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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: JLoewy@chpnet.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: MGrippo@chpnet.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: jmondana@chpnet.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

Wen Chang-Lit MA, MT-BC, CCLS, Advances in Respiration (AIR), Cardiac Advances in Rehabilitation (CAIR) Asthma Initiative Program (AIP)
Phone: (212) 420-2719
Fax: (212) 420-2726
Email: WChang@chpnet.org

Wen Chang-Lit MA, MT-BC, CCLS, 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 MA in Music Therapy from New York University and BM in Violin Performance in Mannes Conservatory of Music. As a dually certified music therapist, Wen practices through an integrative approach implementing music-centered music psychotherapy with child life philosophy and family-centered care. Through AIP, she conducts weekly group music therapy, working with elementary school students with Asthma in the NYC public schools. She also provides outpatient services for COPD patients and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Wen provides music therapy services across the hospital populations, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Epilepsy Monitor Unit, Orthopedics, Rehabilitative, and Palliative Care. She currently oversees a study on The Effects of an Integrative Music Therapy Program on the Perception of Noise in the SICU: A Patient, Caregiver, and Physician Environmental Study. Wen also provides music therapy to children with emotional and behavioral issues in public schools through the Brooklyn Conservatory and is a co-founder of the music therapy and art program for children with ASDs in Chinese speaking families. As a violinist, Wen plays and performs regularly with the Greenwich Village Orchestra. She is also in a gypsy jazz indie band, Noah and the Megafauna, with which she has performed in several major music venues in NYC and LA area. They are in a process of finishing the second album.


Christine Vaskas MS, MT-BC NICU Music Therapist
Phone: (212) 420-2743
Fax: (212) 420-2726
E mail: CVaskas@chpnet.org

Christine Vaskas MA, MT-BC is a music therapist specializing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Lukeís Roosevelt Hospital in New York, NY. She received her Masters in Music Therapy at Molloy College and holds a BS in Music from Long Island University. As a team member at the Armstrong Music Therapy Center, she has contributed to research focusing on the effect of music therapy on resiliency in adults undergoing infusion therapy, and in the study of environmental music therapy in the surgical intensive care unit. Christine's clinical experience includes the NICU, pediatrics, oncology, the BIMC HIV/AIDS clinic and palliative care. Christine witnesses the healing benefits of music therapy for infants and families on a daily basis and is committed to providing a sacred space for growth, expression and overall well-being.


Robin 'Mitch' Mitchell, Music Therapist, Oncology, Mount Sinai St Luke's Roosevelt
Phone: (212) 420-2709
Fax: (212) 420-2726
Email: RMitchell@chpnet.org

Robin 'Mitch' Mitchell, MA, MT-BC, LCAT is the Helen Sawaya music therapist specializing in in-patient oncology at Mount Sinai West.
He also works with teenagers and young adults. Mitch originally trained as a music therapist in the UK in 2000. After working in several clinical settings in the UK (education and health), Mitch moved to the USA where he received a M.A. in Music Therapy from NYU and completing Level I training in Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. He has worked for several years in Hospice & Palliative Care and in addition to using improvisation and song writing in his work, Mitch has a passion for recording and takes a leading role in the use of technology in Tyler's Room, and the recording studio at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Mitch is a professional song writer and musician who plays numerous shows throughout the NYC area both as a solo artist and as part of various ensembles.


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

Wen Chang Lit MA, LCAT, MT-BC, NRMT, MMT
Music for Advances In Respiration (AIR)
Music for Cardiac Advances in Rehabilitation (CAIR)  

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
Alina Bloomgarden
Don Brancaccio
Joan Brancaccio
Sherry Bronfman
Danelle Marqui Brown
Karen Bucher
Henry Butler
Lisabeth Cassaday
Stanley Crouch
Gwendolyn DeLuca
Susan Devens
Laurelyn Douglas 
Aaron Edelman 
Mercedes Ellington
Jon Faddis
Irene Feldman
Edward Finkelstein
Mary Fuss
Nathan Goldstein
Ellen Goosenberg
Helen Greenbaum
Elizabeth Greenwald
Mara Greenwald
Alan Horwitz
Liz Horwitz
Jackie Harris
Lisa Helmrich
Phoebe Jacobs**
Raji Kalra
Scott Kessler
Herb Klitzner
Mary Ann Lang
Michael Leitman
Erik Lawrence 
Sharon Mahn 
Marla Maples
Peter McCann
Colleen McDonough
Meredith Monk 
Ivan Mogull** 
James Briggs Murray
Richard Netter**
Jeffrey Nissum
Arturo O'Farrill
Robert OíMeally
Kristin Olson
Becky Parker 
Steve Pastor 
Harriet Jahr Phillips 
Joseph Piccinnini 
Kim Polson
Stephan Quentzel
Charles Radcliffe
Jonathan Raskin
John Redman
Esther SanSaurus
Elaine Schain
Howard Schain
Melanie Schnoll Begun 
Karen Seidman
Doug Seidman 
Noah K. Simon 
Donna Sirlin
Bob Stewart
Frank Stewart
Peter Strauss
Rebecca Sullivan
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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