Our team of clinicians is dedicated to utilizing the most current neuroscience research to achieve optimum outcomes in the treatment of neurologic injuries
and diseases.

Brian Harris

CEO and Founder

Brian Harris

CEO and Founder

Brian, the co-founder and CEO of MedRhythms, Inc., is passionate, motivated, and committed to bringing high-quality care to everyone across the globe. This vision inspired the creation of MedRhythms and has allowed the company to expand and evolve to better serve patients. After completing his undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2011, Brian Harris received his masters in Music Therapy.

Harris has since become a Board-Certified Music Therapist with specialized training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT). He later received advanced training in the field, becoming one of only 250 people in the world with the distinction of NMT Fellow. Harris was hired as the first NMT at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, where, in 2015, he founded the clinical division of MedRhythms.

With his continued leadership, this business has grown into the most comprehensive NMT program in the country. Since 2013, Harris has delivered over 100 presentations on the clinical application of music at venues around the world, including Harvard Medical School, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Alpert Medical School at Brown University, the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons, and Stanford Medical Center.

He is the CEO of MedRhythms and lives in Portland, Maine, where he works at the headquarters for the company's recently launched medical device division. In his spare time he enjoys playing ping pong, watching college basketball and traveling.

Owen McCarthy

President and Founder

Owen McCarthy

President and Founder

Owen is the co-founder and President of MedRhythms Inc., which he intends to lead with compassion and a commitment to excellence. He is determined to provide patients across the globe with the services necessary to recover their walking ability and regain their independence. Owen started MedRhythms as an experienced entrepreneur with a MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

Prior to matriculating at Harvard, Owen was an engineering student at the University of Maine. He was among the top students at the university and was named the top engineering student in the class of 2010. His entrepreneurial experience officially began in 2013 when he served on the founding team for the 3D printing company Voxel8, where he worked in business development. Prior to Voxel8, Owen worked as an intrapreneur in sales at Ashland Inc., doubling the size of a new focus area of the company.

Owen additionally serves as the Chair of the University of Maine Board of Visitors, where he serves as a strategic advisor to the President of the university. On the weekends, Owen is an avid basketball player, reluctant runner, and a passionate University of Maine Black Bear fan from his home in Gorham, Maine.

Caitlin Hyatt

MT-BC, NMT/F
Clinical Operations Manager

Caitlin Hyatt

MT-BC, NMT/F, Clinical Operations Manager

Caitlin is the Clinical Operations Manager and NMT for MedRhythms Therapy. She graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Therapy, and received her fellowship in Neurologic Music Therapy from The Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy.

Caitlin is also the Internship Director for MedRhythms, Inc at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital where she primarily works with patients on the traumatic brain injury, stroke, and spinal cord units. She is passionate about education and advocacy, and has spoken at several regional and national conferences. In addition, she leads cutting edge groups, including the Boston University Aphasia Community Chorus. Caitlin also serves on the board of The New England Region of The American Music Therapy Association as the Interprofessional Collaborative Resources Representative.

Besides music, Caitlin’s favorite pass-time involves going to a top-notch coffee shop and enjoying a vanilla latte with a friend. She knows all of the best coffee shops in Boston!

Chrissy Stack

MS, MT-BC, NMT/F, CBIS
Business Development Manager

Chrissy Stack

MS, MT-BC, NMT, CBIS, Business Development Manager

Chrissy is the Business Developent Manager and NMT for MedRhythms Therapy. Chrissy has an undergraduate degree in music education from The Catholic University of America, a graduate degree in music therapy from SUNY New Paltz, and a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University.

Chrissy has supervised music therapy interns from Anna Maria College and Berklee College of Music. She is responsible for overseeing and shepherding the growth of MedRhythms clinical services. Chrissy also provides neurologic music therapy services for groups and individuals across a variety of settings. She serves on the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists Board of Governors, and has been working in the field of brain injury for the past 7 years.

Chrissy presents for MedRhythms at many conferences and brain injury events, speaking to the life changing neuroscience on how music is processed and perceived in the brain. Chrissy is currently working to establish MedRhythms NY, offering world class NMT services to patients with neurologic injury and disease in the Capital Region. In her free time, Chrissy enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking walks with her husband and dogs, reading, singing, and doing puzzles!

Brian costa

Neurologic Music Therapist Fellow

Brian Harris

Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow

Brian, one of MedRhythms’ Neurologic Music Therapists, grew up on the South Shore of MA as compassionate service minded individual with a dream of bringing his passion of music and serving others to fruition.

After completing his undergraduate degree in Music and Psychology in 2011, Brian received his masters in Music Therapy. He continued his education and received advanced training in the field, becoming one of only 250 people in the world with the distinction of NMT Fellow. Not only is Brian is the clinician at Spaulding Hospital Cambridge, but provides group and 1:1 in-home services as well as supervising music therapy students and interns from local colleges and universities.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys exploring New England, song writing, checking out the local music scene and volunteering with a local non-profit organization.

Kirsten Stockel

MT-BC,
Neurologic Music Therapist

Kirsten Stockel

MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist

Kirsten graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Therapy. After completing her internship in Neurologic Music Therapy with MedRhythms Inc. she became trained and certified as a Neurologic Music Therapist. Kirsten is the clinician for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital’s Outpatient center in Boston, and also sees clients for in-home sessions. Kirsten loves the neuroscience and research on music’s effect on the brain.

She is passionate about using music and music’s elements to shape and aid in the rehabilitation and recovery of neurologic damage and disease of the human nervous system, thus ultimately shaping and aiding the recovery and loved one’s lives. In her free time, she enjoys long-distance bike riding, listening to podcasts, and hiking!

 

Stian Berg Hansen

MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist

Stian Berg Hansen

MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist

Stian graduated from Berklee College of Music with degrees in Music Therapy and Music Technology. While at Berklee he discovered a passion for music and neuroscience, and completed his Neurologic Music Therapy training after his internship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

At MedRhythms Inc. Stian leads groups at various facilities in the New England region, sees clients for in-home sessions, and does per-diem work at the Spaulding hospitals. Besides music therapy Stian enjoys running, hiking, and keeping busy as a hobby programmer.

 

Advisory Board

Ron Hirschberg

M.D at MGH and Spaulding, Movement Clinic

Ron Hirschberg

M.D at MGH and Spaulding, Movement Clinic

Dr. Ron Hirschberg is a physiatrist who works in acute inpatient care at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Hirschberg specializes in trauma rehabilitation with emphasis on traumatic brain injury (TBI) spinal cord injury (SCI) and polytrauma. His experience and interests are in continuum of care for rehab and recovery, general neurorehabilitation in acute and post acute settings, in addition to the music-brain interface and neurologic music therapy (NMT).

Current research interests include TBI - with projects in recovery and treatment with low-level-laser-therapy (LLLT), severe TBI prognosis and diagnosis with work in functional MRI, EEG including response to music stimuli - and early mobilization in the intensive care unit.

Lou Awad

Wyss Institute and founder of BU’s NeuromotorRecovery Laboratory

Lou Awad

Wyss Institute and founder of BU’s Neuromotor Recovery Laboratory

Lou Awad is a movement scientist with clinical training as a physical therapist. He is currently an Associate Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, where he received his Postdoctoral Training. Awad founded the Neuromotor Recovery Laboratory at Boston University and is an Assistant Professor in BU’s Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training.

Additionally, Awad is a Research Faculty Member at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Stroke Research and Recovery Institute. His research is grounded in a multi-modal evaluation framework that spans the clinical, biomechanical, and physiological domains.

He has led and contributed to studies that have spanned the translation continuum, focusing on the discovery and evaluation of novel interventions and wearable rehabilitative technology.

David Storto

President of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

David Storto

President of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

David E. Storto is the President of Partners Continuing Care and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. Under Mr. Storto's leadership since 1998, PCC has grown and been developed as the fully integrated non-acute care services division of Partners HealthCare based in Boston, Massachusetts. PCC includes two inpatient rehabilitation hospitals with 23 outpatient centers, two long-term acute-care hospitals, and three skilled nursing facilities, together recognized as the SRN. Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is the highly ranked and internationally recognized flagship of the SRN and is home to the Harvard Medical School's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Prior to joining Partners and Spaulding, Mr. Storto was the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). Mr. Storto served in numerous capacities during his 18-year tenure at RIC, including social worker, Director of Admissions and Marketing, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, and Vice President of Planning. During this time, he became an expert in operational management, program development, governance and strategic planning in rehabilitation facilities.

Mr. Storto received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with distinction, in 1976 and a Masters Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago in 1978. He received his Juris Doctor from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 1986.

Mr. Storto is married to Shelley Mogil and they live in Boston, Massachusetts. They have two children Max and Mara. Outside of work and family, Mr. Storto is a marathon runner who loves to cook, sing karaoke, and travel.

Richard Mileski

Former U.S. VP of Quality at Barr Pharmaceuticals

Richard Mileski

Former U.S. VP of Quality at Barr Pharmaceuticals

Richard Mileski is a pharmaceutical industry professional with over 25 years of diversified quality, technical, and executive experience. A creative self-starter with strong problem solving skills, Richard has demonstrated leadership at all levels within organizations. Currently, Richard works as a pharmaceutical consultant who provides due diligence audits, support, and follow-up for Private Equity firms looking to invest in early stage pharmaceutical and related industries. He has extensive knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance activities. He gained hands-on experience in solid dosage manufacturing facility start-up operations, and he was involved in ERP and IT Quality Systems selection and implementation. Before working as a pharmaceutical consultant, Richard served as the Vice President of Quality at Putney, Inc.

Jen Johansson

VP of Regulatory Affairs at Chrondrial Therapeutics

Jen Johansson

VP of Regulatory Affairs at Chrondrial Therapeutics

Jennifer Spokes Johansson has more than 20 years of pharmaceutical legal and regulatory experience. She is currently the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Counsel at Chondrial Therapeutics. Most recently, Jennifer served as the senior Vice President of Regulatory Policy and Counsel for Putney, Inc., where she was chair of the Generic Animal Drug Alliance and a member of the industry negotiation teams for the Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act and its reauthorization. Jennifer also served as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Counsel for Andrx (now Teva), the largest generic drug company in the world.

Before joining Andrx, she worked at the law firm of Patton Boggs (now Squire Patton Boggs) as an associate in a leading food and drug regulatory practice. Jennifer completed her undergraduate career at Duke University, where she graduated cum laude and with Distinction in Biology. She continued her education at Boston University School of Law and, while there, served as an editor of the Boston University Law Review and graduated magna cum laude. She is a member of the bars of Massachusetts and Washington, DC.

Michael Thaut

Founder, Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy & University of Toronto Professor

Michael Thaut

Founder of the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy and University of Toronto Professor

Michael H. Thaut received his PhD in music with a cognate minor in movement science in 1983 and his masters in music 1980, both from Michigan State University. He also studied at the Mozarteum Music University in Salzburg, Austria. He holds a German Diploma degree in psychology/education. At Colorado State University (CSU) he was Professor Music since 1986-2015 and Director of the School of the Arts 2001-2010. He received a joint appointment as Professor of Neuroscience in 1998. He was Director of the Center for Biomedical Research in Music since 1994. Since 2016 he is Professor of Music with cross appointments in Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Toronto where he directs the Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC) and the Masters/PhD programs in Music and Health Sciences. He has been a Visiting Professor in medical and music schools around the world (Germany, Italy, USA, Japan), and 2010-2012 was chancellor of the SRH University System in Germany.

Over the past decade he and his co-investigators have received over 4 million in prestigious and highly competitive research funding from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and private foundations. He has received the American Music Therapy Association’s National Research Award 1993 and its National Service Award 2001. His recent publication (with Volker Hoemberg), The Oxford Handbook of Neurologic Music Therapy (2014), was second overall in the British Medical Association (BMA) 2015 Book Awards for ‘Best New Book in Neurology’ (60 entries), an unprecedented achievement for a work in music therapy/medicine. Dr. Thaut has authored/co-authored about 250 scientific publications in multiple fields. His publications have appeared in journals like Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Brain Sciences, Neuroimage, Music Perception, Biological Cybernetics, Movement Disorders, etc. His books have been translated into Korean, Japanese, and Chinese. He is globally in demand as a keynote speaker on music, brain, and neurorehabilitation.

His research career has been focused on the neural and psychophysical basis of music and rhythm perception and clinical application of music and rhythm to motor, speech/language, and cognitive training in neurologic disorders. He is the founder of the evidence-based treatment system of Neurologic Music Therapy whose certificate training has been endorsed by the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation. He is President of the International Society for Clinical Neuromusicology, Vice President of the International Society for Music and Medicine, a Management Board Member of the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation, and an elected Overseas Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (U.K.).

In addition to his groundbreaking work as a researcher and clinician, Dr. Thaut is an accomplished musician and violinist in the classical and folk genre, having toured and recorded extensively, especially in folk music. His anthology of European and North American Fiddle Music (Das grosse Fiddlebuch) has been in print since 1981.

 

Scott Wallace

Advisor, VP of Strategic Partnership at Optum Labs 

Scott Wallace

Advisor, VP of Strategic Partnership at Optum Labs

Scott Wallace is Vice President of Business Development at Optum Labs, an open collaborative research and innovation center. Optum Labs partners with industry stakeholders, leveraging healthcare big data, information assets, and tools to accelerate innovation and translate research into improved patient care.

Prior to joining Optum Labs in 2014, Scott worked at Alliance Life Sciences Consulting Group, Inc., where he focused on helping life science companies improve operational results within the commercial business space. As Vice President of Sales & Marketing, he was responsible for global sales and marketing efforts as well as business client relationships in the greater Boston area.

Scott also worked for IBM Healthcare & Life Sciences from 2002-2005 and again from 2007-2012 in sales leadership and management roles that were focused on driving client value through IBM’s entire product, service, and solution portfolio. From 2005-2007, Scott held the position of Vice President of Business Development at BG Medicine, an early stage Systems Biology research company. Here, he was responsible for all sales, marketing, and business development activities. Prior to 2002, Scott held a variety of sales leadership and business development positions at several companies in the Healthcare and Life Science industries.

Scott is passionate about coaching, mentoring, and building high-performance teams in the areas of business strategy and growth. These leadership qualities, along with his experience in advanced analytics, big data, and AI, have made Scott a valuable Advisory Board member. At MedRhythms, he provides strategic and practical guidance in the company’s development.