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Our clinical services, research projects and on-going programs are guided by experts in the fields of medicine, music and music therapy, spanning a unique range of knowledge and experience. Our team includes a staff of six dedicated music therapists working in conjunction with a wide range of interdisciplinary teams which include physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists and other health care professionals throughout Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

Music Therapy Staff

Dr. Joanne Loewy MT-BC, LCAT Director
Phone (212) 420-3484
Fax (212) 420-2726
Email: Joanne.Loewy@mountsinai.org

Joanne Loewy DA, LCAT, MT-BC is the Director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, and an Associate Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The Louis Armstrong Center among many populations is serving musicians and their unique ailments including chronic fatigue, chemical dependency, performance anxiety and overuse. It also serves children with developmental delays, teens with emotional issues, adults with neurological disorders and all ages of patients with asthma and COPD. Loewy oversees the Department of Music Therapy which she started at Beth Israel in 1994. Dr Loewy has conducted research in sedation, assessment, pain, asthma and NICU music therapy. Her areas of specialty are assessment, hermeneutic research, trauma and supervision. Dr. Loewy is the Editor in Chief of the international, peer reviewed journal 'Music and Medicine' and serves on several editorial boards including the Cochran Palliative Care review and the Journal for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She received her doctorate from NYU. Dr Loewy has edited several books including Music Therapy in Pediatric Pain, Music Therapy in the NICU, and she co-edited Music Therapy at End of Life and Caring for the Caregiver: Music Therapy in Grief and Trauma and the new Integrative Advances in Music and Medicine: Music, the Breath and Health. Dr. Loewy is a Founding Member of the International Association for Music and Medicine and she teaches at Hahnemann Creative Arts Therapy graduate music therapy program at Drexel University in Philadelphia and at the University of Barcelona.

Marie Elena Grippo, BA, MA Executive Assistant
Phone (212) 420-2704
Fax (212) 420-2726
Email: Marie.Grippo@mountsinai.org

Marie is the executive assistant of The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine. She majored in vocal performance and has traveled throughout the US and western Europe performing baroque/classical opera and chamber music as well as participating in numerous composers' forums in the New York area. She was a soprano soloist for many years in several church and synogogue choruses in the New York tri-state area. She is currently a student in the Creative Arts Therapy program at The New School in New York City.

The Louis & Lucille Armstrong Music Therapy Program for inpatients

John Mondanaro, MA, MT-BC, LCAT, CCLS Clinical Director
Phone (212) 420-2722
Fax (212) 420-2726
Email: John.Mondanaro@mountsinai.org

John Mondanaro MA, MT-BC, LCAT, CCLS earned a M.A. in Music Therapy from NYU, and B.A. in Art from St. Ambrose University. He holds certification in Child Life and in the Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse, bringing expertise to the psychosocial care of pediatric patients and their families. Additionally, John brings a rich work history in the area of epilepsy and neuroscience with over eight years experience in the care of pediatric through adult patients living with neurological illness and/or injury. Johnís philosophy on health care is that giving voice to the creative spirit is of cardinal importance to meeting the holistic needs of an individual, and is central to an integrative approach to health care. John has published various articles to this end and has additionally composed and produced two full-length recordings of original music. As Clinical Director for the Louis & Lucille Armstrong Music Therapy Program, John oversees inpatient services and the internship program. He also serves as an adjunct staff member at NYU, contributing to the selection of candidates for the Master of Arts in Music Therapy Program, and as clinical supervisor for interning students. He is a member of the American Music Therapy Association, the Certification Board of Music Therapists, The Child Life Council, and the American Society of Composers, Artists, & Publishers.

The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine for outpatients

Gabrielle Bouissou MS, MT-BC Advances in Respiration (AIR), Cardiac Advances in Rehabilitation (CAIR) Asthma Initiative Program (AIP)
Phone: (212) 420-2719
Fax: (212) 420-2726
Email: Gabrielle.Bouissou@mountsinai.org

Gabrielle Bouissou, MS, MT-BC is a music therapist and the coordinator of the Asthma Initiative Program (AIP) and the Advanced In Respiration (AIR) program at The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center. She holds a MS in Music Therapy, a BS in Music, and BA in Psychology from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Gabrielle completed her clinical training at the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine as an intern and completed post-graduate training as a research fellow. Gabrielle provides music therapy services across the hospital populations, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, inpatient psychiatric care, and pediatrics. As a violinist, Gabrielle regularly performs in NYC and Connecticut with various musicians and ensembles.


Jasmine Edwards, MA, MT-BC, Music Therapist
E mail: Jasmine.Edwards1@mountsinai.org

Jasmine Edwards, MA, MT-BC is a music therapist specializing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai West. Her clinical experiences include medical, educational, and outpatient settings' work with children and adults with developmental delays and trauma. Jasmine completed the First Sounds: Rhythm, Breath, Lullaby NICU training and is passionate about the benefits of music therapy for both infants and their families. She holds an MA in Music Therapy from New York University and a BM in Music Therapy from Florida State University. She completed her graduate internship at the Harlem Child Development Center.


Juan Robles-Gil Aleman MT-BC, MHC-LP, Music Therapist
Email: Juan.Robles-Gil@mountsinai.org

Juan Robles-Gil Aleman MT-BC MHC-LP is a music therapist and mental health counselor specializing in in-patient oncology at Mount Sinai West. He is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in woodwinds, plucked strings, hand percussion and the utilization of music technologies.Harnessing the power of song, rhythm and the unique cultural spirit attached to acoustic and electronic musical instruments from around the world, Juan aims to facilitate individualized experiences that support the spiritual, emotional and physiological healing process of each patient. He is a professional musician, composer and producer of contemporary styles of music. Juan obtained a double Bachelors degree in music therapy and music composition and production from Berklee College of Music in Boston and a Masters in mental health counseling from Hunter College, NYC. His extensive clinical experience ranges form individual, group and family work in a myriad of in-patient units including oncology, palliative care, hospice, family medicine, orthopedics, intensive care, psychiatry and pediatrics.


Andrew Rossetti MMT, MT-BC  Music Therapist
Radiation Oncology
Phone: (212) 420-2710
Fax: (212) 420-2726
E mail: Andrew.Rossetti@mountsinai.org

Andrew is the music therapist in the radiology oncology treatment center at Phillips Ambulatory Care Center and BI West. He has developed several music therapy programs in hospitals both in the United States and in Spain including a comprehensive NICU music therapy program at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago as well as programs in acute and out-patient psychiatric units at the Hospital del Mar, and the Centre Forum Psychiatric Facility in Spain where he was a professor in the music therapy masters program at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. In private practice in Spain, Andrew developed a multi-modal model along with Psychiatrist Dr. Javier Rubio for their co-treatment of psychiatric patients. Andrew received his Masters  in Music Therapy from the Facultad de Psicologia Blanquerna at Ramon Llull University in Barcelona Spain. He studied at the Julliard School and holds a Bachelor’s in classical guitar performance from the Westchester Conservatory of Music. Andrew’s extensive experience as a professional musician has allowed him to tap into the emotional and metaphoric power of music, employing it in a variety of arenas in clinical practice.


Stephan Quentzel, MD, JD, MA
Music & Health Clinic, Medical Director
Phone (212) 844-8387
Fax (212) 420-2726
Email: Stephan.Quentzel@mountsinai.org

The graduate of integrated dual residencies in family medicine and psychiatry, Dr. Quentzel practices both with a comprehensive view of the patient. Being triple boarded in psychiatry, family medicine and holistic medicine serves him well in his roles as the Medical Director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine and the Medical Director of Psychiatry for the Institute for Urban Family Health, both in New York City. Dr. Quentzel was, until recently, the Chief of Primary Care Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City, where he helped residents and faculty members in family practice, internal medicine, OB-GYN, pain medicine and palliative care, and the medical specialties to better integrate psychiatry in their medical settings. He continues to teach psychiatrists and psychiatry residents to collaborate well with their primary care colleagues and to pursue best practices approaches to psychiatry. Dr. Quentzel is an assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and he is a senior clinician at the Continuum Center for Health and Healing. In addition, he runs a private practice in psychiatry and integrative medicine in New York City . Dr. Quentzel graduated from the University of Illinois with the degrees of MD, JD and MA in Health Policy. He believes strongly that “all things are connected” when it comes to the pursuit of comprehensive and optimal health and wellness for those seeking care at the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine.


Shanay Johnson MA, MT-BC
Music Therapist
Radiation Oncology
Roosevelt Hospital

Shanay Johnson MA, MT-BC is the music therapist in Radiation Oncology at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West hospitals. She received her degree from NYU and completed her clinical internship training at The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine. Shanay has contributed to research studying the efficacy of music therapy with stroke patients as well as the influence of environmental music therapy in intensive care units. Shanay has studied and provided music therapy in cross-cultural settings by collaborating with organizations such as Musicians without Borders Rwanda Youth Music and TUSC (Transport for Ugandan Sick Children). She has also worked in outpatient psychiatric and educational settings providing services for children and adults. Her vocal training at Westminster Choir College has provided her with a unique and skillful musicality that permeates and informs her work.


Ronit Azoulay, MA, MT-BC, LCAT, Research Consultant







Bernardo Canga, MMT, Consultant, Technology & Research






The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine: The Music & Health Clinic
Medical Staff & Advisors

Joanne Loewy, DA, LCAT, MT-BC, Director
Music Therapy Assessment
Music Sub-Specialty Services

Stephan Quentzel, MD, Medical Director
Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Integrative Medicine  

Marie Grippo, Executive Assistant  

Lisa Auerbach, MD, FACP
Internal Medicine, Union Square Medical Group  

Lori Garjian, MD
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Medical Acupuncture  

Andrew Rossetti MMT, LCAT, MT-BC
Music Therapy Outreach, Chemotherapy, Radiation 

Ronald Hoffman, MD
Otology: Cochlear Implants and Balance Disorders Specialties 

Glenn Kashan, MD
Internal Medicine, Union Square Medical Group  

Peter McCann, MD
Orthopedic Surgery: Shoulder and Elbow Specialty  

Charles Melone, MD
Orthopaedic Surgery: Hand Specialty  

Nathan Goldstein MD
Pain Medicine and Palliative Care  

Jonathan Raskin, MD, FCCP
Internal Medicine and Respiratory Diseases  

Stephen Scelsa, MD
Neuromuscular Division and Electromyography Neurology  

Robert Sheu, MD
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Interventional Pain Medicine and Palliative Care Specialties  

The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine: The Music & Health Clinic Steering Committee

Jon Batiste
Ed Berman
Karen Bishko
Jordan Bleznick
Linda Carozza
Don Bravaccio
Joan Bravaccio
Danelle Marqui Brown
Karen Bucher
Henry Butler
Lisabeth Cassaday
Stanley Crouch
Gwendolyn DeLuca
Ellen Devens
Susan Devens
Laurelyn Douglas 
Mercedes Ellington
Jon Faddis
Edward Finkelstein
Lincoln Foley
Maria Cooper Janis
Nathan Goldstein
Helen Greenbaum
Elizabeth Greenwald
Mara Greenwald
Alan Horwitz
Elizabeth Horwitz
Jackie Harris
Lisa Helmrich
Phoebe Jacobs**
Miriam Javitch
Raji Kalra
Herb Kliitzner
Mary Ann Lang
Michael Leitman
Erik Lawrence 
Sharon Mahn
Marla Maples
Colleen McDonough
Meredith Monk
Ivan Mogull**
Meredith Monk
James Briggs Murray
Richard Netter**
Barbara Novisk
Arturo O'farrell
Robert O'Meally
Kristen Olson
Rebecca Parker
Steve Pastor
Harriet Jahr Philips
Joseph Piccinnini
Kim Polson
Charles Radcliffe
Jonathan Raskin
Rita Romeur
Alanna Rutherford
Elaine Schain
Howard Schain
Melanie Schnoll Begun
Karen Seidman
Doug Sideman
Michele Sherman Entner
Noah K. Simon
Donna Sirlin
Bob Stewart
Frank Stewart
Peter Strauss
Rebecca Sullivan
Zelda Suzan
Aimee Telsey
Lynn Tescher
Patricia Walker
Rema Webb
Patty Weiner
Marvin Wexler

AIP Steering Committee
Goldie Alfasi, PhD, Psychologist, Family Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Wednesday Clark, Former patient and participant of the AIP program/study
Sheila Clark, Parental participant and Community Liason for AIP
Margo Guzman, RNC, MSN, Nurse Manager, Pediatric Associates, Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Music for AIR Steering Committee
Jonathan Raskin MD, FCCP Internal Medicine & Respiratory Diseases
Wendy Egan, Social Worker
Corinne Rey, Physical Therapist, The Center for Cardiac & Pulmonary Health
John Sutera, Physical Therapist, The Center for Cardiac & Pulmonary Health
Louise Youngson-Klasfeld, Physical Therapist, The Center for Cardiac & Pulmonary Health  


In Memory of Marcheline Charpie

Micheline Charpie, MD (Swiss diploma), MA, LCAT

Micheline Charpie the NICU music therapist of The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai Beth Israel died on January 3rd, 2010. She received her MD from the Lausanne, Switzerland, Medical School and trained in neonatology. She also held a PhD in medicine and was a board certified pediatrician. Micheline was an Assistant Professor for Children and Adolescent Gynecology at Lausanne University Hospital. Upon moving to the United States, Dr. Charpie received an MA in Music Therapy from NYU. She trained in NICU Music Therapy at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and conducted trials as part of the Heather on Earth music therapy multi-site research study. Micheline additionally trained as a psychoanalyst at the Institute for Expressive Analysis in NYC. She is survived by her four children Thomas 24; Timothée 23; Anne-Camille 20 and Maëlle-Charlotte 19.


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