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 Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

Music Therapy Staff

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

Dr. 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.

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

The graduate of integrated dual residencies in family medicine and psychiatry, Dr. Quentzel practices both with a comprehensive view of the patient, as 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, both in New York City.  Dr. Quentzel, an assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, teaches psychiatrists and psychiatry residents to collaborate well with their primary care colleagues and to pursue best practices approaches to psychiatry. Dr. Quentzel graduated from the University of Illinois with the degrees of MD, JD and MA in Health Policy, and 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.

Marie Grippo, MA
Executive Assistant

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 recently completed the Creative Arts Therapies program at The New School in New York City

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

John Mondanaro MA, MT-BC, LCAT, CCLS is a PhD candidate at NYU where he earned a M.A. in Music Therapy. John works clinically across the lifespan while overseeing inpatient services and all training programs.

Gabrielle Bouisiou, MS, MT-BC, LCAT-LP
Coordinator AIR/CAIR/AIP, Music Therapist

Gabrielle Bouissou, MS, MT-BC is a music therapist and the coordinator of the Asthma Initiative Program (AIP) and the Advanced In Respiration (AIR) program at the LACMM at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center. She holds a MS in Music Therapy, a BS in Music, and BA in Psychology from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Her primary clinical areas include work with children and adults with asthma and COPD, neonates in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and with adults in inpatient psychiatry.

Jasmine Edwards, MA, MT-BC, LCAT-LP
Music Therapist

Jasmine Edwards, MA, MT-BC is a music therapist specializing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai West. Her clinical experiences include medical, educational, and outpatient settings' work with children and adults with developmental delays and trauma. Jasmine completed the First Sounds: Rhythm, Breath, Lullaby NICU training and is passionate about the benefits of music therapy for both infants and their families.

Juan Robles-Gil Aleman, MS, MT-BC, MHC-LP
Music Therapist

Juan Robles-Gil Aleman MS MT-BC MHC-LP is a staff music therapist for the LACMM. He specializes in providing clinical care in inpatient oncology at Mount Sinai West and has clinical experience providing mental health counseling and music therapy across the lifespan.

Andrew Rossetti, MMT, MT-BC
Radiation Oncology Coordinator, Music Therapist 

Coordinator of music therapy in radiology oncology, his practice also includes chemotherapy, surgery, and the NICU. Having developed several music therapy programs in hospitals in the US and Europe, he has lectured extensively there and in Asia. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Jyvaskyla.

Shanay Johnson, MA, LCAT MT-BC
Music Therapist 

Shanay Johnson MA, MT-BC, LCAT is the music therapist in Radiation Oncology at Mount Sinai West hospital. She received her degree from NYU and completed her clinical internship training at The Department of Music Therapy. Shanay is currently contributing to a research study examining the effects of music therapy on patients requiring mechanical ventilation in the ICU.

Aimee Telsey, MD
Clinical Research Consultant




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
  • 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 Louise Armstrong Department of Music Therapy Steering Committee
  • Jon Batiste
  • Ed Berman
  • Karen Bishko
  • Jordan Bleznick
  • Linda Carozza
  • Don Bravaccio
  • Joan Bravaccio
  • Danelle Marqui Brown
  • Karen Bucher
  • Henry Butler**
  • Lisabeth Cassaday
  • Stanley Crouch
  • Gwendolyn DeLuca
  • Ellen Devens
  • Susan Devens
  • Laurelyn Douglas 
  • Mercedes Ellington
  • Jon Faddis
  • Edward Finkelstein
  • Lincoln Foley
  • Maria Cooper Janis
  • Nathan Goldstein
  • Helen Greenbaum
  • Elizabeth Greenwald
  • Mara Greenwald
  • Alan Horwitz
  • Elizabeth Horwitz
  • Jackie Harris
  • Lisa Helmrich
  • Phoebe Jacobs**
  • Miriam Javitch
  • Raji Kalra
  • Herb Kliitzner
  • Mary Ann Lang
  • Michael Leitman
  • Erik Lawrence
  • Sharon Mahn
  • Marla Maples
  • Colleen McDonough
  • Meredith Monk 
  • Ivan Mogull** 
  • Meredith Monk
  • James Briggs Murray
  • Richard Netter**
  • Barbara Novisk
  • Arturo O'farrell
  • Robert O'Meally
  • Kristen Olson
  • Rebecca Parker
  • Steve Pastor
  • Harriet Jahr Philips
  • Joseph Piccinnini
  • Kim Polson
  • Charles Radcliffe
  • Jonathan Raskin
  • Rita Romeur 
  • Alanna Rutherford
  • Elaine Schain
  • Howard Schain
  • Melanie Schnoll Begun 
  • Karen Seidman
  • Doug Seidman
  • Michele Sherman Entner 
  • Fran Silverman
  • Noah K. Simon 
  • Donna Sirlin
  • Bob Stewart
  • Frank Stewart
  • Peter Strauss
  • Rebecca Sullivan
  • Zelda Suzan
  • Aimee Telsey
  • Lynn Tescher
  • Patricia Walker 
  • Rema Webb 
  • Patty Weiner 
  • Marvin Wexler
  • **Deceased

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