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Brain Balance Center of Woodbury – Meet Our Staff

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Our Team

Michelle Robertson

Dr. Michelle Robertson

Executive Director

Dr. Michelle Robertson has spent her professional career helping others improve their lives and is dedicated to the Brain Balance program. A Texas native, Dr. Robertson now lives in Wichita, Kansas, and serves as the Executive Director for the Wichita, Nashville, and Minneapolis centers. She loves traveling and is thrilled to be helping children and adults in the Twin Cities through the miracle of Brain Balance.

Dr. Robertson 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 is a tenured professor at Friends University and 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 clinical 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.

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Amy Downing

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.

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Jacqueline Noel

Center Director

Serving as the Center Director, Jackie joined the Brain Balance Woodbury team in the summer of 2023. She brings years of experience in education to the team, along with a rich experience in working with students and parents alike as they learn and grow. She came to Brain Balance to be a part of a program that changes the lives of so many children and adults through hard work, consistency, and creativity. Jackie loves helping others set goals and then support them through the process of obtaining them. Among her many strengths, she identifies her patience and understanding as the highest on the list as well as her commitment to being a life-long learner. Jackie has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics and recently earned a certificate in Full-Stack Web Development. When she is not working, you will find her outside! She loves going out for a run, a bike ride, or a long walk with her Spring Spaniel, Bert. Jackie enjoys all seasons, but especially loves getting outside in the winter. She’s always loved skiing, both downhill and backcountry, and she just loves the adventure that comes with getting out in the elements. She loves reading for fun and to learn something, and when she’s not outdoors or reading, she can be found coding (she’s currently learning Bootstrap and Django) or trying a new recipe for dinner. Jackie and her husband recently bought their first home, so they will be staying busy with house projects! A fun fact is that she used to downhill ski race and still enjoys skiing today.

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Anita Bruno

Program Director

Anita has a Master’s degree in education from Hamline University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Winona State University. She has been a K-6 teacher for over 10 years and loves working with kids! Anita lives in Woodbury with her husband and three kids. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, being outside, and long-distance biking. Anita thinks Brain Balance is an amazing place because of the supportive coaches and wonderful kids.

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Greta Knutson

Coach

Greta has been working at Brain Balance since May 2022. She currently works as one of our coaches who strives to deliver our students a great Brain Balance experience. She has always had a passion for working with children and this is what led her to join our team. With her own personal experiences of mental health struggles, she truly believes in the Brain Balance mission of helping each student find ways to succeed in life. 
Greta graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She plans on continuing her education to become a Mental Health Counselor for children. She loves working with our students and looks forward to continuing to make a positive impact on each individual's life.

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Charlotte King

Receptionist

Charlotte has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Ball State University. She has been at Brain Balance since July 2022 and serves as the Office Manager. She came to Brain Balance because she has a passion for helping others, holistic alternatives, and the Brain Balance mission. She is inspired by the success stories of students and how hard they have worked to meet their goals and accomplishments.

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Madelyn Dick

Coach

Madelyn has been with Brain Balance since October of 2022 and works as one of our coaches. She came to Brain Balance because of her continued desire to work with children and families. She believes in the Brain Balance mission and has a heart for helping children while meeting them where they are at. Helping children achieve their goals to reach their full potential in a fun environment is something she is passionate about. Madelyn loves working with our students and is looking forward to continuing to watch them grow here at Brain Balance.
Madelyn is currently working towards obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science with a minor in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she will graduate in 2024. She will continue on to receive her Masters in Occupational Therapy. 

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Theri Edwards

Executive Office Administrator

Theri has been with Brain Balance since October of 2022 and is serving as the Executive Office Administrator for owners Michelle Robertson and Amy Downing. Theri has 30+ years in an Office Administration environment. Her work journey has always been in the technical field so working at Brain Balance is a dream come true for her, she finds working in the rich environment of changing lives is where she was always meant to be. Because she has spent many years learning how to navigate PTSD from past trauma and walking the very rocky path of self discovery she has enormous compassion for those that Brain Balance helps.
Theri is also certified as therapeutic coach graduating from the Meta academy in 2007 as well as a certified Reflexologist graduating from the Community College of Southern Nevada in 2000. She is an avid reader and will read just about anything she can get her hands on. She believes that one should never stop learning and striving to explore themselves and the world around them. When time allows she loves traveling and finding the path less traveled in whatever country or state she is in. Finding that out of the way, hole in the wall family restaurant in the middle of Italy, Greece or middle of nowhere Kentucky is always a thrill for her.

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Zach Dobmeyer

Assistant Program Director

Zach started working at Brain Balance in the summer of 2023! He joined the team as the Assistant Program Director, tackling the important responsibilities around program quality, training, and organization. He joined the Brain Balance team because he recognized that the program is setup so differently from any other he has seen. Zach is passionate about helping kids and adolescents achieve their goals. His strengths are his enthusiasm, charisma and always being punctual. Zach is currently working on getting his bachelor’s degree in psychology. When not working, Zach loves live music, reading and being with friends and family. A fun fact about Zach is that he loves country music.

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Sandra Messiha

Coach

Sandra joined the Brain Balance team in the summer of 2023. She brings her passion helping people improve their overall health, and she is dedicated to making a positive impact on others. Sandra is a caring coach, who uses her strengths of creativity, dedication, and observation skills to connect with and motivate her students toward success. Her ability to connect with and bond across different cultures also helps her build strong relationships with those around her. Sandra has an associate degree in biology from Inver Hills Community College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Biopsychology degree at Augsburg University. Her future goal is to pursue a graduate degree in the field of neuroscience, which is what drew her to Brain Balance. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, listening to and making music, and writing.…alongside her cat, Toshiro. A fun fact about Sandra is that she completed a study abroad trip to Germany that she describes as one of the best experiences she’s had in her life. In addition to learning more about the German people, she learned that Germany’s history and that of her own native Egypt were intertwined in many ways that she had realized before.

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Christa Eggimann

Coach

Christa joined the Brain Balance team in May of 2023. She loves that Brain Balance offers hope and practical tools to help improve people’s lives. Her passion is helping people overcome their challenges and live up to their potential. Her strengths include organizing, strategizing, problem solving, communicating, and motivating others. Christa has a bachelor’s degree in youth ministry from Bethel University. She likes to go out to eat with friends, watch movies, dance, and go for horseback rides. She also loves to travel, and her favorite country that she has traveled to is India.

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Alicia White

Coach

Alicia joined the Brain Balance team in June of 2023 as a coach. She is excited to be working at Brain Balance because she can bring her experience and knowledge as a SPED para to our kiddos and families. She is passionate about helping people. She has always loved working with children and adults with special needs and loves seeing them overcome challenges. Alicia feels her superpower is patience, perseverance, and the ability to adapt to any situation. She is working on her bachelor’s degree in special education and is looking forward to graduating in 2024. When Alicia is not working, she can be found exploring nature, and a fun fact is that one of her jobs is at an outdoor elementary school.

BRAIN BALANCE CENTER OF WOODBURY

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

700 Commerce Drive
Suite 100
Woodbury, MN 55125

Phone

651-731-6172

Hours

Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 7pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday: By Appointment Only

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