Musical Notes with Melissa: Get to Know our Team

Melissa Pate

If you’ve been on campus lately, you may have noticed some new faces walking around with guitars on their backs. With three music therapists on staff, it’s easy to get us mixed up, so I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce our music therapy staff to the Kensington Park family.

Melissa Pate, MT-BC, NMT is our Director of Creative Arts Therapies, and she has served at Kensington Park in both music therapy and activities programming since July 2018. Her passion is to foster meaningful relationships between residents through music-based programming. She also specializes in music interventions for speech and motor rehabilitation in folks with Parkinson’s Disease.

Samantha Tedrow, MT-BC is our Music Therapist and K-Club Assistant in the Woodlands and has been with us since July 2021. Sam comes with a background in long term care, has supported with treatment for youth struggling with substance abuse, and has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities. She has a special place in her heart for utilizing music therapy for pain management and stress reduction.

Mia Flores, MT-BC, NMT is our newest Music Therapist, and she has also stepped in as Activities Coordinator in Connections. Mia has extensive experience working in senior living, particularly with advanced memory care. During her music therapy internship, Mia co-led the Boston University Aphasia Choir with a speech-language pathologist, utilizing warm-ups and singing exercises to strengthen breath control and articulation. Her neurologic music therapy certification also allows her to use music and rhythm-based interventions for speech and motor rehabilitation.

We are thankful to have this team of music therapists serving at KP across campus. Each brings her own level of talent, expertise, and passion to enrich the lives of our residents. If you have any questions regarding music therapy, or if you’d like to get your loved one involved, please reach out to Melissa Pate at: mpate@kensingtonsl.com.

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