Brain Balance Center of Huntington Beach – Meet Our Staff


Our Team

Dr. Mursel Azar-Nassiry

Dr. Mursel Azar-Nassiry

Executive Director

Dr. Mursel Azar-Nassiry received her doctorate in Psychology and has been working with Brain Balance for over 5 years. Her past research has focused on children’s cognitive and language development, parental attachment in correlation to children’s mental and physical health, as well as the effects parenting a child with special needs has on caregivers. Clinically, Dr. Azar-Nassiry has had the opportunity to work with children and their families in a variety of settings, providing them with mental health services needed to improve daily functioning. She was one of the first employees who helped open up the Huntington Beach Brain Balance Center five years ago and is excited to return here as the Executive Director. She is looking forward to being able to apply her clinical skills as well as her leadership skills with the Brain Balance approach, assisting children and families attain a better quality of life. As a mental health specialist, Dr. Azar-Nassiry believes every child has a potential waiting to be discovered.

Melissa Henderson

Melissa Henderson

Center Director

Melissa Henderson is a native of Huntington Beach, California. She joins Brain Balance as our new Center Director with a background in teaching and business. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Alabama where she also served as a graduate teaching assistant. She returned to California to teach reading to children of all ages. Formerly serving as the Center Director of nearby tutoring centers, Melissa started to notice there were several students whose needs were not best met by traditional tutoring. After some research, she found the answer to her question: Brain Balance. Melissa’s passion for working with children and their families continues to grow as each day goes by. With strong professionalism and warmth, Melissa strides to make every family’s journey through Brain Balance a success!

Samantha Coelho

Samantha Coelho

Program Director

Samantha Coelho earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Health Promotion at California State University, Fullerton. She has worked with Brain Balance for the past four years.  Starting as a lead sensory motor coach, Samantha’s passion and dedication in helping our families achieve success promoted her to Program Director of two centers.  Samantha has continued to learn and grow in her different leadership roles over the years while helping the lives of hundreds of families! She is extremely passionate about working with children, unlocking their true potential and giving them a safe space to learn and grow. Samantha looks forward to meeting each and every family in the program to help be the catalyst for their success.

Alina Shahryar

Alina Shahryar

Administrative Assistant/Sensory Motor Coach

Alina Shahryar has been working with Brain Balance for over a year now as a Sensory Motor Coach and is completing her Bachelor’s in Kinesiology. She plans on pursuing graduate studies and continuing her work with children and families. She enjoys working with our children and will be assisting the office with admin work as needed. Alina looks forward to getting to know our families and helping our students reach their full potential.


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.


19365 Main Street
Suite 104/105
Huntington Beach, CA 92648




Mon – Fri: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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