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Musicking For Your Personal Wellness

About Us

The Company

ADD Music Wellness fuses together wellness and Musicking – a philosophy that music, as a verb, is accessible to each and every person through music therapy, adaptive music education, and personal wellness. Programming for individuals and groups of any age or population, and corporate/team building are available on-site, or off-site at hospitals, long term care facilities, schools, and businesses. Serving Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Brantford, Ayr, Paris, Hamilton, Waterdown, Stratford, Woodstock, Burlington, and Oakville.

Amy Di Nino

Owner and Director;

Amy Di Nino RP, MA, ARCT, MTA, NMT

I entered the music therapy profession having been exposed to a variety of music from an early age and since then, have obtained degrees, diplomas, and certificates from the University of Windsor, University of Toronto, Humber College and I completed my Masters of Music Therapy at Berklee in Boston in 2018. Based out of Kitchener, ON, I am artistic director and conductor of Grand River Voices, and music director/organist at Sydenham Heritage United Church in Brantford, ON. Additionally, I am the drummer for Cootes Paradise, a Dundas, ON blues and R&B band.  As a conductor, pianist, and percussionist, I have performed with ensembles, symphonies, and as a soloist throughout North America and Europe. Additionally I am an arranger and composer, having written works for choirs, orchestra, chamber ensembles, and songs both classical and popular.

While studying with Dr. Sandi Curtis at the University of Windsor in my undergrad, I was involved in the inaugural Music Therapy in Medicine Project, which paired University of Windsor Music Therapy students with Windsor Symphony musicians to visit patients in the palliative care and oncology wards at Windsor Regional Hospital. I completed my music therapy internship at a youth detention facility, where I implemented music therapy treatment plans in conjunction with discharge documentation. Prior to opening my private practice, I worked for twelve years as the full-time music therapist at the world renowned W. Ross Macdonald School for the Visually Impaired, Blind, and Deafblind where I established many initiatives, including the WRMS Deafblind Bell Choir, and the creation of an auditory sensory room, which includes technically advanced sound walls and speakers in the specially crafted wood floor. These efforts earned me the 2012 Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Ontario in the Support Staff category. As I began implementing summer music therapy programming with the Canadian Deafblind Association in 2012, the Ontario chapter used the blueprint of my auditory sensory room to build a larger scale music sensory room in their centre.

As a registered psychotherapist, I uphold the standards put in place by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). The scope of practice of psychotherapy includes the assessment and treatment of cognitive, emotional or behavioural disturbances by psychotherapeutic means, delivered through a therapeutic relationship based primarily on verbal or non-verbal communication.

  • Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy with Internship, University of Windsor
  • A.R.C.T Piano Performance & Comprehensive Theory, Royal Conservatory of Music
  • Music Therapy Accredited (MTA), Canadian Association of Music Therapy (CAMT)
  • World of Hand Drumming Certification/Symphonic Percussion Workshop, Humber College
  • Jazz Piano/Blues and Rock Piano Keyboard Techniques, Berklee College of Music
  • Certified HealthRHYTHMS facilitator, REMO HealthRHYTHMS
  • Certified Kindermusik Teacher, Kindermusik Canada
  • Dalcroze Workshop Certification Course, Dalcroze Canada
  • The Neuroscience of Music in Therapy/Facilitating Speech and Language Courses, CBMT Summit Music Therapy Online Courses
  • Choral conducting master class with celebrated Canadian conductor Iwan Edwards, Salt-Spring Island
  • CAMT Level I Internship Supervision
  • Guided Imagery Level I and II, currently completing Level III
  • Choral conducting master class with Marta McCarthy, President of Choral Canada
  • Neurologic Music Therapist Designation – NMT
  • Masters of Music Therapy at Berklee (completion June, 2018)
Professional Affiliations
  • Registered Psychotherapist (#007088), College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  • Accredited member (MTA) of the Canadian Association of Music Therapy (CAMT)
  • Accredited member (MT-BC) of the American Association of Music Therapy (AAMT)
  • Member of the Music Therapy Association of Ontario (MTAO)
  • Member of the Canadian Federation of Musicians, Local 226
  • Member of Choral Canada
  • Member of Choir Ontario
  • Member of the Royal Canadian College of Organists

Chrystalla Paleshi MMT, MTA, NMT

Having begun to learn the violin at a young age, Chrystalla’s life has long revolved around music. Since learning of music therapy at the age of ten, Chrystalla has been refining her musical skills and researching the profession in order to excel in the field. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy with Honours and a minor in psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as a master’s degree Music and Health Science with a collaborative program in neuroscience from the University of Toronto. Chrystalla has also completed her Neurologic Music Therapy training, putting an emphasis on balancing an evidence-based, quantitative approach, with one that is client-centered and qualitative.

An accredited music therapist with the Canadian Association of Music Therapy, Chrystalla is also a Board-certified Music Therapist in the Certification Board for Music Therapists, and has helped to increase the body of research supporting music therapy by facilitating several research studies affiliated with the Music and Health Research Collaboratory at the University of Toronto. These studies have involved Toronto Rehab as well as the Faculty of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Toronto.

In addition to her academic achievements, Chrystalla continues to perform around Southern Ontario. She plays the violin, viola, piano, and guitar, and performs as a vocalist at large venues. She has been a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Orchestra, the Wilfrid Laurier Symphony Orchestra, as well as Kitchener’s Spiritus ensemble.

Chrystalla has experience using music therapy techniques with a variety of populations. These include older adults, adolescents, and children, with goals in the cognitive, motor, speech and language, and mental health domains. As she is fluent in English, French, and Greek, she is able to provide services in a variety of languages for clients, and enjoys learning preferred music from other cultures in order to best treat clients. Chrystalla enjoys combining empathy, humour, familiar music, and evidence-based practice in sessions with her clients.

Larissa Zoubareva

Larissa Zoubareva BM, MA, MMT, RMT

Larissa received a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Arts degree as a Piano Major from the Belarus State Academy of Music. For over 20 years, she has enjoyed a fulfilling music career as a performer, teacher and accompanist.

In 2000, Larissa established Larissa’s Studio of Piano Music in Mississauga. In 2002, she became an active member and an executive in the Etobicoke-Mississauga branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ORMTA) where she received an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award in 2014.

Since then, as a professional, her motto remains as, the sky is the limit as are our opportunities to improve and grow. Larissa’s experience in working with children includes not only teaching piano and accompanying but also facilitating a Meditative Music developmental program “Healing Influence of Classical Music’ created for The Art of Life Health Centre in Toronto.

Larissa’s teaching and performing experience as a pianist has given rise to many questions about the influence of music on human beings and thus inspired her to complete a Masters in Music Therapy Degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2016. She is currently pursuing her musical passion as a music therapist and this experience inspired her to engage in ongoing trainings in Neurologic Music Therapy, NICU, and Music Together.

In Larissa’s clinical practice as a music therapist, she accepts the interdisciplinary nature of music therapy and she identifies with an integrative-eclectic approach using a person-centred model as a therapist, a music-centred model as a professional pianist, and a heart-centred model as a representative of the humanistic approach, which gives her a wide range of musical choices for implementing activities and allows her to be flexible in selecting methods and techniques.

Kimberly Allred MMT, MTA

Kimberly (Kim) has received an Honours Bachelor of Music and Masters degree of Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University. Being born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo Kim has been lucky to perform with various church, community and professional choirs, operas and musical theatre performances throughout the region before relocating to London, ON in the summer of 2018. Kim considers voice her primary instrument but is also proficient on guitar, piano and ukulele.

As a music therapist, Kim has experience working in child and adolescent mental health, children and adolescents with developmental and cognitive disabilities, adolescent mothers, newcomers to Canada, traumatic brain injury, and aged care including grief, depression, isolation, trauma and dementia care.

Kim has completed additional training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (Level 1 practitioner) and Neurologic Music Therapy. Kim has grown her verbal counselling skills through Wilfrid Laurier social work professional development trainings in At-risk Youth, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for groups and individuals.

Music has always served as a safe and supportive place for Kim. That feeling paired with a love for customer service and making connection with others inspires Kim daily in her clinical work. Kim believes that music therapy as a profession is limitless and is constantly seeking ways to expand her clinical methods and experience.

Danna Dacosta RP, MA, BMT, MTA

Having worked with people across the lifespan, all with differing needs and ways of looking at the world, I have come to believe that every human being has strengths, is constantly learning, and has a voice. As a music therapist my job is to help facilitate someone’s journey to greater self-awareness and personal empowerment. For these reasons, I use an eclectic model of music therapy grounded in positive psychology, resource-oriented music therapy, and community music therapy concepts, and supported by humanistic, psychodynamic, and client-centred methods, goals, and ethics.

Currently, I provide music therapy services to the communities of Brantford and Cambridge, and I also work as a researcher, vocalist, musician, and editor. My music therapy and research work has allowed me opportunities to work with adults through community music therapy, music and wellness, and music and medicine initiatives with people receiving long-term care, palliative care, and oncology services, as well as individuals and groups with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

My journey began at the University of Windsor with my Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy, followed by my clinical internship with Fermata Music Therapy in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2014, I graduated with a Master of Arts in Creative Arts Therapies (Music Therapy Option) from Concordia University in Montreal under the tutelage of Dr. Sandi Curtis, Dr. Guylaine Vaillancourt, and Dr. Laurel Young. While there I completed my thesis:Â A Resource-Oriented Music Therapy Support Group for Adults Living with Fibromyalgiafrom which I am working to develop further wellness programming for those living with chronic pain. Additionally, I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). As such I collectively operate under the ethical codes and standards of practice of the CRPO and the Canadian Association of Music Therapists (CAMT).

Len McCarthy PhD, MA, MTA

Len is an accredited music therapist with a Master of Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University, and also holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from York University, and Masters of Music Education from University of Toronto. He has interned at Toronto’s Baycrest Hospital and Sunnybrook Hospital, and has worked with adults and children in the Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph area for the past 4 years.  His clients have included children and adults with developmental delays, cognitive and/or physical impairments. His therapeutic philosophy is person-centered and strengths-based, rooted in Orff Music Therapy (a synthesis of speech. singing, movement, improvisation and drama). When working with groups, Len favours Community Music Therapy techniques that emphasize cooperation, collaboration and mutual respect.
Len also has extensive experience as a bandleader and performer (keyboard, guitar, ukulele, woodwinds), composer, record producer and teacher (at elementary, secondary and university levels).  He offers ukulele, guitar and keyboard workshops to adults and music therapists in the KW area, focusing upon popular music techniques and strategies, at Music @ Green Gables, a Kitchener music school co-founded with his wife Jennifer Stacey (an early childhood music specialist).  He is also an award-winning songwriter, selected twice by the WFMT (World Federation of Music Therapy) to compose songs for events and conferences.

Junie Baek ~ Graduate Music Therapy Intern

A lyric soprano, Junie Baek, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Specialized Honours in Classical Voice Performance from York University in 2017, where she studied with Canadian soprano, Stephanie Bogle. Junie was a soprano soloist in several works, including Bach’s St. John Passion and Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, as well as in solo ensembles in performances of Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Ottawa Bach Choir in 2015. Junie has performed in Germany, South Korea, as well as Canada. Junie is also an inspiring instructor. With over 6 years of teaching experience, Junie is currently working as a voice, piano, and theory instructor at Long and McQuade Lesson Centre. Junie is currently completing a Master of Music Therapy degree (MMT) at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she has gained clinical experience working with various populations including: individuals with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Alzheimer’s, dementia, anxiety, depression, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Junie will be working towards the accreditation from the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and Canadian Association of Music Therapists after obtaining her MMT degree.

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