Director of Services
Board-Certified Music Therapist
NICU Music Therapist
MA, MT-BC, MTA
Originally from the Twin Cities, Hilary returned home to establish a unique and caring practice where she could integrate her diverse training and clinical work experience she has acquired from around the world to enable the best outcomes for people here in Minnesota. Hilary strives to be the very best ally to you, your family, and your healthcare team.
Hilary is the proud owner and creator of Alliance Music Therapy. She achieved a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Therapy at Capilano University in North Vancouver, Canada and completed a music therapy internship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and Mount Sinai West Medical Centers in New York. With an interest in both arts and science research, she decided to continue her education and professional training and earned her Master of Arts in Music Therapy at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Hilary has clinically trained and professionally practiced music therapy in Vancouver (Canada), New York, Melbourne (Australia), and Minneapolis, working with persons of various ages, abilities, and backgrounds. She has provided music therapy services in numerous settings, including hospital-medical, psychiatric residential care, senior centers and assisted-living facilities, memory care, early childhood/early intervention, and youth custody. She specializes working with children and families in palliative and hospice care, premature infants and their caregivers in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, mothers in high-risk maternity, and hospitalized patients. Additionally, she has successfully created and implemented music therapy programs in the US, Canada, and Australia and continuously seeks to collaborate with other allied healthcare professionals to improve patient and client quality of life and continuity of care.
Hilary currently holds certifications to work in the US (MT-BC) and Canada (MTA) and has extensive specialized training in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - Music Therapy. Additionally, she has published two research studies looking at music therapy's effects on hospitalized patients on the blood and marrow transplant unit and has served as the primary instructor for the Introductory of Music Therapy course at the University of Minnesota. Hilary enjoys continuing to educate healthcare professionals, parents, teachers, and team members on music therapy services and regularly presents at the University of Minnesota, national conferences, partnering facilities, and parent groups.
Hilary has developed relationships with our residents and even with the families and staff, and I was very lucky to have her with us even if it was only for a small amount of time. Building this program took a lot of effort and work for us all but with Hilary's experience, knowledge, and passion for music therapy, we have now got a very successful Music Therapy Program. We all knew the goal we wanted to achieve, and Hilary was just as enthused as we were to promote this.