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 was born and raised in Key West, Florida, where he taught piano and guitar to underprivileged children through the Bahama Village Music Program. He earned his bachelor’s degree and Master’s of Music (MM) in music therapy from the Florida State University, where he met his wife, Katy. James worked in many mental health settings before accepting a full-time teaching position at FSU. In 2015, Katy and James moved to St. Pete; she is an RN in the MedSurg ICU at Tampa General Hospital and he is the founder, program director, and internship supervisor of MTSP.

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Sarah Michaels, MT-BC, NICU-MT. Music therapist. Sarah was born and raised in a little town in the Tampa Bay area called Seminole. Sarah was a part of the Seminole High School Warhawks Marching band throughout high school and soon went on to attend Florida State University, where she earned her Bachelors of Music in music therapy. Sarah currently works with Music Therapy St. Pete and St. Anthony’s Hospital as the music therapist. She lives with her family and cocker spaniel, Westley, in Seminole.

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Carly Jewel Green, MT-BC, NICU-MT. Music therapist. Carly Jewel received her bachelor’s degree in music therapy from FSU and completed her internship with Music Sweet Music and Music Therapy St. Pete. She has an extensive background in diverse clinical settings, and a passion for working with children and older adults. Born and raised in the greater Saint Petersburg area, she loves traveling, going to the beach or downtown St. Pete, and spending time with family and friends. She is also a member of The Second Time Arounders Marching Band, a band for those that performed in a high school, college, or the military and wish to do it again!