Cleveland Clinic Children's provides art and music therapy as a complimentary service during your child's treatment at main campus, Hillcrest Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation. Art and music therapists are credentialed professionals who use clinical and evidence-based interventions. They are trained in their respective creative modalities, child development, and psychological theories and techniques. Art and music therapists complete supervised internships, pass examinations, and adhere to minimum standards for continued professional development. They adhere to ethical codes and standards from Cleveland Clinic and their respective credentialing bodies. Our therapists are integrated members of your child's care team.

Art therapy uses the application of visual arts, the creative process, and therapeutic techniques to enhance physiological, psychological and emotional well-being. Art therapists hold a Master’s degree from an accredited institution. 

Music therapy, under the supervision of a board-certified music therapist, combines music and therapeutic techniques and aids in the physiological, psychological and emotional well-being of the individual during treatment of an illness. Music therapists hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.





  • Assist with adjustment to illness and treatment.
  • Develop and enhance coping skills.
  • Provide opportunities for choice and control.
  • Assist with pain management.
  • Decrease anxiety.
  • Improve mood.
  • Provide opportunities for self-expression.
  • Promote relaxation.
  • Provide developmental stimulation and promote achievement of developmental milestones.
  • Assist with coping and distraction during medical treatment and procedures.
  • Provide opportunities to master new skills.
  • Aid with anticipatory grief and assist with creating an artistic and musical legacy at end of life.
Our Team

Our Team

Art & Music Therapy Programs

Tammy Shella, PhD, ATR-BC
Art therapy manager

Debbie Bates, PhD, MT-BC
Music therapy manager

Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation

Anurati Jain, MT-BC

Main Campus

Meredith McCulloch, MA, ATR-BC, PC, REAT

Christine Bomberger, MT-BC

Jackie Kolenz, MA, ATR, PC 

Emily Ervin, MA, MT-BC

Pam Vickers, MA, AT, PC

Hillcrest Hospital

Kelly Pecl-Dreamer, MA, ATR-BC

Wish Lists

Wish Lists

Cleveland Clinic Children's art and music therapy programs support pediatric patients by providing opportunities for self-expression, teaching new skills, assisting with adjustment to illness and hospitalization, assisting with pain management, decreasing anxiety, and providing children with an opportunity to have fun. Transformation is seen daily with patients that receive these services, and we invite you to support these programs that enhance lives and aid in the healing of our patients and their families. For infection control purposes, we can accept new items only. For questions or to schedule a drop off, contact Meredith McCulloch at mccullm@ccf.org or 216.445.5083.

Art Therapy Wish List

  • Crayola Washable Tempera paints.
  • Acrylic paints and mediums.
  • Biocolor paints.
  • Sculpey Bake Shop clay.
  • Crayola Model Magic (all colors).
  • Crayola Twistables colored pencils.
  • Canvas boards (all sizes).
  • Beads/charms.
  • Scrapbook supplies (paper, stickers, stencils, etc.).
  • Sharpie markers (all colors).
  • Mr. Sketch markers and gel crayons.
  • Play-Doh kits.
  • Miscellaneous craft kits.
  • Wooden/papier-mâché items to paint.
  • iTunes, Amazon, Michael’s and JoAnn Fabrics gift cards.

Music Therapy Wish List

  • Small portable electronic drum set.
  • Blank printable CD labels.
  • Guitar picks.
  • Story books/Musical story books.
  • Piano/Guitar instruction books.
  • Music theory books and worksheets.
  • iTunes and Amazon gift cards.
  • Guitar tuner.
  • Child/Teen/Family friendly CDs.
  • Song Books/Sheet Music Books.
  • Other general musical instruments.