Natalie Mullis, MT-BC, Director of Services
I’m Natalie Mullis, MT-BC and I am the owner of Key Changes Music Therapy Services, LLC.
I graduated from Georgia College and State University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s in Music Therapy. I completed an internship at Palmetto Health Baptist in Columbia, South Carolina under the supervision of Betsy Neal where I worked with children and adults with psychiatric diagnoses, hospitalized due to illness, and with developmental disability.
After my internship, I worked at William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute in Columbia with children and adolescents with psychiatric diagnoses. While there I revived the music therapy program and advocated for better services for the children.
It was while I was at William S. Hall that the idea of beginning Key Changes came to me. I wanted to provide music therapy services to those who needed them outside of the stress of a hospital environment so that they could see more long term benefits of music therapy.
I started Key Changes in August of 2010 with the support of my loving husband, Greg, and our four cats! I haven’t looked back once and am so grateful to have the opportunity to make and share the power of music with those in the Columbia area.
Laura Theismann, MT-BC, Music Therapist
I’m Laura E. Theismann, MT-BC, and I began working with Key Changes Music Therapy Services, LLC as of August 2012.
I graduated from The University of Alabama in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Therapy. I have experience working with all types of populations including: Early intervention with infants and toddlers who have physical and mental developmental delays, hospice and palliative care patients, children/adults with terminal illnesses and chronic diagnoses, as well as school age children, adolescents, and adults with diagnosis including Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, Autism, Autism Spectrum, William’s Syndrome, Soto Syndrome, mental illnesses, and substance use and abuse.
I decided to go into music therapy not only because of the love and passion I have for music, but because I want to make a difference in people’s life the same way that music has made a difference in my own. I truly believe that music is more than notes on a page; it is something so beautiful that it speaks where words cannot, soothes the mind and gives it rest, and heals the heart and makes it whole.
Janelle Sikora, MM, MT-BC
I’m Janelle Sikora, a board certified music therapist and a member of the American Music Therapy Association. I began working with Key Changes Music Therapy Services, LLC in October 2013.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy with a minor in child development in 2012 from The Florida State University. I also completed a six month internship at The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers, Florida where I provided Music Therapy services to patients. Following my internship, I continued my education at The Florida State University to receive a Master’s degree in Music Therapy in 2013. During my graduate coursework, I completed a thesis that investigated geriatric music preferences within three sub-populations. Additionally, I am a certified NICU Music Therapist (NICU-MT). I completed my NICU training at the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
Music Therapy is a wonderful field and I enjoy being able to do what I do.
Laurie Peebles, MT-BC
Laurie Peebles received a Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy from Converse College. She completed her internship with the Fulton County School System in the spring of 2011. Following the completion of her internship, she joined the George Center for Music Therapy, in Atlanta, GA, which specializes in catering to children with exceptionalities. She worked with children with Autism, Emotional Behavioral Disorder, mental disabilities, survivors of abuse, children who have lost parents or siblings, and/or other varying health impairments. She has been a member of AMTA since 2008. In the fall of 2012, she became certified in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT). Laurie has been a licensed Kindermusik© educator since spring of 2011. She currently serves on the executive board as secretary of the Music Therapy Association of Georgia. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in music educator with initial certification. In addition, she has studied flute for 14 years and is also proficient in guitar, piano, and voice.