December 22, 2023

My music therapy internship experience at Birch Bay Retirement Village was hands down, one of the best experiences of my life. Not only was the whole campus beautiful, homey, and pristinely clean, but I was also surrounded by so many knowledgeable and caring staff that set the example for me on how I could incorporate each resident’s strengths, abilities, and unique stories into music therapy programming. From first interviewing with Melissa Violette and beyond, I knew that she and Birch Bay shared values for compassionate care and appreciation for the elderly. I continue to use the professional skills, genuine love, and gratitude I’ve gained from my experience into each interaction I have with residents at the skilled nursing center I was prepared to work for as a music therapist in following my internship. Birch Bay will always hold a special place in my heart.