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

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. 

Carmen Lee, MMT, MTA

Administrative Assistant

Carmen Lee graduated with her Master in Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University where she completed her clinical internship in a hospital setting.  Carmen uses a combination of a person-centred and music-centred approach to music therapy. She joins our team with experience providing music therapy in children's rehabilitation, geriatric care, and palliative care. As a classically trained clarinetist, Carmen is passionate about incorporating her primarily instrument in her work. 

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

Music Therapist

Amelia graduated Wilfrid Laurier’s Master of Music Therapy in 2017, with the Manfred & Penny Conrad Graduate Award of Distinction. Her clinical experience includes work within a correctional facility and in hospital settings with both adults and children. Amelia finds her role as a music therapist inspiring, as she sees how music motivates individuals to realize their potential. Her qualifications as an accredited music therapist and qualifying member for the College of Registered Psychotherapists allow her to facilitate her sessions in a music and client-centered approach while maintaining goal-oriented focus.

David Macintosh, MTA, NMT (He/Him/His)

Music Therapist

David Macintosh believes in the purposeful use of music to empower individuals to achieve health and wellness. He is a graduate of Concordia University where he received a Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy. David completed his clinical internships working with seniors living with dementia, veterans, and youth with behavioural difficulties and autism spectrum disorder. David uses a humanistic, music-centred, and client-centred approach in his music therapy work. 

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.

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