Brain Balance Center of Oakland County – Meet Our Staff
Carrie is delighted to serve as Executive Director at Brain Balance of Oakland County, and has been in this position for 8 years, since experiencing first-hand the impact that this holistic, developmental program had on her own teenage children, and their friends. As a mom, it’s hard to watch your child struggle, whether it’s academically, behaviorally, or socially. Life is challenging enough, and when there are brain-based barriers that are getting in the way of your child being the best version of themselves, a diagnosis, or medications, or accommodations just aren’t enough. Parents want to understand the root cause of the challenge and help their child OVERCOME the barriers.
Carrie is an executive with 25+ years of experience as an entrepreneur, business consultant, executive coach, strategist, educator, and process improvement facilitator in automotive and health care industries, ensuring teams and individuals reach their fullest potential. As a Board-Certified Cognitive Specialist, with degrees in Human Resources Training/Development, Carrie now uses this background to help students and families to create lasting change as they progress through the Brain Balance program, and there is nothing she would rather do. “There is no greater gift than seeing a child accomplish what others said they could not.”
Lead Sensory Motor Coach and Assessor
Jill is the Lead Sensory Motor Coach at Brain Balance of Oakland County. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Physical Education and a minor in Dance and is also a Board-Certified Cognitive Specialist. Jill brings many years of experience teaching Physical Education and coaching gymnastics, cross country, volleyball, and track. She is organized, honest, patient, and caring, and loves that she gets to work with the wonderful staff at Brain Balance to help kids reach their goals and succeed in life. She loves that she gets to help kids change their mindset and turn their challenges into achievements. When she is not at Brain Balance, Jill likes to be active outdoors, and spend time with her husband and two children. “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!” Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Sensory Motor and Academic Coach
Renée is the Assistant Program Director at Brain Balance of Oakland County. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Social Work at Wayne State University. She also works with Love for A Child as a camp counselor and mentor for children in the foster care system who have been abused or neglected. Renée is very passionate about helping others and loves that Brain Balance gives her a chance to develop a relationship with students and support them as they grow. In her free time, she enjoys her family cottage, going on hikes, being in nature, and cleaning! One of her favorite quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt says, “The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams.”
Sensory Motor and Cognitive Development Coach
Gracen is the Program Director at Brain Balance Oakland County. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, and is a Board Certified Cognitive Specialist. She has 8 years of experience teaching students Kindergarten - 8th Grade and 3 years of leadership experience as a Dean of Students and Special Education Coordinator. Gracen brings years of experience helping students and parents with both academic and behavior intervention. Gracen is creative, patient, encouraging, and organized. Gracen loves helping students succeed, finding their own strengths, improving their self-esteem, and reaching their goals. She is grateful to be a part of the Brain Balance team helping students to reach their full potential. When Gracen isn't at Brain Balance, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, and spending time outdoors. She also loves walking her Dog Ruby and playing with her cat Luna. One of her favorite quotes is "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." Helen Keller
Assessor, Coach, and Adult Program Director
Bamiji is an Assessor, Coach, and Adult Program Director at Brain Balance of Oakland County. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. He is a certified personal trainer, an avid student of neuroscience, and has a strong interest in exercise science. Bamiji is creative, innovative, and a great communicator and team player. Bamiji aligns with Brain Balance’s mission and vision to provide individuals of all ages with quality and effective programming to improve academic, social, and physical performance. One of his favorite quotes is “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.” John Wesley
Sensory Motor and Academic Coach
Alec is a Sensory Motor and Academic Coach at Brain Balance of Oakland County. He is an Eagle Scout and has 8 years of experience working with people of all ages and abilities, helping them to live with hope and a sense of adventure. He has served as a counselor at St. Francis on the Lake (Special Needs Camp), as a travel guide for disabled adults with Guided Tours, Inc, and as a Senior Care Manager and Activities Coordinator. Alec has a heart for helping others overcome barriers and challenges that have previously limited them from having a full and optimized life. After attending Northern Michigan University, Alec completed a 9 month Missionary Training program in Rome, Italy. Alec's favorite thing about working at Brain Balance is witnessing the incredible breakthroughs that children and adults experience on behalf of the program. When Alec is not at Brain Balance, he enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, swimming, and reading a good book. One of Alec's favorite quotes is: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” -Mahatma Gandhi.
Caelan is Assistant Director at Brain Balance of Oakland County. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Human Behavior and Social Services from Michigan State University. Caelan brings years of experience volunteering for 4-H programs that assist underprivileged students by teaching them coping mechanisms and positive outlets. At Brain Balance, Caelan loves the holistic approach, as it truly aligns with her values and views. She likes that she gets to work with people and add some positivity into their day! When Caelan is not at Brain Balance, she likes playing with her cats Violet and Prince and walking her dog, Martini. She also likes being outside, spending time up north, reading, and weightlifting. One of her favorite quotes is “There are no mistakes, only opportunities.” -Tina Fey
Sensory Motor and Academic Coach
Jannie is a Sensory Motor and Academic Coach at Brain Balance of Oakland County. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Oakland University and plans to pursue a master’s in social work. Jannie brings years of experience as a behavior technician, helping kids with everyday living skills. At Brain Balance, Jannie loves watching students grow and succeed. She feels there is no better feeling than to see how far students come in such a short amount of time. When Jannie is not at Brain Balance, she likes playing with her corgi Mochi and her dachshund Ginger. She also loves to make art and travel. One of her favorite quotes is “Be a pineapple. Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside” - Katherine Gaskin
BRAIN BALANCE CENTER OF OAKLAND COUNTY
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.
1972 Star-Batt Dr.
Rochester Hills, MI 48309
We are following CDC cleaning guidelines and local distancing guidelines.
M, W: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
T: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Th: 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
F: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat: By Appointment