After visiting a Veterans Administration Hospital in 2011, the Founder and CEO of Music Therapy For Veterans, Floyd A. Smith, was dismayed and disheartened by the environment and emotional disparagement in which the Veterans were being treated. Upon leaving the hospital that day he thought to himself and said aloud, “Veterans should receive the very best healthcare services available”, and in that moment he was inspired and vowed to find a way to make a difference.
Floyd is not only a gifted musician and living legend in San Diego, he is the Bass Baritone (Basso Profundo) vocalist for the six-time Grammy Award winning musical group, The Fifth Dimension. Through their sold-out international touring performances, Floyd has witnessed time and again the power and ability of music to instantly uplift people. Although not a medical professional, Floyd recognized the urgent need to find a way to give back to our Veterans, to assist in the journey towards helping the Veteran in their individual healing process.
Calling upon the relationships established in over four decades in the Music Industry, Floyd sought out and encountered musical therapists. He found Board Certified practitioners working with wounded, injured, and ill Veterans suffering from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries getting results by utilizing sound and music therapies. He gained insight of how so very effective musical therapy can be in treatments for the symptoms of PTSD and TBI. Floyd has assembled a core team of Directors, in which MTFV has over 50 years combined working experience in their respective specialized fields.
A full spectrum of music and sound therapies are offered with MTFV. We incorporate a wide array of music and sound therapies and interventions. These protocols are structured from research and developed by the diagnosis, needs analysis, and appropriate treatment setting, all of which are garnered from the individual Veteran’s experience and history. We seek specific outcomes in order to meet the need of the diverse Veteran population from their respective different theaters of operation and deployment dating back as far to WW II, Korea, Viet Nam, to the Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and current day.
Irrefutable documented evidence confirms if we create a cohesive personal narrative of our lives and link emotions with specific events, then we have the power to take control of how those emotions and events affect lives through musical and sound-based therapies.
Floyd A. Smith, Founder/CEO
Paul Liebmann III, Chief Operations Officer
Michelle Price, Executive Director
Dennis Mannes, PhD. Neuroscientist, Founder BrainTek Institute
Tamara Hoover, MD, FAECP, FAAEM, ABEM
Iris Garcia, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Paul Hait, Olympic Gold Medalist
Bari Vaz, Accountant
Joseph Molina, Veterans Chamber of Commerce
Diane Williams, Connected Warriors Liaison
Steve Vanderhei, Finance
Charles Newton, Public Relations
Archie Amerson, Community Partnerships & Pro Sports Liaison
Delfina Gonzalez, Special Events & Marketing
Rance Wilson, Special Events & Community Partner
Tayari Howard, Development
Jose Payne King, Veterans Liaison