Cassi is a native of Irmo, SC and is happy to have relocated closer to home from the upstate.
Cassi earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Winthrop University in Elementary Education, then returned back to her alma mater to earn her Master’s Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment. Cassi brings twelve years of experience in general and special education to the Brain Balance team. She taught in a Title One elementary school and collaborated with The Rex Institute for Educational Partnership and Renewal at Winthrop University, serving as a mentor teacher and evaluator for six years. These roles allowed her to open her classroom doors to full-time interns, teacher-candidates, and professors for observations and clinical practice. Her favorite part about her experience was being able to provide educational leadership and support regarding high-quality teacher education and how to address critical challenges in education today, such as poverty and child development.
Cassi opened the Lexington location as the center director in January of 2018. Cassi believes that through the Brain Balance Program, all children can learn, succeed, and become the best version of themselves. Her goal is to educate the Lexington community about the effectiveness of our holistic multi-sensory model to bridge developmental gaps. Cassi’s roles at Brain Balance are to oversee the Brain Balance experience for each individual family, maintain program excellence, conduct staff enrichment & training, and oversee the well-being of the Lexington center. She continues her personal growth by continuously expanding her knowledge of child development and neurological disorders in children.
Cassi lives in Lexington with her husband, Justin, and two children, Cason and Miller Kate. She enjoys reading to her two children, visiting Edisto Beach, and being outside on a sunny day. Her quote to live by is, “There are two gifts we should give our children, one is roots and the other is wings.”
Freddie is a native of Columbia, SC. Freddie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Administration. Freddie joined the Brain Balance team in March of 2018 as a Sensory-Motor coach and Individual Student Assessor. Freddie’s knowledge of program protocols, positive relationships with his students, and high expectations for himself and others, quickly promoted him into a leadership role. Freddie is passionate about working with children and young adults and does whatever it takes to ensure their success. Freddie’s role at Brain Balance is to provide each family with the supports needed for their children to reach their fullest potential through our program. Freddie oversees the proper implementation of Brain Balance protocols, monitors and tracks individual student growth, conducts parent meetings and school visits, and trains and monitors our coaching staff.
Freddie lives in Irmo with his wife, Courtney, and their three children Braylen, Bella, and Brentlee. Freddie is Kukkiwon certified 1st Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo. He enjoys coaching youth sports and cheering for the Carolina Gamecocks and the Duke Blue Devils! His favorite quote is, “Greatness is within.
Preslee joined our team as a southern transplant from Heber City, Utah. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Family Life and Human Development from Southern Utah University. Preslee has always been drawn to working with children and brings a wealth of knowledge to our growing team. Prior to Brain Balance, Prelsee worked in case management and client advocacy for those experiencing homelessness and domestic violence. Through these avenues, she gained experiences in crisis intervention, client care, and customer service. Preslee is looking forward to completing her Balance360 Ambassador training and to becoming an integral part of families experiencing authentic change through the Brain Balance program. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring and experiencing “all things southern,” and reading.
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 to 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.