Healing Spirit


Leslie Saffer


Tara Anenkaya

Strolling down memory lane

Entertaining seniors and Using music therapeutically

Leslie's love of people and music mingle with verve to provide two options: an interactive
hour of entertainment that's both fun and therapeutic; or a session geared specifically to
use music therapeutically. Entertainment hours featuring Leslie on voice and piano evoke
“a stroll down memory lane” highlighting show tunes, standards, popular songs and dancables as well as sing-a-long favorites. Therapeutic sessions extend the fare to draw on a wide
range of musical genres.

Leslie at the piano Leslie's dog Grace Leslie's therapy dog, Grace, won the hearts of audiences with her warmth and charm for 12 years during visits to assisted living, skilled nursing and senior centers in Connecticut and Massachusetts. During that period, Grace was a well-loved member of the therapy dog visitation program at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Connecticut.

“Things we love about Leslie”

Every time Leslie comes … she brings a smile and sunshine. Her very high level of performance brings back memories and has great impact on residents … They go up after she has finished performing and ask her to keep on playing. She is probably one of the most kind and compassionate people I know.
Sandy Potasky, Activity Director
Holden Rehab and Nursing Center

Leslie emanates enthusiasm and empathy. She is endearing and relational with all residents regardless of physical or mental handicaps … There is no doubt that Leslie will win the hearts of all who give her a chance to perform for them.
Rosemary Grant, (Former) Activities Director
Christopher Heights (Worcester, MA)

Delightful program! Refreshing change from the usual … Everyone is able to
participate and enjoy.
Nancy Perry, Meal Site Manager
Sutton Senior Center (MA)

From the first day Leslie came to our facility, she had such a positive impact. She weaves stories with music and produces a joyful experience for us all. At the close of the hour, many residents go up to her to say how much they enjoyed her music!
Bea Fontaine, Activities Director
Odd Fellows Home of Massachusetts

Her program and style of music make you reflect on what is truly important in your life.
Jean Granata, Director of Therapeutic Recreation
Laurel Woods (CT)

Things we love about Leslie:

Leslie with her hands in the air
  • her warm, caring nature
  • her enthusiasm and sense of humor
  • her energy
  • her ability to engage her audience
  • her beautiful singing voice and her wonderful talent playing the piano
  • her ability to consistently present a varied, entertaining program that is enjoyed by all!

Anna Parker, Activities Coordinator
Crescent Point at Niantic (CT)

Formal Preparation

Leslie received her Bachelor of Music from Boston University's School for the Arts (Music Education with Applied French horn) and her Master of Arts in Teaching (Music) at Yale University where she also attended the Yale School of Music.