We are excited to announce two new music therapists working with the Peterson Family Foundation, Jenny Goldhammer and Cassi Crouse! Keep reading for more details about them below.

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Meet Jenny Goldhammer!

Jenny Goldhammer, Music Therapist

Jenny Goldhammer is now working with patients in the Medical Surgical and Transitional Care units for 20 hours a week at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital!

After receiving her M.A. in music therapy from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, Jenny completed her clinical internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she supported children from infancy through adolescence during their hospital experience. After graduate school, she worked for three years in the greater Philadelphia area in both school and in camp settings, as well as in an outpatient private practice. In these settings, she specialized in helping children and adolescents make social connections and develop a wider range of coping skills through creative expression. Jenny believes in working closely and collaboratively with family members, educators, and other therapists to facilitate the best possible success for each client.

Jenny is a strong believer in person-centered therapy, and strives to meet each client where they are during each session. She enjoys incorporating music and play in her sessions, and believes that through creative expression we can all grow and thrive. Outside of the hospital, Jenny is enjoying exploring the Bay Area, and loves to hike and be outside. She also plays bassoon in a local community orchestra.

Meet Cassi Crouse!

Cassi Crouse, Music Therapist

As of August 21st, Cassi Crouse is spearheading our new music therapy program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. We are so excited to start the first fully-fledged music therapy program at Lucile Packard!

Cassi Crouse, a board certified music therapist, is originally from Marietta, GA. She earned a degree in music education with emphasis in choral and vocal studies at Reinhardt University in Waleska, GA, and in 2014 she relocated to Tallahasee, FL to pursue a master’s degree in music therapy at Florida State University. Cassi completed her music therapy internship and conducted research for her thesis at a children’s hospital in South Florida. She is trained and certified as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapist and recently obtained her Neurologic Music Therapist certification.

Cassi is passionate about using evidence-based music interventions to help pediatric patients and their families during hospitalizations. She is excited to join the team at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and looks forward to working with the Peterson Family Foundation.

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