Brain Balance Center of Oakland County – Meet Our Staff

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Our Team

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History

Brain Balance of Oakland County

Kurt and Carrie’s desire to open a Brain Balance™ Achievement Center is born out of the 15+ years they spent searching for and exploring solutions for their son, who suffered from ADD, dyslexia, and generalized anxiety disorder. Alec, a junior in high school when they were introduced to Brain Balance, had been medicated for these issues since sixth grade. Alec’s positive experience and outcomes with the Brain Balance program are not unique, and Kurt and Carrie have met dozens of parents whose children have made remarkable gains and achieved a quality of life that they’d previously thought impossible. The Odrobina’s are now delighted to be part of the Brain Balance family, on mission to assist other families as they enable their children to reach their potential and overcome developmental challenges and disabilities.

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Carrie Odrobina

Center Director/Owner

Carrie Odrobina serves as Center Director at the Brain Balance of Oakland County, and is a Board Certified Cognitive Specialist. Carrie is an executive with 20+ years of experience as an entrepreneur, business consultant, executive coach, strategist, educator, and process improvement facilitator in the automotive and health care industries. With degrees in Human Resources Training/Development and Psychology, Carrie has spent her career ensuring individuals reach their potential. Her ability to assess situations and transform environments to create lasting change is as relevant at Brain Balance of Oakland County as it has been in corporate environments.

Carrie and her husband, Kurt, know first-hand the frustration families experience when their child is struggling.  They were Brain Balance parents first. Before Brain Balance, Carrie and Kurt tried countless therapies and interventions to help their own child overcome academic, social, and behavioral challenges.  After years of testing and treatments that didn’t identify or address the root cause of their child’s struggles, they began to lose hope. Brain Balance felt like the last effort to unlock the potential of their son, who was desperate to be off medications and to have the skills and abilities to achieve his relationship and career goals. The experience their son and family had with Brain Balance was eye opening and transformational, and Carrie couldn’t be more thrilled to be on mission to help more kids and families.  There is no greater gift than seeing a child accomplish what others said they could not. 

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Jill Ex

Lead Sensory Motor Coach and Assessor

Jill is a Lead Sensory Motor Coach and Assessor 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.

One of her favorite quotes by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer is, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!”

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Renée Odrobina

Sensory Motor and Academic Coach

Renée is a Sensory Motor and Academic Coach at Brain Balance of Oakland County. She is currently studying at Wayne State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. 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.”

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Leah Copeland

Assistant Director

Leah is a sensory motor and academic coach at Brain Balance of Oakland County. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and English as well as a minor in Health. Leah brings years of experience teaching middle school, and absolutely loves helping kids feel safe, comfortable, and welcomed in any learning environment. She is passionate about mental health, community, and supporting Brain Balance kids and families. She loves being a part of a kind and caring team that has kids’ best interests at heart. When Leah is not at Brain Balance, she enjoys hiking, traveling, spending time with her husband, family, and friends, and taking care of her cat, Mocha. One of her favorite quotes by T.S. Eliot is “Every moment is a fresh beginning.”

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Gracen Fetzer

Sensory Motor and Cognitive Development Coach

Gracen is a Sensory Motor and Cognitive Development Coach at Brain Balance of Oakland County. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership! She has 8 years of experience teaching students Kindergarten through 8th grade, 3 years experience as a Special Education Coordinator, and experience as a softball coach for students ages 10-18 years old! Gracen is creative, patient, encouraging, and organized. At Brain Balance, Gracen loves helping students succeed, find their own strengths, improve their self esteem, and reach their goals. She is grateful to be a part of a great team! When Gracen isn’t at Brain Balance, she loves to take care of her cat, Luna. One of her favorite quotes by Walt Disney is “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” —Walt Disney

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Bamiji Ibironke

Sensory Motor and Cognitive Development Coach

Bamiji is a Sensory Motor and Cognitive Development Coach 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 with quality and effective programming to improve academic, social, and physical performance. When Bamiji isn’t at Brain Balance, he loves to exercise, read, listen to, and play music!

One of his favorite quotes by John Wesley 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.”

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Olivia McNamara

Program Director

Olivia is the Program Director at Brain Balance of Oakland County. She has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and has taught students of all ages for the last 8 years! Olivia brings years of experience implementing behavioral interventions and is incredibly passionate about helping students achieve whatever they set their mind to. She loves being a part of a positive and supportive atmosphere at Brain Balance and helping students achieve their potential. When Olivia is not at Brain Balance, she loves to spend time with her family, especially her two dogs, Boomer and Bear. She also loves to hike, fish, kayak, and play soccer. One of her favorite quotes is “If you want the rainbow, first you have to put up with the rain.” -Dolly Parton

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Caelan Jansen

Sensory Motor and Academic Coach

Caelan is a Sensory Motor and Academic Coach 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

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Jannie Duong

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 Masters 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.

Location

1972 Star-Batt Dr.
Rochester Hills, MI 48309

Phone

248-714-0486

Hours

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

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