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Esther Thane, BMT, 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. These recordings can be downloaded on our Relaxation Recordings page. 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 known as: UnitusTI, by Mundo Pato Inc. (info on UnitusTI & Meet In The Music Curriculum page). She was most recently on the Advisory Executive Council for the Women's Economic Forum (New Delhi, India, 2017).

Emily Naccarato, BMT, 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.

Nate Chan, BA, BMT, Music Therapist

Nate completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in voice at the University of Alberta before starting his Music Therapy training at Capilano University. For many years, Nate sang with the prestigious group Chor Leoni, here in Vancouver. Nate joined ET Music Therapy after his internship at Canuck Place Children's Hospice, and working as a Community Support Worker at the North Shore Disabilities Resource Center. Nate is warm, energetic, and unafraid to think outside the box when it comes to developing a creative and engaging session for each individual client.

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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.

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Vince Thane, BCom, Operations 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.

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Sol, our Therapy Dog

(in training)

Sol was adopted as a puppy in November 2016 from La Paz, Mexico Although not yet a certified therapy dog, Sol is loving and gentle, and eager to spend time with kids. Having him join in with sessions can help to motivate, focus, and support participants. With permission, Sol can join in on sessions to both support the participant and train for his certification.