Meet the Therapists

Christina Wood, MA, MT-BC

Founder & Executive Director

Christina grew up on a farm in south-central MN.  She completed her bachelor’s degree of music education & music therapy at Wartburg College and received her Master’s of Arts in Music Therapy from Saint Mary of-the-Woods College. She has completed additional training in Neurologic Music Therapy, NICU Music Therapy, the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, and is a Remo HealthRHYTHMS Facilitator. 

 

Christina has experience working as a music therapist with children and adults with special needs, adult and pediatric hospice, bereavement, pediatrics and adult medical settings, rehabilitation, wellness, program development and consulting. Christina is passionate about starting and implementing music therapy programs at new facilities and educating medical professionals and community members about the benefits of music therapy for patients. She also enjoys consulting on projects in the community for music medicine and music therapy.

Amelia McDonald, MT-BC

Employee

Amelia joined the Healing Rhythms team as an employee in July 2016. She completed her degree in music therapy from the University of Iowa.  Her senior project focused on community-based music therapy for individuals with intellectual disabilities and her internship helped serve older adults in a variety of settings. She is passionate about music therapy and is delighted to join Healing Rhythms Music Therapy! 

Denise Hays, MT-BC

Subcontractor

Denise is a subcontractor providing music therapy services with Healing Rhythms since December 2013. She enjoys music therapy and is delighted to be involved with Healing Rhythms Music Therapy! 

Brianna Larsen, MT-BC

Employee

Brianna Larsen received her music therapy degree from the University of North Dakota and completed her her Master’s Degree from Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College. She has advanced training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and as a Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow. Brianna has provided services to a wide variety of populations including neonatal intensive care, hospice, pediatric and adult intensive care units, palliative medicine, rehabilitation, Parkinson’s exercise groups, and older adult groups. Brianna experiences great joy in learning the unique stories from each patient she meets. She enjoys playing French horn in a community orchestra and playing soccer in her free time. 

Destiny Boyum, MT-BC

Employee

Emma Evans-Peck, MT-BC

Employee

Maureen Tousley

Office Coordinator

Destiny joined the Healing Rhythms team as an employee in January 2017.  She graduated with a degree in music therapy from Augsburg College and completed her clinical internship in an inpatient psychiatric setting.  Destiny loves classic rock music and all of her guitars. She is passionate about connecting with people through music, working with children, and is thrilled to be a part of Healing Rhythms Music Therapy!

Emma began her work with Healing Rhythms in January of 2019 following a completion of a Bachelor’s degree in music therapy with a minor in psychology from Wartburg College and an internship at Park Nicollet Health Services in Minneapolis, MN. Now, she serves the Albert Lea, Austin, and Owatonna area of Southern Minnesota in hospice care, older adult groups, and in-home services. Her passion for work in end-of-life care and memory care comes from personal experiences in her life that led to her discovery of music therapy. Emma loves to organize, plan, and educate/advocate for the profession. She is delighted to be a part of a team with such an incredible growth mindset.

Maureen joined the Healing Rhythms team as Office Assistant in June, 2018. She has a broad background and experience providing administrative support in the information technology industry. Her goal is to keep her team organized, prioritized and less stressed. Maureen is proud to support the passion and commitment the therapists bring to their clients through music therapy.

Siobhan Kelley, MT-BC

Employee

Kristen Carter, MT-BC

Employee

Karen Rorie, BCTMB

Employee

Siobhan joined the Healing Rhythms team as an employee in December 2018. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in music therapy from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, her hometown. She completed her internship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where she found a passion for medical music therapy, particularly adult palliative care and pediatrics.

Kristen Carter received her music therapy degree from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her Music Therapy internship at Cleveland’s MetroHealth Systems where she gained experience working in intensive care, pediatrics and neurological rehabilitation. Now, Kristen serves the Greater Mankato and Fairmont areas including partnerships with Mayo Hospice and Mankato Area Public Schools. In her free time, she enjoys gigging at the Coffee Hag and baking bread.

Karen Rorie is a board-certified massage therapist and Healing Rhythms’ hospice massage therapist. After a 20+ year career in marketing and communications, Karen was looking for a new way to interact with people in a more meaningful way, so she enrolled in the therapeutic massage program at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington. She graduated in 2017 and is excited to expand her massage therapy career into the realm of serving hospice patients in the Rochester area at end of life with the Healing Rhythms team.

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