Meet the Team

Our clinical services, research projects and on-going programs are guided by experts in the fields of medicine, music, and music therapy. These specialists are equipped with 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. These teams include physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, and other health care professionals throughout the Mount Sinai Health System.

Music Therapy Staff

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Joanne Loewy, DA, LCAT, MT-BC
Director, Music Therapist

Joanne Loewy DA, LCAT, MT-BC is the Director of the Department of Music Therapy, and an Associate Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and is a Founding Member of the International Association for Music and Medicine. The Department of Music Therapy, which she initiated in 1994, among many populations is serving musicians and their unique ailments including chronic fatigue, chemical dependency, performance anxiety and overuse, children with developmental delays, teens with emotional issues, adults with neurological disorders and all ages of patients with asthma and COPD. Dr. Loewy is the Editor in Chief of the international, peer reviewed journal 'Music and Medicine' and serves on several editorial boards-and is a Cochrane NICU and Palliative Care reviewer. She received her doctorate from NYU and 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.

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Stephan Quentzel, MD, JD, MA
The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine
Medical Director

Stephan Quentzel, MD, JD, MA is a graduate of integrated dual residencies in family medicine and psychiatry. He practices 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 Department of Music Therapy and the Medical Director of Psychiatry for the Institute for Urban Family Health, in New York City. Stephan Quentzel, MD, is an assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, teaching psychiatrists and psychiatry residents to collaborate with their primary care colleagues to pursue best practices in approaches to psychiatry. He 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 Department of Music Therapy.


Shantelena Mouzon
Administrative Coordinator

Shantelena Mouzon is the Administrative Coordinator for The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine. She is a lyricist, performance artist and music producer actively performing in the New York City arts community. Shantelena was an honoree at the 13th annual “What a Wonderful World” gala in 2018. Prior to her role in Arts Administration, Shantelena worked for over 20 years as a Human Resources, Operations and Project Management professional in Music, Media and Entertainment.

John Mondanaro

John Mondanaro, PHD, MT-BC, LCAT, CCLS
Clinical Director, Music Therapist

John Mondanaro, PHD, MT-BC, LCAT, CCLS oversees inpatient services and clinical training in the Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy. He received his PhD and MA from NYU. John is licensed as a creative arts therapist in New York State, and maintains dual certification in music therapy and Child Life. He has written and presented extensively on the arts in healthcare, and is a co-editor of the book, Music and Medicine: Integrative Models in the Treatment of Pain. As a music psychotherapist specializing in palliative care throughout the lifespan, John’s training and experience across the expressive arts has culminated in a unique clinical approach that is humanistic in valuing the integration of body, mind, and spirit.


Jing-Wen Zhang, PhD Candidate, MS, MT-BC
Senior Music Therapist, Neurology, Dementia, COVID

Jing-Wen Zhang, PhD Candidate, MS, MT-BC is a music therapist at the LACMM, who specializes in neurology. She received her B.A. with a major in music therapy from the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China), and her M.S. from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She has worked in general medical, neurological rehabilitation, and psychotherapy settings in the US and China. She is pursuing a PhD at Temple University in Philadelphia. From 2018-2021, Jing-Wen served as a lead clinician and clinical supervisor in an Aphasia Center. Her dissertation explores innovative music-based interventions for people with aphasia. Jing-Wen has published various articles and research in international journals.

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Lauren Fagan MS, MT-BC
NICU Music Therapist

Lauren Fagan MS, MT-BC is a music therapist specializing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai West. Lauren received her Master's degree in music therapy from Molloy College and has earned her Bachelor's degree in both Music and Psychology from the Aaron Copland School of Music - CUNY Queens College. She has since worked in a variety of clinical areas including bereavement care, children with cognitive and developmental delays, and outreach in local communities.

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Andrew Rossetti, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC
Radiation Oncology Supervisor, Music Therapist 

Andrew Rossetti, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC supervises the multi-site music therapy program in radiology oncology. His practice extends to the infusion suite, surgery, and the neonatal intensive care unit. Andrew specializes in treating emotional trauma and its sequelae. Having developed several music therapy programs in hospitals in the US and Europe, he has lectured extensively there, in South America, and Asia. He completed his doctorate at the University of Jyvaskyla.


Caitlin Bell, MA, MT-BC
AIP, Psychiatry, Rehab/Clinic Music Therapist

Caitlin Bell, MA, MT-BC is a music therapist and the coordinator of the Asthma Initiative Program (AIP) at the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center. She earned her Master’s degree in Music Therapy from New York University and her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Oberlin Conservatory. In addition to her work with children with asthma, Caitlin’s primary clinical areas include inpatient psychiatry, substance use disorders and rehabilitation, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and outpatient case work at the Music and Health Clinic.


Christopher Pizzute, MA, MT-BC
Inpatient Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Music Therapist 

Christopher Pizzute, MA, MT-BC works in inpatient oncology and radiation oncology. He received his Masters in music therapy from Montclair State University and his Bachelor’s degree in music composition/music theory. His areas of expertise extend to palliative, psychiatric, pediatric and neonatal care.

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Aimee Telsey, MD
Clinical Research Consultant




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Bernardo Canga, MMT
Consultant, Technology & Research




Medical Staff and 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
  • John Mondanaro, MA, LCAT, MT-BC, Clinical Director, In-Patient, Palliative Care 
  • Andrew Rossetti, MMT, LCAT, MT-BC, Music Therapy Outreach, Chemotherapy, Radiation 
  • Susan Bressman, MD, Neurology
  • Ruth Gabay, ACSW, Social Work
  • Gabriel A. Sara, MD, Hematology - Oncology
  • Nate Goldstein, MD, Palliative Medicine to the Medical Staff and Advisors
  • Joyce Fogel, MD,  Geriatric Medicine
  • Charles Melone, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Hand Specialty  
  • Michael Leitman, MD, General Surgery
  • Manjeet Chadha, MD, Radiation Oncology
  • Stephen Scelsa, MD, Neuromuscular Division and Electromyography Neurology
  • Robert Sheu, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Interventional Pain Medicine and Palliative Care Specialties
  • Paul Zucker, MBA, MS, PT, LAc, VP, Ambulatory Operations Mount Sinai Downtown, Union Square
The Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy Steering Committee
  • Jon Batiste
  • Melanie Schnoll Begun
  • Jordan Bleznick
  • Don Brancaccio
  • Joan Brancaccio
  • Kevin Brannen
  • Brielle Brown
  • Danelle Marqui Brown
  • Linda Carroza
  • Lisabeth Cassaday
  • Gwendolyn DeLuca
  • Ellen Devens
  • Susan Devens
  • Mercedes Ellington
  • Chris Elstone
  • Michele Sherman Entner
  • Janet Falk
  • Kevin Fee
  • Edward Finkelstein
  • Joyce Fogel
  • Lincoln Foley
  • Nathan Goldstein
  • Ellen Goosenberg
  • Erica Grabscheid
  • Helen Greenbaum
  • Elizabeth Greenwald
  • Greg Gullia
  • Alan Horowitz
  • Elizabeth Horowitz
  • Jackie Harris
  • Susan Rosenberg Jones
  • Herb Klitzner
  • Michael Leitman
  • Erik Lawrence
  • Sharon Mahn
  • Marla Maples
  • Collen McDonough
  • Meredith Monk
  • James Briggs Murray
  • Barbara Novick
  • Arturo O’Farrill
  • Kristen Olson
  • Rebecca Parker
  • Steve Pastor
  • Harriet Jahr Philips
  • Joseph Piccinnini
  • Kim Polson
  • Joelle Quinn
  • Charles Radcliffe
  • Jonathan Raskin
  • Rita Romeur
  • Alanna Rutherford
  • Jon Samson
  • Linda Sanchez
  • Elaine Schain
  • Howard Schain
  • Doug Seidman
  • Karen Seidman
  • Fran Silverman
  • Noah K. Simon
  • Donna Sirlin
  • Edwin Sirlin
  • Judith Evans Smith
  • Peter Strauss
  • Zelda Suzan
  • Aimee Telsey
  • Lynn Tescher
  • Patricia Walker
  • Marc Waserman
  • Rema Webb
  • Ted Wiprud

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 

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