Dr. Ray Booth, PhD
Ray earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He brings to BBE his 35+ years’ experience working with individuals and families. Before starting his private practice, he managed the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Ray has been impressed with the worry and concern of parents who have children with learning and developmental problems. He has also seen that many of the emotional issues of adults stem from their own neurobehavioral issues that were not corrected during childhood.
Owner & Executive Director
Dawna holds degrees in child development and interior design, also from Brigham Young University. She is an avid skier, an accomplished musician (piano), and a skilled artisan (almost any craft). She has held numerous leadership positions in her business and in the community. Her experience in sales and marketing while running her own successful retail business is an important asset to BBE. However, she counts her 35 years as a homemaker, mother and grandmother as her most valuable contribution.
Their journey: Ray and Dawna were seeking assistance for their own family members when they discovered the groundbreaking Brain Balance Program established by Dr. Robert Melillo. When they discovered there was no Brain Balance Center in Idaho, they were determined to bring one to the Boise area. While visiting other centers, they were impressed with the improvements being attained on a consistent basis. After extensive training with Dr. Melillo and his staff in New York, Ray and Dawna opened their first franchise in Eagle, Idaho in August of 2013, followed by two more in Portland, Oregon.
Bridget Frank comes to us with experience as a director of operations and marketing of an international franchise. Her passion for education led her into working directly with the Idaho school districts for Junior Achievement of Idaho, Boy Scouts of America, and other organizations. Bridget is currently on the PTO Board for Cynthia Mann Elementary. She loves being involved in the education system, reading and Idaho history and outdoors, as a 5th-generation Idahoan.
Testimonial: Bridget and her husband have three children; a son serving in the US Navy, another son recently graduated cooking school that has struggled with anxiety, and 11 yr old daughter who successfully attended Brain Balance for her academic struggles. As a concerned Mom, she knew this program was the only way to help her little girl (after witnessing much frustration with her son) and after just 3 months she got OFF her IEP! Her daughter also successfully transitioned to big girl panties after issues (fear) of incontinence due to a prior medical condition. A HUGE relief for the entire family and boost of confidence for her daughter.
Education: B.S. Exercise Science/Emphasis in Exercise Physiology, 2016
Natasha comes to Brain Balance with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science, from Boise State University. She has been assessing and coaching kids, ages 4-18, at Brain Balance, since 2015. She loves working with kids and being a role model through her coaching! She enjoys many activities, some include, hiking, riding her bike on the Greenbelt, and playing board games with her friends and family on the weekends.
Skylar majored in Kinesiology at Boise State University, where she graduated in May 2018. She is passionate about helping others which is why working at Brain Balance is so enjoyable for her! She has participated in many different volunteer opportunities, her favorite being a trip to Haiti where she worked in an orphanage and helped build homes for the less fortunate. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with loved ones, playing with her dog, exercising, cooking, crafting, and taking naps.
Jaclyn Schumacher is currently a student at Boise State University majoring in Psychology with an emphasis in Occupational Therapy. She will graduate in May of 2018 and plans to attend graduate school to receive her Masters in OT. She loves Brain Balance because she enjoys building relationships with others and helping them be the best versions of themselves. Some of her favorite things to do in her spare time include hiking, bowling, snowboarding, watching a good movie and getting together with friends.
Jalani recently graduated from Boise State University in 2018 earning two B.S. degrees in Health Science and Psychology and plans on getting her master’s in counseling and behavioral therapy. She has taken many courses including Child and Adolescent Development, Behavioral Psychology, Personality, and various anatomy and research classes. Jalani has a passion for helping others learn, develop, and gain further insight making Brain Balance the best place to be! In her free time, Jalani likes to exercise, go hiking, attend music festivals and concerts, and be surrounded by friends.
Aimee is currently attending Boise State University. She is graduating in December 2018 with a bachelors in elementary education with an endorsement in Literacy. She is currently completing her student teaching in a 2nd grade classroom. She loves working with children because she can make a difference and inspire them to learn. She enjoys working at Brain Balance because she is able to work with children of all ages, while continuing her education. Some of her favorite things include: animals, music, and family. In her free time, she enjoys reading a good book, spending time outdoors, and playing board games.
Jessica graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Oral Roberts University in December of 2012 with interests in counselling and psychology of behavior. She is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to Idaho in spring of 2018 to get married. While in school in Oklahoma she heard Dr. Melillo speak about the Brain Balance program and later worked at a center in Tulsa for a year. What she likes most about Brain Balance is how it can unlock ways for kids to be more their own self. She loves the outdoors, playing with her dog, cooking, and spending time with her husband and his family.
Amanda majored in psychology at Brigham Young University, where she graduated in August 2017. After graduating, she moved to Boise with her husband Zack. Since living in Boise, Amanda has worked with kids with special needs and mental illnesses. She loves kids and is excited to join the Brain Balance team! Some of her favorite things include running, reading books, watching movies, and being with family and friends.
Public Relations Coordinator
Graduated from BSU in 2004, BFA. “As a mother of a child with speech and behavioral delays, I understand some of the struggles parents face daily. I am passionate about the Brain Balance program because I care about helping children succeed, and have witnessed significant improvement in my own son through his sessions here at the Center.” Emily loves painting, Zumba, hiking, and biking. She especially enjoys outings with her husband and two kids.