Tracey Kinnunen was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and moved to the SWFL area with her family at the age of seven. She has loved music since an early age, but was inspired by her music teacher at Heights Elementary to learn the viola. Ms. Kinnunen competed in local and state level competitions during my middle and high school years and participated in both school and community orchestras. During college she had the opportunity to participate in various orchestra and chamber music groups. Ms. Kinnunen graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Therapy in spring of 2011 and passed her board certification exam that summer. During her time at FSU she received the Music Therapy in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit specialization training, focusing on utilizing multi-modal stimulation paired with live music to support infants in the NICU. In 2012 she established the music therapy program at De LaSalle Academy of Fort Myers, a small private school for students with learning disabilities. The program focused on using music to meet the social, emotional, and cognitive goals of the students from second to twelfth grade. In September of 2014 Ms. Kinnunen began working as the second music therapist at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The program provides music therapy services to pediatric patients to promote normalization of the hospital environment, decrease anxiety, support pain management, and provide support during procedures. In August of 2015, Ms. Kinnunen received a Master of Music in music therapy from Colorado State University.