Karen Sanchez graduated from the University of Pacific in Stockton, CA magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy and minor in Speech and Language Pathology. Her instrumental concentration was the flute. Upon graduation she received the Western Regional Chapter of the American Music Therapy Association, Inc. (WRAMTA) Internship Scholarship as well as the Mu Phi Epsilon LaVerne Jackson Music Therapy Internship Scholarship. As a student she served as president of the Pacific Music Therapy Association, student vice-president of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Fraternity, and member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors Fraternity. Karen also served two terms as student president of WRAMTA.
Karen's internship was completed primarily in pediatrics at UC Davis Children's Hospital in Sacramento, CA. The internship also consisted of clinical training hours with Music Works, a private music therapy agency in Sacramento, CA where she worked with Sutter Senior Care (geriatric day program), Southside Art Center (day program for adults with disabilities), and Shriners Hospital for Children (pediatric orthopedic/burn care).
Karen has also completed certification as Neurologic Music Therapist, along with certifications in Anger Management and Trauma Treatment.
Karen has completed a Master of Business Administration in both Entrepreneurship and Health Care Management from Jones International University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Capella University. She is currently completing her pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship with the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation and will be graduating in August 2018. The title of her dissertation is "Development of a Community-Based Trauma-Informed Music Therapy Program for Post-Trauma Recovery for Children and their Families". More recently she has served on the Executive Council of the California Psychological Association of Graduate Students as Communications Chair, and is in her second term as Convention Chair.
Karen worked for 3 1/2 years at San Joaquin County Mental Health, Psychiatric Health Facility first as a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Therapist Assistant while completing school and then as a Rehabilitation Therapist. Karen also worked as a Program Recruiter/Trainer with California Mentor Family Home Agency in marketing residential programs for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. She founded In Harmony Music Therapy Services in 2002 and began contractual music therapy with pediatrics, adult oncology, geriatrics, adult day programs, bereavement, mental health, and with children with disabilities. Karen has also been a guest speaker for courses at Kaiser Permanente, University of Pacific, Early Start Symposium, Memorial Medical Center's Daffodil Delight and Healing Journey Series, Family Resource Network, United Cerebral Palsy, and the California Association for Child Life Professionals. She also served 2 two-year terms as Treasurer on the Executive Board for WRAMTA and was the recipient of a WRAMTA Professional Development Grant in 2007.
Karen was able to develop a collaboration with The Taylor Family Foundation in 2013 for the "Sophie's Place" Mobile Music Therapy Program, in conjunction with the Forever Young Foundation and Wells Fargo Bank. Since the inception of the program, the staff of IHMTS has provided direct music therapy services at camp for children with special needs, disabilities, diseases, and chronic illnesses as well as in pediatrics hospital settings.
Karen has also worked as psychological assistant with Valley Neuropsychological Services in Sacramento, CA since 2015 and is completing pre-doctoral psychology internship for the Enhanced Outpatient Program in the CA Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation.
Karen enjoys spending time with her husband Eddie of 17 years and three sons Eddie Jr. (15), Emmanuel "Manny" (10) and Emiliano "Nano" (8). She sings plays the flute at her church, and serves on different committees. When not involved in music, Karen enjoys cheering on her sons as they play soccer and cooking... (and getting a good massage)!