Brain Balance Has a Non-Medical Approach to Help Your Child
Brain Balance is the leading drug-free program designed to help kids improve focus, behavior, social skills, anxiety, and academic performance. Our comprehensive programming incorporates learnings from cognitive, behavioral and nutrition fields—an integrated approach that is literally redefining what’s possible.
Is something blocking your child’s social, behavioral or academic progress? Brain Balance picks up where conventional approaches leave off, going beyond the treatment of symptoms to address root causes. At Brain Balance, we’re not about coping with barriers. We’re about knocking them down, one small breakthrough at a time.
Research Shows Brain Balance is Effective
A Harvard study found that kids who participated in the Brain Balance Program saw a significant reduction in ADHD index scores, discernible changes in hyperactivity, enhanced cognitive attention, and reductions in oppositional behavior.
We are continually collaborating with world class researchers to show the efficacy of the program and reveal through data how the Brain Balance Program can help children, teens and adults improve.
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About the Brain Balance Program®
The Brain Balance Program is made up of physical and sensorimotor exercises, academic skills training and healthy nutrition. It is tailored to the needs of your child, and delivered in a uniquely systematic approach that you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere else.
A Whole-Brain Approach
The program engages the brain and body together, through sensory engagement, physical development and academic learning activities.
Personalized to Your Child’s Challenges
The program is tailored to your child’s needs and development level, delivered with the frequency and duration needed to drive meaningful change.
Coaching & Support
Our coaches will personally guide you through the program, including evaluating progress and leveling up as your child advances.
1:1 Nutrition Sessions
A Nutrition Coach will help customize a healthy nutrition plan fit for your child's lifestyle and needs.
You’ll have access to a Program Portal where you can view on demand helper videos, nutrition content, and program resources.
Your child can work onsite at your local Brain Balance Center with our coaches three times per week.
We also offer an at-home virtual option that is parent-led. You'll have weekly video check-ins from your program coach.
NEW: Adult Program
Now more than ever we are called to be on the top of our game and function at higher levels. Whether you need a competitive edge at work, want to improve your quality of life, or long for improved or deeper connections with family and friends, the Brain Balance Program can help you get ahead.
Stories from Brain Balance Center of Encinitas
"My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD. She attended phase one of the program and has seen significant improvement in behavior and socialization skills."
Dakota, Age 8
"Words cannot express how delighted I am as a Mom for my child attending the Brain Balance program in San Diego. For those of you who have children that struggle and their actions, in turn, affect everyone around them, you are not alone! The last thing I ever wanted to do was medicate our child. So I kept researching and immediately our chiropractor and Occupational Therapist recommended the program. After his assessment at Brain Balance, I gained an amazing new perspective about my child and learned that they can get to the root of his struggles with his brain! No need for scans, and no need for a diagnosis."
Hunter, Age 8
"There are not enough words in a dictionary to describe what brain balance has done for our family!"
Michelle, Age 12
"Ariel has gained self awareness and improved his focus. This has had positive effects at school and socially. We highly recommend Brain Balance."
Ariel, Age 10
"This is an excellent program and in my experience the results were observable even after just a few sessions. My daughter loves coming to Brain Balance and has had such a good experience she says she wants to be a Brain Balance Coach when she grows up. After two weeks I received my daughters 1st positive note home from school and after a month she no longer needed her behavior chart at school. At home I see she is less impulsive, her meltdowns are almost non-existent, she is able and even enjoys playing on her own, she is less reactive, and is willing to and utilizes calm down methods."
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Jon Pak’s passion to open Brain Balance was born out of his experiences in raising a son with developmental disabilities. He values all the incredible connections with friends and families in the community that share a similar experience. His background includes serving on the board of Kids Included Together, Just in Time for Foster Youth, and the Korean American Coalition of San Diego. With many years of participation in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, his desire to mentor and impact the lives of others is contagious. While he enjoyed a professional career with notable companies like Samsung Electronics, Merrill Lynch, UBS, and US Bank, Jon’s undeniable vision for an inclusive society with equitable opportunities and growth makes him an inspirational leader at Brain Balance of Greater San Diego.
Amanda Lee, M.A. Education, is an internationally board certified Cognitive Coach, Mindset certified, and has over 15 years of experience in the education field. She is a lifelong learner committed to promoting equity and access to quality education and believes every person should have the opportunity to actualize their full potential and to live life to the fullest. Every day she aims to inspire and be inspired. When not meeting with schools, families, or community members or leading trainings, you may find her enjoying the outdoors hiking and camping, rock climbing, dancing, playing beach volleyball, traveling, or being a foodie.
Angie Arciga, B.S. Exercise Science, is an internationally board certified Cognitive Coach, Mindset certified, and has over 8 years of experience with Brain Balance. She brings expertise from the physical therapy field and her creativity and background in music bring unique ideas and ways to work with and have fun with children while developing and creating new neural pathways. She also enjoys traveling, singing and playing mariachi music, and being out in nature.
Mojgan Malekpour, B.S. Marketing, has over a decade of experience in customer service and over 7 years of experience in building and sustaining genuine relationships. Her go-getter attitude comes from her athletic background which goes hand in hand with her passion to help others live a better life. When not at work, you’ll find Mojgan spending time with her family, her dog Primo, enjoying the sun, or reading a book.
Ricky Lau, M.Ed, is a SoCal native, having moved to SD from LA 10+ years ago. He has a strong background in customer service & hospitality, and is trained as a secondary science teacher. In his free time, he enjoys trying new restaurants, coffee shops, and recipes at home.
Heather, M.S. Psychology, has worked with Brain Balance since 2008. Heather has a wide range of experience in therapeutic settings, preventative in-home counseling, foster care, and residential care. She is passionate about helping kids reach their full potential. In her spare time, she likes to read and spend time with her husband.
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Kristen, B.S. Business Administration and Marketing, has worked in the hospitality industry for ten years and worked as an executive assistant for three years. Kristen has experience volunteering at animal shelters and local hospitals and loves helping her community whenever she can. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors with her goldendoodle or working on home projects with her husband.
Kalista has a wide range of experiences in client care. She loves helping people improve and be successful. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her little family and do-it-yourself home projects.
Katie Mello, B.S. Kinesiology, is an internationally board certified Cognitive Coach and specializes in inclusive physical activities in communities. She loves the multidisciplinary approach Brain Balance offers. Along with coaching and training her students and fellow colleagues, Katie also supports operations, community engagement, and other marketing efforts. When she’s not at work, you can find Katie walking on the beach, lifting weights, or preparing (and eating!) a healthy meal.
Sergio Carreon, B.S. Kinesiology (Exercise and Sports Science) is an internationally board certified Cognitive Coach and has over 10 years experience working with kids and adults to reach their fullest potential. When not actively changing lives and making an impact in the community, you can find Sergio at the gym, beach, trying new foods, or enjoying a movie.
Sensory Motor Coach
Dr. Alek Rothenberg-Cunningham brings over 22 years of experience in Kinesiology and specializes in human motor behavior with an emphasis on the reciprocal relationship between perception and action. Alek has worked in fitness, research, collegiate instruction, and has specialized experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, including with San Diego-based 2008 Paralympic swimmer and breaststroke record holder, Kendall Bailey. Alek is inspired by the natural beauty of the environment and enjoys snowboarding, hiking and trail running, camping, reading, road trips, playing guitar, and cooking.
Sensory Motor Coach
Lauren Carroll has been working in the field of special education specializing in children ages 6-18 for over five years. Lauren was a licensed behavioral therapist for neurodivergent children and has extensive experience implementing coping strategies for intense aggression/rage/meltdowns as well as experience with potty training, verbal expression (vocal therapy), managing behaviors, and motor movement. Lauren wants to create a safe space where children feel comfortable opening up about their struggles. In her spare time, Lauren loves to try new things at restaurants, read, and as a nature lover, you can always find her outside hiking, picnicking, camping, and taking photos.
Sensory Motor Coach
Alexis Jones, B.A. Psychology, is currently on active duty in the Navy. Before joining the Navy, Alexis worked with adults with dementia and Alzheimer's and also worked at a Brain Balance in Houston, Texas. On her free time, she likes to play sports, travel, and try new restaurants.
Sensory Motor Coach
Eliza Fontanilla, B.S. Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology, brings research experience examining connections between sensory perception, behaviors, and cognitive functions with neural activity, and combines that expertise with personal experience connecting with and understanding the unique abilities and needs of neurodivergent individuals. When she’s not at work, Eliza enjoys trying new restaurants with friends and family, working on creative projects at coffee shops, designing clothes, dancing, watching the sunset and stars, or cuddling at home with her cat.
Sensory Motor Coach
Samuel Umanzor, B.S. Marketing, is a Sensory Motor Coach, who has had several years of experience working with children and adults. He loves to help individuals reach their fullest potential, from his 4 years of active duty leading Marines, to his time as a certified personal trainer. When he’s not helping others do their best, you can find him at the gym, training in martial arts, the beach, or at a concert.
Brain Balance of Encinitas Events
Food Drive with The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank
October 24, 2023 through December 21, 2023
Nutrition is an important part of the Brain Balance program. The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and our North County Food Bank chapter provide nutritious food to people in need, advocate for the hungry, and educate the public about hunger-related issues.
We invite you to support our community in need by DONATING non-perishable items such as canned meats, canned vegetables, peanut butter, pasta/rice, oatmeal/cereal, and more through the end of November. We cannot accept glass jars, home canned, or baked goods.
DROP-OFF your generous DONATIONS during normal business hours at each respective Brain Balance of Greater San Diego center.
Virtual Donations accepted: https://bit.ly/bbsdfooddrive23
Halloween Candy Buy-Back
November 1-3, 2023
Halloween can be a scary and stressful time of year for both children and families with sensory challenges and food allergies or sensitivities, including from artificial dyes and sugars. As participants of the Teal Pumpkin Project, we are offering families a safe and inclusive opportunity to participate in a Candy Buy-Back event. The whole family is encouraged to bring in their candy and exchange it for fun toys, activities, and gift cards, while supplies last. Free center tours and limited time assessment specials will be offered to attendees. RSVPs encouraged. Drop-off your candy during normal business hours at each respective Brain Balance of Greater San Diego center.
Teal Pumpkin Project
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 during normal business hours from 11am - 7:30pm
Brain Balance of San Diego, Chula Vista, and Encinitas The Teal Pumpkin Project is a simple way to make trick-or-treating safer and more inclusive for the 1 in 13 children living with food allergies, as well as many others affected by intolerances and other conditions. Come can visit any of our three centers during normal business hours on Halloween for non-food treats. Costumes welcomed!
The Live Well Advance Conference & School Summit (FREE)
November 1, 2023 8:00 PM - 5:00 PM at San Diego Convention Center
The Live Well Advance Conference & School Summit brings thousands of partners and stakeholders together to network, learn about new tools and best practices, and participate in 50+ breakout sessions and exhibitor booths. Leaders from every sector come together to participate in efforts to advance our shared vision of a healthy, safe and thriving San Diego region.
Brain Balance of Greater San Diego is a recognized Live Well and Live Well Schools Partner. Visit us at our exhibitor booth for a chance to win a free assessment and attend our breakout session with San Diego County’s Sheriff’s Department, “Inclusion and Safety: Understanding Neurodiversity and What It Means to Be a Blue Envelope County Blue Envelope Program.” Register here: https://www.livewellsd.org/events/live-well-advance
Adverse Childhood Experiences: The Impact on Brain Function & Development
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 10:30 AM & 5:00 PM PT
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events or unfortunate circumstances during one's early years. These experiences can encompass a wide range of adverse events, such as physical or emotional abuse, neglect, bullying, loss of a family member, exposure to substance abuse, environmental disasters, and more. Research shows that being exposed to traumatic events can impact the development of essential brain regions responsible for emotional regulation and executive functions. This can lead to difficulties in managing emotions, making decisions, controlling impulses, and feelings of anxiety. Join us for this free webinar to learn about how experiences can impact brain development, how they can be linked to challenges in life, and what you can do to strengthen brain connectivity for better performance and well-being for you or your child. Registrants will receive a resource guide!
Every month we offer a free webinar on a common struggle that children and young adults across the country may experience. Each of these webinars offers information, actionable strategies for change, as well as a deeper understanding of WHY these challenges are happening and how to address the root cause.
Find more content about us, webinars on demand, and our Brain Balance Program
BRAIN BALANCE CENTER OF ENCINITAS
Brain Balance helps children who struggle behaviorally, socially, and academically through a holistic and integrated approach that is customized to meet the needs of each child.