Samantha Dean, MM, CBIS, MT-BC
Samantha is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and Assistant Director of Mosaic. She is a master's level clinician, certified and specializing in Neurologic Music Therapy. This approach focuses on principles of neurorehabilitation, using music-based interventions to help clients with various diagnoses gain and/or regain functional skills such as speech, sensory/movement, and cognition. Sam has a passion for working with children and adults with special needs and neurologic disorders/injuries.
Sam received her Master's degree from Colorado State University. She completed her internship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, working primarily on the Neurorehabilitation unit. Throughout this experience she had numerous opportunities to collaborate and co-treat with an interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, physical therapists, SLPs, occupational therapists, social workers, art therapists, child life specialists, and teachers. Sam also treated children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, GI/Nutrition Unit, and Pediatric Intenstive Care Unit.
Throughout her clinical experience, Sam has worked in a variety of settings with individuals of all ages and diagnoses. These include: Traumatic brain injury, Autism, developmental disabilities, stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer's, dementia, Cerebral palsy, prematurity, Down Syndrome, Amlified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome (AMPS), learning disabilities, and various medical complications.
Sam received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance and Psychology from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. In addition to being a music therapist, she is a professional flutist. Sam likes to incorprate the flute into her work as a therapist when applicable, but she primarily uses voice, piano, guitar and various melodic and percussion instruments within therapy. She also believes in using non-musical materials to help best facilitate client goals and generalize skills outside of the musical context.
Sam is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and the New Jersey Association of Music Therapy.