Brianne Burgoon, M.Ed., ATR, RYT-200 President, TATA NASHVILLE, TN
Brianne is the current president of the Tennessee Art Therapy Association, after having previously served as secretary. Brianne graduated from Wayne State University with a Master of Education in Art Therapy in August 2015. She received her Bachelors in Fine Art from the University of Michigan, focusing on arts and community engagement. Brianne has over 10 years of experience working with diverse populations and a variety of ages. While living in Michigan, Brianne worked with adults with emotional, physical, and cognitive disabilities. She was also a healing artist in the oncology and hematology unit of Detroit Medical Centers Children’s Hospital, working under an art therapist. After many years leading healing art groups and community enrichment programs in Michigan, Brianne made her way to Nashville, a place she now calls home.
With a strong passion for art and healing, Brianne has worked in educational, medical, and community settings finding ways to help individuals on their pursuit of wellness. Since moving to Nashville, Brianne has worked as both a clinical therapist and an art therapist in residential and acute hospital settings with children, adults, and geriatric patients. Brianne is currently employed with TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, a psychiatric hospital. She focuses most of her practice on mindfulness based art therapy while incorporating acceptance commitment therapy techniques. Brianne is also certified yoga instructor and has been spending the last year bringing art and yoga together through mindfulness and movement. Brianne constantly strives to grow and gain knowledge to assist her in the field of art therapy.
GraceAnn Visser, MAAT, ATR-BC Vice President, TATA NASHVILLE, TN
GraceAnn serves as the current Vice President for Tennessee Art Therapy Association, and earned her Master of Arts in Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. Currently, she is in her 6th year as an adjunct professor at Lipscomb University, where she serves as the Program Leader for the Undergraduate Art Therapy Program and is co-spearheading the launch of Nashville’s first graduate degree program in art therapy. Previously, GraceAnn worked as an art therapist with TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, serving their adult and geriatric inpatient psychiatric populations. GraceAnn’s personal love of art making comes from photography and mixed media and the exploration of double exposures, dynamic lighting, and geometric designs. In addition, GraceAnn has a long history of humanitarian work locally and internationally, which includes her past service as Secretary of the Board for the local humanitarian aid organization, Compassion Acts.
Heather Hayes, ATR, Treasurer, TATA NASHVILLE, TN
Heather began her career in the art field in 2000 by teaching art in the public schools in South Carolina and Texas. She has a BA in Art Education from Abilene Christian University, and holds K-12 art teacher certification. During her 10 year teaching career, she worked with students in grades K-12 from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of abilities, including special education, developmentally delayed, refugee, homeless, bilingual, trauma survivors, and other at-risk children. In fact, her work with high-needs students in the classroom is what prompted her to pursue training in art therapy. Heather saw her students use art as a way to process their life experiences in a powerful way. Art gave them a way to share their inner world in a way that limited vocabulary could not.
Heather earned her Master of Art in Art Therapy degree from St. Mary of the Woods College in 2015. During her training, she provided therapy for at-risk students through Communities in Schools. She also provided services to children, adolescents, and their families at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, TX.
Heather currently works as an art therapist at TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion providing services to adult and geriatric inpatient populations. She also provides art therapy services to nursing homes and physical rehabilitation centers in the Nashville area.
Rachel Murphy-Norman, ATR Secretary, TATA NASHVILLE, TN
Rachel Murphy Norman graduated with her Master of Arts in Art Therapy in March of 2015. She is a native of Nashville, TN and received her Bachelors in Fine Arts in 2006. Rachel has over 15 years experience working in the arts with children and teens. Currently, Rachel serves as the Associate Art Therapy Program Director with MyCanvas Youth Community Arts. In addition to her work with MyCanvas, Rachel is an Art Therapist and Support Group Coordinator for Family and Children's Service of Tennessee. Rachel has developed a passion for community wellness programs focusing on promoting ego development, resiliency, and creative expression. Rachel is a member of the Nashville Coalition of Art Therapy, Tennessee Art Therapy Association, and American Art Therapy Association.
Paige Scheinberg, MS, ATR, CZT West TN Regional Chair, TATA MEMPHIS, TN
Paige is a well-being enthusiast and lover of all things creative. As an art therapist, wellness professional, and Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT®), her passion is to help you cultivate sustainable happiness and flourish in your personal and professional life through creative experiences and self expression - to let your light shine.
Through her company, SHINE ON Consulting, Paige works with all ages in community, medical, and private settings. In addition, Paige offers arts-based workshops, trainings, and presentations for professional and creativity development, wellness, and self-care . Topics include, but aren't limited to: Art Therapy, Positive Art Therapy, Positive Psychology, Zentangle®, Mandalas, and team-building. Recent clients include Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Achievement School District, Foxbridge Memory Care & Assisted Living, Memphis College of Art, Memphis Jewish Community Center, Parkwood Behavioral Health System, and Delta Groove Yoga Studio. Paige is also an adjunct professor of art therapy at Christian Brothers University and a facilitator at Creating Mandalas
Since receiving her Master of Science in Art Therapy and Counseling degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School, Paige has been deeply committed to raising awareness of, advocating for, and supporting the art therapy profession and art therapists through her volunteer work with a variety of organizations. Paige is currently the West TN Regional Chair for the Tennessee Art Therapy Association (TATA), she serves on the National Conference Program Committee for the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), and Paige held the positions of Vice President, Chapter Delegate, and Programming Co-Chair for the Georgia Art Therapy Association (GATA). Paige is also a member of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).
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Kerry Curtis, LMFT, ATR-BC MEMPHIS, TN
Kerry Curtis, LMFT, ATR-BC holds a Master's degree in both Clinical Psychology and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont, California. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Board Certified and Registered Art Therapist, and Certified EMDR Clinician. Kerry has over a decade of experience working in a variety of settings, affording her the opportunity to work with a diversity of diagnosis and severity of symptoms. She uses clinically tested and evidence-based treatment interventions such as CBT, Internal Family Systems, and Exposure Therapies. Kerry has had experience creating and implementing trauma programs throughout the country. She also offers lectures to the community in effort to increase awareness about the benefits of art therapy. In addition to maintaining a private practice, Kerry collaborates with the Dixon Gallery and Gardens to provide art therapy groups to address specific needs of the community at no cost. Her specialty is working with adolescents diagnosed with anxiety or a related disorder but also sees a variety of populations.
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Sarah Hamil, Ph.D., LCSW, RPT-S, ATR-BC JACKSON/MEMPHIS, TN
Sarah has worked as a creative arts therapist in private practice for 12 years, providing therapeutic services, art therapy and social work education, consultation, and interdisciplinary supervision. She currently teaches art therapy courses at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee. Sarah also recently received her Doctorate in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University. Her research interests include museum-based art therapy, art therapy in community practice, use of arts therapies for mood disorders, and short-term trauma resolution combining art and play therapy for children
Brianne Burgoon, M.Ed., ATR NASHVILLE, TN (See officer bio above)
GraceAnn Visser, MAAT, ATR-BC NASHVILLE, TN (See officer bio above)
Rachel Murphy-Norman, ATR NASHVILLE, TN (See officer bio above)
Heather Hayes, ATR NASHVILLE, TN (See officer bio above)
Catherine Harris, MA, ATR-BC NASHVILLE, TN
Catherine is a registered, board certified art therapist who graduated with her Master of Art Therapy degree from the George Washington University in 2007. While living in Memphis from 2008 to early 2011, she developed a private practice in art therapy and created programs with over fifteen separate organizations, including retirement communities, rehabilitation centers, the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, the Brooks Museum of Art, and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Through her practice, Catherine provided art therapy to older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other age related dementias, women with developmental disabilities, and children and families in the medial setting.
In 2011, Catherine moved to Nashville where she began working as a full-time art therapist for TriStar Centennial Medical Center. Catherine has worked with multiple populations through TriStar, starting with their behavioral health hospital, Parthenon Pavilion, and serving individuals in both their inpatient and intensive outpatient psychiatric facilities. Through Parthenon, Catherine provided art therapy and psychoeducational groups for individuals with mood disorders, thought disorders, substance abuse issues, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Catherine currently serves Centennial Medical Center as their Inpatient Group Specialist, a new role created to expand Parthenon’s expressive therapies program to the medical hospitals of Centennial’s campus. Through this position, Catherine oversees the art and music therapy programs for both Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, Centennial’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Centennial’s Rehabilitation Services. While Catherine utilizes many approaches in her work as an art therapist, she focuses much of her practice on Mindfulness Based Art Therapy techniques and the Acceptance and Commitment or ACT philosophy.
Catherine has been an active member of the Wellness 66 planning committee since spring of 2013, a collaboration between Parthenon Pavilion and Harpeth Hills Church of Christ dedicated to providing quality healthcare education for the Nashville community. Since her first year of practice, Catherine has provided numerous presentations on her work as an art therapist and the field itself for various organizations, including the American Art Therapy Association’s Annual Conference, The Alzheimer’s Association, and Wellness 66. Catherine served previously as the President (2015-2016) for the Tennessee Art Therapy Association (TATA), and currently serves as the Ethics Chair.
Catherine is available to provide presentations on various topics related to art therapy as well as supervision for recent art therapy graduates seeking their ATR.
Connie Livingston-Dunn, PhD., ATR-BC, Retired CLARKSVILLE, TN
Dr. Connie Livingston-Dunn, is a retired board certified art therapist and certified expressive therapist and hypnotherapist. She received her doctorate in expressive therapy from the National Institute of Expressive Therapy in Honolulu, Hawaii, her Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Degrees from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, and her Associate of Arts Degree from Sauk Valley College in Dixon, IL. She has worked as an art and expressive therapist for over 35 years in a variety of settings. She has worked in a variety of settings as an art and expressive therapist since 1966 and has facilitated workshops and presented nationally on expressive arts and art therapy. As a practicing artist, she has exhibited her paintings and collages nationally and internationally. She is the founder and director of the "Rainbow Arts Center". She has presented many seminars and workshops nationally on art and expressive therapy and is the author of Functional Art Therapy for the Severely Handicapped, and Forming the Pearl: A Creative Receptive Process Model of Expressive Therapy. She is listed in the Chicago Art Review and has had her artwork and an article published in Working With Images: The Art of Art Therapists.
"I believe the universe is a holographic fractal and we are all made from the same building blocks of love/energy/light". Connie
"When we see ourselves as artists, we no longer feel the need to impose our story on others or to defend what we believe. We know that every artist has the right to create their own art". Don Miguel Ruiz
"Life is the dancer and you are the dance". Eckhart Tolle
"You can tell what Seeds are being watered by noticing what's blooming in your garden". M. T. Head
L. AVALEE JENKINS, MAET NASHVILLE, TN
Bachelor of Fine Arts from North Texas State University.
Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University
Certified Dementia Practitioner from the National Council of Certified Dementia practitioners.
Currently working at Abe's Garden Memory Care Center of Excellence
Lives in Nashville, TN.
LeeAnn Love, ATR-BC, LPC-MHSP NASHVILLE, TN
LeeAnn Love, a Board Certified Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor, is Cofounder and Art Therapy Program Director of MyCanvas, a mobile youth community art therapy program. MyCanvas serves low-income youth, in their own neighborhoods, during school breaks.
In addition to MyCanvas, LeeAnn owns her own private practice and consulting business, Heal with heART, based in Brentwood, TN. LeeAnn specializes in supporting children, youth, and families with both art therapy and traditional talk therapy techniques. LeeAnn consults with HAPI, the Healing Arts Project, assisting adults with mental health and substance abuse recovery. She also teaches undergraduate art therapy classes at Trevecca University.
A native Tennessean, LeeAnn studied Mental Health Counseling, Expressive Therapies, and Art Therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2008. Prior to becoming an art therapist, she has spent over 20 years working with children, teens, and families in various educational, pastoral, camp, after school, and artistic environments. To find out more about her work, see www.leeannlove.com and mycanvasart.org
Katherine Fowler Pavin, MA, ATR NASHVILLE, TN
Kat has over 10 years of experience as an Expressive Art Therapist, Experiential Psychotherapist, Award Winning Accomplished Professional Artist, Lecturer, and Published Author whose Private practice includes working with all adult individuals including military personnel, first responders, adults recovering from substance abuse, survivors of trauma, facilitating groups, multi-modal workshops nationally, utilizing creative expression and experiential techniques for self-exploration including: art therapy, mindfulness, hypnotherapy, guided imagery meditation, trauma resolution, psychodrama, identifying, exploring and dialoging with inner archetypal landscape, inner child retrieval, cymatic(sound), and somatic(body) therapies.
Samantha Hymes, MA NASHVILLE/MURFREESBORO, TN
Samantha is a recent graduate of George Washington University's Master of Arts in Art Therapy program, where she interned in elder-care day programming, adult outpatient hospitalization, and clinical trauma settings. Samantha previously worked as an art therapist with TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, serving their adult and geriatric inpatient psychiatric populations. She currently works as an art therapist for JourneyPure in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she utilizes trauma informed art therapy practices and neurofeedback with individuals facing issues of substance abuse and dependence. Her preferred artistic medium is cake, followed by mixed media painting
Heather Stanley, ATR-BC CHATTANOOGA, TN
Heather has a Master’s in Professional Studies with a concentration in Creative Arts Therapies from Pratt Art Institute. She is a Nationally Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist. Heather was elected President of the Tennessee Art Therapy Association on September 25, 2010. Currently Heather is Deputy Director of Lookout Mountain Care Management Entity (LMCME). LMCME targets children who have been diagnosed with serious emotional or behavioral disturbances in all 159 counties in the State of Georgia. This initiative is funded through a SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration) grant in 2008 and a state contract with DBHDD (Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities). LMCME utilizes a high fidelity wraparound approach, which includes having services developed and driven by using a family team process. As Deputy Director, Heather directs clinical operations, oversees mid-level supervisory staff and front line daily operations for LMCME.
Heather also provides Art Therapy Supervision to up and coming Art Therapist working toward ATR.
Jas Milam, MAAT East TN Regional Chair, TATA CHATTANOOGA, TN
Jas Milam is a native Chattanoogan who lives on Missionary Ridge. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1983 with a concentration in early childhood development and studio art. Jas received her Masters degree in Art and Art Therapy from Saint Mary of the Woods College in 2010. She served as an Allied Arts’ teaching artist and has designed and taught programs for Hunter Museum, Chattanooga Parks and Recreation and the Hamilton County school system. She is a former board member of AVA and has been nominated for Tennessee Woman Artist of the Year.
Jas currently sees individuals - children, teens and adults - at her office/studio, DAILY PRACTICE, 1322 Dodds Avenue, across from Barking Legs. She also facilitates art therapy groups at local treatment centers (Solace, Serenity Center and FOCUS Healthcare) with addicts, alcoholics and women with disordered eating. She provides art therapy at TC Thompson Hospital to Hatches' Kids - pediatric cancer patients. At The Center for Mindful Living she conducts art therapy groups and daylong workshops on rotating topics. Jas brings over 25 years of personal recovery into her work and has experience with learning disabilities, divorce/loss, codependency, relationship addiction, parenting and the family system. Jas believes in the healing inherent in the creative process and makes art that draws on both religious and secular imagery.
Visit jasmilam.com for more information or call 423.322.2514 to schedule an appointment.
J. Blythe Mayfield, ATR CLEVELAND, TN
Blythe is a registered art therapist and has worked with various populations/settings including private practice art therapy, juvenile and family court systems, juvenile detention facilities, aged care facilities , public and private school systems, chemical dependency and eating disorder rehabilitation, community hospital/behavioral care services, maternal and child health services, supervised visitation services, grief and bereavement programs, support groups for single parents, indigenous and refugee families, and specialist school learning environments designed for children who have nonspecific learning disabilities, global delay and autism. Education LaTrobe University - Bundoora, VIC (AU) 2006-2008 Master of Art Therapy Degree University of Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN 2001-2004 Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Therapy.
Jennifer Becker, MS ATR CLEVELAND, TN
Jennifer graduated from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga with a Bachelors degree in Art and a Psychology minor in May 2001. She then moved to Norfolk, VA to pursue her masters degree in art therapy at Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed the program in 2003. Her thesis work explored the role of spirituality in graduate art therapy programs throughout the United States.
Jennifer’s background in counseling covers a wide array of settings and cultural distinctions. Her work includes counseling individuals in homeless shelters, detention centers, state and naval psychiatric hospitals, in home services, residential treatment centers, college assistance programs and a community service board. Jennifer has also served on a board designed to implement art therapy as a part of cancer treatment program in Johnson City, TN and worked to further the awareness of art therapy in that area. Jennifer also has experience mentoring students who express an interest in the field of art therapy.
Jennifer has lived and worked in VA, CO and CA and currently resides in Cleveland, TN with her 3 children and husband, Dr. Stephan M. Becker – a psychiatrist of Ooltewah Behavioral Health (OBH). Jennifer is a registered art therapist with the ATCB and is actively pursuing her LPC. She plans to work privately at OBH as a licensed clinician practicing art therapy.
Jennifer is both an artist and advocate of art therapy and believes in the unique benefits it offers to wide spectrum of individuals. “In my own experience, art has taught me that I can do things I never believed I could and the ability to share in this experience with others has played a monumental role in my life.”
Tarri Driver, M.Ed., LPC-MHSP, ATR-BC
A recent move to East Tennessee has allowed Tarri Driver to focus full time on creating art and writing/illustrating children's books. Prior to her new adventure out East, Tarri spent the last decade working with children and teenagers in Nashville as a licensed professional counselor/mental health services provider and board-certified art therapist, adapting her clinical skills to school settings and medical settings. Tarri earned her graduate degree (2006) from the University of Louisville in Kentucky and her BFA (2004) from Middle Tennessee State University.
Tarri uses whatever she has on hand to create her art pieces. Paints, inks, clementine boxes, National Geographic magazines, old photos and fabric scraps are a few of her favorite materials. She’s recently rediscovered the joy and insanity of oil painting. She’s heavily influenced by humor and absurdity, and Jungian and Gestalt theory. She also draws upon experiences from her career as an art therapist. Her work can be found on www.lunarmoonerlula.com.
Rachel Ryan McMillan, LPC-MHSP, ATR-BC
Rachel is an artist and art therapist, painting, exploring, and working in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. She earned her master’s degree in art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Rachel is a Board-Certified, Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider designation (LPC-MHSP). Her practice concentrations for art therapy include trauma, grief and loss, identity, spirituality, substance use, emotional health (depression, anxiety), life transitions, and studio art-based practice.
Rachel’s experience has involved working with people in various stages of life, encountering different life circumstances, and from many cultural backgrounds, including children and adolescents in the areas of grief, trauma, and developmental challenges; older adults with dementia; and adults with substance use disorders, including pregnant women, recent mothers, and men with emotional health issues, homelessness, and previous incarcerations. She presented her work on identity and self-concept with these populations at the American Art Therapy Association’s annual conference. Rachel collaborates each year with the Studio E program at the Epilepsy Foundation, facilitating art therapy groups with children and adults with seizure disorders. She also works at Blount Memorial Hospital's Emotional Health and Recovery Center in Maryville, TN, using art therapy and psychoeducation with adults in outpatient group treatment for depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, abuse, and other kinds of trauma.
Rachel’s new art therapy practice, Illuminate Art Therapy, opened in January 2017, in Maryville, TN. She is currently accepting individual clients for art therapy sessions, and is also available for workshops, presentations, collaboration, and consultation, as well as supervision for art therapy credentials. More information, including payment options, are available on her website (www.illuminatearttherapy.com). Please contact her by phone or email if you would like more information, or to make an appointment to begin art therapy services.
Rachel’s personal art practice focuses on healing and self-discovery through art.
CAM BUSCH, MEd, RN, PMHCNS-BC, ATR-BC, LPAT CHATTANOOGA, TN
• Modern day pioneer and bridge builder for the arts and health among interdisciplinary organizations, including the creative arts therapies, the visual and performing arts and holistic nursing.
• Licensed, Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist, Registered and Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.
• Exhibiting artist and photographer of 40 years.
• Cam is the benefactor of the arts in health care through 20 years elected voluntary board service, local, state, national and international.
• Founder and President Emeritus, Tennessee Art Therapy Association; Past board member of the American Art Therapy Association; Association for Visual Artists; Society for the Arts in Healthcare; Memorial Healthcare System Foundation; and the Aim Center. Current board member of the Sculpture Fields at Montague Park.
• Cam Busch Endowed Arts for Health Lecture Series in its 14th year of providing innovative and inspiring lectures and performances for the awareness of the benefits of the arts in health care to communities. The lecture was endowed by Cam Busch in partnership with Memorial Healthcare System Foundation, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Other partners joined in collaboration including the Association for Visual Artists and the Hunter Museum of American Art.
• Distinguished Fellow, Global Alliance for Arts and Health; Distinguished Service Award, TATA; Honorary Life Member Award, TATA.
• 25 years of professional presentations at interdisciplinary conferences.
• National consultant with the SAHCS ( Society for the Arts in Healthcare Consulting Services ).
• Owner, Art Therapy Consults and Studio, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Committed to the value of utilizing art in healing and wellness, Busch has worked in the field of art and medicine for 25 years with children, adults and geriatrics with physical and emotional challenges and life adjustment disorders. She is a supervisor and mentor to rising art therapists and arts in healthcare practitioners.