Meet our Therapists
Calli Puko, MT-BC
Calli is a board certified Music Therapist and helped pioneer the Creative Melodies program . She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology from The State University of New York at Fredonia and completed her internship at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Within her internship experience, she worked with with children and adolescents aged 6 weeks to 18 years old with diagnoses including leukemia, aplastic anemia, and trauma.
Calli has launched and implemented numerous Creative Melodies programs and has been a fundamental leader in demonstrating and communicating the Creative Melodies mission. Inspired by the relationships that she has formed with the children at the childcare and learning centers, Calli has been creating specialized series that can be tailored to each child’s abilities and goals. Following the Creative Melodies’ humanistic approach, Calli implemented clinical Music Therapy services with adolescent behavioral health facilities and with children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Calli respects and praises her clients for their unique ideas and abilities, and values them no matter their situation or diagnosis. Through her Music Therapy practice, she provides a safe space for clients to express their individuality and make their voices heard. Music changed Calli’s life, so she uses Music Therapy to change others’ lives and help them reach their fullest potential.
Laurie Fox, MMT, MT-BC, LPC
Laurie Fox is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor with over 25 years clinical experience. She earned her Master of Music Therapy degree and has completed extensive coursework towards the PhD in Music Therapy, both from Temple University. Laurie is also an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Bachelor of Music Therapy program at Seton Hill University, a post she has held since the creation of the program in 2003.
Ms. Fox provides music therapy and music psychotherapy in both individual and group formats and works primarily with adults in the following areas: mental health, neurology and personal growth. A frequent presenter of inservices and workshops, Ms. Fox has been instrumental in raising awareness of the benefits of music therapy since returning to her hometown of Greensburg, PA in 1994.
Specializing in voicework and therapeutic eurhythmics, Ms. Fox is a music-centered clinician and presenter who engages her clients and participants in active music-making in order to access, develop and restore a person’s sense of their musical self, thereby enhancing their personal well-being. Music-making experiences include techniques such as song communication, lyric analysis, improvisation, and songwriting.
In addition to working in the music therapy field, Ms. Fox enjoys embarking on mission trips to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, serving as Worship Leader at Charter Oak Church (Jeannette Campus), biking the GAP trail and reading.
Current clinical, speaking, writing interests include:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The Emotional Well-Being of Women
The Use of Rhythmics with Persons with Parkinsons and their Caregivers
The Ebb and Flow of Life and Music: Maintaining Balance
Haley Welsh, MT-BC
Haley Welsh is the founder and director of Creative Melodies. As a clinical Music Therapist, Haley pioneered and developed multiple Music Therapy programs including services at community homes for residents with intellectual and physical disabilities and at a children’s inpatient rehabilitation unit. Haley values a collaborative approach with other members of the treatment team to reinforce their goals with individual/group music therapy sessions to children and adolescents that were diagnosed with TBI, physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, and behavioral health. Haley also specialized in working with individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome, where she incorporated Music Therapy into their daily routine and their group therapy schedule. As well as a flourishing professional career in Music Therapy, Haley is a proud mother of three children and it is them who inspired her to create the Creative Melodies program.
Allyssa Heitzenrater, MT-BC
Allyssa Heitzenrater is a Board Certified Music Therapist who received her Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology from Duquesne University, and completed her internship at Broome Tioga BOCES. Allyssa has previously worked in skilled nursing facilities, behavioral health facilities, schools, and daycare centers to help people increase their quality of life, learn coping skills, and achieve their social/emotional goals. While she has had the opportunity to work with people across the lifespan, Allyssa has a particular passion for sharing music experiences with young children. Their creativity and energy inspires her to continue growing and learning every day. When Allyssa is not thinking of ways to foster growth for young minds, you’ll find her drinking coffee and fostering growth for her jungle of houseplants.
Ryssa Ezykowsky is a music therapy intern who completed her undergraduate coursework at Duquesne University where she received the Robert Egan award for academic excellence. She has completed practicums in a variety of settings including an inpatient psychiatric hospital, a daycare, a homeless shelter, and a day program for young adults with developmental disabilities. She enjoys listening to folk music and 80s pop/rock in her free time, and when not making music, Ryssa enjoys doing crafts such as embroidery and crochet.