Music Therapy
 

About Us

Palmetto Music Therapy Services has been providing high quality Music Therapy services in the greater Charleston, SC area for over 25 years. Our mission is to use therapeutic musical techniques to improve the quality of life for each individual we work with, to create opportunities for each individual’s success, to make a positive difference in each individual’s life, and to help each individual gain their highest potential.

At Palmetto Music Therapy Services, we offer individual services, group services, adapted music lessons, consultations, workshops, in-services, and presentations. To learn more about what we can offer you or your company, email Palmetto's founder, Kim, at Kim.palmettomusictherapy@gmail.com

 

Therapists

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Kim Embler, MT-BC
Music Therapist
Founder and Owner
Program Coordinator

Kim Embler, MT-BC has over 30 years of experience as a board certified Music Therapist. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Therapy from Charleston Southern University and has since worked in the Charleston area.

 

Kim has vast experience with a wide variety of clientele, including autism, Downs Syndrome, intellectual disabilities, speech/language/hearing impairments and disabilities, visual impairments, physical disabilities and rehab, ADD/ADHD, psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, older adults, dementia, dual diagnosis, children/adolescent residential treatment, and early intervention.

 

Kim founded Palmetto Music Therapy Services over 25 years ago and has immensely enjoyed the opportunities she's had to serve the Charleston area providing individual and group music therapy services.

Kim is so grateful for the clients and families she has worked with throughout her career and feels especially blessed to be able to connect with her clients through music to aid them in their life's journey and encourage their success.

 

She is committed to the agency providing exemplary Music Therapy services to the greater Charleston community.

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Riley Conklin, MT-BC
Music Therapist
Administrative Assistant
Internship Coordinator and Supervisor

Riley Conklin, MT-BC earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Therapy from the State University of New York at Fredonia.  Riley completed her internship at Trident Medical Center and Palmetto Music Therapy Services in November 2017. She has worked with Palmetto Music Therapy Services ever since, working with the full life span in many settings, including schools, individual’s homes, nursing homes, and life skills programs.

 

Riley has a wide variety of experience with diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, intellectual disability, developmental delay, ADD, ODD, dementia, NICU patients, and hospice care.  While working as a Music Therapist, Riley also became Kindermusik certified to assist her skills in working with children ages 0-7 years old. She is an instructor and Administrative Assistant with Kindermusik of Charleston as of 2017. Additionally, she teaches private piano students and sings professionally, performing at various venues in the Charleston area.

 

She brings her love of music, commitment to the community, and a desire to enhance the lives of her students and clients to Palmetto Music Therapy Services with great joy and enthusiasm!

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Lauren Houston, MT-BC
Music Therapist
Outreach Coordinator
Webmaster
Internship Supervisor

Lauren Houston MT-BC earned her Bachelor of Music in Clinical Music Therapy and minor in Clinical Psychology from the Petrie School of Music at Converse College. She completed her internship in the St.John's County School System and Rivergarden Senior Services in Jacksonville, FL, before earning her board certification and returning home to Charleston in 2019.

 

Lauren has been working with Palmetto Music Therapy Services since September of 2019, providing services in a variety of settings, including special education, longterm care, hospice, memory care, early childhood development programs, speech and language programs, adult day programs, home based services for individuals, and for diagnoses like ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, dementia, Cerebral Palsy, and a variety of others diagnoses for clients aged 0-100+.

Lauren considers herself to be a "humanistic" or "client-centered" therapist, often working with multiple modalities to customize the best therapeutic fit for each individual's needs.

 

In addition to music therapy, Lauren is a certified Kindermusik instructor and teaches private piano, ukulele, and guitar lessons on the side.

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Abby Rogers
Intern
January-June 2022

Abby grew up in the Lowcountry and being homeschooled provided her with many avenues to grow musically. She began taking violin lessons at the age of eight and piano at the age of twelve. In 2012, she was featured in Piccolo Spoleto’s Rising Stars showcase; she also played violin with the Summerville Orchestra from 2017-2019. In her time at Charleston Southern University, Abby participated in several string ensembles as well as a women’s choir.

 

Growing up, Abby volunteered weekly at a local nursing home, visiting with and providing music to residents. This experience, coupled with her love for music, led her to consider music therapy as a career, and in 2018 she began pursuing a BA in music therapy from Charleston Southern University. Abby is set to graduate at the completion of her internship in the summer of 2022.

 

Abby is excited to grow and learn as a music therapy intern, and she is grateful for the opportunity to intern with Palmetto Music Therapy Services.

 

Contact Us

Palmetto Music Therapy Services, LLC
 

365 Stringer Alley, Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464

Tel: (843) 906-2543

Email: kim.palmettomusictherapy@gmail.com

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