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
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
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
Brianna Larsen received her music therapy degree from the University of North Dakota and completed her internship in San Diego at Musicworx, Inc. Brianna has provided services to a wide variety of populations including neonatal intensive care, hospice, specialty Parkinson’s groups as well as children with special needs. She is particularly fascinated with how the brain processes music and has advanced fellowship training in Neurologic Music Therapy.
Destiny Boyum, MT-BC
Emma Evans-Peck, MT-BC
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 started working with Healing Rhythms in January of 2019. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in music therapy with a minor in psychology at Wartburg College and completed her music therapy internship at Park Nicollet Health Services in medical and hospice settings. She has a passion for music therapy work in end-of-life care due to her discovery of music therapy in that setting. Emma is delighted to be a part of the passionate and hardworking team.
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
Siobhan joined the Healing Rhythms team as an employee in December 2018. She graduated with a 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, MT-BC
Karen Rorie, NCBTMB
Kristen Carter, MT-BC, reigning from Binghamton, NY, is ecstatic to join the HRMT team! She attended the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Cleveland, Ohio to earn her BM in Music Therapy and to continue her classical voice studies. Kristen completed her Music Therapy internship at Cleveland’s MetroHealth Systems where she gained experience working in intensive care, pediatrics and neurological rehabilitation. Her time spent working in the mountains of Santa Cruz, California at Camp Krem for adults and children with developmental disabilities, contributes to her humanistic therapy perspective, as well as her love for being outdoors and traveling.
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.