Nikki Belshe, Music Therapist
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.
David Belshe, Music Therapist
David Belshe, MT-BC, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from Sam Houston State University, where he minored in Guitar Performance. David is currently pursing a Master of Music in Neurologic Music Therapy degree from Colorado State University. He is a Music Therapist – Board Certified (Certification # 09223) as well as a guitar and bass guitar instructor. David has worked extensively with clients in memory care, hospice, and palliative care settings, and also enjoys working with individuals with emotional and behavioral health needs. He has also worked with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 2010.
David enjoys songwriting, reading, and serving others.
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.
Madison Michel, Music Therapist
Madison graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music therapy, voice concentration, from The University of Alabama in 2016 before moving to Fort Worth to intern with Heart and Harmony. She is thrilled to continue to invest in the DFW community as a professional.
Madison was specially certified as a NICU music therapist (NICU-MT) while at UA and hopes to utilize her training with families of premature infants in DFW. At the University of Alabama, she collaborated with her professor and a local music educator to pilot the Tuscaloosa County High School Adaptive Pop Ensemble which toured the community and showcased the music performance potential of students with disabilities. Under the direction of her professor, Dr. Andrea Cevasco-Trotter, Madison has assisted in the presentation of NICU-MT and Dementia research at both AMTA National Conferences and an international therapy conference in Europe.
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.
In her own time, Madison enjoys the cowboy culture tradition of Fort Worth, cheering on University of Alabama football (Roll Tide ya’ll), running and hiking, and exploring new places! She welcomes inquiries and questions about the field of music therapy to anyone who might be curious as she loves sharing her passion.
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!
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.
Alli Baker, Music Therapy Intern
Alli Baker completed her music therapy coursework at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She is also a member of the Elliot T. Bowers Honors College. Her primary instrument is voice, and she has been involved in choir since the fourth grade. She was first inspired to pursue music by her choir teachers at Cypress Woods High School in Cypress, Texas. Music has also inspired her at her church, Lakewood United Methodist Church, through her experience on the worship team for 7+ years. Alli’s clinical experience includes working with preschoolers, young children with Autism and geriatric groups in memory care units. She also served as the music teacher for Camp Acorn at the Parish School, a school for children with language and learning disabilities. In her free time, Alli enjoys spending time with her family, knitting and baking bread. Once she receives her board certification, Alli hopes to move back to Houston and work with young children. Alli is excited to complete her degree with an internship at Heart & Harmony and to serve the clients in and around Fort Worth, Texas.