Leslie Arminiox

Leslie Armeniox, Ph.D., LPC, BC-DMT

Leslie Armeniox, Ph.D., LPC, BC-DMT, has practiced Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) for over 30 years with people of all ages and in a variety of settings. She has a master's degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Hahnemann Medical College (now Drexel University), and a doctorate in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Leslie is a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina and a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist. She serves as Secretary for the ADTA and as the ADTA's Professional Relations Liaison to the Profession of Counseling. After relocating from Hawaii where she directed Counseling Services at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Leslie wanted to return to DMT and was grateful to get a call from The Andrea Rizzo Foundation. She is excited to now be working for Dréa's Dream at Levine Children's Hospital Oncology Center in Charlotte, NC, bringing the joy and healing power of Dance/Movement Therapy to children recovering from cancer.

Toni Freni

Toni L. Freni MS, BC-DMT

Perth Amboy Public Schools

Dance/Movement Therapist with over 20 years of professional experience. Over the course of her career she has worked with a variety of populations including pediatric oncology and hematology (pediatric blood and marrow transplant), mental health facilities (varied ages), children and adults with special needs, school settings, private practice with adults, and children who have experienced various forms of trauma and loss. She has eleven years of experience in the field of Child Life services within a psychosocial program in a hospital setting. She works part-time as an independent contracted professional facilitating Creative Arts Therapy/DMT workshops collaborating with artists in the community for culminating therapeutic projects. She also teaches ballroom dance and plans to pursue her certification as a Life Coach.

Christina Devereaux

Christina Devereaux, MA, LCAT, LMHC, BC-DMT, NCC

a registered dance/movement therapist, licensed creative arts therapist, licensed mental health counselor, nationally certified counselor, and doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology.  She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute in the Department of Creative Arts Therapy where she teaches graduate students in the Dance Therapy program. In addition, she is currently being funded by the Andrea Rizzo Foundation to provide dance/movement therapy in public schools throughout Long Island, NY for children on the autistic spectrum and with special needs. Christina has served on the Board of Directors for the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) and is a Past President of the Southern California Chapter of the ADTA. She has extensive clinical experience with a variety of populations including children with severe emotional disturbance and with pervasive developmental disorders, victims of abuse and neglect, families in crisis, adults with mental illness and dual diagnosis, and supporting healthy attachment with mother/infant dyads.

Rosana Hernandez

Rosana Hernandez, MA

Franklin Square Public Schools

Rosana Hernandez is a Master's Candidate in Dance/Movement Therapy from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Dance. She has been facilitating expressive movement with children ranging from the ages 2-10 years old for over six years and has extensive training and practice in Latin and contemporary modern dance. She has provided both individual and group dance/movement therapy to children, adolescents and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings including those with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and behavioral disorders. She uses the intricate creative movement process to foster movement dialogue, symbolic expression, and therapeutic alliance so that one can improve frustration tolerance, impulse control and be exposed to novelty and contact with one's environment.

Jean Consoletti Basiner

Jean Consoletti Basiner, MA, R-DMT, CPC

St. Joseph's Hospital for Children

A Dance/Movement Psychotherapist working with children with cancer and special needs in schools and hospitals.  She is also a Certified Parenting Coordinator as well as a Certified Volunteer for Life Path Hospice and Palliative Care.  Jean has been featured on NBC CH8 News in Tampa, Florida and in The Tampa Tribune.  She travels throughout New England and Florida as a dance/movement therapy provider for schools and hospitals that have been granted funds from The Andrea Rizzo Foundation.  She also has her own practice, Dance4Health.  Jean has over 20 years of dance training and dances with the Boston College Liturgical Dance Ensemble.

Sharon O'Neill Mulcahy

Sharon O"Neill Mulcahy,MS,MA, R-DMT, CLM

CT Children's Medical Center
East Hampton Public Schools

Dance/Movement Therapist working with a diverse population, including children with autism and special needs in public schools in Connecticut and Rhode Island. She also works with Cancer pediatric patients at The CT Children's Hospital on a weekly basis.  She spent 37 years as an Elementary school teacher.For 20 years she owned and operated her own Studio of Dance.

Melissa Sabatini

Melissa Sabatini, MA, R-DMT

Hasbro Children's Hospital

Melissa is a RI based Dance/Movement Therapist who works with pediatric patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI and with special needs children at Narragansett Elementary School, RI. Her work in the public school setting was recently a front page feature in the Narragansett Times newspaper. In addition to her work through the Andrea Rizzo Foundation, Melissa is also a full time Expressive Arts Psychotherapist at another RI hospital. As an Expressive Therapist Melissa employs dance and movement, along with other arts based activities, to therapeutically support adults in acute treatment for substance abuse and patients who are dually diagnosed.

Jocelyn Shaw

Jocelyn Shaw, MA, BC-DMT

Ronald McDonald House

Dance/Movement psychotherapist, in New York City, supporting children and families at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's pediatric dance therapy program, the Ronald McDonald House, University Settlement After-School Program and Suzi Tortora's The Dancing Dialogue.

Lisa Troisi

Lisa Troisi, MA, LPC, R-DMT, RYT

Memorial Hospital

Lisa Troisi is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Dance/Movement Therapist, Registered Yoga Instructor and a member of the American Dance Therapy Association. She graduated with a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Northern Arizona University and is trained and skilled in Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Object Relations Theory, Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT), Attachment Disorder Treatment, Early Trauma Recovery, Addictions and Twelve-Step Recovery. Additionally, Lisa is fluent in the Spanish language and provides services to monolingual Spanish-speaking individuals and families. Lisa has served in a clinical capacity with children/adolescents living in shelters who have been exposed to domestic violence, children involved in the Child Welfare System, adults with developmental disabilities, soldiers with acute Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, children/adolescents in residential treatment centers, individuals and families in Bolivia, Mexico and monolingual families in the United States of America. Lisa has established Dance/Movement therapy programs in Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. In 2008, Lisa became a trained Yoga Instructor and began providing therapeutic yoga groups at Cedar Springs Hospital, as well as Yoga classes in studios and private settings. She went on to train as an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Instructor and teaches the only Ashtanga class offered in Colorado Springs. Currently, Lisa provides Psychotherapy services at Chins Up Center & Balanced Life, Creative Movement classes and workshops for Imagination Celebration, Dance/Movement Therapy services at Children's Memorial Hospital and teaches Psychology classes at Colorado Community College. She instructs Yoga classes at Pranava Yoga Center, Cambio Studios and the Downtown Pikes Peak YMCA. Lisa provides a safe and nurturing environment for individuals and families to safely express themselves, grow and heal. Using experiential techniques, she takes a holistic perspective in her practice and teaching and believes each person has the ability to heal and live a fulfilling abundant life of peace and serenity.

Heidi Fledderjohn

Heidi Fledderjohn, MA, BC-DMT

Riley Hospital for Children

Heidi Fledderjohn has worked as a Dance/movement Therapist since 1992. She utilizes the body, movement, and play to gently midwife psychological awareness and change. Through her work, people of all walks of life have discovered their own reservoir of potential and creativity. Her book, a resource tool for Dance/Movement Therapists, was published through support from the Marion Chace Foundation. She has trained and supervised psychotherapists all over the country. Heidi draws from a deep well of creative experience. She is a life long dancer and delighter in the arts. She is a gifted performer and trainer in Playback Theater, a community oriented improvisational theater form. She is a student of West African Dance, Yoga and the mystic poets. Heidi is a practitioner of Authentic Movement and is trained in massage. She is currently in teacher training in Anusara � Yoga. Heidi is also a big fan of public libraries, public radio and public hugging! All these tools, generate a solid, soulful, and vibrant approach to life, the self and change.

Suzi Tortora

Suzi Tortora, Ed.D., BC-DMT, CMA, KMP

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Suzi Tortora, Ed.D., BC-DMT, CMA, LCAT, LMHC, has been providing Dréa's Dream to our patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for the last 15 years. She is responsible for making our program at MSKCC internationally respected and is a model for pediatric dance therapy programs for children with cancer worldwide. With her vast exposure to patients, dance therapy and medical professionals, and teaching throughout the world, we are proud to announce that she is now the International Medical Creative Arts Spokesperson for the Andréa Rizzo Foundation.

More about Dr. Tortora:

Suzi Tortora, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT, LMHC holds a doctorate from Columbia University and serves as consultant to the "Mothers, Infants and Young Children of September 11, 2001: A Primary Prevention Project" in the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University under Dr. Beatrice Beebe. Dr. Tortora has a dance/movement psychotherapy practice, in New York City and Cold Spring, NY. She created and is the senior dance/movement therapist in the Integrative Medicine Services Department at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the pioneer Dréas Dream dance/movement therapy program for pediatric patients, since its inception in 2003. Dr. Tortora has published numerous papers about her therapeutic and nonverbal communication analysis work and her book, The Dancing Dialogue: Using the Communicative Power of Movement with Young Children and is used extensively in dance/movement therapy training programs. She has been featured on "Good Morning America", "Eyewitness News" ABC -TV and Malcolm Gladwell's book, What the Dog Saw.

Dr. Tortora received the 2010 Marian Chace Distinguished Dance Therapist award from the American Dance Therapy Association. She holds a board position at NY Zero to Three Network. Dr. Tortora teachers her Ways of Seeing international training programs in Europe, South America and Asia and holds faculty positions in the USA, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Argentina and China. She also offers international webinar-based Ways of Seeing training programs for dance/movement therapists and allied professionals.

To find out more about Dr. Suzi Tortora, go to: www.suzitortora.com
Facebook: facebook.com/dancingdialogue
Instagram: @suzidance

Katie Bohn

Katie Bohn, R-DMT, PLPC, M.Ed.

Katie is a dance/movement therapist and counselor working with children with cancer as well as adolescents and adults with eating disorders in St. Louis, MO. She received her Master's of Education in Counseling from the University of Missouri - St. Louis and completed her graduate work in dance/movement therapy at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center in New York City. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in counseling from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Her therapeutic approach offers a blend of verbal, body-oriented, and expressive therapies to promote healing of the mind, body and spirit. Katie is honored to be a part of the Drea's Dream program!

Lori Baudino

Lori Baudino, Psy.D., BC-DMT
Licensed Clinical Psychologist 22011

Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Lori Baudino, has been a practicing clinician for over a decade. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Masters in Creative Arts Therapy - Dance/Movement Therapy, the therapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual.

Through The Andrea Rizzo Foundation, Dr. Baudino brought the first Dance/Movement Therapy Programs to UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she provides bedside therapy to children with cancer, special needs and terminal illness. Dr. Baudino has specialized in supervising, facilitating and providing treatment for children with special needs and their families. She has worked in psychiatric hospitals and at rehabilitation centers for trauma, addiction and pain management. Dr. Baudino coordinated Behavior Intervention Programs within the home/school setting.

In her private practice, she works with children and their families, to support the developing child and the integral relationships between parent, child and siblings. Understanding the “premise that the body, mind and spirit are interconnected” and that life is experienced through movement – Dr. Baudino’s approach allows the child to put words into action, understand individual sensory and motor preferences, express emotional needs, and support overall integration and well-being.

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You can contact her at Therapy@drloribaudino.com or Check out Twitter/Facebook/Youtube/ LinkedIn (DrLoriBaudino)

Becky Brittain Hicks

Becky Brittain Hicks, Ph.D. R- DMT Missouri

Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

Becky Brittain graduated with a master's in dance therapy from U.C.L.A. She started the undergraduate dance therapy classes at Washington University in St. Louis where she currently teaches Somatic Psychology. She has worked extensively as a dance-movement therapist with children, adolescents and adults with emotional issues, developmental deficits, physical and mental challenges and autism in treatment centers, schools and hospitals. Becky is currently using this healing modality with pediatric cancer patients and adolescents and adults with eating disorders.

Becky also received her doctorate in prenatal and perinatal psychology from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. She is recognized as a leading expert in this new field of study. As "The Mothering Coach" she works with infants, toddlers and their families and expecting couples. She has a private psychotherapy practice for issues of postpartum depression, birth and early trauma, bonding, attachment and regulatory disorders.

Becky enjoys facilitating all stages of life and actively combines her two fields of study with her clients with emphasis on somatic /movement experiencing, creative play and relating, optimal developmental functioning and release of trauma imprinting.

Jennifer Whitley

Jennifer Whitley, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT, CMA

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Jennifer Whitley is a board-certified Dance/Movement Therapist (DMT) and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist who received her master’s degree, with honors, in Dance Therapy at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Additionally, she is a Ways of Seeing practitioner, Level II Reiki trained, and Certified as a Laban Movement Analyst from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies. Ms. Whitley began working for the Dréa's Dream program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2012 with a focus on medical DMT in pediatric oncology alongside Dr. Tortora. Ms. Whitley also began working at John Street Elementary School in Fall of 2013, providing group DMT sessions for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, among other special needs in the therapeutic school setting, also funded by the foundation.

Additionally, Ms. Whitley has been a DMT at Dancing Dialogue since 2014 working I private practice with children and families using Dr. Tortora's Ways of Seeing psychotherapeutic multi-arts approach. She specializes in providing DMT for children who have ADHD, anxiety, family separation, eating disorders, learning differences and issues with disruptive behavior, also providing parenting support. She has taught as interim instructor in The New School’s Creative Arts Therapy Certification Program, worked as DMT/Choreographer for Angelight Films, and presented workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. .