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The Frontera Team 

Frontera Music Therapy is a privately-owned music therapy company. The FMT team is made up of Corinne Richards, MA, MT-BC, Michael Capo, MT-BC, Jessica Kaptciano, MA, MT-BC, Aliya Gardea, MT-BC, Ashtyn Owen, MT-BC, and Diana Beltran, MTI 


Michael Capo, MT-BC

Co-Owner and Music Therapist/Neurological Music Therapist

"My name is Michael Capo and I am a Board-Certified Music Therapist that has been practicing in El Paso since January 2017. I received my Bachelors of Music Therapy from Slippery Rock University and completed the training from the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy shortly after. As the current leader of Frontera Music Therapy, I'm known for my energy, enthusiasm, and cheesy jokes. Outside of work, I enjoy woodworking, basketball, and pretending I'm a chef."

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Jessica Kaptciano, MA, MT-BC

Music Therapist

"Hello! My name is Jessica L. Kaptcianos, MA, MT-BC and I am a Board-Certified Music Therapist originally from north of Boston, Massachusetts with over a decade of experience across various settings including schools, daycares, nursing facilities/long-term care, home health, and telehealth. I have worked extensively with the following populations: autism, developmental disabilities, trauma, emotional disturbance and behavioral disorders, dementia, children, young adults, and elders. I am an advocate for disabilities populations and strive to ensure my work is always intersectional and person-centered. I am delighted to be working for an organization like Frontera Music Therapy which serves the needs of the community in such a meaningful way. In my free time, I enjoy going for walks, exploring the beauty of El Paso’s natural wonders, visiting art galleries, practicando mi español, and songwriting and performing music." Photo taken by Michael Cogliantry. 


Aliya Gardea, MT-BC 

Music Therapist 

"Hello! I am Aliya Gardea. I am an El Paso native. I went to a college in Canyon, Texas called West Texas A&M University and received my Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy. I did my internship at Sound Starts Music Therapy in Frisco, Texas. After my internship I decided I wanted to move back to my hometown and I started working with Frontera Music Therapy in January 2020. I became a Board Certified Music Therapist in June 2020. I strive everyday to be the best music therapist I can be for my clients." 


Ashtyn Owen, MT-BC

Music Therapist 

"My name is Ashtyn Owen, I studied Music Therapy at West Texas A&M University under Dr. Kahler and took an internship with Grace Gomez, MT-BC, at High Point Village in Lubbock Texas. Taking the job here in El Paso gave me the opportunity to be close to family."

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Diana Beltran, MTI

Music Therapy Intern 

"Hello! My name is Diana Beltran! I am from El Paso, Texas (born and raised). I received my education and graduated from West Texas A&M University. I did my internship here at Frontera Music Therapy and needless to say, I enjoyed my experience here so much, I decided to stay on as a full-time employee. My aim and what I strive for when working with clients is to provide and help guide them in music experiences that will assist in reaching their current goals and needs." 


Corinne Richards, MA, MT-BC 


Corinne is the original founder of Frontera Music Therapy. She no longer actively works with clients at Frontera Music Therapy. 

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