Hello, my name is Erin Lancraft, MT-BC. I am the owner and managing director of Expressive Journeys, LLC. Having the opportunity to work as a Board Certified Music Therapist throughout my professional life has taught me a great deal about people and what helps them to be successful. Music is an amazing modality that can be used to work on fostering growth in individuals' needs on many levels. I work from a client centered and holistic approach to Music Therapy services.
My education includes a Bachelor of Music Therapy from Radford University. After graduation, I completed a nine month internship under the supervision of Beth McLaughlin, MSE, LCAT, MT-BC and Mark Ahola, MM, LCAT, MT-BC at the Wildwood School in Schenectady NY. During this experience, I implemented Music Therapy sessions with school age students who have Autism Spectrum Disorders and various developmental disabilities. It is important to me to continue to stay educated and learn about new and exciting ways to help clients through the fundamentals of music.
Throughout the years following my internship, I have had the opportunity to develop my private practice, Expressive Journeys LLC. During this time I have gained skills and knowledge working as a private contractor with school districts in the area as well as other Special Education Programs over the past 10 years. I have had a productive working relationship with therapists and teachers that have implemented sessions or academics with my students and adults. This rapport has enabled me to work across many school districts and facilities and has shaped me into a more compassionate and creative therapist for my clients. Working in classrooms with preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults has also given me the ability to tailor and adapt lesson plans and music experiences to best fit individuals’ needs.
In my free time I enjoy staying active by cycling and swimming. I also enjoy cooking new recipes and creating jewelry.
Hi, my name is Sam Lawrence, MT-BC and I have been working for Expressive Journeys, LLC as a board certified Music Therapist since 2018. I am originally from Ballston Lake, NY. I received my Bachelor's degree from SUNY New Paltz in Contemporary Music Studies and continued my studies at New Paltz where I am finishing my Master's degree in Music Therapy. I completed my internship at Hudson Valley Hospice. My clinical experiences have led me to a person-centered and holistic view of Music Therapy. I work with both children and adults striving towards a wide range of musical and non-musical goals. In my spare time I enjoy singing and making music with friends.
Hi! My name is Elizabeth "Liz" Deemer and I have been a Music Therapist at Expressive Journeys since September of 2020. I obtained my Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. I completed my internship at Monroe One BOCES in Fairport, NY. I also completed my Master of Music in Music Therapy at SUNY Fredonia. I believe that music is a powerful tool for change and growth. I strive to gear my sessions so that every person can be successful and reach their potential in the music space. In my free time, I enjoy cross-stitching, listening to and making music, and going to see concerts and musicals.
Hi! My name is Sophia Bisceglia, MT-BC. I have an Associate's degree from Schenectady County Community College in saxophone performance, and l completed my Bachelor's degree from SUNY Fredonia in Music Therapy with a minor in psychology. I finished my internship with Expressive Journeys LLC, and l received my certification January 2022. The internship gave me the opportunity to work with a large variety of clients from young children to older adults, and provided me with the confidence to create fun, educational sessions to benefit all. My clinical experiences have led me to develop a holistic, client-centered approach to Music Therapy. I personally believe that Music Therapy is an excellent way for individuals to comfortably learn, create, feel, and express themselves in ways that they may not get to experience in other aspects of their daily lives. In my free time l enjoy playing ultimate frisbee, hanging out with friends, caring for my animals, and making music.
Hi! My name is Meghan. I am a current Music Therapy intern at Expressive Journeys! I will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy from SUNY Fredonia in May 2022. I am thrilled to be learning more about the field and having opportunities to lead sessions, work with a plethora of individuals, and build connections that will benefit my future career! In my free time I enjoy playing Yahtzee with my family, going to the gym, and making music.
Hi! My name is Cassandra Ricci, MT-BC and I am excited to join the team at Expressive Journeys, LLC. I have a Bachelor's degree in music therapy from Nazareth College where I studied as a vocal major. I completed a nine-month internship at Kardon Institute of Creative Arts Therapy in Philadelphia, PA. My internship provided me the opportunity to work in school settings, a rehabilitation center, nursing homes, and have a caseload of private clients. I have 13 years of preschool experience from Clover Patch working with students who have autism spectrum disorders and students that have been diagnosed with multiple disabilities. I love creating individualized plans to help students learn and grow through music. Witnessing students discover their voice is my favorite thing about being a music therapist. In my free time, I enjoy spending time going on adventures with my husband, trips with my friends, singing in choirs, dancing and being a certified Zumba Instructor.
Hi! My name is Rachel McQueen. I have been practicing for 15 years as a Music Therapist. I have my Bachelors ('06) and Masters ('08) in Music Therapy from SUNY New Paltz and maintain credentials as Music Therapist-Board Certified with additional training and certification specializing in Hospice and Palliative Music Therapy, including child bereavement counseling. I was in the Mid-Hudson Region for 3 years and have been in the Capital Region for 12 years. I work primarily in the educational setting, with extensive experience in working with neurodivergent students and students with multiple disabilities ranging from early childhood through young adult. I live in northern Washington County with my husband and our 2 boys. We love to take rides through the Adirondacks, swim, watch and play hockey.
Hello, my name is Andrew Wolfson! I am beyond excited to be starting my music therapy career at Expressive Journeys! I graduated with a MS in Music Therapy at SUNY New Paltz in Spring 2023. I completed my internship at Northeast Center for Rehabilitation and Brain Injury in Lake Katrine, NY, and The Music Therapy Studio in Kingston, NY. My primary instrument is the guitar, but I love playing other instruments, such as drums, bass, piano, banjo...and how could I forget, I love to sing! I am grateful to be working in a field where music is used as an impetus for change.
Hello! My name is Dara Ribis, and I have been a board-certified music therapist since 2021. After extensive clinical practice in the healthcare field, I received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University at Albany in 2019 and graduated from the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College music therapy program in July 2021. Throughout my music therapy clinical experiences, I have worked with individuals of all ages with complex medical conditions, developmental disabilities, cognitive impairments, and behavioral and mental health concerns. These experiences have helped me develop a person-centered approach in supporting social, cognitive, motor, and emotional goals.
My primary instrument is the viola, which I have been playing for over 25 years. I have performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the Capital District and the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. I am an active member of the University Symphony Orchestra at the University at Albany and enjoy performing and composing music with my husband. I also enjoy hiking, biking, gardening, crocheting, and spending time with my family. I'm excited and grateful to join Expressive Journeys LLC!
Hello! My name is Kelsey Bergey, I am very excited to be joining the team at Expressive Journeys this fall, 2023! I received my Bachelor of Music degree in Voice from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, my first masters (Master of Music in Voice) from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and my second masters (Master of Music Therapy) from Loyola University New Orleans in New Orleans, LA. I am a mezzo-soprano and sing a wide variety of repertoire. I completed my music therapy internship in Orange County, CA, with Mobile Music Therapy Services of Orange County working with a variety of adult populations, including individuals with multiple severe and profound disabilities, older adults, and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In my professional clinical experience, I continue to enjoy working with adults in the same or similar populations using a holistic approach to support musical and non-musical goals. In my free time, I work on my songwriting and singing. I also like crocheting and listening to many different types of music.
My name is Sarah Pütz and I am a current Music Therapy intern at Expressive Journeys! I will be planning to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy from Duquesne University in May 2024. I am excited to be learning more about the field and have the opportunity to work with a variety of individuals, build connections, and make fun, educational music experiences! I am originally from Hackettstown, NJ, and my primary instrument is contralto voice! In my free time, I enjoy dancing, swimming, solving puzzles, and baking!
My name is Rebecca Kilpeck and I am a music therapy intern here at Expressive Journeys. Upon completion of this internship, I will be graduating from Nazareth University with my Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy. I am excited to be part of a team that works with individuals of all ages and needs and am looking forward to building my clinical skills. In my free time, I enjoy listening to musical theatre albums and making music and art.
Hi, my name is Sari Medick, Admin for Expressive Journeys LLC. I am a Special Needs mom to two amazing young men. I have over 20 years of experience in Children's Educational Programming and Entertainment here in the Capital Region. Music holds a very special place in my life and my heart, and I and am thrilled to be a part of the amazing team here at Expressive Journeys LLC.