Team Biographies

Thyra Andrews, RP, MA, MTA, AVPT

Thyra Andrews

Thyra Andrews is the Founder and President of New Song Music Therapy, an Ontario based practice presently serving 19 long term care facilities with a specialised team of seven Music Therapists.

New Song Music Therapy has succeeded for 12 years in enhancing senior living with tailored high quality Music Therapy programs distinctly designed to overcome barriers, engage and uplift residents and reduce isolation. We offer a wide range of programs, each of them addressing specific needs. As the Founder and President, Thyra works hard to ensure she provides a thriving work environment where music therapists can rely on a supportive team and stable contracts.

After completing an Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy Degree from the University of Windsor, Thyra became a certified music therapist. She went on to obtain a Masters in Creative Arts Therapies with a specialty in Music Therapy from Concordia University and is currently a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists. In 2013, she served as the Ethics Chair of the Music Therapy Association of Ontario.

Catherine Mitchell, BMT, MTA

Catherine Mitchell

Catherine graduated with a Music Therapy Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a classically trained pianist. She has worked with clients in senior living facilities in Nova Scotia and Calgary.

Catherine is originally from Nova Scotia, but tried out living in many different cities in Canada, and is now happy to call Toronto home.

Here she can indulge in her favourite pastime — being outside, walking her dog, and spending time with people that have a great sense of humour.

Meg Pifer, MA, MTA

Meg Pifer

Meg is a classically-trained vocalist and has attended Wilfrid Laurier University, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy with a Minor in Psychology. She works primarily with seniors living in long-term care and has experience treating diagnoses including Alzheimer's, dementia, anxiety, depression, and palliative care.

Meg works with a person-centred approach which involves using music to help clients express their inner experiences.

In her spare time Meg enjoys being an avid coffee-drinker, trying out new restaurants, and playing board games. Meg loves to laugh and joke, and humour is a large part of her life.

Ashley Kurkjian, MMT, MTAM

AshleyKurkjian

As a trained Saxophonist and pianist, Ashley has followed a resource-oriented approach in her work in paediatrics as well as with older adults with dementia and adult mental health.

Ashley has earned her Undergraduate degree in Performance from Humber College followed by a Master in Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University. Ashley has also earned her Level 1 Association of music and imagery.

Originally from Ottawa, Ashley will do almost anything she can to be near most 4-legged furry animals. In her spare time Ashley composes music and leads her own band. When she is not involved in the music world, Ashley enjoys indoor rock climbing.

Kayla Rivera, BMT, MTA

Kayla Rivera

Kayla Rivera is a classically trained pianist and received her Music Therapy Training from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Kayla first began working with seniors while in High School, and her passion has grown throughout her university placements at Long Term Care facilities, especially while helping seniors with memory loss and mental health issues.

In her spare time Kayla loves going out to eat at different restaurants, watching soap operas, and going on vacation to places that have nice weather all year round.

Ricky Chung, MMT, MTA

Ricky Chung

Ricky is a classically trained pianist who has completed his Master of Music Therapy degree from Wilfrid Laurier University as well as his Bachelor of Music Education from Western University.

Ricky has had the opportunity to gain clinical experience with many individuals across the lifespan but feels most passionate about his work in long-term care. Using a humanistic, person-centred, and client-centred model of music therapy, he hopes to provide the most effective music therapy to all his clients.

In his spare time, Ricky likes to catch up on his favourite shows or play board games.

Medina Ismayilova, BMT, MTA

Medina Ismayilova

Medina is a classically-trained pianist and has attended Wilfrid Laurier University, with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy with a Minor in Psychology. She has worked primarily with kids and teenagers who are diagnosed with Autism.

Medina works with an eclectic approach to music therapy based on the belief that everyone possesses a sensitivity to music that can be used for personal growth and development. The clients take an active role in creating music together with their therapist.

In her spare time, Medina enjoys trying new food and restaurants, going on hikes, and binge-watching TV shows.

Cheryl Campbell, MMT, MTA

Cheryl is a classically trained singer, who has completed her Master of Music Therapy degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as her Bachelor of Music (Education) and an Artist Diploma in Voice Performance from the University of Western Ontario. She continues to upgrade her skills, with additional training in Neurologic Music Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Cheryl has clinical experience with a variety of populations, but particularly connects to older adults and residents in long-term care. Her approach is resource-oriented, eclectic, and person-centred.

Cheryl is a proud mother and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She enjoys history and can often be found researching genealogy.

Reknee Harrett

Reknee Harrett is a born and raised Toronto bassist. She completed her bachelor's degree in jazz performance at the University of Toronto before switching gears to attend the master's of applied music and health at the University of Toronto.

Reknee has worked with seniors living in long-term care as well as children, youth and adults with neurologic disorders and brain injuries. She embraces a person-centered approach to music therapy that values mental health as part of holistic health-care.

During the week, Reknee is often playing video games and listening to a podcast. On the weekends, she can be found drinking a large iced coffee while taking care of her even larger plant collection.

Our Therapists Are Amazing

We only hire professionals with advanced knowledge and reservoirs of creativity who care deeply about improving the lives of residents.

Every therapist is a certified member of the Canadian Association of Music Therapists, holds a music therapy degree, and has experience working with adults and seniors.

Training Makes The Difference

Each certified therapist at New Song receives training in our unique methodology of combining music therapy and talk therapy interventions.

Our psychotherapists strictly adhere to industry best practice and regularly attend continuing education programs.

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