Jona founded Infinity Music Therapy Services in 2010. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy with a second major in Psychology from Charleston Southern University in 2007. She completed her internship in Fulton County, Georgia in the public school system treating students ages 3-21 with developmental disabilities and emotional/ behavioral disorders. Jona is nationally board certified through the Certification Board for Music Therapists.
From a young age, Jona has been involved in working with individuals with behavioral health and developmental needs. Jona has worked in collaboration with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) since she was about twelve years old providing respite care to families and has been working in collaboration with DCF as a clinician since 2007. In addition, Jona has also served as a direct support aide for adults with developmental disabilities, a live in house manager at a Department of Developmental Services (DDS) funded group home, and has held other managerial positions working with adults with developmental disabilities. She has had a long standing relationship as a clinician providing music therapy services through DDS funded group homes and day programs as well as through the DDS Family Support Grant. Jona’s experience working with a variety of populations allows her to have a comprehensive knowledge of not only client needs, but also state systems.
Jona uses guitar, ukulele, piano, voice, flute, drums, and other instruments in the clinical sessions she conducts. She is a creative clinician that works outside of the box to custom design interventions based upon strengths, needs, and musical preferences.
She is an active clinician in the state and has presented workshops locally and nationally regarding the therapeutic and educational applications of music. Jona celebrates neurodiversity within her clinical practices and frequently speaks on sensory integration and awareness.
As a parent of a child with numerous diagnoses, Jona has had to navigate birth to three and special education services not only as a clinician but as a parent as well. This first-hand experience has led her to dive deeper into understanding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). She has a national online course on the basics of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) under IDEA and how music therapy can be covered under federal and state law.
Jona is also a perinatal music therapist and is trained in Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth, Music for Labor Consultation Services, and Creative Arts Birth Education. She is able to custom design playlists for pain management during labor, assist with comfort measures during labor and delivery, assist in family bonds through music, and help create custom womb songs and lullabies.
Jona is Infinity’s Internship Director and supervises students in our practicum programs as well as our three internship programs.
In addition to being a music therapist, Jona is also a business coach and has assisted numerous clinicians in setting up and building their private practices. She has two national business courses out and has spoken at the local and national level about business ownership.
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What brought Jona to Music Therapy?
“When I was about eight years old I start learning how to play the flute. I volunteered at a nursing home at that time and I started bringing my flute with me. One day, while I was playing, one of my residents began to sing. I had never even heard her talk! I decided then that I would help people with music. I began volunteering with local agencies serving individuals with disabilities. I became a peer mentor. I spent my summers working with at risk children and adults with mental health disorders. It wasn’t until high school that I learned about music therapy and I have never looked back. Music therapy just made sense; music has been my way to cope with pain and journey through life. I have watched children learn to talk with music, older adults rehabilitate their gait and I have watched clients enjoy their last days of life in song. There is nothing like music therapy. It is amazing to see something so magical have such a foundation in science. I have great joy each time my clients make one small step. Music fulfills my life.
What has kept me in the field is watching the profound effect music has. I have a son with Autism. It was through music he finally crawled. It was through music that he said his first words. It is through music that he is learning how to express himself in times of frustration. I am passionate about music therapy because it has drastically changed the path that my son’s development was on. I have watched the same happen for countless others as well.”
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