EverHeart Hospice Welcomes Board-Certified Music Therapist

June 29, 2022

EverHeart Hospice welcomes Jeralayne Ruiz to their care team as their newest Board-Certified Music Therapist.   

Ruiz grew up on Long Island in New York and moved to Ohio to attend Ohio University for Undergraduate and Graduate School. There, she earned two Master’s degrees, one in Music Therapy and one in Voice Performance/Pedagogy.   

In addition to music therapy, Ruiz is also a classically trained singer and has performed in several operas and musicals, even performing on stage with the Rolling Stones in 2015.   

When asked what inspired her to work at EverHeart Hospice, Ruiz shared that her predecessor, Carrie Whatley, “always spoke so fondly of the EverHeart team. The supportive network that EverHeart seems to have made me excited to join the team!”  

A few of Ruiz’s favorite hobbies include watching movies, listening to music on vinyl, and visiting museums.   

Ruiz shared her motivation for working in the hospice field, stating, “It is a gift and privilege to share music, moments, and memories with patients and families at end-of-life. Being able to honor and celebrate a life is so special.”