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A born and raised Texas girl, Julia began her higher education at the University of Oklahoma where she received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education, with a minor in psychology. In the Fall of 2014, Julia decided to continue on with higher education and moved to Lawrence, Kansas. Here, she spent three years at the University of Kansas learning not only how to help others using the elements of music, but also discovering both of her passions for research and advancing the field of music therapy.

At the University of Kansas, Julia gained clinical experience with the following populations:

  • Toddlers with developmental disabilities
  • Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Adults with neurologic disorders
  • Adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders
  • Well older adults at a senior living facility
  • At-risk toddlers attending a daycare program

In addition to providing services to these populations, Julia spent 6-months interning at Ozanam, a non-profit residential treatment facility in Kansas City. Here, Julia worked with at-risk adolescents who had emotional and behavioral disorders, and had experienced varying levels of trauma. Julia was fortunate to have a music therapy supervisor that guided her towards learning about and utilizing music therapy interventions such as: rap therapy, songwriting as a coping skill, music lessons as a coping skill, adapted cover band rehearsals, and group drumming.

In May of 2017, Julia graduated from the University of Kansas with a Master’s degree in music therapy. Soon after, she moved back to her hometown in the Parker County area, where she currently resides and is working to build her private practice, Wildflower Music Therapy.

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Colton Smith, MMT, MT-BC

Colton is a board-certified music therapist currently pursuing a master’s degree in music therapy at Texas Woman’s University in Denton. Before beginning his graduate studies in music therapy, Colton received a bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance from Baylor University in 2012. During his time at TWU, Colton developed a particular passion for working with adolescents and young adults in the mental health field. Additionally, he gained experience working with a variety of clinical populations, including:

  • Preschool-aged children with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Incarcerated adolescents in a juvenile detention facility
  • Senior adults in a memory care facility
  • Adults with intellectual disabilities

Colton also completed a 6-month clinical internship at Sound Starts Music Therapy, a private music therapy practice in Frisco, TX. At Sound Starts, Colton worked with a variety of populations including children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, older adults in senior living and memory facilities, and neurological rehabilitation patients. After completing his internship, Colton began working as a music therapist at Wildflower Music Therapy while also working to complete the final requirements of his master’s program at TWU.

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Anna Franko, MT-BC

Anna is a native Fort Worther, enthusiastic about providing music therapy services to the Metroplex. In 2018, Anna completed her coursework at Sam Houston State University with a major in music therapy and a minor in psychology. During her time at Sam, Anna gained clinical experience with the following populations:

  • Preschool children
  • Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Older adults in assisted living
  • Adults with emotional, behavioral, and substance abuse issues
  • Adults in a medical rehab

After the academic portion of her degree, Anna interned for 6 months at Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, another private music therapy practice. Here, she worked in homes and at facilities with children and adults with disabilities, with adolescents and adults in a mental health and addiction treatment facility, and with adults in a rehabilitation hospital. Under the guidance of music therapist supervisors, Anna learned a wide range of intervention techniques and skills to suit these populations.

Following the completion of her internship and board certification, Anna now works with Wildflower Music Therapy to further advocate and promote music therapy in the DFW area.

Sarah Turner, MT-BC

Sarah is a board certified music therapist from Dallas, TX. She completed her undergraduate degree in music therapy at Texas Woman’s University, and is now back at TWU to pursue her master’s in music therapy. 

During her clinical experiences, Sarah worked with various populations, such as:

  • Children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Senior adults in a memory care facility
  • Incarcerated adolescents in a juvenile detention facility 

Sarah completed her 6-month internship at Denton ISD. During this time, she visited several schools and held telehealth sessions with children and adolescents with disabilities. She also got the opportunity to work with elementary and preschool aged children with hearing impairments. 

After obtaining her board certification, Sarah began working at Wildflower Music Therapy and will continue to work towards her graduate degree.