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LAMTN Leadership

Olaia O'Malley GorbeaMT-BC, NMT, LPMT


Olaia O'Malley Gorbea was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She possesses a wealth of experience working with a wide range of musical traditions, diverse populations, cultures, and age groups. Olaia earned her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree with a double major in Psychology from Loyola University New Orleans. She is a founding member of the Music Therapy Association of Puerto Rico, currently serving as the President of the Latin American Music Therapy Network, and holding the position of Executive Secretary for the Puerto Rican Professional Association of Rhode Island. In her professional capacity, Olaia offers music therapy services spanning from early childhood to end-of-life care, addressing a diverse spectrum of therapeutic needs. She actively advocates for the advancement of Music Therapy within the state and plays a pivotal role in program development and fostering community partnerships.

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Lic. Cecilia Di Prinzio  

Vice President, Latin American region

Lic. Cecilia Di Prinzio lives in Argentina and graduated in 1997 with a degree in Music Therapy from the Universidad del Salvador, Argentina. She has clinical experience in older adults, especially Parkinson's disease. She is a member o the WFMT. As well as she conducts meetings for stress management, and especially conducts research on teacher stress, she participates in the music therapy community as a speaker at scientific conferences.

-She is Certified in Neurological Music Therapy (NMT) The Robert F. Unkefer Academy of Neurological Music Therapy

-Also has her own company and is Managing director at Musicoterapia Norte /

-Since 2007 she began to be a professor at the Universidad del Salvador as at the Clinic in motor and sensory disabilities in the Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy, Universidad del Salvador Argentina. Also she is a mentor and supervisor of students in their early years of clinical practice.

-Since 2014, she is the Founder and Coordinator of the Latin American Network of Music Therapy for Early Childhood, coordinating a group of professional Latin American music therapists specialized in early childhood. And she is the general editor of the Latin American Journal of Music Therapy for early childhood.

- Co-founder of the Music Therapy Forum for the elderly

She currently has the honor of participating in the Latin American Music Therapy Network as Vice President of the Latin American region


Xóchitl Palma

Outreach Coordinator, Europe 

Xóchitl Palma, pianist and music therapist. Director and co-founder of the Mexican Center for Music Therapy. She studied at "Escuela Superior de Música" and the Faculty of Music-UNAM, in México. She has a Music Therapy Diploma and  multiple certifications of courses and workshops from institutions in various countries,  including the US, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, France and she's currently studying the Master of Music Therapy at the University of Barcelona. Xochitl is the first Mexican woman to be invited as a speaker at the International Forum on Music and Health, organized last year by the Wuhan Conservatory, China. In 2021 she organized the 1st International Music Therapy Symposium and the 1st "Jornada Nacional de Musicoterapia" in Mexico. Currently working on the planning of the 1st Mexican Congress of Music Therapy, which will take place in February 2022. First native mexican (born and raised in México) to be part of the LAMTN Leadership Team. 


Steven Franco MA, MT-BC

Website Manager

Steven Franco holds a Master of Arts in Music Therapy from the University of Missouri—Kansas City and a Bachelor's degree from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico in Classical Guitar (performance) with a minor in music education. Currently, he works as a music therapist at the Department of State Hospitals – Atascadero, a maximum-security forensic psychiatric facility with primarily male patients. As a bilingual music therapist, he provides multiple groups for Spanish-speaking patients. Some areas he addresses through music therapy include stress reduction, cognition, insight, emotional intelligence, social skills, and managing anger and aggression. He also serves as one of the music therapy internship supervisors. He has been able to present at regional and national conferences regarding music therapy in the forensic setting. As a classical guitarist, he has participated in multiple master classes with world-class performers such as Manuel Barrueco and Marcin Dylla. He has over eight years of guitar teaching experience, both private and group lessons.

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