went on to complete her Advanced Master of Music Therapy degree from ASU. During her Master's program, Ms. Engelsman was a graduate research assistant for the ASU School of Social work Gerontology Department; her clinical project focused on Chinese Americans with Dementia and their Caregivers.

Cynthia has been serving as president of AZMTA since January 2018.

Christine Heaps, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist, Certified Activity Director, Certified Dementia Practitioner

Christine Heaps is a board-certified music therapist, certified activity director, and certified dementia practitioner. A native of Oklahoma, she graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2005 and completed her music therapy internship at Arbor View Senior Living (formerly Colorado Lutheran Home) in Arvada, Colorado in 2006.

Except for one year in Texas, Christine has been in the Phoenix area since completing her internship. She has worked with pediatric, young adult and senior adult populations as well as owned her own business teaching piano lessons and facilitating early childhood music groups. Currently, Christine is the Active Living Director at Copper Creek Inn Memory Care Community in Chandler.

Christine enjoys spending time with her husband, Josh, and son, Weston. She especially loves attending Music Together classes with them. She also enjoys being a part of her church (Church on Mill in Tempe) where she volunteers in the Children's Ministry.

Christine is very excited to be a part of the AZMTA board and has been serving as Vice President since January 2020.

Vice President

Rachel Keener, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist, Neonatal Intensive Care Music Therapist

Rachel is a board certified music therapist and NICU-certified music therapist. She received her bachelor's degree in music therapy from Mississippi University for Women in 2014, and completed her internship at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Tallahassee, FL. Through this internship, she also became certified as a NICU-MT through the National Institute for Infant and Child Medical Music Therapy at the Florida State University, which qualifies her to work as a music therapist in neonatal intensive care.

Currently, Rachel serves in the West Valley area of Phoenix, both at Musical Surprise in Surprise, AZ, and independently through her business, Keener Music LLC. She offers private or group music therapy sessions, as well as traditional or adaptive private piano and violin lessons. Her work has encompassed both one-on-one settings and groups, with a variety of clients and needs such as geriatric/dementia, neonatal, intensive care, and end of life; as well as clients with autism, intellectual disabilities, and speech delays.

Rachel has been serving as the secretary-treasurer of AZMTA since January 2018. The last two years have been a time of revitalization and growth for the organization, and Rachel is excited to see the vibrant community of music therapists that has arisen to support AZMTA and the field of music therapy.

Mary Gaughan, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist

Mary Gaughan is a board certified music therapist living in Flagstaff, AZ. She received her bachelor's degree in music therapy from Arizona State University in May 2015. Upon graduating, Mary completed her 6 month internship with Seasons Hospice in Orange County, California and became a board-certified music therapist in January 2016. Mary has been working in the hospice setting for the past 5 years in addition to having clinical experience working with children and young adults with disabilities and providing bereavement services to clients and families. Having recently relocated to Flagstaff, Mary is excited to be starting a private practice in Northern Arizona to offer music therapy services to clients of all ages and abilities.

Born and raised in Arizona, Mary has traveled extensively and lived in many places but always finds herself coming back to her sunshiny-desert roots in Arizona. When she isn't working with her clients you can find her adventuring with her dog Nalah, scaling the sides of cliffs rock climbing, mountain biking, or camping. Mary joined the AZMTA board in May 2019 and is very excited to help keep the AZMTA community connected in her Media Relations position.

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