Ciara Shupe,  MT-BC

​Board Certified Music Therapist
​Ciara graduated from Queens University of Charlotte in May 2018 with a degree in Music Therapy and a concentration in voice. She completed her internship with Allegro in 2018.  She has clinical experience working with a variety of populations including individuals with Autism, Intellectual and Developmental Delays, Dementia, Psychiatric Disorders and those with health issues.  In addition to her work with Allegro, Ciara serves as worship director at Jamestown Church of God. Ciara is passionate about music and music therapy.  


Bernice Perzel

​MSN, CDP, CADDCT, CGF, RN 

Dementia Specialist

Bernice Perzel obtained her Diploma in nursing from Fairview General Hospital School of Nursing she went on and received her BSN from Bowling Green State University. Finally, she successfully completed her MSN specializing in geriatrics from Frances Bolton Payne School of Nursing. Ms. Perzel has 32 years of experience as a Registered Nurse focusing on the geriatric population. Clinically she has practiced in hospitals, long term care and most recently homecare for the past 15 years. She has over 11 years of experience in management and operations in various healthcare settings. Her knowledge and skill as a coach to family members and peers,  that provide care, for avoiding caregiver burnout has proven to be invaluable to those she coaches. Recently, she had to undertake the difficult task of caregiver for her mother, and admitted her father into a skilled nursing facility. This life experience has made her aware of how naïve she was to depth of the spiritual, emotional, financial and physical impact on the patient as well as family’s life. Her passion is to provide caregivers with the education and coaching to alleviate some of the despair and offer hope through knowledge and behavioral interventions.  Bernice’s passion is to focus on the caregivers, which indirectly will benefit the patient/family members.





 




"Positive outcomes through the power of music"

Meet Our Therapists 

    Audrey Reynolds,MT-BC, NMT

Board Certified Music Therapist/Neurologic Music Therapist 
Audrey Reynolds, MT-BC is a Board Certified Music Therapist with specialized training in Neurologic Music Therapy.  She completed her requisite clinical and academic coursework at Appalachian State University and completed her internship at Allegro Music Therapy and Education Services. She greatly enjoys working with clients of all ages and has a special interest in working with individuals with neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders, including dementia, traumatic brain injury, stroke, developmental delays, and autism.  She received a B.A. in Music from UNC Charlotte, with a concentration in voice, and minors in dance and theatre.  She received a B.S. in Human Biology from North Carolina State University.  Audrey attended medical school at Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, working towards the M.D. degree.  During her first semester of studies, Audrey reassessed her career goals and realized that music was missing from her life and her career choice!  She is delighted to be practicing in a helping profession that combines her passion for music and biological sciences.

Alyssa Piercey

Behavior Specialist

​Alyssa has 8 years of clinical experience working with children with  developmental disabilities and autism. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Appalachian University.   She completed graduate work in Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute for Technology.  Alyssa taught children with severe autism in Alamance and Mecklenberg school systems. Her classroom was recognized as a model classroom for autism services.   She was a lead therapist at the Children’s Autism Center in Austin Texas.  She has provided behavioral therapy in both clinical and in home settings including parent training.  

Jane Maydian MT-BC, NMT

Board Certified Music Therapist/Neurologic Music Therapist ​​​​​

Olivia Higdon, MT-BC

Board Certified Music Therapist

​Olivia graduated from Queens University of Charlotte with a degree in Music Therapy and a concentration in voice.  She completed her music therapy internship at Mount Vernon High School in the Fairfax County Public School system, working with adolescents with learning and emotional disabilities. She has clinical experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dementia/Alzheimer's, adolescents and youth with mental health diagnoses, Intellectual and Developmental Delays, and varying physical disabilities. Outside of her work with Allegro, Olivia is the supervisor of an after school program in her hometown. She is passionate about music and helping others achieve their goals."



Jane Maydian is a nationally board certified music therapist and certified Neurologic Music Therapist.  She is the Director of Allegro Music Therapy & Education Services Inc a music therapy agency that provides individual and group music therapy in a variety of settings throughout North Carolina and Southwest Virginia.

 She has a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy from Queens College and has completed graduate work in Music , Music Therapy and Counseling at Georgia State University, and the University of Florida.  In addition to her MT-BC and NMT certifications she has completed Orff Level II training and is a Remo Endorsed Healthrhythms facilitator.

 With over twenty years experience as a music therapist and music educator, Jane has worked with a wide variety of populations ranging in age from infants through geriatrics.  She also serves individuals with physical, cognitive, and psychiatric disabilities. Her research on music and memory has been presented nationally by both the American Association of Music Therapy and the National Association of Music Teachers.

 She has facilitated corporate team building and group empowerment with Florida Power and Light, Grummund, Pratt & Whitney, Palm Beach County Schools, Martin County Schools, among others.  She has guest lectured at a number of universities including UNCG and Bennet College and has provided workshops and inservices for numerous groups.

 

​M'Kenna Daily

​Music Therapy Intern

M’Kenna will graduate from Temple University in May 2021 with a degree in Music Therapy with a concentration in French Horn. She has experience working with community music groups, children and young adults with Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and geriatrics. Right now, M’Kenna is interested in learning more about Neurological Music Therapy. She chose to complete her internship at Allegro because of the wide variety of populations we serve. M’Kenna is looking forward to working with everyone at Allegro and is excited to learn more about the amazing field of music therapy.