Wellness Team


Bruce Edwards, AuD, is the Assistant Director of Audiology in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Michigan Medicine, holding a faculty role in the Department of Communication Disorders at Wayne State University teaching courses in advanced electrophysiology and neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring. He has taught/mentored Audiology, Linguistics, and Medical School students and Otolaryngology residents and Fellows at Michigan, Ohio State, and Florida and he actively pursues humanitarian efforts in sub-Subharan Africa. For Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, he is involved in planning and carrying out efforts for students that include hearing screening, conservation of hearing, and education regarding the effects of noise exposure for students, staff and faculty.

Paul Kileny, PhD, is the Academic Program Director of Audiology, Electrophysiology and Michigan Balance at the University of Michigan.  A practicing audiologist, clinical researcher and administrator for the Michigan Medicine multi-faceted audiology program for over 34 years, Dr. Kileny has published over 200 publications and lectures extensively, both nationally and internationally. His current clinical and research interests include the use of electrophysiology in the diagnosis of vestibular disorders and hidden ‘hearing loss’. He became interested in hearing conservation in musicians, after carrying out sound level surveys in the Michigan football stadium, that included the Marching Band. has received numerous honors including the Presidential Citation of the American Otological Society, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s highest award, Honors of the Association, and the Career Award in Hearing from the American Academy of Audiology.

Dr. Allie HeckmanAllie Heckman, AuD is a clinical audiologist at Michigan Medicine. She earned her doctorate of audiology from the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium (N.O.A.C.) in Akron, OH and moved to Michigan in 2016. She specializes in hearing wellness; including hearing conservation, hearing rehabilitation, and tinnitus for the adult patient population. Dr. Heckman leads monthly tinnitus group classes at East Ann Arbor Health Center, as well as presents on hearing health topics in our community. She enjoys supervising students in the clinical setting. She has previous experience in hearing conservation and rehabilitation in the military and veteran population, and is excited to share her knowledge with students at the University of Michigan.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Emily Hyssong, LMSW

Emily Hyssong is a licensed clinical social worker and the embedded CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) counselor in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Emily works exclusively with students in SMTD, providing free and confidential counseling services to currently enrolled students. Counseling services include initial consultation, individual brief therapy, referrals to other U-M resources and community services, drop-in workshops, outreach presentations, and consultation to faculty and staff. Emily received her MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work and has seven years of experience providing therapy in a college setting. As a clinician, Emily’s interests are broad, but she particularly enjoys working with clients who have issues related to anxiety, substance use, self-esteem, identity and adjustment, eating and body image, relationship difficulties, and depression. Emily uses an integrative therapeutic approach, drawing from DBT, ACT, and psychodynamic principles. Prior to her career in Social Work, Emily attended the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance where she received a bachelor’s degree in viola performance.

Depression Center

Stephanie Salazar, MPH, CHES, is Outreach and Education Program Manager at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center. Earning her Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan, she has experience planning and implementing health education and outreach initiatives for adolescents and young adults.  Current projects include the Peer-to-Peer Depression Awareness Project, a peer-based mental health program for middle and high school students; Athletes Connected, an initiative to support student athletes; Campus Mind Works (, a website and outreach program for U-M students; and the annual National Depression on College Campuses Conference. She has been collaborating with SMTD to offer microgrants in support of SMTD student mental health with the help of a generous gift by Alex Fox and Family.

Will Heininger works as the Outreach Coordinator for Mental Health at the University of Michigan Depression Center, publicly sharing his story of overcoming major depression and anxiety while playing football and attending school at the University of Michigan. After trying to hide his illness and ‘tough it out’ at first, he finally got the medical help he needed. Due to successful treatment, Will went on to thrive at U of M, graduating as a 4-time letterman in football, a 4-time Academic All-Big Ten award winner, and twice a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. In Will’s senior season of 2011, he started every game at defensive tackle for the Wolverines, who knocked off Ohio State on their way to an 11-2 season and a Sugar Bowl Championship. In 2014, he helped found the Athletes Connected program at UM, a comprehensive program that supports student-athlete mental health and wellbeing. Will works with the Outreach & Education staff at the Depression Center to deliver relatable mental health education, and improve outcomes in populations such as schools, businesses, athletic departments, teams, and communities.


Kristen Schuyten, PT, DPT, MS, CSCS, is a physical therapist through MedSport at Michigan Medicine.  She is a Clinical Specialist, Coordinator of the Performing Arts Rehabilitation Program and is Board Certified in Sports as a Clinical Specialty.  Kristen has been working with the School of Music, Theatre and Dance for nearly 10 years through injury risk screening, exercise instruction and physical therapy.  Kristen has personal experience with injury recovery as a performing artist as a former dancer and coronet player. Kristen is also on the Team USA Medical Team for US Figure Skating and coordinates treatment coverage for UMS events on campus.

Megan Mahoney received her B.A. in Athletic Training from Capital University and M.A. in Sport Science and Pedagogy from Gardner-Webb University.  Currently, Megan works for Michigan Medicine as an outreach Athletic Trainer covering sporting events at Father Gabriel Richard High School. Megan’s interest in performing arts stems from her years of competitive figure skating. She provides Athletic Training services through the SMTD Performing Arts Health Clinic.

Shannon Siira is a certified and licensed athletic trainer through MedSport at Michigan Medicine and an outreach athletic trainer at Dexter High School. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University in Sport Medicine/Athletic Training and a Master of Science degree from A.T. Still University in Kinesiology with a focus in Sport Psychology. Her interests include performing arts, concussion management, mental health, and return to sport or activity. She has worked with the School of Music, Theatre and Dance for the past 6 years through injury risk screenings, injury triage clinics, exercise instruction, and rehabilitation.


Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Lexie Muir PappasLexie Muir-Pappas, OT, CHT, is an occupational therapist through Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Michigan Medicine. She is a certified hand therapist and clinical specialist with 27 years of experience. Along with treating a variety of upper extremity problems, her expertise and interest is in prevention and treatment of overuse injuries in performing artists. She has presented on this topic to students at both U of M and EMU music studios, Michigan Medicine Hand Symposium, and MedSport SMTD symposium.

Vocal Health Center

Norman D. Hogikyan, MD, FACS, is a laryngologist, and is recognized nationally as an expert in the medical and surgical treatment of voice disorders in occupational and professional voice users. He founded the U-M Vocal Health Center in 1996, and was a pioneer in the area of interdisciplinary voice care. The U-M Vocal Health Center represents a longstanding collaboration between Michigan Medicine and the SMTD, and includes the disciplines of laryngology, speech pathology, and vocal pedagogy in clinical care programs. Dr. Hogikyan is an active participant in both the educational and healthcare elements of the SMTD Wellness Initiative. He is the Director of the Vocal Health Center and Professor and Associate Chairman of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Marci Daniels Rosenberg, BM, MS CCC, is a singer, and a speech language pathologist at The University of Michigan, Vocal Health Center. A clinical Singing Voice Specialist, Ms. Rosenberg works clinically to rehabilitate injured singers and actors.  She teaches workshops and lectures nationally in the area of vocal health, performance voice, and managing vocal injuries. Ms. Rosenberg is a featured guest faculty at The New CCM Summer Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah. She is co-author of The Vocal Athlete, now in its 2nd edition (Plural Publishing, 2019). She maintains a private voice consulting studio. She currently serves as Vice President of the Pan American Vocology Association.

Wellness Courses

As an alumna of the SMTD’s Musical Theatre department, Catherine Matuza (500 RYT, Urban Zen Integrative Therapist) has a unique and targeted perspective of just how important self care can be in the life of a creative artist.  Drawing from her years of experience on and off stage, and her knowledge of yoga, restorative yoga, breath awareness, meditation, essential oils and Reiki, creative movement and dance, she works to combine an emphasis on alignment and awareness to guide her students to greater ease and creative productivity.  In her current role as lecturer for Yoga for Performers, she introduces students to realistic and accessible yoga practices to empower them to combat tension, stress and burnout throughout their careers.

Michelle Obrecht has been an Alexander Technique teacher for over 25 years. She began teaching musicians and actors in U-M’s Residential College in 1999 and in 2003 began offering private lessons at the SMTD. In 2016 small-group classes were created, as part of the newly formed Wellness Initiative, to give students a taste of what Alexander Technique can offer the performing artist. The curriculum emphasizes understanding how anatomy, thought processes, movement coordination, and breathing re-education form a gestalt within the human body that can either hinder or enhance artistic expression. The class reflects her years of study of the scientific, emotional, and spiritual components of the mind-body relationship.

Wellness Initiative Program Manager

Paola Savvidou, DMA, NCTM, serves as Wellness Initiative Program Manager and Adjunct Lecturer in Piano at SMTD. She develops partnerships within the University of Michigan health services and beyond to provide education, injury-preventive services and recovery support for students, faculty and staff. She also teaches the Wellness for the Performing Artist course. Dr. Savvidou frequently presents research on the intersection of wellness and pedagogy at prominent conferences including the MTNA National Conference, the International Society for Music Education Conference, the European Association for Schools of Music Conference, College Music Society’s International Conference, and the European Piano Teachers Association. Most recently she presented research on preventive education with her U-M MedSport and Audiology colleagues. Her work has won Article of the Year through the American Music Teacher (2015) and the MTNA eJournal (2016).