David brings over 25 years in education to Brain Balance of Jacksonville, both as teacher and Headmaster in private school administration. David has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Institute for Learning Difficulties, and has been instrumental in bringing programs to help learning disabled students to several schools, including two local to Jacksonville.
His dedication to helping children led him to Brain Balance, where he continues to support children and their families in the Brain Balance journey. Having earned a B.S. in Education, and M. S. in Educational Administration, David offers a unique and extensive knowledge base. David’s formal education and experience provides an impacting leverage in providing families the fullest Brain Balance program possible. Outside of the center, David’s greatest joy is his wife, Susan, their two children, and three grand-children. He likes to spend his free time golfing, hiking, and taking trips with the grandchildren. Most of all, helping others achieve their fullest potential is what ultimately drives David.
Board Certified Cognitive Specialist
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!
Board Certified Cognitive Specialist
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.
Susan Patterson has over twenty-five years of experience as an educator. Many of those years have been with schools who have a strong desire to help all children – especially those who learn differently. Susan, along with her husband, David, has served on the Board of Directors of the National Institute for Learning Difficulties, and has been instrumental in bringing programs to help learning disabled students to several schools, including two right here in Jacksonville. Susan’s main activities involve her church and her family. She has two children and three grandchildren, and in her words, “They are my life!” She and her husband are active members at Celebration Church.
Mrs. Patterson is very excited about being a part of Brain Balance where she will, once again, be able to help meet the needs of our very exceptional children!
Teri & Jeff Wesselman
Teri L. Wesselman, along with her husband Jeff, brought the Brain Balance program to Jacksonville in 2014. Their son, Bailey, was diagnosed with severe Autism at the age of two. After trying absolutely everything else, they finally found Brain Balance. Bailey attended the program in Atlanta, and upon witnessing the growth, development, and progress in all aspects of his life, Teri and Jeff felt a strong impression to become more involved and help share the program that changed their lives with other families near Teri’s hometown. Their experience as parents and passion for helping other children makes them a valued part of the Brain Balance family