|Headquarters||New York, NY|
Tech, Health & Wellness
|Press Contact||Jamie Pabst|
Spiritune is a digital wellness app that utilizes a music-based approach to mental health. Its evidence-based approach is informed by principles of music therapy and neuroscience to help users reduce stress, regulate emotions and improve productivity and performance. In a busy, stressed out world, Spiritune offers a differentiated approach which allows users to feel and perform better without requiring extra time or energy out of their day given the passive nature of audio. Built by leading neuroscientists and music therapists from Stanford and NYU, under the direction of Founder and CEO, Jamie Pabst, Spiritune launched in March 2020 (at the beginning peak of the pandemic) as a clinically informed, evidence based music app that helps individual users and enterprises alike feel and perform better utilizing the scientific power of audio. Since launching, Spiritune has sold into enterprises as a remote workplace wellness tool, has partnered with significant military and healthcare organizations, and has helped thousands of individuals manage their emotional health throughout this stressful pandemic with an average 92% effectiveness rate. Spiritune's proprietary, science-backed music is adapted to shift a user's emotional state and optimized around a user's goal (such as work focus, winding down and sleep). In a world where music has traditionally been used as entertainment, Spiritune is reimagining music for health outcomes as they move music into a world where music can be used as medicine, working with healthcare organizations, insurance providers and clinicians.
Spiritune's science driven, music-based approach to mental health stems from its female-founder's (Jamie Pabst) personal story beginning in the womb (seriously), when her mother became deaf when she was pregnant with Jamie. Her mother’s sudden hearing loss gave her a deep appreciation and awareness of our ability to hear and its importance to our health and quality of life. Jamie's enthusiasm around sound and health grew even stronger as her sister pursued a degree in music therapy and learned how music can be used to treat neurological disorders. Jamie rediscovered the therapeutic benefits of music during a stressful period in her NYC finance career, as she struggled to manage stress and anxiety with inadequate solutions that didn’t squeeze into her hectic work lifestyle (no time for working out, a therapist was costly and seemed unnecessary, meditation was frustrating, and anxiety medication seemed like a bad route). But Jamie found music to be an accessible, friendly and enjoyable tool that could immediately impact her emotional state and relieve her feelings of stress as they surfaced throughout her day. The music she was finding was imperfect in reliably helping her reach her desired outcomes, so she began DJing on the side to experiment with sounds she could adapt to create therapeutic sound experiences for herself and others. She found she was not alone in appreciating the therapeutic and emotional effects of music and began collaborating with neuroscientists and music therapists to create science-driven music for mental health -- and that’s when she realized there was a big opportunity to help a global stressed-out population through a modern approach to mental health and music -- and that’s when she launched Spiritune. It’s this personal story that guides Spiritune's mission to reimagine music that works harder for health. At Spiritune's launch in March 2020, Spiritune opened up its platform to frontline caregivers, medical staff and anyone in need during the pandemic in order to open up access to those in need of mental health care the most.
Dr. Daniel Bowling
Dr. Bowling is a neuroscientist and instructor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of medicine. His research interests are focused on social communication in the auditory-vocal domain, and how its impairment contributes to psychiatric disorders. Dr. Bowling’s expertise covers neurobiological, psychological, and acoustic perspectives on speech and music, their affective influence, and social-significance. He combines physiological and psychoacoustic methods to study the perception of social stimuli, social behavior, and their impairment in autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Bowling earned his PhD in Neurobiology from Duke University School of Medicine in 2012. His postdoctoral work at the University of Vienna in Austria focused on comparative studies of mammalian vocalization and its relationship with universal aspects of speech and music. He holds undergraduate degrees in Biological Psychology and Neurophilosophy from the University of California San Diego (summa cum laude) and graduate certificates in Cognitive Neuroscience and Translational Medicine. Dr. Bowling’s work has been recognized with numerous awards including an innovation award from the Social and Affective Neuroscience society, and a young investigator award from the University of Vienna. He is currently developing a validated and normed assessment of auditory-vocal function that combines speech and music to circumvent language confounds and quantify deficits in communication that impair social functioning in autism. He collaborates with scientists and artists across Stanford’s School of Medicine and School of Humanities and Sciences. His work is funded by NIMH and the Wu Tsai Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Bowling is principal neuroscience, psychology and acoustic advisor to Spiritune since the founding of the company, serving as an active advisor in building the application design, acoustic parameters and informing the overall scientific knowledge base of the Spiritune application and music compositions.
Dr. Concetta Tomaino
Spiritune Science Advisor
Dr. Concetta Tomaino is the Executive Director and Co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (with renowned author & neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks) and was Senior Vice President for Music Therapy at CenterLight Health System (formerly Beth Abraham Family of Health Services), where she worked from 1980 to 2016. In 2017, she and the IMNF relocated to the campus of Wartburg, a senior residential and healthcare facility, in Mt. Vernon, NY. Dr. Tomaino is internationally known for her research in the clinical applications of music and neurologic rehabilitation. She lectures on music therapy throughout the world. Her work has been featured in national programs including 48 Hours and 60 Minutes; in international programs including the BBC; and in books on health and healing. Dr. Sacks book Musicophilia is dedicated to her. Dr. Tomaino is Past-President of the American Association for Music Therapy and Vice President and founding board member for the International Association for Music and Medicine. She received the Award of Accomplishment from Music Therapists for Peace at the United Nations. In 2014, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for Music Therapy. In 2011 she received the inaugural Burton Grebin Innovator of the Year Award from the NY Continuing Care Leadership Coalition (CCLC ). She was honored with the 2010 Professional Practice Award from the American Association for Music Therapy and also as one of “Three Wise Women'' by the National Organization of Italian American Women. In 2004 she received the Music has Power Award from the IMNF and the Zella Bronfman Butler Award which is given by the UJA-Federation of New York in partnership with the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation to professionals in the UJA-Federation agency network for their outstanding work on behalf of individuals with physical, developmental, or learning disabilities. In 1999 she received a Touchstone Award from “Women in Music”for her visionary spirit. She is on the faculty of Lehman College, CUNY and distinguished professor, Concordia College-NY. Dr. Tomaino is principal music therapy and clinical advisor to Spiritune since the founding of the company, serving as an active advisor in building the application design and the scientific knowledge base of the musical compositions.
Founder & CEO
Jamie Pabst is the Founder & CEO of Spiritune. Prior to founding Spiritune her professional career spanned 10 years in the finance world, working with investment teams and investors to meet investment objectives and portfolio goals. It was through her stressful years in finance and her personal story around music and health that led her to found Spiritune. Jamie devotes herself to helping others receive the many benefits of sound and music, as she DJs and produces events to highlight the powerful connections between music and health.