Nikki Belshe, Music Therapist, Owner & Founder
Nikki Belshe, MT-BC, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy with a minor in Vocal Studies from Sam Houston State University in 2008. She is a Music Therapist – Board Certified (Certification # 08938) and is a current SBM Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Therapist in Training. Nikki has worked primarily with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 2009. After becoming a mother in 2013, Nikki became passionate about supporting families and babies through pregnancy, labor, and postpartum periods. Nikki now offers Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth services as well as Birth Music Consultation services.
Nikki enjoys creating music, gardening, exploring nature, and mothering her family.
Jordan Bailey, Music Therapist
Jordan Bailey, MT-BC, is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He completed his coursework in music therapy at The University of Alabama. His primary instrument is voice, but he also enjoys playing the trombone. At UA, Jordan participated in many music ensembles including the University Chorus, the University Singers, the UA Trombone Choir, and The Million Dollar Band. He served as Research Chair of the Capstone Music Therapy Association for two years and the Vice President of the University Singers, which is the UA school of music’s premier vocal ensemble.
His clinical experience includes populations involving premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders (EDBD), adults in the oncology unit of a local hospital, older adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in an assisted living facility, and an adaptive pop ensemble of high school students that included students with IDD and EDBD.
Jordan enjoys musical theater, watching TV shows on Netflix, playing games such as Taboo and Phase 10 with family and friends, and attempting to cook in his free time.
He is extremely excited for the opportunity to work in the DFW community with the team at Heart and Harmony Music Therapy.
Linky Barmore, Music Therapist
Linky Barmore, MT-BC, met the Belshes as an undergraduate student at Sam Houston State University. She earned her Bachelor’s in Music Therapy with a minor in percussion from SHSU and interned with Heart and Harmony Music Therapy in 2012, working with home health clients from various backgrounds. She is a Music Therapist – Board Certified (Certification #10654) and absolutely loves this field! Linky primarily works with children, teens, and adults with intellectual disabilities but also deeply enjoys working with hospice and geriatric populations. Linky has also provided group music therapy for adolescents in a residential/school facility.
Linky is also a musician and songwriter who has performed and recorded solo and with different artists for the past ten years. She has a background in West African percussion, Folk and Americana, and supporting singer-songwriters with harmony vocals, guitar, and percussion. Linky also provides music for weddings around Texas with her quartet. Linky is passionate about incorporating therapeutic songwriting into her practice when applicable.
Linky recently moved to Weatherford with her husband and young daughters. She is thrilled to be back in the DFW area, working with the talented therapists at Heart and Harmony and connecting with wonderful clients and their families.
Emily Fabian, Music Therapist
Emily Fabian, MT-BC, graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Sam Houston State University, with a minor in psychology. She interned with Heart and Harmony during the summer and winter of 2016, working with her supervisors, Nikki and David, in home health care with clients of varied diagnoses and backgrounds. She is a Music Therapist – Board Certified (Certification #12897).
Emily primarily works with teens and adults with intellectual disabilities but is also thrilled when given the opportunities to work with children and the geriatric population. With a vocal concentration in her music studies during college, she hopes to provide voice lessons in her professional work.
She is happy to be giving back to her home community of DFW and working alongside the fabulous therapists of Heart and Harmony!
Samantha Graham, Music Therapist
Sammi Graham, MT-BC, completed her music therapy coursework and minor in psychology at Sam Houston State University. Sammi’s primary instrument is voice, and she was able to pursue her passion for performing and cultivate her talents with SHSU’s Chorale and Opera Theatre.
Sammi’s clinical experience includes working with children and adolescents with mood disorders, older adults in assisted living facilities, adults in acute inpatient psychiatric care, and individuals of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In her free time, Sammi enjoys cooking and eating with her friends and family, exercising, being in nature, and spending time with her many pets.
Sammi aspires to eventually obtain a graduate degree in music therapy or a related field, as well as NICU-MT, NMT, and LPC certifications. She also hopes to be able to eventually offer Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth services and to continue performing classical voice in some capacity.
Sammi is thrilled to grow roots in the DFW area and to join the Heart & Harmony team!
Mary Hale, Music Therapist
Mary Hale, MT-BC, graduated with honors from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, and received a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. She served as a music therapy intern at Create A Beat in Pampa, TX. She then moved to Phoenix, AZ to work at Arizona Sate University with Higher Octave Healing. She has been the supervisor of music therapy practicum students through Arizona State University and West Texas A&M University, worked as a music therapist in a hospital, school districts, 1:1 home setting, and nursing homes. She started her own business in Salado, TX as a music therapist/private music lessons teacher in 2011 and has moved her business, Mary Hale’s Studio, to Arlington, TX in 2014.
Claire Kendrick, Music Therapy Intern
Claire Kendrick was born and raised in the Houston area. She majored in music therapy and minored in psychology at Sam Houston State University. Her principal instrument is flute and she enjoyed performing with other musicians for several years in the SHSU Symphonic Band.
She was also a member of Mu Tau Omega, the SHSU music therapy organization for four years, and was an officer for two years. Claire has clinical experience with children with ASD, older adults in assisted living facilities, and adults recovering from surgeries and trauma in a general hospital.
Claire enjoys reading, being in nature, cooking, and spending time with friends. She has a passion for helping others and enjoys volunteering.
Claire plans to go back to school to earn her Master’s in music therapy upon completion of her internship, and to continue working with individuals with special needs.
She is so grateful and excited to learn and grow as an intern at Heart & Harmony!
Madison Michel, Music Therapist
Madison graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Therapy, with a voice concentration. She moved to Fort Worth in January of 2016 and completed her internship with Heart and Harmony Music Therapy; she has been working here ever since.
While in school, Madison was credentialed as a Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapist (NICU-MT), participated in NICU and dementia research, and collaborated with her professors and local educators in an undergraduate research project that piloted the Tuscaloosa County High School Adaptive Pop Ensemble.
Madison is a third generation music therapist and is extremely proud to be the youngest granddaughter of Dr. Donald Michel, a pioneer in music therapy who began practicing in 1946, founded the program at Florida State University, and then was the head of music therapy at Texas Woman’s University until retiring when Madison was born! She hopes to honor his legacy and spirit by devoting her time and heart to the field of music therapy.
Madison particularly loves the long-term investments she builds with her clients and their families. She values being a Clinical Training Supervisor for practicum and internship students, as there is always more learning and growth to be had!
In her own time, Madison enjoys traveling both internationally and nationally. She loves experiencing different cultures, hiking, seeing live local music, and cheering on Alabama football (roll tide!). She welcomes inquiries and questions about the field of music therapy to anyone who might be curious, as she loves sharing her passion.
Chandler Sawyers, MT-BC, graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in music therapy from the University of Alabama as a piano primary. He completed his internship at Tampa Bay Institute for Music Therapy in the fall and winter of 2016, working with veterans withs TBI and pediatric/adult psych. He moved to to the DFW area in January of 2017 to join the Heart and Harmony team. Chandler has a passion for his clients which include individuals with multiple disabilities and those with emotional/behavioral needs. A very social being, Chandler enjoys days filled with meaningful interactions with the people around him.
Lin Shang, Music Therapist
Lin received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education as a piano primary from
Shandong University of Arts in China. In 2013, She moved to America to pursue
her Master’s Degree in Music Therapy at Ohio University. After finishing all
coursework and an internship at Creative Identity CA, she moved to DFW and joined the
Heart and Harmony Music Therapy team in 2017.
Lin has worked with people of all ages with developmental disabilities, older adults
with Parkinson’s disease and dementia, adults with psychiatric needs, and patients
with different psychological and physiological needs in a general hospital. She is
currently working as a music therapist with individuals with behavioral, emotional, and mental needs at Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Hospital.
As a music therapist who comes from China and has experiences of living in
different cultures, Lin loves exploring various genres of music and bringing the
diversity of music types and multi-cultural opinions into her music therapy practice.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling and experiences food, music, beauty and
people of different regions.