Jon’s passion to open the Center is born out of the experience in raising a son with developmental disabilities and seeing other parents struggle to find real solutions for their kids while going around in circles with the traditional medical route. His background includes serving on the board of Kids Included Together, Just in Time for Foster Youth as well as volunteering with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. His desire to mentor and impact the lives of others is contagious. Jon’s undeniable vision for an inclusive society with equal opportunities and growth made him follow his passion to help others and open the first Brain Balance Center in San Diego.
Amanda brings to Brain Balance of San Diego a background in Education, STEM, and Wildlife Conservation. As a lifelong learner, she’s a sponge for information and active in promoting equity and access to quality education. She believes every person should have the opportunity to actualize their full potential and to live life to the fullest. Her other passions include dancing, beach volleyball, enjoying the outdoors, travel, and being a foodie. Every day she aims to inspire and be inspired.
Kenny was born and raised in Northern California. In 2014, he moved to San Diego to attend and play collegiate basketball at the University of California, San Diego. He graduated in 2018 from UCSD with a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Business. Kenny has enjoyed working with children through basketball as well as at a before and after school program at an elementary school. His hobbies include reading, traveling, playing sports, and cooking.
Shad is new to San Diego and very excited to bring his background in education, fitness and sports to Brain Balance. Shad went to school for psychology and later sports management, mending his two passions of sports and education/learning about people. Most recently, Shad was an elementary and middle school teacher at a small school in Israel before moving back to the states. Shad is excited to learn more about San Diego and all of the amazing families to come to Brain Balance.
Jay is a student at the University of California San Diego studying for a Business Psychology B.S. degree. He enjoys going to the beach, studying the stock market, volunteering for nonprofit organizations, and learning new things. My passion focuses on creating more opportunities for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and activism.
Kyung is an independent business lawyer with over eight years of experience managing her own practice. Over the last several years, Kyung has enjoyed a transformational path towards self-improvement through a committed practice to yoga, meditation, and healthy eating. You will often find Kyung sharing her most recent vegan recipe and she truly knows how to make healthy eating taste amazing. With an infectious smile, Kyung brings an incredible amount of love to improve the lives of adults and kids. Her son Sean will often call her “my love,” and she enjoys a loving and adventurous marriage with her husband Jon.
Rachel was born and raised in Northern California. There she attended Shasta
Community College where she played collegiate basketball and graduated from
California State University, Chico with her bachelor’s of arts in Kinesiology and a minor in Coaching. She has enjoyed working with kids from many years of life-guarding, teaching swim lessons, and working at a recreation center. She moved to San Diego in August of 2019 to pursue her passion for fitness and helping others. Outside of Brain Balance Rachel has plans of becoming a personal trainer and making an impact in other’s lives. Her hobbies include traveling to new places, enjoying amazing food, playing sports, and spending time outside in the sun.
Katie was born and raised in the Bay Area where she attended San Jose State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Inclusive Physical Activity in Communities. She loves the multidisciplinary approach Brain Balance offers, and can’t wait to learn more about and help support all of the families that come to Brain Balance. When she’s not at work, you can find Katie walking on the beach, lifting weights, or preparing (and eating!) a healthy meal.
Shanelle is originally from Long Beach. She graduated CSU Long Beach with her B.S. in Biological Sciences. Since graduating, she has worked with adolescents and college students with autism and other learning differences develop social, academic, and independent living skills. Shanelle is now pursuing her Masters Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Community and Public Health Practice from the University of San Francisco. She enjoys working with kids of all ages, sharing her passion for wellness and education in any way she can. Shanelle enjoys hiking in the spring and summer, snowboarding in the winter, and going to the beach all year around!
Melanie was born in Australia but grew up in sunny San Diego. She has a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from San Diego State University, and recently graduated from Boston University's Doctoral program in Occupational Therapy. Through her experiences teaching music, and working in early intervention including in public school settings, Melanie has worked with numerous students and families to collaborate in setting and achieving meaningful goals. When she's not at Brain Balance, you can find Melanie trying new recipes, with her nose buried in a book, or chasing her toddler around the house."
Victoria Hoey was born and raised in San Diego. She earned her degree in Behavioral and Social Sciences and has over 6 years experience as a nanny. Her favorite subjects are child development and psychology. Her career goals are to be in social work and be an advocate for children. She loves to cook vegan dishes, play tennis, and hang out with her dog, Cedric.