Esther Thane, MTA, AVPT,
Owner/ Executive Director
Esther's specialization since 1996 has been in the field of Autism- targeting early intervention. She enjoyed 14 wonderful years on faculty at Capilano University, teaching in the Bachelor of Music Therapy Program. She frequently presents at conferences and holds workshops for universities, local agencies and abroad. Esther completed Dr. Diane Austin's (Music Psychotherapy Center, NY) first international distance training program in Advanced Vocal Psychotherapy. Her publication in the book: Voicework in Music Therapy (Jessica Kingsley Publishers), focuses on her innovative method of Vocal-Led Relaxation for Children with Autism. Esther launched the first cloud music therapy curriculum: MITM (Meet in the Music) for music therapy practices, as part of an electronic therapy records system: UnitusTI, by Mundo Pato. In 2017, Esther was awarded an Iconic Women Creating a Better World for All Award from the Women's Economic Forum, in New Delhi, India.
Emily Naccarato, MTA, MT-BC, Senior Music Therapist
Emily obtained a college diploma in fine arts before pursuing a career in music therapy. She has also taught piano for over 10 years. Emily completed her music therapy studies at the University of Windsor, Ontario, before coming out west to BC! In her practicum experience, she has worked with traumatic brain injury, developmental disabilities, behavioural issues, and autism. Emily employs an eclectic approach to music therapy and adopts creative ways of using music to meet goal objectives for clients. Emily is our specialist teaching adaptive piano instruction. She is also Director of UnitusTI training and implementation at ET Music Therapy. She also serves on the Music Therapy Association of BC’s Advocacy Committee, as networking lead.
Tianna Plimmer, MTA, MT-BC, Music Therapist
Tianna found her love for singing at an early age, and enjoyed being a member of the University of Alberta's Youth and Intermediate choirs. She completed her music therapy studies at Capilano University and has been enjoying working with children, the elderly, and with mental health populations. Tianna continues to be involved with the North Shore Special Olympics in her local community. She is creative, fun loving, and has a passion for working with children.
Calista Switzer, MTA, MT-BC, Music Therapist
Calista joined the ET Music Therapy team after completing her Internship with children, adolescents and adults, targeting autism, behavior management and addictions recovery. Calista’s music therapy approach is humanistic and client centered, striving to nourishing strengths and empower challenges to reach each individual’s goals with the power of music.
Luke Lee Burton, MTA, MT-BC Music Therapist
Luke received a bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from York University and a Masters of Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University. He also studied transpersonal psychotherapy for 2 years at the Transpersonal Therapy Centre in Toronto. He has worked with a wide range of clients including: geriatrics, mental/spiritual health, developmental differences and community building. Luke has presented and co-led workshops on clinical improvisation, improvised music and spirituality. He is delighted to be a part of the ET Music Therapy team!
Vince Thane, Business Manager
Vince brings two decades of experience working in the Operations Management field. Upon graduating from The University of Calgary in 1994 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Operations Management and Supervision, he went on to work for a large corporation, specializing in sales forecasting, operations planning and inventory management. At ET Music Therapy, Vince is responsible for all office management & business growth.