Dr. Ray Booth, PhD
Ray earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He brings to Brain Balance his 33+ years experience working with individuals and families. Before starting his private practice, he managed the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise, Idaho. Ray has been impressed with the worry and concern of parents who have children with learning and developmental problems. He has also seen that many of the emotional issues of adults stem from their own neurobehavioral issues that were not corrected during childhood.
Dawna holds degrees in child development and interior design, also from Brigham Young University. (Three guesses how Ray & Dawna met!) She is an avid skier, an accomplished musician (piano), and a skilled artisan (almost any craft). She has held numerous leadership positions in her business and in the community. Her experience in sales and marketing while running her own successful retail business is an important asset to BBE. However, she counts her 35 years as a homemaker, mother and grandmother as her most valuable contribution.
Their journey: Ray and Dawna were seeking assistance for their own family members when they discovered the groundbreaking Brain Balance Program established by Dr. Robert Melillo. When they discovered there was not a Brain Balance in Oregon, they were determined to bring one to the Northwest. While visiting other centers, they were impressed with the improvements being attained on a consistent basis. After extensive training with Dr. Melillo and his staff in New York, Ray and Dawna opened their franchise in Eagle, Idaho in August of 2013 and their second here in the Portland area..
Welcome to Brain Balance Achievement Centers! I am very excited that you have chosen our program to help your child through this time. After my own intense research, I too have chosen Brain Balance and look forward to partnering with you on your childs progress.
My tenure has been in working with children from birth-high school in a variety of environments. I first found my passion in 1998 while working as an after school teacher with school age children. After reaching out to a special education class at the local school and our center, we created an inclusion program between both schools. It was right then that I first knew I would stay in this field in some capacity. My background is in education management and leadership. I have worked with many schools both in the public and private sector.
I am a proud parent of two raised children, one of which was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 5. Times were often difficult and as a mother it weighed heavy on my heart to watch her struggle socially and academically. I am grateful for the support of many people and for alternative programs that did not include medication. As for me personally; my family and I thoroughly enjoy the outdoors and spend most of our free time rock climbing or riding the back roads of Oregon.
I want to take a moment to welcome you again to Brain Balance and look forward to being a part of this next step for your family. If there’s one thing you will hear me share, it’s that the parent’s role is vital to a child’s success through support of our centers protocol. I look forward to being that partner with you. Please do not hesitate to reach out at any time. I am dedicated to your child, our program and your family.
Working with children is very rewarding in many ways, but can also be very challenging at times. I knew early in life that I enjoyed working with ‘little people’, had a desire to teach and having a positive impact in their lives. My experience in the Child Development field has given me some insights in what families go through daily especially when their child is struggling. I’ve experienced disappointments personally when families can’t find a solution, acquire help or guidance from others, afraid their child will fail or be pushed aside due to challenging behaviors.
As a mother of two beautiful children diagnosed with ADHD I know firsthand the issues my own family dealt with every day. I felt there was no other choice than to medicate one of my children because of the pressure from teachers, peers and academics. Having the opportunity to be part of the Brain Balance team has opened my eyes and showed me there are other alternatives, options if you’re willing to take that challenge. Willing to research and question those choices with other families and their experiences. I’m thankful to be working with our families in the program, knowing they are making a big difference and ensuring their child’s success.
My current hobbies: I’m currently renovating my home which I truly enjoy doing. Running, hiking, shopping for my home, watching or listening to HGTV, gardening, and spending some quality time with my family.
Education: Graduate from Portland State University with a Bachelor in Speech and Hearing Sciences.
While a student at PSU, I had the opportunity to work as a team leader at a therapeutic day camp supporting social skill growth in children with special needs. Being a team leader was an amazing experience. I was able to work with children of many different disabilities and each and every day was a new learning experience for me. Another opportunity I found rewarding was working as a tutor at a summer school directed in helping migrant children succeed in school. I loved being able to encourage the children and help them see their true potential. I truly enjoy working with children with a variety of social, behavioral, and academic challenges. This is why I’m so excited to be a part of the Brain Balance team!
I have always had a passion for working with children. I believe that working patiently with the students at Brain Balance and motivating them will help them break through barriers and reach their full potential. I hope to make each and every student feel confident and leave with a smile. In my free time I love to be with family and friends, especially my adorable niece. I enjoy running, Zumba, and a great cup of coffee.
Assessor and Coach
Coming from a family of teachers, working with children and wanting to help them learn and grow has always been a part of me. It is from my mother’s compassionate nature and her work with special needs children in which I draw my patience and passion from.
While 2016 marks ten-years of experience in my work with children. This year additionally marks the beginning of an exciting opportunity for me to be welcomed on to the Brain Balance team. I’m thrilled to be part of a team that shares the same nurturing and passionate values towards helping children succeed.
In my spare time I enjoy playing guitar and piano, drawing, going on hikes and spending time with my family and friends.
I am so excited you are here and so overjoyed to be on this journey with you and your child!
To tell you a little about me, I have worked in the field of social services over the past seven years. During this time, I have worked in multiple capacities, supporting clients in making achievements in life goals as well as educational ones. My specific expertise is in behavior management, which is supported by the knowledge of interpersonal neurobiology and sociology. I have a huge heart for at-risk youth who are working hard, but are lagging behind in the skills to achieve their dreams and form healthy social bonds. I am also constantly learning more about how interpersonal traumas form disconnects and impact the function of the brain. This typically creates a cascade of issues, but there is good news!
Our brains are incredibly plastic–growing and capable of change throughout our lifespan! I am a firm believer that so long as there is life there is hope. The period of development from early childhood through adolescence is hugely impactful in forming the connections that create behaviors, form decision making power, develop social engagement, and help the body and brain to coordinate to their highest potential. Working with this age group is what brought me to Brain Balance. I am fascinated and excited about the resilience of our bodies and brains to constantly grow and learn. As a cognitive coach I get the exciting opportunity to help students face challenges in a way that will build skills and confidence. Learning is hard work and I hope to make it as fun as possible. This program works and it is my hope as we work together that you will experience changes that not only educationally impactful, but impactful to the decisions, relationships, and dreams you aspire to have.
As you can tell, I am so excited to teach about the brain! Other things I am involved include being a social advocate and spending time with my dog, Bentleigh. I am not originally from Oregon and I have travelled here and abroad to work in Cambodia and Brazil. I love diversity and believe it to be something that enriches our lives and the world.