Janel owns and operates Axon Music Therapy which provides music therapy services to the City of Cambridge and private clients in the KW area. Janel graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) in 2016 with a Bachelors of Music Therapy. She received Honours with Distinction and also attained a Minor in Psychology. Janel is a Board-Certified Music Therapist with the Canadian Association of Music Therapy (CAMT).
While at WLU, Janel played trombone, piano and guitar. She completed her 1000 hour internship at Sunnyside Senior Services in Kitchener, working on long-term care and rehabilitation teams. In June 2019, Janel completed the Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) Fellowship in Toronto and now focuses on evidence-based, goal-oriented work in her sessions. She often incorporates musical and non-musical activities into sessions to achieve motor, speech and cognitive goals. Janel's approach is often educational and is influenced by medical and neurological models of music therapy.
Currently, Janel teaches private piano lessons at Morphy Music in Cambridge. Janel incorporates classical and popular music into her lessons and often uses humour, composing, improvising and performing to inspire her students.