Following a visit to the Veterans Hospital in 2011, our Founder, Floyd A. Smith was disheartened by the poor conditions and emotional disparagement veterans were subjected to. Thinking to himself “veterans should receive the very best healthcare services available”, he was inspired to find a way to give back.
Floyd is a not only a gifted musician in San Diego, he is the bass/baritone singer of six (6) time Grammy award winners, The 5th Dimension. Through their sold-out audiences, he has witnessed first-hand, time and time again, the power of music to uplift people. Although not a medical professional, he moved quickly to develop a way to give back to our Veterans and help their healing process.
Exploring his relationships in the music industry, he discovered music therapists – expert practitioners working with wounded and disabled Veterans suffering from PTSD and other brain injuries, using sound and music therapy. He was able to gain a greater awareness of just how effective music therapy can be. Together, he and his Directors at Music Therapy for Veterans (MTFV) have over 45 years of experience working in their specialized fields.
The full spectrum of sound and music therapy will be offered at MTFV. We are incorporating a wide breadth of music and sound-based interventions, techniques, research and philosophies to meet the individual needs of our diverse Veteran population. Sound and music therapy are used as tools to focus treatment directly on the veteran’s desired needs, outcomes, and appropriate diagnosis as well as treatment setting.
Irrefutable documented evidence confirms that if we can create a cohesive personal narrative of our lives, and if we can link up our emotions with specific events, then we have the power to take control of how those emotions and events affect our lives through sound and music therapy.
Floyd A. Smith, Founder/CEO
Michelle Price, Executive Director
Paul Liebmann III, VP, Operations & Events
Archie Amerson, VP, Community Relations
Delfina Gonzalez, VP, Special Events & Marketing
Rance Wilson, VP, Finance
Tayari Howard, VP, Development
Jose Payne King, Veteran’s Liaison, Real Estate Consultant
Dennis Mannes, PhD. Neuroscientist, Founder BrainTek Institute
Tamara Hoover, MD Board Member
Iris Garcia, Board Member
Paul Hait, Board Member
Bari Vaz, Accountant