Meet Our Team

Music Therapy St. Pete is proud to work as a small team to best provide the highest-quality care across the greater Saint Petersburg area. Our team is composed of some amazing therapists with specific training and diverse clinical experiences. We are members of the American Music Therapy Association and have earned the credentials of Music Therapist - Board Certified (MT-BC) through national examination. MTSP also runs an internship program. We accept premier students on a rolling admissions basis.

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James Riley, MM, MT-BC

Program Director

James is the founder and director of Music Therapy St. Pete, LLC. Since earning his Music Therapist - Board Certified (MT-BC) credentials in 2012, he has used music therapy to help all ages and abilities in a wide variety of clinical, community, and educational settings. He earned his master’s degree in music therapy (MM) from the Florida State University in 2013, then stayed on for two years as a full-time faculty member of the FSU music therapy program, before moving to the Tampa–St. Petersburg–Clearwater area to be with family. James enjoys speaking at events, performing classical piano, and supporting MTSP’s therapists and interns. He loves coffee, nature, swimming, reading, cooking, art projects, travel, cats and dogs, and octopuses, good conversations, silly conversations, and spending time with his nieces and nephews!

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Elise Scullin, MT-BC

Music Therapist - Board Certified

Elise was born and raised in Cleveland, OH and received her Bachelors of Music from The University of Louisville in Louisville, KY. She has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on music therapy and has collaborated with professionals across the United States and Europe. She completed her music therapy internship at MusicWorx Inc in San Diego, CA where she further fostered her passion for music therapy. Highlights include the creation of heartbeat songs and legacy projects, and starting up a program for music therapy in an Eating Disorder treatment. Elise has relocated to St. Pete and is excited to start the next chapter of her life as an MT-BC with MTSP! She loves reading, yoga, any and all ice cream, sushi, sunshine, spending time with friends and family, all of her feline nieces and nephews, and is learning to love cooking (ask me about my favorite salmon recipe!).

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Whitney Perry, MT-BC, NMT

Music Therapist - Board Certified, Neurologic Music Therapist

Whitney was born and raised in central valley California, and received her Bachelor’s of Music from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. She later moved down to San Diego to complete her clinical internship with MusicWorx Inc. and Resounding Joy, where she learned to love working with patients in the hospital, and developed a website dedicated to helping music therapists in this setting (feel free to check it out!). Whitney recently completed her Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) training, and incorporates the techniques learned into her music therapy practice. She is so excited to start this new adventure in St. Pete with MTSP. Whitney loves her cat Newt, spending time with friends and family, reading, coffee, rainy weather, good food, holidays, and anything cozy.

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Cara Jernigan, MT-BC

Music Therapist - Board Certified

Cara is new to St. Petersburg, Florida! She was born and raised in Buffalo, New York (go Bills!) but moved to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in 2017 to attend Duquesne University. It was there that she received her Bachelors of Science in Music Therapy and a minor in psychology. Cara completed her internship at the former "Three Rivers Music Therapy" which is now called "Three Rivers Community Care" in Pittsburgh where she learned a lot about private practice and found that she enjoyed working with clients of all ages. Currently, Cara is working on completing her Masters in Music Therapy online with a concentration in clinical mental health counseling from Slippery Rock University. After graduation, she will begin working towards acquiring her supervision hours and take the exam to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor while continuing to be a music therapist. In her free time, Cara enjoys spending time with her two adorable nephews, swimming at the beach, exploring new coffee places, writing her own music, and anything Disney. Cara is very grateful to be the newest addition to Music Therapy St. Pete, and looks forward to meeting everyone!

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Brooklyn Webb, MT-BC

Music Therapist - Board Certified

Brooklyn was raised in St. Petersburg, FL and received her Bachelor's of Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL. She  completed her internship at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO where she discovered her passion for the pediatric medical setting and working with kids and teens in general. She is beginning her grad studies in January at Nova Southeastern University to obtain a MS in Developmental Disabilities with a Child-Life concentration in order to further her knowledge and skills in working with medically complex children and gain a CCLS (Certified Child Life Specialist) certification. Brooklyn is our newest therapist at MTSP and excited to start her journey in private practice! Brooklyn enjoys spending her weekends at the beach and downtown St. Pete with her friends, working out, hiking & biking, and cooking all things vegan!

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Nathalie Hernandez

Music Therapy Intern

Nathalie is a proud local from Dunedin, Florida. She received her Bachelors of Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with a major in songwriting in 2018. After graduating Berklee, Nathalie was a private music teacher at both Creative Keys Music School and Sam Ash Music, and constructed additional creative workshops for students outside of lessons (such as songwriting classes and performance skills classes). Currently Nathalie is a regular solo gigging musician in the Pinellas County area playing music of various genres and decades. While her primary instrument is voice, Nathalie also plays guitar, piano, bass, and ukulele! Nathalie's first love and passion is songwriting, and she has always been drawn to the emotional and therapeutic effect of telling a story through music. Nathalie loves exploring all genres of music but a few of her favorites include R&B/soul, reggae, and salsa. Nathalie enjoys hanging by the pool, breakfast foods, documentaries (and secretly reality tv), musicals, and jamming with a band.

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Olivia Harrington

Music Therapy Intern

Olivia was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area and received both her Bachelor’s of Music (violin) and Bachelor’s of Philosophy from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. She then moved to Tallahassee, FL to attend Florida State University where she is completing her Master’s of Music Therapy. While at FSU she has received her NICU-MT certificate and TF-CBT training. She is currently an intern at MTSP and after completing her internship, she will go on to finish her thesis at FSU. She loves playing violin, hot yoga, sunsets at the beach, painting, and quality time with her friends.