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
Professor, Icahn School of Medicine

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.

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Kristen Stewart  MA, LCAT, MT-BC
Assistant Director

Kristen Stewart PhD cand, MA, LCAT, MT-BC oversees the Department of Music Therapy and is a PhD candidate at Temple University. She holds two post-graduate certifications in trauma treatment, is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and has advanced training in NICU and Neurologic Music Therapy training. Her music therapy practice has evolved through medical, educational, mental health and residential treatment contexts. Publications and presentation history focus primarily on trauma, including her work as editor of the text Music Therapy & Trauma: Bringing Therapy and Clinical Practice. In 2002, she coordinated the New York City Music Therapy Relief Project, sponsored by AMTA and the Recording Academy after September 11th, 2001. Before returning to Mount Sinai Beth Israel, where she formerly originated the role of Clinical Director, she worked in the NICU at Vassar Brothers Medical Center and in the VA – Hudson Valley Healthcare System, serving veterans in the Community Living Centers, Acute Psychiatry, and Residential Treatment Programs, including substance abuse, posttraumatic stress disorder, and housing and work rehabilitation.

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Elizabeth Barone MA, MT-BC, CCLS
NICU Music Therapist

Elizabeth Barone MA, MT-BC, CCLS is a music therapist specializing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai West. Elizabeth received her Master’s from Montclair State University and her Bachelor in Arts from Emerson College. As a music therapist, she has worked in various clinical settings including pediatrics, PICU, bereavement care, as well as, with children and adults with developmental delays and psychiatric rehabilitation.

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Andrew Rossetti, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC
Director, Music Therapy, Oncology 

Andrew Rossetti, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC directs the multi-site music therapy oncology programs. 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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Samantha Sancho, MA, LCAT-LP, MT-BC
Music Therapist

Samantha Sancho, MA, LCAT-LP, MT-BC is a music therapist and a part of the research team at The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Union Square. Samantha received her Master of Arts in music therapy from New York University and her Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Temple University. Clinically, she has experience in oncology with work in the infusion suite, children with developmental challenges, and outpatient work in the Music and Health Clinic.  

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Andee Dooley, MS, LCAT, BC-DMT
Clinical Research Coordinator II

Andee Dooley MS, BC-DMT, LCAT is a licensed creative arts therapist and board-certified dance/movement psychotherapist working as a researcher with the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine. Her previous research projects include a portfolio of NIH-funded clinical trials assessing mind-body interventions for pain management in cancer care. Andee has also been awarded multiple grants by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the US Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to develop arts and health programs for military populations exposed to trauma. Additionally, she has been honored by the US Embassy and US Ambassador to Rwanda for supporting refugee youth through inclusive arts programs in partnership with UNHCR. Andee’s lived experiences as a foster youth have provided deep insights into public systems of safety and wellbeing and have informed her passion and stewardship in advancing global health equity and innovation.

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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  
  • Shantelena Mouzon, Administrative Coordinator
  • Kristen Stewart, MA, LCAT, MT-BC, Assistant Director, In-Patient, Palliative Care
  • Andrew Rossetti, PhD, 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
  • Diane Becker
  • Jordan Bleznick
  • Don Brancaccio
  • Joan Brancaccio
  • Kevin Brannen
  • Brielle Brown
  • Danelle Marqui Brown
  • Liz Callaway
  • Linda Carroza
  • Ellen Devens
  • Susan Devens
  • Mercedes Ellington
  • Chris Elstone
  • Michele Sherman Entner
  • Alison Estabrook
  • Kevin Fee
  • Edward Finkelstein
  • Joyce Fogel
  • Lincoln Foley
  • Nathan Goldstein
  • Helen Greenbaum
  • Elizabeth Greenwald
  • Greg Gullia
  • Jackie Harris
  • Mark Kaplan
  • Carol Klenfner
  • Herb Klitzner
  • Robert Lande
  • Michael Leitman
  • Erik Lawrence
  • Sharon Mahn
  • Marla Maples
  • Meredith Monk
  • James Briggs Murray
  • Micheline Nader
  • Barbara Novick
  • Arturo O’Farrill
  • Rebecca Parker
  • Steve Pastor
  • Harriet Jahr Philips
  • Joseph Piccinnini
  • Kim Polson
  • Joelle Quinn
  • Charles Radcliffe
  • Jonathan Raskin
  • Rita Romeur
  • Alanna Rutherford
  • Ada Samuelssohn
  • Linda Sanchez
  • Elaine Schain
  • Howard Schain
  • Doug Seidman
  • Karen Seidman
  • Paul Shaffer
  • Mark Shapiro
  • Noah K. Simon
  • Donna Sirlin
  • Edwin Sirlin
  • Darius Solomon
  • Judith Evans Smith
  • Peter Strauss
  • Zelda Suzan
  • Ann Teed
  • Aimee Telsey
  • Patricia Walker
  • 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