Healing RhythmsOur Team

OUR TEAM

Meet Our Team

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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.

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Music Therapist

Amelia McDonald, MT-BC

Amelia has been a music therapist with Healing Rhythms since July 2016. She completed her internship at Woodbury Health Care Center and graduated from the University of Iowa that same year, where her primary instrument was double bass, although she studied voice as well. Amelia works primarily with hospice patients, those living with dementia, and their loved ones. She loves interacting with people and is passionate about providing opportunities for autonomy, self-expression, and validation with music. In her free time, Amelia enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

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Music Therapist

Destiny Boyum, MT-BC

Destiny has been a therapist at Healing Rhythms since January 2017.  She graduated from Augsburg College with a major in music therapy and minor in psychology. She completed her clinical internship in an inpatient psychiatric setting with adults and teens. She has spent the majority of her clinical work in pediatric and mental health settings. Destiny loves rock music, creative outlets and performing locally with her bands.

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Music Therapist

Brianna Larsen, MA, MT-BC

Brianna Larsen received her music therapy degree from the University of North Dakota and completed her Master’s Degree from Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College. She has advanced training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and is 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.

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Music Therapist

Sarah Braverman, MT-BC

Sarah is originally from Des Moines, IA. Sarah graduated Wartburg College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy. Sarah enjoys singing, playing new music, learning new languages, and meeting new people. Music therapy has always been Sarah’s passion and it brings her great joy to connect with others through the power of music.

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Music Therapist

Louisa Nuehring, MA, MT-BC

Louisa joined the Healing Rhythms team in November 2022. After studying music therapy at the University of Minnesota, she completed her internship at North Memorial Hospice. Louisa’s clinical experience is primarily in hospice, and she now provides support to individuals and families receiving hospice and palliative care. Louisa also enjoys knitting, baking, and spending time outdoors.

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Music Therapist

John Hoehn, MT-BC

John Hoehn joined the Healing Rhythms team as a music therapist in November of 2023. He finished his undergraduate work at Wartburg College, and after an extended break, he finished his internship with Park Nicollet and HealthPartners in the Twin Cities. With Healing Rhythms, John primarily works in and around the Mankato area with inpatient palliative care and with behavioral and developmental disorders in K-12 schooling. In their free time, John also enjoys singing duets and playing card games with their twin brother; co-conducting Waseca’s community choir, the Waseca Chorale; and working with the woodwind section of the Waseca Marching Jays. He also enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons, video games, and reading Kurt Vonnegut.

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Music Therapist

Garret Baumler, MA, MT-BC

Garret joined the Healing Rhythms team in September 2023 after completing his internship at Oaknoll Retirement Residence and his Master’s in Music Therapy at the University of Iowa. He graduated from Luther College in 2020 studying music, theatre, and psychology, and has taught lessons in guitar for seven years to all ages. His current research focuses on applying behavioral therapies to music therapy practice. He loves getting coffee with friends and cooking in the kitchen.

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Music Therapist

Megan Hietala, MT-BC

Megan joined Healing Rhythms in December of 2022. She graduated from Augsburg University with a degree in music therapy and completed an internship with Allina Hospice. She currently serves Ridgeview Hospice, which is based out of Waconia but serves many communities in the southwest of the state. Her primary instrument is the voice and she is passionate about education and resources on vocal health for music therapists. In her free time she enjoys knitting, bookbinding, and writing.

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Music Therapist

Laura Frederiksen, MT-BC

Laura’s passion for music began when she was in 1st grade when she started learning the piano. She quickly added other instruments like the tuba, violin, and marimba to her musical arsenal. Laura believes in sharing her love of music and instilling that in others. Laura is delighted to have joined Healing Rhythms in December of 2023. She graduated from Augsburg University with a degree in music therapy and completed her internship at Catholic Eldercare. Laura primarily supports hospice and eldercare settings. In her free time Laura enjoys skiing, skating, kayaking, fishing, baking, and spending time with friends and family.