A graduate from the Bachelor of Music Therapy Program at Capilano University, Gemma is an accredited (MTA) music therapist and certified in Neurologic Music Therapy from the Neurologic Music Therapy Training Institute at Colorado State University. As the music therapist at the Burns, Plastic and Trauma Unit (BPTU) at VGH, Gemma facilitates music therapy programs for patients, their families, and healthcare staff alike. Currently she is involved in designing research on the effects of music therapy on pain perception and anxiety for patients with major trauma at the BPTU.
Recently, Gemma has been recognized by her Alma Mater, Capilano University, as the recipient of the One To Watch Award. The award honours alumni who have distinguished themselves early in their careers or professions.
Gemma is the current President and a member of The Music Therapy Association of BC and a member of The Canadian Music Therapy Association, The American Music Therapy Association, the World Federation for Music Therapy, Canadian Association of Burn Nurses, The American Burn Association, and the Trauma Association of Canada. She also has a small private practice working with a range of clients such as children with special needs and stroke recovery groups.
This fall Gemma will be attending the University of British Columbia pursuing her MA in Counselling Psychology to further inform her practice, knowledge, skill set, and research in her work as a music therapist.