Meet the Team

Nikki Belshe, Music Therapist, Owner and Founder

Nikki Belshe, MT-BC, is the founder and Clinical Director of Heart and Harmony Music Therapy. She is also founder and current President of the Board for the Fort Worth Music Therapy Fund, a nonprofit founded in 2019 to increase access to music therapy in northwest Texas by providing financial assistance to clients and interns. Nikki is a board-certified music therapist (#08938) and is currently pursuing a Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management degree at Arizona State University. She 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.

Nikki has worked primarily with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 2009 and is a professional member of Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). She is passionate about autonomy and human rights.

Nikki cares deeply about professional sustainability and is invested in not only creating a healthy work environment for her own employees, but empowering other therapists throughout the region to be aware of healthy, ethical, sustainable professional practices so that they can thrive.

Nikki cares about a whole slew of things including private practice ethics; racial, gender, and disability equity; reimbursement, funding, and accessibility of music therapy; birth equity and Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth; and her beautiful children and rambunctious dogs.

You can probably find Nikki somewhere outdoors: digging in the garden, watching birds, gazing at stars, or – most likely – being chased by her kiddos.

Nikki was featured in Voyage Dallas Magazine.

 

Jordan Bailey, Music Therapist

Jordan Bailey, MT-BC, Neonatal ICU Music Therapist, 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.

Sarah Coury-Rios, Music Therapist

Sarah Coury-Rios, MME, MT-BC, graduated from the University of Kansas with her Master of Music Education in Music Therapy (MME). She dreams of pursing a certification in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) to enhance the treatment options available to those requiring physical rehabilitation.

Sarah has a wide array of passions when it comes to working with others using music. Her clinical experience includes working with children, teens, and adults with intellectual and development disabilities, children and teens with Autism, teens and adults with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and adults with dementia. Sarah spent 2 years working at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas to treat those with orthopedic conditions. During her time there she helped children with pain management, normalize into a new environment, and procedure support. She collaborated with a multidisciplinary team to provide the highest level of care for each patient.

Sarah loves spending time with her husband and two children. She enjoys a good book, a tough workout, and all things related to Disney World or Harry Potter.

 Although from Kansas, Sarah has been living in DFW area for 7 years and is excited to join Heart and Harmony therapist while serving the DFW community.

Jean-Michael Diaz-Negron, Music Therapist

Jean-Michael Diaz-Negron, MT-BC, completed his coursework and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. He is a Music Therapist – Board Certified (Certification #14154).

Jean-Michael interned the spring and summer of 2018 in Denton ISD and worked with individuals and groups with various intellectual/developmental disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders. His other clinical experience include older adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in an assisted living facility and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders in a psych hospital and juvenile detention center.

During his free time, Jean-Michael enjoys spending time at the zoo and museum with his wife and son. He also enjoys watching and playing baseball, playing board games, and spending time with friends and family. He enjoys the simple life.

Finally able to serve the DFW community, Jean-Michael is overjoyed to be part of the Heart and Harmony team!

Hannah Dishongh, Music Therapist

Hannah Dishongh, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist, Sound Birthing Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Specialist, completed her undergraduate work in Music Therapy: Voice Emphasis at West Texas A&M University. During college she was active in the WTAMU Music Therapy Organization and toured in Italy performing with the WT Chamber Singers. She also gained music therapy practicum experience treating adults in assisted living facilities, special education students, PPCD, Autistic spectrum disorder, emotional disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and hospital patients admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit. 

She fulfilled her clinical music therapy internship at TIRR Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital in the inpatient rehabilitation unit. There she daily treated a wide variety of diagnoses such as: TBI, Stoke, Spinal cord injury, amputation, multiple trauma, cancer rehabilitation, burns, MS, Parkinson’s disease, orthopedic injuries, and other neurological or neuromuscular disorders. Hannah received her Neurologic Music Therapy certification from the R.F. Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy in February of 2019. 

Hannah is currently pursuing training in order to obtain a Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth (MTACB) Certification. She hopes to help individuals and couples throughout their birthing experience with music. She is also currently serving as the Neurologic Music Therapist treating patients at Texas Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Worth. 

In her free time Hannah loves singing in church, running, drawing, dancing, and spending time with her loved ones.  She is thrilled to be a part of Heart and Harmony’s amazing music therapy team!

Jon Fessenden, Music Therapist

Jon Fessenden, MT-BC, graduated with a Master of Science in Music Therapy from Molloy College in Long Island, NY. He also complete post-graduate training in Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy (NRMT) at New York University, where he explored the use of clinical improvisation with developmentally disabled clients.

 Prior to arriving in Texas, Jon worked as a music therapist in Long Island at the VA Hospital and Music Academy for Special Learners. He is also finishing his doctoral dissertation in musicology at Stony Brook University, and hopes to complete his PhD by next Spring.

 In his free time, Jon enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, exploring nature, playing board games, and playing tennis. He is thrilled to be here in DFW!

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 cultivate her talents with SHSU’s Chorale and Opera Theatre.

Sammi’s clinical experience includes working with: children and adolescents with learning disabilities, adolescents and adults in psychiatric care, adults with substance use disorder, adults in neurorehabilitation centers, and individuals of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Sammi became a Sound Birthing Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Specialist in July of 2019 and is eager to use her knowledge to support families throughout the birth process.

Sammi is passionate about continuing education and aspires to become a certified doula, counselor, and Neurologic Music Therapist in order to enhance her practice. Sammi also aspires to continue performing in some capacity. 

Sammi enjoys living in Fort Worth and is thrilled to be part of the Heart and Harmony team!

Madison Michel, Music Therapist

Madison Michel, MT-BCNeonatal ICU Music Therapistgraduated from The University of Alabama with her BM in Music Therapy with a principle in voice in 2015, interned with Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, and is currently pursuing her MM in Music Therapy from Colorado State University (distance). In addition, she has her NICU-MT (neonatal intensive care unit music therapist) certification. Madison is fascinated by the interaction of music and the brain, and with her advanced studies, she strives to implement the latest research techniques to the benefit of her clients and obtain her NMT (Neurological Music Therapist) licensure.  

 Madison has been supervising interns since July 2017 and became the Heart and Harmony Internship Director in July 2018. Having interned with Heart and Harmony herself, Madison strives to continue and further the vision of H&H founders Nikki and David Belshe by creating a dynamic, supportive, and challenging environment that pushes each individual to develop into a passionate and competent professional.

 In addition to her work at Heart and Harmony, Madison has presented at both regional and national music therapy conferences about improvisation and songwriting with individuals of limited motor and communication skills, and enjoys doing advocacy presentations in the DFW community. She has also worked for Adam’s Camp Colorado and Adam’s Camp Alaska on a multidisciplinary therapy team for both children with ASD and genetic disorders. Madison is proud to be a third generation music therapist and strives to honor and continue the legacy started by her grandfather, Dr. Don Michel, who started practicing in the 1950s!

 Madison is proud to be a third generation music therapist and strives to honor the legacy started by her grandfather, Dr. Don Michel, who started practicing in the 1950s! Madison loves traveling, hiking in national parks, Alabama football (Roll tide!), vintage fashion, Texas red dirt country, and of course her home base of funky, fun, Fort Worth, Texas!

Madison was interviewed for Thrive, part of DFW Child Magazine.

Lilah Pittman, Music Therapist

Lilah Pittman, MT-BC, Sound Birthing Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Specialist, completed her music therapy coursework at Texas Woman’s University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree there. She graduated magna cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in music performance from Cameron University. Her primary instrument is percussion though she especially loves to play the piano and guitar. She is currently working towards becoming a Fellow of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM).

            Her clinical experience includes children with speech and language disorders, older adults in a memory care unit, adults with mental health concerns in a behavioral health hospital, individuals of all ages within a medical hospital setting, and children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), learning disabilities, and behavioral disorders.

            She enjoys running, hiking, and cycling during her free time. She also loves playing gigs with her band and serving as a studio musician for local artists every chance she gets!

            Lilah is so excited to be able to intern with Heart and Harmony and looks forward to her time spent with Heart and Harmony’s fantastic therapists and the clients they serve!

Miranda Rex, Music Therapist

Miranda Rex, MA, MT-BC graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music in 2014, and completed her master’s degree in music therapy at Texas Woman’s University in 2018. She is a Music Therapist – Board Certified (Certification #13860) and hopes to one day pursue a master’s degree in counseling to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. 

Miranda’s primary passion is children and teens with mental health and behavioral concerns, but she also enjoys engaging with individuals across the lifespan with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Miranda is thrilled to be fulfilling her dream of being a music therapist in the DFW area, and is excited to be a member of the Heart and Harmony team. When she is not working, Miranda loves to read, stream movies and TV shows, and spend time with her friends on and around the Denton square. 

Annie Roberson, Music Therapist

Annie Roberson, MT-BC, Neonatal ICU Music Therapist, Sound Birthing Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Specialist, completed her music therapy coursework at the University of Alabama with a primary instrument of trumpet. Annie completed her internship with Heart and Harmony in the fall of 2018. She is a professional member of Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN).

Annie’s clinical experience includes NICU infants, children, teens, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, children and teens with emotional and behavioral disorders, adults in oncology units, and adults with dementia in memory care units. Annie completed her Sound Birthing Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Specialist in July 2019 and is excited to support parents and babies in the DFW area.

In her free time, Annie enjoys watching the Nashville Predators play hockey, the Alabama Crimson Tide win national championships, crocheting, and being in the great outdoors.

Born and raised in Nashville, TN, Annie is thrilled to serve the DFW community with the incredible team of Heart and Harmony therapists!

Molly Harrell, Music Therapy Intern

Molly Harrell graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelor’s degree in music from Texas Woman’s University in 2017. She also completed her coursework for a Master’s equivalency degree in Music Therapy and plans to graduate in the Spring of 2020. Her primary instrument is piano but she also enjoys playing guitar, ukulele and almost any percussion instrument. You can often find her sharing her love of music with the students she teaches in private lessons.

Molly’s clinical experience includes working with older adults in memory care facilities, special needs children in school districts, adolescents in mental health settings, and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, and other emotional and behavioral disorders in private practice. She has spent the past few years working for a music studio in Dallas teaching lessons and music camps. She has a passion for working with people of all ages and abilities. 

In her free time, Molly usually has a book in her hand or is spending time with her husband and their dog at the park. 

Molly was born in Fort Worth and raised in Burleson and she is so excited to be able to come back to her roots to work with a company that is so passionate about its clients!

Addy Rampelli, Music Therapy Intern

Addy Rampelli completed her music therapy coursework at Sam Houston State University, with her primary instrument being flute. While at Sam Houston, Addy was an active member of the on campus music therapy organization, Mu Tau Omega, for three years, and served as Parliamentarian for one. Addy has also been a student member of both the national American Music Therapy Association and regional, Southwest American Music Therapy Association, for three years.

Addy has had clinical experience including, children with varying intellectual and developmental disabilities, hospice care, male teens in a correctional setting, and a wide array of populations within a children’s hospital. During her time there, Addy gained experience working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, General Pediatrics, Dialysis Unit, and co-treating with other therapies in the hospital. 

In her free time, Addy loves to spend time with her friends, family, and of course, her Chiweenie, Sammy! To relax, Addy loves to paint, watch anything but scary movies, play all sorts of games, and spend time outside.

This Houston gal is more than excited to be up in North Texas working with the incredible Heart and Harmony team!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is music therapy?

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

Who can receive music therapy?

Individuals of all ages and abilities may benefit from music therapy. Music therapists work with expectant mothers, in Neonatal Intensive Care Units, with children and adults with medical diagnoses, intellectual and developmental disabilities, or mental health needs.

What does a typical session look like?

Because each session is tailored to the individual client’s goals and objectives, there is no such thing as a “typical” music therapy session. Music therapists use client-preferred music to address cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and communication goals using a variety of instruments and therapeutic techniques.

Do you have a facility or do you come to my home?

Either one! Nikki, the clinical director, has an in-home studio in southwest Fort Worth. Most of our therapists do home visits throughout the DFW area.

Do you accept insurance?

Heart and Harmony Music Therapy is considered an out-of-network provider for private insurance companies and services may count toward out-of-pocket deductibles.  We do not file for our clients at this time, but we have an NPI (National Provider Identifier) number and are happy to help you file for private insurance reimbursement by providing an official assessment report, treatment plan, and appropriate CPT codes. We also accept private payment for our services.

Contact Us

Ask us a question or request an appointment below.

(817) 458-8813

PO Box 33913 Fort Worth, TX 76162

nikki@heartandharmony.com