Meet The Board
Local Music Therapists, here for you
Alexandra Moir, BMus, CMT, MTA, is a Music Therapist from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is one of two music therapists at Camp Hill, Veteran's Memorial Hospital, and loves working with seniors and the neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia. Alexandra has conducted multiple data collection and program assessment projects and thoroughly enjoys data and processing results. Alexandra brings unique music-based interventions to her residents through harp, voice, guitar, and piano and she is passionate about Music Therapy advocacy and education through her roles of AAMT president and internship supervisor. She is also the mother of two young children who already love music!
Yasmin Kawar, MTA, RCT-C, is a Jordanian-Canadian music therapist and counselling therapist working in the K’jipuktuk (Halifax) area. Yasmin specializes in working with clients in addictions recovery, as well as persons impacted by trauma & abuse, addiction, and the criminal justice system. Yasmin's approach is anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, intersectional, and person-centered. She meets clients where they are in their life journey and works to collaboratively explore challenges, develop insights & resources, and creatively mobilize chaos into positive empowered change. Yasmin also serves as Secretary for the Creative Arts in Counselling Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
Kendall Jones is a music therapist living and working in Halifax, NS. At the moment, Kendall is the full-time/temporary music therapist at Arborstone Enhanced Care and Maplestone Enhanced Care. Kendall completed her internship at Parkstone Enhanced Care in April 2020, and she has been a Shannex music therapist ever since. She is originally from British Columbia, but she’d like to consider herself an official East Coaster now. In her spare time, she enjoys song-writing, hiking, and spending time with her cat, Archer
Eric Skinner, BMT, is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and performer. He received his undergrad in Music therapy from Acadia University in 2021. He recently completed his internship at the Camp Hill Veterans Building through Nova Scotia Health. Eric is passionate about using music to help others as he takes a humanistic approach to music therapy, where individuality is highly valued. Music to him is an adaptive and reflective source of expression. He aspires to be an integral part of the music community in Nova Scotia both on and off the stage.
Lorelei Dietz (she/her), MTA, NMT is a Certified Music Therapist based in K’jipuktuk/Halifax, on unceded Miꞌkmaq territory. She is the founder and music therapist at Coastal Music Therapy, a mobile practice serving the HRM, Annapolis Valley, and South Shore regions. Working from an intersectional, humanistic, and anti-oppressive approach, Lorelei has clinical experience with survivors of traumatic and acquired brain injuries, neurodiverse children, and with adolescents and adults in mental-health settings. She is currently completing her Master’s in Creative Arts Therapies at Concordia University, researching the importance of therapeutic relationships in neuroscience-informed approaches to music therapy practice. In addition to the AAMT, Lorelei serves as the President of the Creative Arts in Counselling and Psychotherapy Chapter (CACP), and as a member of the Halifax Central Community Health Board. On her days off, you can find her hiking a local trail with her rescue pup, Rascal!
“I love sharing the joy and comfort music brings to people. It is a privilege to hear everyone's stories, and be a part of their journey.”
Katelyn holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy from Acadia University (2018), and completed her internship with Heartsparks Music Therapy (2019). Originally from Sackville, New Brunswick, Katelyn now lives and practices music therapy in K’jipuktuk (Halifax), Nova Scotia. Katelyn thoughtfully plans new and fun musical activities to engage and connect with clients, and enjoys utilizing her flute in her music therapy practice. She has experience working with individuals across the lifespan, including those with dementia, mental health, physical and intellectual disabilities. Katelyn has a passion for working with adults with disabilities, as well as individuals experiencing dementia.
Katelyn serves on the AAMT board in the membership role, and enjoys teaching regular and adapted lessons for beginner voice, ukulele, guitar, flute, and piano. She thrives on learning songs across the decades, and is a supportive and kind therapist and friend. In her spare time she enjoys songwriting, painting, and exploring Nova Scotia’s beautiful backyard!
Heather is a Certified Music Therapist and a Licensed Kindermusik Educator practicing in Nova Scotia. Heather joined the board in 2021 and is currently running the Public Education position. She has clinical experience in long term-care, community mental health, and schools. Heather works at Joyful Sounds Music Studio in Fall River providing music therapy, private music lessons and Kindermusik; as well as general music education at Summit Academy for Active Learning.
Rebecca McDonald BMT, MTA, MT-BC is a music therapist who is currently practicing in Antigonish, NS. She is originally from Peterborough, Ontario but moved to Nova Scotia to pursue a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree at Acadia University. She completed her music therapy internship at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital and after certification started a palliative care music therapy program at the same hospital which is currently funded for 6-months. Rebecca also has clinical experience working in nursing home settings as well as with individuals with disabilities and those with mental health difficulties. Within palliative care work, Rebecca is passionate about facilitating sessions with patients and their loved ones and providing opportunities for legacy work. Outside of her work, Rebecca also enjoys songwriting, reading, and spending time outdoors.