Meet Our Staff

Christa Nichols, MTI

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Shelbe Olson, MM, MT-BC, NMT

Ghayeon Choi, MTI


Denise Claire Seaman, MT-BC

Larren Winn, MT-BC, NMT

    Ghayeon Choi has studied Korean traditional music at Dankook University in Korea. She primary instrument is the Geomungo which is a Korean traditional instrument. She is currently studying a Master of Music Therapy course at Arizona State University.She has been studying music for over 20 years now. She felt the happiest when she played music so she chose music therapy as a major. Then, she can convey this happiness to others. In Korea, she was a music psychological counselor and an art psychology counselor at the We & I clinic for 2 years. She will be able to help clients in various different ways and present different options in the interventions depending on the client she is working with.

​​Providing music therapy to over 600 people each week, Higher Octave Healing seeks to support community programming, music therapy and related services, and continuing education for professionals and students by providing an avenue for donations, fundraising, grants, and other streams of funding to help continue the music therapy and support programs and services we provide for so many of Arizona’s children, teens, and adults through our 501(c)3, federally recognized non-profit status.  EIN 27-1896282​

Sara Erb, MT-BC

Our Therapists and Interns

Shelbe has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy and a Master’s degree in Clarinet Performance from Arizona State University. She completed her internship at Higher Octave Healing before joining the staff in 2015. Most of her clinical work is with teens and adults with developmental disabilities. She is heavily involved in program development and implementation of HOH’s Music Therapy Rock Band program.   As Clinic Coordinator, Shelbe coordinates client placement and scheduling, resource management, technology, and other aspects of the clinic space. She works closely with community partners including Arizona State University.   Shelbe plays clarinet and saxophone in a variety of solo and ensemble settings. She enjoys teaching and specializes in teaching instruments to those with developmental disabilities.

​​​​​Board-Certified Music Therapist, Neurologic Music Therapist, Grant Coordinator

Board-Certified Music Therapist



Music Therapy Intern

Sarra graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in music therapy from Utah State University. Following her coursework, she completed her internship at The Children’s Center: Rehabilitation Hospital in Oklahoma City. Following her board certification, Sarra joined the Higher Octave Healing team in 2018. Her experience includes working with children and adults with developmental disabilities, medically fragile children and adolescents, and medical rehabilitation following trauma. She enjoys learning to play new instruments, spending time with family, and cheering on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Larren Graduated with a degree in music therapy from The University of Kansas and completed her internship in the medical setting at Banner University Medical Center. After becoming board certified she joined the Higher Octave Healing team in 2016. Her Experience includes working with children and adults with developmental disabilities, medically fragile individuals, oncology, and behavioral health.

Lydia Negron, MTI

Lisa graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Music Therapy in 2011. She is the Operations Manager at Higher Octave Healing and oversees many operational and program needs of the organization and supervises clinical and administrative employees. Lisa has worked at Higher Octave Healing since 2012 providing music therapy services to individuals and groups in-clinic and in the community, managing community programs and contracts, and advocating for increased availability of music therapy services in the community. Lisa's clinical work focuses on hospice music therapy, supporting patients and families in their end-of-life journey and through the bereavement process. She also feels fortunate to work with clients and families in the fields of developmental disabilities, geriatrics, traumatic brain injuries, and substance abuse and recovery. 

Music Therapy Intern

Ruihao Zhang, MTI

Denise received her degree in Music Therapy at Montclair State University in New Jersey as a voice major.  While in New Jersey, she worked primarily in a geriatric Alzheimer’s unit, in both skilled care and assisted living.  There, she also sang with the New Jersey State Opera and The Masterwork Chorus, performing in venues around the Metropolitan area, including Carnegie Hall. In 2001, she moved to California, where she worked with severely/profoundly developmentally disabled adults.  Since 2004, she has provided in-home Music Therapy services for children throughout the East Valley.  Denise enjoys performing with the San Tan Chorale and working with the competitive gymnastic community. 

Music Therapy Intern

Morgan Musick, MTI

Ruihao Zhang is thrilled to do her music therapy internship at Higher Octave Healing following her coursework at Arizona State University in the music therapy program. She received her first bachelor degree in chemical engineering but she decided to switch to music therapy after discovered the field. She has been studying piano for 20 years and gave a personal voice recital in February 2018 at Organ Hall, ASU School of Music. She feels fortunate and honored to work with a variety of clients as a music therapy intern.
Christa graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance from The University of Oklahoma in 2015. Upon completion, she worked for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the Children’s Recovery Center. She then began the Master of Music Therapy program at Arizona State University in the fall of 2017 and is now working on completing her internship at Higher Octave Healing. 

​All HOH music therapists are nationally board-certified through the Certification Board of Music Therapists meeting rigorous, ongoing continuing education guidelines following degree and certification.  Our variety of therapist backgrounds exceed required degrees/certifications to practice in Arizona (trainings in CPR, First Aid, Article 9, CIT levels I & II, HealthRHYTHMS, GIM, and NMT.)  

Tim McAlee, MT-BC

Kymla Eubanks, MM, MT-BC

Alexandria is a graduate of Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in music therapy. During her internship at the Tampa Bay Institute for Music Therapy, Alexandria worked with clients including individuals with traumatic brain injury, older adults, and behavioral health for adults and children. Alexandria will begin studies at Arizona State University in the fall where she will pursue a master’s degree in violin performance. 

Lisa Hodge, MT-BC, NMT

Board-Certified Music Therapist

providing music therapy for over 600 in the community each week

​​​​​Board-Certified Music Therapist, Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapist, Neurologic Music Therapist, Operations Manager

As with most types of therapy sessions, the focus is on the client and the work of the therapist with that client. Our therapists are all nationally Board-Certified and have received years of training in order to support their clients.  We typically do not allow volunteers to work with clients because of the level of service required.  As a training organization, we do allow music therapy students or music therapy interns enrolled in a university music therapy program to assist our therapists with sessions, when appropriate.  If you are a student or intern enrolled in a university music therapy program and would like to assist in therapy sessions, please contact our office.

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Kymla is the founder and CEO of the non-profit organization, Higher Octave Healing. She graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1996 with a Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy and from Arizona State University with a Masters of Music Therapy in 2013 with a focus on Non-Profit Leadership Management and Developmental Disabilities.  Kymla founded Higher Octave Healing in 2010 with a goal to focus on music therapy services, continuing education, music therapy student support, family and client support, and music therapy research.  As CEO, she directs the mission of the organization focusing on long-range planning, budget forecasting, community partnership development and board development. 
Kymla has served on multiple state, regional and national music therapy executive boards.  Currently, she serves as President of the Western Region of the American Music Therapy Association, on the Arizona Music Therapy State Task Force, and the AMTA Strategic Priority on Autism Advisory Team.  Her clinical work focuses on cancer support, grief processing, and developmental disabilities.  Kymla is an active Rotarian as a member of The Rotary Club of Tempe-Downtown organization and serves as the President of the Rotary Club of Tempe Downtown Foundation Board.

​​​​Board-Certified Music Therapist, Neurologic Music Therapist, Clinic Coordinator

Board-Certified Music Therapist, Neurologic Music Therapist, Clinic Coordinator

Music Therapy Intern

Alexandria Harrington, MT-BC

​​​Board-Certified Music Therapist

Board-Certified Music Therapist, Early Intervention Specialist

Music Therapy Intern

​​​Board-Certified Music Therapist, CEO/Executive Director