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Staff Members

Sarah Wendt

Sarah Wendt

Center Director

Board Certified Cognitive Specialist

Sarah is the Center Director at Brain Balance of Bluffton. She moved to the Bluffton area from the Colorado Rockies earlier this year. Sarah earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University. She is also a certified Let’s Connect coach, teaching emotion-focused skills to families and caregivers so that they are attuned and responsive to the children they are helping. Most recently, Sarah became a Board-Certified Cognitive Specialist. She brings a diverse background in human services, and passion for people.

Prior to joining Brain Balance, Sarah worked with children and families in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Her interest in Brain Balance came from her work with children struggling with social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral issues, and witnessing how effective sensory motor integration was in helping them succeed. She has been in the field for over 15 years and has worked with children navigating through sensory sensitivity, cognitive delays, trauma, autism, ADHD and ODD. Sarah truly believes in the whole-child approach and feels that there is not a one size fits all treatment modality when trying to help children with these types of issues. As Center Director at Brain Balance, she is committed to ensuring that all families feel supported from the moment they walk in the door and that they continue to feel that support beyond their time at our center.

Outside of Brain Balance, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, whether hanging out at the beach or sampling all the different Mexican food restaurants in the area. Sarah is very passionate about health and wellness and is always motivated to be the best version of herself.

Ashlie Layman

Ashlie Layman

Program Director

Certified Cognitive Coach

Ashlie is the Program Director at Brain Balance of Bluffton. She is a Bluffton native. Ashlie earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of South Carolina Beaufort. She is also a Board-Certified Cognitive Specialist.
Prior to joining Brain Balance, Ashlie taught Psychology, Sports Communication, and Speech and Vocabulary at Thomas Heyward Academy in Ridgeland, SC. She also served as Head Softball Coach and Sports Information Director at Spartanburg Methodist College. Her interest in the mental aspects of sports and the effects it has on young athletes is what brought Ashlie to Brain Balance. As Program Director, Ashlie is committed to providing a comfortable and supportive environment for every student. Her positive attitude is contagious – and she strives to motivate each child everyday.
Outside of Brain Balance, Ashlie enjoys spending time with her pup, Mo. You can usually find her with family on the May River. In her free time, she is learning American Sign Language and enjoys reading motivational books.

Corrie Kohlrus

Corrie Kohlrus

Assistant Director

Corrie is the Assistant Director at Brain Balance of Bluffton. She moved to the Bluffton area from San Diego, California. Corrie earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication from Coastal Carolina University. She earned her Master’s of Arts in Journalism from the City University of New York.

Prior to joining Brain Balance, Corrie worked with children of military families as part of the Family Readiness Program at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. She worked closely with the Command Team to provide resources and services to military kids — providing opportunities to not just survive but thrive while taking on the military lifestyle. Corrie worked directly with Marine families to support a multitude of training opportunities to assist children with deployments, separations, and life skills. From interpersonal communication to transition assistance, Corrie worked to empower children with skill development and independence.

Corrie has also worked for a number of media outlets including the Integrated Media Team at NBC News in New York City, Us Weekly in Los Angeles, and The Sun News in Myrtle Beach.

Corrie’s husband is an active-duty Marine stationed at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island where he serves as a Drill Instructor. The two enjoy boating, kayaking, hiking and trips to Disney! In the winter, you’ll more than likely find Corrie at the top of a mountain on a pair of skis. She is passionate about photography, the outdoors and mental health. As the Assistant Director at Brain Balance, she is committed to helping children reach their full potential — she believes, with the help of Brain Balance, the possibilities are endless!

Kristal Dobbs

Kristal Dobbs

Operations Director

Board Certified Cognitive Specialist

Kristal is the Operations Director for the Brain Balance Achievement Centers in the Lowcountry area. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science, followed by a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Piedmont College. Previous to joining the Brain Balance family, Kristal was an educator for 11 years in both the public and private settings. During this time she saw the continuous rise of issues related to children’s academics and behavior and felt the frustration of not having an option to offer parents that truly corrected these problems. Then, approximately four years ago, her nephew and niece went through the Brain Balance program for two very different reasons. She saw the results were truly life-changing and knew she wanted to be a part of bringing this kind of opportunity to more families. She is excited to bring her knowledge of children and education with her to the Brain Balance program. Helping and teaching children has always been her passion, and she is able to continue to do this in an amazing way by helping children overcome their obstacles while focusing on the root of their struggle.

New to Lowcountry area, she enjoys learning more about the area and getting to know the community. She and her husband spend their free time with their two children, Peyton and Mason, and love to watch the Georgia Bulldogs play on Saturdays!

Bryan Dobbs

Bryan Dobbs

Executive Director

Board Certified Cognitive Specialist

Bryan received his business degree from the University of Georgia with a concentration in Social Psychology. He has been a part of the Brain Balance family for 5 years and brings over 22 years of experience in program development, personnel training, and business management. Bryan was also recently elected to serve on the advisory board for Brain Balance owners and asked to participate on a national leadership panel. He and his wife, Kristal, also have centers in Jacksonville FL, Mount Pleasant and Lexington, SC, and recently won the award for “Franchisees of the Year” for 2017.

Bryan became interested in the Brain Balance program after witnessing the dramatic changes it produced in his niece and nephew, as well as the effects that had on the entire family. His niece, Savannah (now 15), had always struggled in school and often had multiple tutors. She was later diagnosed with Dyslexia. After going through the Brain Balance program she was able to make honor roll for the first time and now even finds herself excited about school!

What was even more impactful, however, was his nephew’s story. From an early age, Hunter really struggled to fit in socially. Even dining out became nearly impossible as his behavior and tantrums grew to be uncontrollable. This led to tension throughout the entire family and caused ripples well beyond their small family of five. Hunter would eventually be diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and it was suggested that he could have Autism. Specialist after specialist wanted talk about how to understand and manage Hunter, but no one really approached how to help him…until the family was introduced to Brain Balance in 2012.

By his third week in the program, the whole family could see a difference in Hunter. For the first time in his life, Hunter sat quietly through an entire meal at their favorite restaurant. He was starting to engage in real conversations. By the end of his program time, the result was nothing shy of amazing. Hunter now plays golf and basketball and attends the Island Academy on Hilton Head Island where he’s made many friends.

Bryan’s passion is in helping more children like Savannah and Hunter, but also in making a difference in the lives surrounding them. Things like learning disorders, ADHD, and ASD effect the whole family. That’s what led to his decision to help bring the Brain Balance Program to the Lowcountry area. He knows first hand how alone you feel when a child you love is struggling – and is here to share the hope that Brain Balance has to offer to other families like his.

In his free time, Bryan enjoys coaching youth sports, watching the Georgia Bulldogs play, golfing, and spending time with his family.

Brain Balance Center of Bluffton/Hilton Head

Phone

843-706-5437

Hours

MWF: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tu, Th: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sat: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sun: Closed

Location

1009 Fording Island Rd

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