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Team

JB Music Therapy is a consulting company of certified Music Therapists (MTAs) and a recognized internship site for music therapy students from around the world.  All music therapists are members of the Canadian Association of Music Therapists.

Jennifer Buchanan, MBA, MTA, is the Founder and Visionary Architect of JB Music Therapy, a company that has been instrumental in the implementation of hundreds of music therapy programs throughout Canada since 1991 and has been thrice nominated for the Community Impact Award by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. An author and in-demand keynote speaker, Jennifer is recognized as a trusted source for television and print media throughout North America.
IMGL4125 Shannon Robinson, BMT, MTA, a Certified Music Therapy for the past 22 years, loves working with children….and adults…and seniors… really everyone.  She believes that music cultivates this connection and can be a catalyst for wellness and growth. Shannon aims to support a team that is as passionate about this message as she is. As Head of Operations for JB Music Therapy in Calgary, Alberta, her focus is to enhance client engagement by ensuring strong client-therapist relationships. 
Laurie Perez, BA, MTA, Special Projects Director has completed the graduate certificate music therapy program at Concordia University. Laurie is thrilled and grateful to be a part of the JBMT team. She is dedicated to influence others through the healing power of music. Laurie’s gift to create an environment of freedom using music creates a warm, nurturing environment for all ages and abilities.
Elaine - JBMT Headshot Elaine Cheung, MMT, MTA, Systems Manager earned her Master of Music Therapy degree at Wilfrid Laurier University and completed her internship in Toronto.  Through a humanisitc approach, she believes in developing a meaningful therapeutic relationship to maximize a person’s potential for change and growth.  
Jesse Dollimont, BMT, MTA, Internship and Volunteer Director was born and raised in Alberta. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Canadian Mennonite University, in addition to a Diploma in Vocal Performance from Grant MacEwan University. Jesse views collaborative and therapeutic music experiences as powerful agents for healing and social change.
Lisa Nagtegaal, BA, MTA is passionate about the profession of music therapy. She has learned that connections and relationships built by music can be a catalyst for tremendous change and growth.  Lisa is the manager to music therapy interns, new music therapy graduates, volunteers, and music therapy assistants. Lisa graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and completed her music therapy training at Arizona State University. 
Madi Allen, BMT, MTA graduated from MacEwan University’s Music Diploma program with a major in Vocal Performance and then completed her Music Therapy education at Capilano College. Madi is also one of the featured performers at Aussie Rules, a dueling piano bar in the Calgary.

Leah Callao, BMT, MTA completed her internship at JB Music Therapy and graduated from Capilano University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy. Growing up, music and performing has been a key passion in her life. Leah believes music has the power to provide opportunities for her clients to express themselves freely, creatively, and safely. When not working as a Music Therapist, you can find Leah exploring the beautiful Alberta Rockies or enjoying her time working out at the gym.   

Andrea Curry-Hansell CMT, MTA,  originally from Sydney Nova Scotia, graduated from the Music Therapy Program at  Acadia University after 2 years in the Jazz Vocal improvisation program at St. Francis Xavier, and 2 years of the Classical voice program at Dalhousie University. Andrea has advanced training in Neurologic Music Therapy to help overcome and rehabilitate speech, motor movement and life skills post brain injury (stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease- among other neurological impairments).  Andrea is a singer-songwriter with three studio albums to her credit.

Nadine De Bruyn, BMT, MTA is a born and raised Calgarian. She completed her internship at JB Music Therapy after graduating from Acadia University. Nadine is honoured to be a part of the JBMT team and is passionate about the community it serves. Nadine is driven by the positive growth that music motivates in her clients and the beautiful moments of connection that stem from collaborative music making.

Lisa Jacobs, BMT, MTA is a graduate from Capilano University in North Vancouver. She is a skilled and gifted musician as well as therapist working predominately with a strength-based approach.  When not practicing Music Therapy Lisa can be found performing with the likes of Jocelyn Alice and Jann Arden.
pic2 Carrie Kerr, BMT, MTA graduated with a Bachelor of Music Therapy from Capilano University. Her major instrument is the clarinet and she has performed both nationally and internationally. She works with a diverse range of populations. In addition to her work as a music therapist, Carrie has extensive experience working with children who have experienced extreme abuse, neglect and/or trauma.
Kate Pereversoff, BMT, MTA is glad to be part of the JB Music Therapy Team. She believes that within each music therapy session there is an opportunity to connect with others, learn something new, reminisce, and express oneself. Kate enjoys using familiar songs, improvisation and the violin to facilitate sessions. This Acadia University graduate likes the ocean, but the mountains are where she would call home. 

Sarah Van Peteghen, BMT, MTA is honoured to be a part of this team for over 10 years.  A native Albertan and a graduate from Acadia, Sarah contracts with JB Music Therapy and is a part time employee at Alberta Children’s Hospital. Sarah supports her many clients through times of trauma and joyful recovery. When not providing music therapy or falling down interior design wormholes, Sarah can be found swimming with the masters club, puttering in her garden and cooking with dairy and gluten.

Jessamy Vegter, BMT, MTA spent three years at MacEwan University in Edmonton studying Child and Youth Care and then Music, focusing on piano and vocal performance, before completing her final two years of Music Therapy studies at Capilano University in North Vancouver. She is delighted to be back under the prairie skies for her internship with JB Music Therapy and sees deep value in the pairing of music and a therapeutic relationship. 

IMGL4172 Max Wood, BMT, MTA is from Wolfville Nova Scotia where he studied Music Therapy at Acadia University.  Music has brought a sense of calm and balance to Max’s life and is something he brings to his practice.  His variety of musical interests reflects his ability to recognize potential in the variety of people he works with. 
Screen Shot 2016-08-27 at 4.30.08 PM  Rebecca Woodruff, BSc, MTA graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelors of Science in Music Therapy. She completed her internship at Hartvigson School in Salt Lake City Utah working with children with special needs. Though her principle instrument is the harp, she has completed extensive training on the piano as well. Rebecca greatly enjoys working with those with disabilities but is excited to gain more experience with diverse populations served by JB Music Therapy.