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About direct care services:

“Music therapy has been such an enriching experience for my patients. They haven’t been able to say enough about you and your care. Music touches a place in one’s sole and is so uplifting. What a beautiful gift you shared from the heart.”

– Jackie Mickelson, LBSW – Ascend Hospice

“As a hospice nurse I often care for those in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Patients whom have lost their ability to ambulate, communicate, and share emotions. I have found with the added art of music therapist, Jesse Heilman, these patients have evoked emotion, shown improved memory recall, even engaging with rhythmic movement during her sessions. Jesse continues to holistically enhance and improve these patient’s quality of life by touching both the mind and the body with the beauty of her music. Thank you for your service, Jesse Heilman!”

– Michelle Drake, RN, BSN – Ascend Hospice

“The therapists at Soundscaping Source do a great job planning and preparing their music therapy sessions to engage people with a wide range of needs. In our homes, we have people with early stages of dementia and those who are very advanced. The music therapists are able to reach them all. We have thoroughly enjoyed having them and always look forward to music therapy days!”

– Mandy Shoemaker – Co-Founder, Prairie Elder Homes LLC

“Music reaches depths that other modalities cannot in the world of dementia. Music therapy not only allows our residents to express themselves, but also strengthens their abilities as they recall lyrics to a song or match rhythms. Rachelle does a wonderful job of making her groups inclusive – it’s our best attended group – and the proof is in the smiles around the room!”

– Sara Meinking – Memory Care Director, The Gardens at Barry Road

“I’m sold on you. This is exactly what they need. It’s what the surveyors are looking for.”

Jean Gerth – Activities Consultant, Clara Manor

“You are very flexible. You get everyone to participate. You go to where they are.”

– Jeannine Hays, Clinical Director, ComfortCare Homes of Kansas City

“I appreciate your dependability. You are always so prompt, reliable and prepared. I love that you bring all kinds of music to us. I enjoy the “theme-ing” of your program. Anytime you add a facet that allows the residents to put on their thinking caps, I see several of their faces light up.”

– Peggy Lewis, Activity Director – Mary B’s Neighborhood, Bickford of Overland Park

“My more passive residents really seem to enjoy and put forth the efforts to participate. I think you are very, very patient and very, very understanding of my very special residents.”

Doreen Crutchfield, Administrator – Myers Nursing Home

“You call clients by their names. You encourage their participation and involvement. You play music appropriate to their ages. You offer a different theme each week. We like the use of scarves and musical instruments for our clients.”

Cynthia Holm, RN, Coordinator of Breaktime Clubs – Shepherd’s Center of the Northland

“[Rachelle’s] ability as a Music Therapist is unsurpassed. I have personally witnessed nothing short of miracles with some of the Residents that no one else could reach.”

T. Marie Hock-Rasdon, BA, MHCA, LTCA – Administrator, Medicalodges Goddard

“Rachelle is bright and intelligent and has a fun sense of humor…I found Rachelle to be extremely professional while presenting a very soft, soothing, and compassionate program. She was able to offer programming that merged elders of varied stages of dementia with non-dementia residents and have each and every one of them engaged in the moment.”

Leigh Peck – Health Care Administrator, Kidron Bethel Village

“Rachelle is awesome. There’s no one like her.”

Beth Penner – Activity Director, Kidron Bethel Village

About Rachelle’s presentations:

From Victory in the Valley’s Kids Kamp:

“As parents who find themselves in an all consuming caregiver role, it is rewarding to learn about an activity that promotes an overall sense of well-being. The Family Drumming session was an inspirational connection, bringing the group together as well as encouraging individual participation.”

Diana Thomi, RN, BS – Executive Director, Victory in the Valley, Inc.

From parents:

“Thank you for sharing how to relax with music and the family drumming time with different instruments. My kids really enjoyed playing the different instruments.”

“What a fun and interesting way to use music.”

From Victory in the Valley’s Women’s Weekend participants:

“I loved your ‘Music is Medicine’ presentation at Camp Victory! It was so much fun to participate together with you and all the other women…Music really is medicine and brings such joy.”

“It was fun to watch how some ladies who could hardly move really got to moving with the music.”

“I always believe music is the best medicine for the soul!”

“Thank you, Rachelle, for your gift of music and your gentle spirit in sharing it!”

From Prairie View Food for Shepherds series participants:

What did you find most helpful in this presentation?

“It was fun and relaxing to play.”

“Participation to reinforce concepts”

“Practice in breaking down the ‘self-consciousness’ barriers”

“Understanding in a conscious way things I know is a subconscious way”