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DEMENTIA

CARE

Our team at Miya Music Therapy specializes in working with those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Through the use of music interventions and the therapeutic relationship, we help clients connect with themselves, their loved ones, and their environment. Music is often an activity that remains enjoyable for those living with dementia. Music therapists are trained to use music to improve quality of life. 

Goal Areas Include:  

  • Improve mood

  • Cognitive stimulation

  • Increase socialization

We use interventions such as:

  • Singing

  • Movement to music

  • Reflection

MEET THE DEMENTIA-CARE TEAM

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Miya Adout, MA, MTA (She/Her/Hers)

Founder & Executive Director

Miya Adout is a graduate of Concordia University where she received a Master of Arts in Creative Arts Therapies after having completed a BA in Cultural Studies. Miya works with individuals of all ages and abilities and specializes in dementia care. Miya opened her private practice, Miya Music Therapy, in 2015 with the purpose of empowering and enriching lives through music. MMT now consists of a team of certified music therapists providing services to individuals and care-facilities throughout Ontario and beyond via both in-person and virtual sessions. Aside from her clinical work, Miya is also passionate about sharing the impact of music therapy through keynote presentations and workshops. Miya is the current Education Chair on the Board of Directors for the Music Therapy Association of Ontario, provides business coaching to healthcare entrepreneurs, and is the creator of Connect 2 Music Therapy: An Online Global Magazine for Music Therapists. When she's not working on expanding her practice, Miya enjoys playing with her toddler, spending time in nature, and practicing photography. 

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Carmen Lee, MMT, MTA

Administrative Assistant

I am passionate about my work in dementia care and have seen how music truly breaks barriers and opens up a space for communication and interaction through words, songs, and music. My clinical experience in this area includes working in Veteran Centres, Long Term Care, Retirement Homes, and Adult Day Programs. I come to my work in dementia care with a person-centered approach and the knowledge that each individual is a unique person who carries their own experiences and relationships to music.  Interventions can include singing, movement, instrument playing, songwriting, reminiscence, and relaxation. 

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Amelia Ballak, MMT, MTA, RP (She/Her/Hers)

Music Therapist

I am passionate about creating a musical and creative environment for those living with dementia. After living with, and caring for a family member with dementia, I understand the importance of treating an individual with a person-centered and strength-based approach. Whether using music for reorientation, positive engagement, or to motivate physical movement, I believe music impacts each individual uniquely and is such a powerful tool to connect with others. Whether facilitating individual sessions or group sessions, I work towards empowering individuals and enhancing their quality of life, while creating a positive impact on their relationships with music and with others. 

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Robin Soper, MTA (She/Her/Hers)

Music Therapist

Robin graduated from Concordia University with a Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy and completed internships working with seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and with children with multiple disabilities in a rehabilitation hospital. Robin believes in the power of creativity in music exploration. Robin has an adoration for music, and her philosophy is to share this through client-centred and eclectic music therapy.