Flamenco Therapy Members

Yosi Karahashi

Founder of Flamenco Therapy, teacher and artistic director. Yosi left Japan to fulfill her dream of studying flamenco and ended up staying in Spain for 16 years, studying at the legendary flamenco school Amor de Dios in Madrid. She started her professional career performing in many tablaos around Spain and other countries such as Japan, Morocco, Portugal, France, Cyprus and Canada. Yosi moved to Boston in 2012, and since then has been a very active teacher and performer.

Wendy Caplan

Wendy is a clinical social worker who has had a private therapy practice for 35 years in the Boston area. She has been dancing for most of her life, studying ballet as a child and falling in love with flamenco as an adult. Wendy learned from personal experience about the power of rhythm and movement with dementia patients when her mother, a lifelong tap dancer, became a resident of a nursing home. Wendy volunteered to lead the residents in a weekly music and rhythm group and witnessed its enlivening impact.

Bonnie Wong

Bonnie is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist and Director of the Neuropsychology program for the Frontotemporal Disorders Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Her research and clinical interests focus on brain health and cognitive remediation. Drawing on 25 years of training in classical piano, her interest in the Flamenco art form, and her background in the neurosciences, she saw the potential for using music and movement as tools for cognitive training and developed a Music and Cognition training protocol. She has now expanded components of this protocol to therapeutic dance programs for patients and caregivers.