Learn About Our Experienced and Talented Staff:

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Karyn (Casey) DePriest: CEO

MT-BC, NMT

Board-Certified Music Therapist

Licensed Music Together® Center Director

Casey DePriest, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist who has been practicing in the Evansville, Indiana area since 1995.  

After spending 8 years as a music therapist at Welborn’s Mulberry Center, she started a music therapy private practice in 2002.  In 2003, she became an approved Indiana Medicaid Waiver provider. In 2007, she established Integrative Music Therapy, which currently serves approximately 120 clients per week within a 5-county area with 4 music therapists and an intern. Casey has served on the Executive Board for the Association for Indiana Music Therapists and as the Indiana Music Therapy Advocacy Task Force Chair.  Casey is also a member of the AMTA Autism Task Force.

Casey has dedicated her career to the pursuit of improved services for individuals on the autism spectrum with complex communication and motor challenges.  In 2013, Casey founded Optimal Rhythms, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on supporting individuals with autism and other neurologic differences or injuries, helping them achieve their maximum potential, while building confidence and independence for living. In August 2014, Casey led Optimal Rhythms to open ACCESS Academy, a private therapeutic day school to serve non-verbal autistic students within a general education academic environment with individualized sensory and communication supports.  ACCESS Academy was designed in response to the latest research revealing the sensory and movement difference of autism spectrum disorder.  Casey has trained in Neurologic Music Therapy and Supported Communication.  Casey is passionate about learning from the true experts in autism – self- advocates, and advocating for students who do not have a voice to advocate for themselves.  She has organized four annual Rethinking Autism Conferences, held each April in Evansville, Indiana, since 2015. Casey also enjoys teaching, mentoring, and developing research-based support strategies.

Casey was recognized as an Evansville Courier & Press Health Care Hero and Optimal Rhythms, Inc. was recognized with a Leadership Evansville Award for Excellence in Education for the development of their innovative educational program, ACCESS Academy.  Casey has also received a Change Maker Award from the American Music Therapy Association.

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Fatima Chan: Senior Music Therapist

M.M.E, MT-BC, NMT

Board Certified Music Therapist

Certified Neurologic Music Therapist 

Fatima Chan, senior music therapist, joined the IMT team in the summer of 2015. Chan earned the dual BM degrees in violin performance and in music therapy from the University of Evansville and the MME degree in music therapy from The University of Kansas.

Chan has presented research and sessions at regional and national conferences of the American Music Therapy Association and the Innovation in Education conference. Her primary research interests are therapeutic functions of music and bowed-string instruments, the impact of presuming competence toward children with disabilities, and the impact of rhythmic-based approach on movement disorder within individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down Syndrome.

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Katie Lyle: Music Therapist

MT-BC, NMT

Board Certified Music Therapist

Certified Neurologic Music Therapist

Katie Lyle, MT-BC has been a music therapist for 2 years. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Music Therapy from Georgia College and State University. Her internship took place at Harris County Schools in Houston, Texas where she worked in special education classrooms for all grades. After her internship, she moved to Evansville to work at Integrative Music Therapy where she supports clients of many ages and diagnoses.

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Elyse Suhay: Music Therapist

MT-BC, NMT

Board Certified Music Therapist

Certified Neurologic Music Therapist 

Elyse graduated from Ohio Univeristy in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy. She worked for a music therapy private practice for 5 years, serving individuals in the Southeastern Ohio area. In 2018 Elyse moved to the Evansville, Indiana area to begin working for Integrative Music Therapy, where she currently supports individuals to meet their communication, regulation, and academic goals. Elyse trained to be a Neurologic Music Therapist in February of 2019.


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Jane Ann Bradford: PAC/Respite Coordinator, Administrative Assistant

I am Jane Ann Bradford. I graduated from Western Kentucky University with bachelor through master plus degrees in elementary education, special education and school administration. For 11 years, I taught  a Learning and Behavior Disorder resource classroom in two Kentucky districts. The next six years were with the new Early Childhood Special Education program in Louisville, KY as a diagnostician and an Early Childhood Specialist.

After a move to Newburgh IN, I left teaching to stay at home with two daughters, but actively stayed involved in their schools. 

I volunteered and joined the board of IASF, now Autism Evansville, leaving the board position in 2018. 

With my daughters grown and flown, 

I began to look for a job to continue working with those with autism spectrum disorder and other neurologic disorders. Now having an updated mindset on autism and special education, I’m so happy I landed at IMT.