Dana is a Board- Certified Music Therapist with the Canadian Association of Music Therapy (CAMT) who received her Bachelors of Music Therapy Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University with a minor in Psychology in 2017. She has worked with a wide variety of client populations, mainly specializing in children and youth with developmental disabilities achieving a variety of therapeutic goals, including cognitive, physical, and psychosocial domains.
During her time at WLU, Dana played the trumpet, piano and guitar. She completed her 1000 hour internship at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, working with children with a wide range of medical complexities. Dana completed her Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) training in May 2017 which focuses on evidence-based, goal-oriented work into her sessions. She often incorporates musical and non-musical interventions into sessions to achieve speech, motor and cognitive goals.
Dana believes that music has the power to create meaningful connections between individuals, giving them the freedom to express themselves when words are not accessible. Music can give individuals a leadership role allowing them the control and the capability to make decisions. Dana is passionate about finding how music can bring out the uniqueness of each individual through music while working to achieve their and individualized goals.
In her spare time Dana enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, and vacationing at her family cottage.