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Staff Members

Melanie Furstenberg

Executive Director/Owner

Melanie Furstenberg holds a Master’s Degree in Communications and is a Board-Certified Cognitive Specialist. She has spent nearly 10 years being involved with the Brain Balance program, both professionally and personally. She has also worked 20 years in the medical diagnostics industry launching innovative technology to address some of the most critical healthcare crises that patients face. Melanie is a Member of the Research & Outcomes Team for Brain Balance Corporate, which identifies potential utilization for the significant amount of data that the 100+ Brain Balance Centers gather across the U.S. She was also fundamental in establishing Brain Balance of Omaha as the first location in the U.S. to bring our program to the educational system with the goal of serving as many children as possible. She believes research and education are critical and she is currently completing a Certification in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania. When Melanie was searching for solutions to improve her own son’s behavior, attention, and academic issues, her research led her to the Brain Balance Program. She began working with Brain Balance Centers of Atlanta and was amazed by the improvements her son attained in a relatively short amount of time. After years of different therapies and methods, Brain Balance was the “Game Changer” that her family was seeking.

Katrina Goodrich

Center Director

Katrina was born and raised in North Loup, Nebraska. She received her BA degree in Biomedical Health with a minor in Psychology from Northwestern College. During that time, she worked as a Tutor and Teaching Assistant in the Biology Department. Katrina has worked with students with extreme Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental disorders. Katrina has always been interested in a more Holistic approach to Health and Wellness and is very excited to be on the Brain Balance of Omaha team for the past two years. She loves the Hope that Brain Balance offers students and their families and being a part of positive change in their lives.

Katrina performs a valuable role at Brain Balance of Omaha by ensuring Program Quality and Outcomes for our families. Katrina works with our families for the year following in-Center graduation to ensure growth continues to accelerate for our Students.

Julie Olpin

Program Director

Julie is a native of Western Montana.  She received her Bachelor’s in Education from Southern Utah University and received her Master’s degree in both Education and Educational Technology from Peru State College.  Julie has spent the last 20 years working in various teaching capacities, including working with children on the Autism spectrum and as a classroom teacher.  Most recently, she was a teacher in the Bellevue School District, where she taught First and Fifth grade.

Julie plays a critical role in working with our Students’ families and teachers to explain the root cause of their concerns. Julie also works in collaboration with teachers to share observations as our students are meeting new developmental goals. Many of our schools request Julie to provide In-Services to their entire staff to explain how Hemispheric Development impacts their students.

Julie’s husband retired from the Air Force while stationed at Offutt Air Force Base.  They have lived all over the United States from Georgia to California. However, In their 10 years of living in Nebraska, they have grown to love the state and the friendly people and have since decided to stay here to raise their two sons.

Julie was drawn to Brain Balance while seeking help for her son, who has Asperger’s Syndrome.  She began working as a Program Coach in the Center and was amazed at the progress she saw in both her Son and the Students, as well as the positive impact it had on their families.  She is excited to continue in her role as Program Director, where she she can make a significant difference in her Students’ futures.

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