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Brain Balance Center of Jacksonville – Meet Our Staff

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Our Team

Jessica & Kris Wick

Jessica & Kristopher Wick

Owners

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.

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Sarah Wendt

Executive Director

Sarah Wendt has been working with youth and families for the last 15 years and her expertise lies in trauma-informed care and social emotional learning. She graduated in her home state of Kansas from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Family Studies and Human Services.

Prior to moving to the beach, Sarah spent time in Colorado and most recently Savannah, Georgia where she worked in both social work and mental health fields. Sarah spent years working with youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems and has grown to greatly understand the complexities of unresolved trauma and its impact on the developing brain and is passionate about ensuring that all children are able to see and reach their full potential.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys antiquing, exploring new places to dine, golfing, long days at the beach, and most of all hanging out with her husband, two children, and two fur babies.

Samantha Nelson

Samantha Nelson

Virtual Program Coordinator / Assistant Program Director

Hi there! My name is Samantha and I recently graduated with honors from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and an emphasis in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience. Additionally, I have a background in Crisis Counseling as well as learning and child development. These experiences have taught me the patience, understanding, and strength I need in order to be there for others. I have always had an interest in the human mind and why it causes us to behave in certain ways. As a child, my best friend suffered from depression and other mental health struggles very early on. I tried my best to be there for her, sparking my passion for helping others in feeling accepted and overcoming their mental health struggles. My goal is to provide the empathy, care, and acceptance that every child deserves and ensure that no child feels alone in their struggles. I came to Brain Balance to make a direct impact on the lives of these children and help them to feel proud and become the best versions of themselves! In my free time, I enjoy creating art, cooking and eating lots of yummy foods, and spending time with my family.

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Anna

Sensory Motor Coach

Hey There! My names Anna, and I’m a proud Sensory Motor/ Cognitive Coach at Brain Balance. I’m from Long Island, New York, I moved to Jacksonville to do the program. My favorite hobbies are drawing and paddle boarding. My favorite band is Linkin Park, their music being my drive for years now. I’ve had ADHD my whole life, including anxiety. I understand the struggles, ups, and downs, and overall living with the particular disorders. I enjoy working with all kids that program here at brain balance. Seeing them grow and flourish is truly amazing! It’s also been fulfilling to watch myself grow and improve. These kids and this place have come to mean so much to me. Brain Balance is more than a program, it’s a home.

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Jessica

Sensory Motor Coach

Hello! My name is Jessica and I recently graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, specializing in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience. I have always been interested in the treatment of disorders without medication, and love the methods that Brain Balance uses to strengthen connections in the brain! I had minor brain surgery in 2018 to treat symptoms of Chiari malformation, and it changed my life in many ways, giving me a newfound passion to help those with mental struggles and disorders. I hope to encourage students to be the best they can be, as I have thoroughly enjoyed watching children's confidence grow as they progress through the program! In my spare time, I love to get outside, by going to the beach, walking my dog, hiking, or longboarding. I also enjoy getting together with family, taking vacations with friends, and getting stronger in the gym!

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.

Location

9191 RG Skinner Pkwy
Baymeadows East Professional Building
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Phone

904-800-7278

Hours

MWF: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
T, TH: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sat & Sun: Closed

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