Our Team

Heartsparks Music Therapy

Music is our passion. We believe in the transformative power of music and that through our love of music, combined with therapeutic training and creative inspiration, we are able to make a positive difference in the mental, physical and spiritual health of individuals, families and communities. We regard each human being as unique; thus, our approach to each person will be tailored to his or her needs. Helping to create healthier and more joyful lives is our mission.

 

All of our music therapists:

Anna Plaskett

 

Anna Plaskett, BMus, MTA is the owner of Heartsparks Music Therapy. Anna holds a bachelors degree in music performance from Michigan State University (2001), a Certificate of Music Therapy from Acadia University (2004), and is an accredited member of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy. She has served as the Vice President and Continuing Education Chair for the Atlantic Association for Music Therapy.

Anna specializes in working with youth at risk and individuals with special needs (including those with cerebral palsy, autism and developmental delay). She currently provides services at Wee Care Developmental Centre, HomeBridge Youth Society, and Regional Residential Services Society. She also has worked with elderly populations, including individuals with dementia and those recovering from stroke. In her practice, Anna places a special focus on developing each individual’s unique potential through creative self-expression, integrating music, art and movement. Anna released her debut children's album 'To the Moon and Back' in June 2017. 

 

Stephanie Josselyn

Stephanie Josselyn

 

Stephanie Josselyn, BMT, MTA holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy (2009) from Acadia University. Stephanie specializes in working with children, teens and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, and developmental delay, as well as individuals with dementia. She completed her music therapy internship at Wee Care Developmental Centre and the Dartmouth Adult Service Centre. Stephanie currently provides services at the Dartmouth Adult Services Centre, Regional Residential Services Society, and with many private clients in the community. Stephanie is also an active flutist, and is currently a member of the Halifax Music Coop.

 

Jessica LaRonde

Jessica LaRonde

 

Jessica LaRonde, BMus, CMT, MTA holds a Bachelor of Music (Concentration in Music Education) (2012) and a Certificate in Music Therapy (2014) from Acadia University. During her time at Acadia, Jessica was recognized for her musical abilities, clinical skills, and leadership by receiving the Weston Music Therapy Practicum Award (2013). Jessica specializes in working with individuals with special needs (including those with cerebral palsy, autism, and developmental delays), youth at risk, and the elderly population. In her practice, Jessica guides, enhances, and supports each person's unique and innate musical potential in order to bring forth meaningful, positive change. Jessica is also a talented pianist with experience in performance, collaboration, accompaniment, and improvisation.

 

Paige Morrissey

Paige Morrissey

 

Paige Morrissey, BMT, MTA holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy (2014) from Acadia University, where she graduated on the Dean's List and received the Bronze Medal for the highest GPA in Music. Paige was the president of the Acadia Music Therapy Society and is a well-rounded musician with extensive experience in musical theatre, band, choral, and jazz ensembles as well as having a passion for song writing. Paige completed her music therapy internship at Heartsparks Music Therapy (2015) where she worked at Wee Care Developmental Centre, HomeBridge Youth Society, The Sagewood Continuing Care Community, The Nova Scotia Hospital, and with private clients in the community. Previous student positions have included Wee Care Developmental Centre, Oakwood Terrace, and The Perley Rideau Veterans' Health Centre which was funded by the Westin Music Therapy Practicum Award (2013). 

 

Brandon Mooney

Brandon Mooney, BMT, MTA holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy (2013) from Acadia University. He is a well-rounded musician who specializes in guitar music and multi-instrument improvisation. During his undergraduate degree he was awarded the Weston Music Therapy Practicum Award (2012) in recognition of his music therapy clinical skills. Brandon completed his music therapy internship under the supervision of three private practice music therapists in the Ottawa region. He has gained experience working with a wide variety of populations ranging from youth at risk, autism, cerebral palsy, long-term care, acquired brain injury, adult psychiatric care, and children and adults with various developmental delays. His approach to music therapy includes a combination of client-centered and community music therapy techniques where he supports each client’s unique potential with music and positivity in order to achieve established goals. Brandon also enjoys playing and performing many different styles of guitar and teaching music to students of all ages.

 

Alyssa Lynch

Alyssa Lynch

Alyssa Lynch, BMT, MTA holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy (2016) from Acadia University. While studying at Acadia, Alyssa received the Jean Amy & Jane MacIntyre Memorial Award in Music for her progress in piano, her main instrument. Alyssa recently completed her music therapy internship with Heartsparks Music Therapy where she worked at the Sagewood Continuing Care Community, Wee Care Developmental Centre, and with private clients in the community. Outside of music therapy, Alyssa teaches music to young children and enjoys accompanying for musicals.
 
 

Rachel Bruch

Rachel Bruch, BMT, MTA, graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University as a President's Scholar in 2016. She completed her post-graduate internship at the Camphill Veteran's Memorial Building in Halifax and specializes in dementia care and palliative care. Rachel is co-founder of Seeing Music Creativity Workshops and balances her work in two long-term care facilities with her performance career and work as a music educator. Her approach to music therapy strives to increase music accessibility by encouraging clients to expand beyond more traditional conceptions of music to discover their own unique musical identity. 
 

Rachael Fitzner

Rachael Fitzner, BMT, holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy from Acadia University (2017). Throughout her time at Acadia, Rachael actively volunteered as both an instructor and student music therapist with a variety of community programs including: S.M.I.L.E., Girls Night Out, and Best Buddies. Rachael recently completed her music therapy internship with Heartsparks Music Therapy where she worked at Wee Care Developmental Centre, HomeBride Youth Society, The Sagewood Continuing Care Community, and with private clients in the community. Outside of music therapy, Rachael enjoys teaching flute lessons and participating in vocal and instrumental ensembles. 

 

Rachel Webster

Rachel Webster, BMT, MTA, MT-BC, NMT, graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2016. She completed her internship and started her career with Accent Music Therapy, where she worked with a wide age range of individuals with developmental delays, physical challenges, Autism Spectrum Disorder and premature infants in the NICU.  She is experienced in working in medical settings and collaborating with speech-language pathologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social workers. Rachel is trained in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT), which focuses on stimulating the brain to overcome injury using music. Rachel also teaches adapted lessons on drums, piano, guitar, and clarinet. Rachel is passionate and dedicated to enriching the lives of others through music to achieve their goals, and firmly believes that music can bring out the best in people. 

 

Laura Greenwood

Laura Greenwood, BMT, BA, Laura holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy from Acadia (2018) and a Bachelor of Arts in French from St. FX University (2012), and is in the final stages of becoming an accredited Music Therapist. At St. FX Laura was awarded the Embassy of Uruguay Prize for the best overall performance in the school of Modern Languages, and at Acadia she received the Tara Lynne Touesnard Memorial Bursary for overall performance at the School of Music. She has worked extensively in long term care and early childhood education in Halifax and Dartmouth. Laura has a special interest in Celtic music which she loves to weave throughout her daily practice! 

 

Katelyn Wheaton

Katelyn Wheaton, BMT, holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy from Acadia Univeristy (2018). Katelyn was the Music Therapy Representative at the Acadia School of Music Council, and volunteered with the S.M.I.L.E. program over her four years at Acadia. Katelyn is an active flautist and enjoys utilizing her flute in her music therapy practice. Katelyn worked as a student music therapist at Wee Care Developmental Centre and recently completed her internship with Heartsparks Music Therapy working with children, youth, and adults with special needs (including developmental delays, cerebral palsy and Autism), youth-at-risk and seniors. Outside of music therapy, Katelyn enjoys learning a variety of instruments and spending time with her cat.