Dr. Michelle Robertson
A Texas native, Dr. Robertson moved to Wichita in 2003 to be a full-time faculty member in the Master of Science in Family Therapy (MSFT) program at Friends University. When introduced to the work of Dr. Robert Melillo, the founder of the Brain Balance program, she was impressed with how well it aligned with her own training, education, and experience, and soon after brought the program to Wichita. While Dr. Robertson lives primarily in Wichita, she serves as the Executive Director for the Wichita, Nashville, and Minneapolis Brain Balance centers.
Dr. Robertson is a tenured professor in the Master of Science in Family Therapy (MSFT) program at Friends University. She earned a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Louisiana at Monroe, a master’s degree from Abilene Christian University, and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Psychology from Midwestern State University. She practices as a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in the greater Wichita area. In addition to her private therapy practice, her work as a tenured professor, and her involvement with Brain Balance, Dr. Robertson is a member of the Wichita Junior League and a member of The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She and her husband have two children, both of whom have completed the Brain Balance program.
Director of Operations
Amy has been part of Brain Balance since September 2016.She has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma. She was instrumental in bringing Brain Balance to Wichita, KS. Amy acted as the Center Director for the Wichita center from 2018-2022 before transitioning to the Director of Operations for Brain Balance of Nashville, Wichita, and Minneapolis. She is a Board Certified Cognitive Specialist through IBCCES earned Dec. 2019, a certified Functional Medicine coach Aug. 2021, and has over 6+ yrs experience supporting families and students through their Brain Balance journey. Having an autistic son herself, she saw him make tremendous gains behaviorally, socially, and academically through completing the Brain Balance program in Kansas City. Amy’s passion is to bring hope and healing to parents of struggling children through the groundbreaking approach that makes up the Brain Balance program.
Director of Staff Development
Carlee joined the Brain Balance team in 2017, shortly after the center opened, working as a coach and as an assessor. Since that time, she has served the center at every level, gaining expertise in program protocols and center development, and helping hundreds of children and their families along the way. Carlee currently serves as the Director of Staff Development wherein she provides high quality support and training for all Brain Balance employees. Carlee earned her M.S. in Family Therapy from Friends University and is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Kansas. Previous work experience for Carlee includes private practice therapy, working in a local church counseling center, working as a therapist case manager at a residential treatment facility for adolescent girls, and teaching parenting classes for a local pregnancy crisis center. While Carlee was completing her certification in play therapy at the KC Play Therapy Institute, she also enjoyed leading therapeutic play groups at preschools and working with mothers on attachment-based play therapy activities in order to help facilitate secure attachment relationships. Out of all of the work Carlee has been involved in, getting to watch the students work hard to achieve their goals while they are enrolled in the Brain Balance program, is the most rewarding!
Kelli joined the Brain Balance leadership team in January of 2023, and she is currently serving as the center's lead Director. Kelli has a passion for helping others discover their full potential and has previously worked in public service and business as a private coach. Since receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s at Wichita State University, she has taught college courses in both Criminal Justice and Sociology. Kelli has a passion for community wellness and believes that Brain Balance has a tremendous impact on improving overall wellness. She is thrilled to join the team at Brain Balance and to see progress in people who are enrolled. Kelli is excited to help make breakthroughs possible!
Erin is our most veteran coach who has been working at Brain Balance since August of 2020. Erin was enrolled as a student in our program prior to her employment and experienced significant changes in herself. This experience gives her a unique purpose and insight into what Brain Balance can accomplish in the lives of children and their families. Erin is a strong brainstormer who strives to create new ideas to engage children in different ways while staying focused on the goal of helping them generate the changes needed to transform their lives.
She continues to be a strong advocate for our students and holds a strong expertise when it comes to the efficiency of our program nights. She loves Brain Balance because of its love and appreciation for helping children grow in so many different ways.
Receptionist & Coach
Christina has been with Brain Balance since August of 2022 and is currently serving as the morning receptionist and Coach. In addition to her office duties, she also assists with our program delivery. Because of her personal journey in learning to manage her ADHD, she has a passion for service and believes in the Brain Balance mission of helping anyone who is struggling with the hard emotions that often accompany behavioral and learning challenges.
Christina received her Bachelor’s in Leadership and Public Relations Communication in 2020 from Emporia State University and is currently working on her Master of Science in Family Therapy degree at Friends University. She has a heart for coaching which also led her into her role of Head Coach of Disc Golf at Hesston College. The desire to foster compassion-driven growth amidst hard places, inspires her in her work with kids and their families at Brain Balance.
Lead Assessor & Coach
Meghan has been at Brain Balance since November of 2022. She came to Brain Balance because of a desire to work with people. She was a quick learner who dove into the methods that drive changes in the Brain Balance program. This led her into her role of Lead Assessor and to specialize in the work with our 1:1 program students. She has a knack for meeting kids where they are and loves the fun environment that Brain Balance provides along with hearing the inspiring growth stories that our parents share!
Meghan graduated from Friends University with a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice and is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Sports. As a former college softball player, her goal is to help student athletes progress through the emotions that come with sport. She is looking forward to continuing to do similar things at Brain Balance, as she helps kids progress through our program and help them become the best they can be.
Assessor & Coach
Caitlin has been at Brain Balance since October of 2022 and is currently serving as an Assessor and Coach. She came to Brain Balance through her degree program at Friends University as an Intern. She completed her internship and graduated from Friends University in December 2022 with her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Social Services and has continued with the Brain Balance team.
Caitlin has a strong passion for helping others and brings this into her work as a patient care technician at the hospital and her role as a CNA the past nine years. She loves watching Brain Balance students achieve their goals through the program. Caitlin is a consistent and compassionate member of our coaching team and brings a very calm presence to her relationships with the students.
Brayden has been at Brain Balance since June of 2022 and is currently serving as our evening receptionist. He was a part of our Brain Balance program and believes in the ability of our program and coaches to benefit children because he has experienced it himself. He is so proud to be a part of such a large impact. Brayden attends Andover Central High School and is involved in band and choir. These experiences have taught him how to be a part of a whole and have translated over to his work at Brain Balance. Brayden is a positive and encouraging presence at our front desk who is always willing to help out and interact with anyone who walks through the front door.
He really enjoys the staff and general atmosphere of Brain Balance as it offers a safe and encouraging place to grow. The desire to encourage and provide a warm space for kids is what Brayden will continue to take into his work at the front desk.
Virtual Program Director
Emma has dedicated her time and education to supporting students who struggle academically. In addition to her work with Brain Balance, Emma is also a certified dyslexic tutor. She is passionate about helping students reach their full potential and gain confidence along the way.
Emma holds a Bachelor of Journalism and Public Relations with a Minor in English from the University of Mississippi, and a Masters of Secondary Education and Humanities from Grand Canyon University. Emma is originally from Minnesota but has since lived in Mississippi and New York, though her travels have taken her all over the map. She currently resides in Nashville with her basset hound, Harold. She's always looking for her next adventure outdoors, whether it's a hike or floating in a lake.
BRAIN BALANCE CENTER OF WICHITA
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.