1. What is your position and role at Gillette? I am a music therapist. I see inpatients at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul. I just started seeing adult patients at the Lifetime clinic.
2. Do you have a favorite Gillette story or memory? It’s hard to pick a particular story from all the great things that happen every day! It’s so rewarding to see patients light up when we start creating music, and it’s even better when the whole family makes music together. One patient wrote a song that she’d like to sing for the American Idol judges and asked me to accompany her at the audition someday. On the more serious side, I sang patient and family preferred songs at bedside for a young patient who was in the end stages of life. The patient visibly relaxed, and the experience was very meaningful to the family. It’s such an honor to be part of these patients’ lives!
3. What are some of your hobbies outside of work? I’m really involved in the local Irish community – Irish Fair, Irish Music and Dance Association, Friends of St. Patrick. I also love practicing yoga, hiking, traveling, reading, playing my own music for fun, and playing board games.
4. Do you have any children or pets? Almost! Our first child is due in October.
5. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I’ve had the good fortune to travel at home and abroad quite a bit, and I’ve lived in Paris, France and Cashel, Ireland. Someday I’d love to visit the Pyramids of Egypt, Machu Picchu, and Niagara Falls.
6. What is one fun fact about you? I love to dance! I started ballet classes when I was two and went on to train professionally until I was 18. I have danced with a few professional ballet companies from around the country. After retiring my pointe shoes, I learned swing dancing and Irish dancing. I have even taken a few classes on Japanese and Korean pop dance.