Jessica and Kris Wick have made it their mission to help as many families as possible after the profound changes the Brain Balance program made in the life of their son, Dylan, in 2017. Jessica serves as the Executive Director of Brain Balance Center Jacksonville. Their personal experience with the program, from the point of view of a parent, helps to ensure that through Brain Balance there is hope and harmony for families.
Jessica graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology, followed by a Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice, Summa Cum Laude. She also holds Certification as an ABA, Applied Behavioral Therapist, and is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She is an active member of her community, Nocatee. Jessica’s hobbies include being an advocate for Lyme Disease and enjoys helping others navigate their way to healing. She also loves Florida Gator Football. Jessica and her husband, Kris, have two children: Dylan, age 9, and Maddie Rose, age 5. She also enjoys spending time with her two dogs: Onyx and Storm.
Kris holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Rasmussen College. He is a creative and highly motivated solutions specialist who has been regularly recognized as a global leader in many of the top Fortune 500 companies he has worked for. Kris has an amazing passion for helping kids develop and improve through coaching and mentoring them in his spare time. He also enjoys boating, fishing and continuously helping improve and grow his community.
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 educator for 11 years in both the public and private setting. 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 that 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 struggles.
New to the 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 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 Bluffton, Mount Pleasant, and Lexington, SC. They also 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.
Nancy Oldham is a licensed and dedicated educator with an inquisitive mind and passionate spirit. She is a New Jersey native and attended Rhode Island College in Providence. Nancy graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Elementary Education and Special Education. Nancy holds a State of Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate in Elementary Education, Emotionally Handicapped and Specific Learning Disabilities. With 30+ years of experience, both as a teacher and as an administrator, Nancy experienced the challenges and rewards of working with children and adults with academic, social and behavioral issues. Throughout the years, she reached students of varying exceptionalities in residential, prison, hospital, clinic, self-contained, resource, inclusion and home settings. Nancy’s greatest accomplishment during her ten years as Director of Tutoring Services at Hope Haven Children’s Clinic was the collaboration with Duval County Public Schools to implement appropriate methodology for dyslexia and to establish the framework for the GRASP Choice Academy. Nancy is a parent to three wonderful children and a grandma to one wild grand pup! She likes to walk on the beach, collect shells, ride her bicycle and read informational text. As part of the Brain Balance administrative team, Nancy’s goal is to share a message of hope with families by unlocking their child’s unlimited potential.
I graduated from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in Criminal Justice. I consider myself a ‘forever student,’ eager to build on my academic foundations in psychology, counseling, and social development. I am fueled by my passion for understanding mental health and wellness and my love for people, especially children. My favorite thing to do is spend time with family and friends, so all of my free time is often spent with my loved ones.
Hello, my name is Victoria “Tori” Ice. I’m one of your Coaches at the Brain Balance Center of Jacksonville. I grew up here, in Jacksonville and graduated from Christ’s Church Academy. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Public Health from The University of Alabama in 2019. I was selected to participate in the Congress of Future Medical Leaders held in Washington, D.C., Envision’s Johns Hopkins Medical Conference, served on a Medical Mission Trip to Nicaragua, and received the National Academy of Future Physicians Award of Excellence. I was also selected to participate in the Atlantis pre-med fellowship where I shadowed medical professionals at The San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, Italy. I am a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda: National Leadership & Honor Society, American Chemical Society, Phi Sigma Theta: National Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma: National Freshman Academic Honor Society, The Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement, and a finalist in the University of Alabama Undergraduate Research and Creativity Activity Conference representing the Health Sciences. I’m currently taking supplemental pre-med courses and plan to continue my education pursuing a master’s degree as a Physicians Assistant, specializing in orthopedics.
Anna Muraca was raised in Neshannock Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in Psychology. She is currently earning her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She loves working with kids. When she is not working at Brain Balance she is at the beach or working out.
Hi everyone!! My name is Bridget and I was born and raised here in Jacksonville, Florida. I graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with honors. In my free time, I enjoy going to the gym, the beach, hiking, camping, traveling and hanging out with friends. I played volleyball for 9 years and sports, in general, have always been a huge part of my life. Part of why I love Brain Balance so much is that it incorporates physical activity with mental health and it is so important to pursue growth in both of these areas, not just one! I’m a firm believer that both physical and mental health are strongly dependent on each other and it’s important to find a balance between these two areas. I’m also a huge fan of holistic healing practices like meditation, yoga, and mindfulness – so when I heard that Brain Balance provides holistic and integrative services, I knew I had to be a part of the team! On top of this, more than anything, I love working with kids and seeing them grow and reach their full potential. I have a background in working with children on the Autism Spectrum in the applied behavior analysis (ABA) field and plan on doing that again, alongside Brain Balance. I find that oftentimes, the kids that I work with teach me important life lessons without even realizing it – lessons that increase my patience, empathy, and love for them and the world around us. Helping them grow as they help me grow is the most amazing feat I could ever ask for in a job and I’m so thankful for the light they bring into my everyday life.
Hello hello! My name is Kara and I have a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, with a second major in Sociology. While in undergrad, I was accepted as a member of FSU’s honor college, Academic Recruitment Organization, and the Psychology Honors Program (Psi Chi), and earned an Honors Medallion from the University President. Since I was a young girl, I was always fascinated with the “why” and the “how” behind behaviors, and dreamed of a career in which I could help others understand why they are the way that they are. I was determined to find a place to work where I had the opportunity to directly impact lives of those who need someone in their corner fighting for them. I came to Brain Balance to let each and every child that walks through our door know that there is someone who cares for them, that they are loved, and that they can do anything they put their mind to! When I’m not at BB, I spend my time with 2 rescue doggos and enjoy going to the beach or to parks.