Kathy Jo Gutgsell joined the UHCMC Music Therapy team in October of 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois and a Music Therapy Equivalency from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She completed her internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City specializing in Palliative Medicine and Newborn Intensive Care, where she participated in the “Heather on Earth” research that was featured in the New York Times on April 15, 2013. She holds a certificate as a Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapist.
In Lexington, Kentucky, Kathy Jo provided therapeutic music as an RN at Hospice of the Bluegrass for eleven years, during which she returned to college to pursue music therapy training. At UHCMC, she cares for adult medical-surgical and oncology patients and works closely with the Palliative Care Team. With funding from the Kulas Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio, she conducted a two year experimental research study to measure pain before and after music therapy in palliative care patients. The results, which demonstrate that music therapy does indeed lower pain, are published in the May 2013 Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Kathy Jo provides music therapy for a UH affiliate, Hospice Services of Southwest General Health Center in Strongsville, Ohio, one day per week. She enjoys presenting on the benefits of music therapy at medical, nursing, and music therapy conferences around the U.S.
In her spare time, Kathy Jo enjoys hiking, bicycling, and spending time with her family and friends.