The Expressive Therapies team is staffed with Master’s level mental health counselors who are also professionally trained in their respective arts. They consistently participate in continuing education opportunities to maintain knowledge of current developments in research, theory, and techniques.
- Regina Dain, M.M., M.A., C.M.T./L.M.H.C. – Expressive Therapies, Clinical Supervisor/Music Therapist
- Audrey LaVallee , M.A. – staff Dance/Movement Therapist
- Olga Shmuylovich, BA – Bi-lingual Art Specialist
- Leticia Prieto, M.M., M.A., M.T./B.C. – staff Music Therapist
- Yaeli Schwartz, MA – Intermodal Expressive Therapist
- Karin Heim, Graduate Intern
- Cassandra Brinier, Graduate Intern
Regina Dain, MM, MA, NMT, CMT, LMHC, Expressive Therapies, Clinical Supervisor and Staff Music Therapist
Regina joined the Expressive Therapies team in 1995 as a staff music therapist. She received a Master’s degree from St. Petersburg ‘s conservatoire in Musicology and Composition and then completed a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling with Specialization in Music Therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Regina is a licensed mental health counselor and a member of American Music Therapy Association. She also received a certificate in Neurologic music therapy from Colorado University. Her professional interests lie in the application of music in treatment of various neurologic conditions, such as stroke, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, etc., as well as providing psychosocial support around the issues of aging, grief, loss and adjustment to health decline to a geriatric and adult population. Regina is a head of HRC Expressive Therapies training program in collaboration with Lesley University Graduate School. In addition, Regina is a member of New England Classical workshop performance group where she frequently performs as a violin and piano duo and teaches music theory and piano at her private practice in Natick, MA
Leticia Prieto Alvarez, MA, MT-BC, Staff Music Therapist
Leticia joined the Expressive Therapies team in 2010. She received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling with Specialization in Music Therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge and is a Board Certified music therapist. In addition, she holds a Master of Music in viola performance from the New England Conservatory, where she studied as a Fulbright scholar. Leticia completed her undergraduate studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid (Spain) with degrees in piano, chamber music, and viola performance.
Leticia has lectured at music therapy conferences in the U.S. and Spain. She frequently performs as part of a guitar-viola duet in Boston and New York with her husband. She speaks Spanish, French, intermediate German, and loves to sing beautiful Yiddish songs.
Audrey LaVallée, MA, R-DMT, Staff Movement Therapist
Audrey holds an MA in Mental Health Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy from Lesley University, and is a nationally registered Dance/Movement Therapist and license- eligible mental health counselor. Audrey graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Spanish, and has danced professionally in the Boston area since 2004. She currently performs with SpunkandCOmpany Dance. Audrey has also received training through the Mark Morris Dance for Parkinson’s teacher training program. In addition to her work with the elderly, her clinical experience includes therapy with adults with chronic mental illness and addictions. Audrey is continually fascinated by the capacity for dance to connect us to each other, and ourselves and practices a humanistic/holistic approach to therapy.
Olga Shmuylovich, MA
Olga Shmuylovich joined Expressive Therapies in 2008 as art specialist, after working at such places as The Falls at Cordingly Dam, Evans Park, others. She provides Art Therapy services for the residents of the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. Olga graduated, with MA, from St.Petersburg Fine Art and Industrial Design Shtiglitz Academy, St.Petersburg, Russia. Her works can be found in the Art Collection of Brandeis University, Louisville City Hall, Cincinnati Hillel Center, and corporal, communal and private collections nationally and internationally. Olga won numerous awards and public grants. She created and led number of Interactive Collaborative Art Projects for Multiple Participants. As Art Therapy treatment provider, Olga works with people with dementia, depression, after-stroke and neurological conditions. Olga shares the belief of Dr. John Zeizel, president and cofounder of Hearthstone Alzheimer Care: ‘’…To use Art to engage and connect with people with dementia’’. And, further: ‘’What is a life without creativity and art and discovery and learning?’’ In this context, the goal of making the participants of Art Therapy sessions healthier and happier is possible to achieve. The irresistible attractiveness of creative art-making helps recipients of AT in developing the will power needed to overcome their physical and neurological limitations as obstacles on the way of satisfying their desire to create.
Yaeli Schwartz, MA, EAT, staff intermodal expressive therapist
Yaeli holds an MA in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University and is working towards licensure. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Psychology and did her junior year at Hebrew University. While living in Israel after college, she studied visual arts at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and taught art to children in the Youth Wing. In addition to her work with elders, Yaeli utilizies the arts in therapy with at-risk youth who have experienced trauma in the Boston Public Schools. She continues her own art-making at home in her private studio and is a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.