Jessica & Kris Wick
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.
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.
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.
Marketing Assistant/Sensory Motor Coach
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.
Sensory Motor Coach
Hey everybody! My name is Delaney. I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I moved to Jacksonville in the summer of 2017 to pursue my college education at the University of North Florida. I will soon be graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Development with a double minor in Psychology and Sociology. When I have free time, I love to spend time with my friends, listen to and sing along with music (usually on my vinyls), and write excerpts and stories on what inspires me in every day life. I used to be a student athlete up until halfway through my high school career. I played basketball and softball for 10 years, tennis for 4 years, and I ran cross country my senior year of high school. In cross country, I did many exercises that mirror the exercises utilized and practiced in the Brain Balance program, which grasped my attention to the center. In addition, ever since I could remember, I knew I wanted to work with kids. Combining these two factors is a background of my young life in an eggshell. From the age of 2 until the age of 6, I suffered from Epilepsy. I, like many of the kids partaking in the program, struggled with my fine motor skills drastically. Because of my firsthand experience, I have an even greater love for my position at Brain Balance. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the kids’ growths and progressions for things they have been struggling with for a long time. Mental health is important at any age, especially in a young child; as someone who sometimes struggles with her mental health, I’m happy that Brain Balance Achievement Centers emphasizes the importance of maintaining physical, mental, and emotional health. Not only is Brain Balance helping the kids grow, but it is helping me grow into a more patient, more empathetic, and stronger person.
BRAIN BALANCE CENTER OF JACKSONVILLE
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.