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 also sings and plays french horn with 'Ruth Minnikin and her Bandwagon' and has been a guest artist on numerous recordings made in Halifax.

 

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 completed her music therapy internship with Heartsparks Music Therapy (2014), where she worked at Wee Care Developmental Centre, The Sagewood Continuing Care Community, HomeBridge Youth Society, and with various private clients in the community. 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.

 

Laurenn Marchand

Laurenn Marchand, BA Mus, BA, CMT, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music (2013) from Saint Francis Xavier University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Certificate of Music Therapy (2015) from Acadia University where she graduated on the Dean’s List. During her time at Acadia, Laurenn was the recipient of the Clara McLearn Blakeley Music Scholarship for her demonstration of leadership qualities and involvement in community activities.

 

Laurenn recently completed her music therapy internship with Heartsparks Music Therapy where she worked at Wee Care Developmental Centre, The Sagewood Continuing Care Community, and various other locations in the community. Outside of music therapy, Laurenn is an active singer/songwriter and released her debut EP in January 2016.