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Joanna and Tod Manning

Joanna and Tod Manning

Executive Director/Owner

Joanna and Tod Manning, parents of four school age children, understand the joys and the struggles that accompany rearing children. As two of their children battled behavior and academic issues, they researched and sought multiple approaches to help their children succeed at home at school and on the playground. Their own quest to find a solution to their children’s struggles led them to Brain Balance Achievement Centers. Originally living in Wilmington, NC, the success their children achieved spurred them to relocate their family to Wake Forest, NC, so as to provide other families with the same success.

As a homeschooling mother, Joanna realizes that children who struggle to focus, to learn and to behave truly want to do well in school and at home. She loves talking to parents and instilling the hope within them that their own children can succeed when given the tools to do so.


Erica Rice

Erica Rice

Center Director

Erica Rice is a New York native who has found her Southern roots in Raleigh.  Erica joined the Brain Balance team while studying at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2013. Working as a Sensory Motor & Academic Coach, Assessor, and Assistant Director she knows this center like the back of her hand. In 2018, she was promoted to Center Director where her love for the center has continued to blossom as she leads the team to help more families and students.

When Erica is not at work, you can find her spending time with her husband, Aaron, reading a good book in a local coffee shop.  Erica works alongside her husband in their church’s student ministry as she mentors high school girls. She will always find joy in helping children and families.

Emery Bowser

Emery Bowser

Assistant Director

Hi, I’m Emery!

All my life, I have been passionate about working with kids and have fortunately been able to do just that! In May 2017, I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from East Carolina University. Then I went into my first year of teaching in the First Grade! As that last year came to a close, I was in search of new and different opportunities, and that’s when I came to Brain Balance! I was first welcomed into the Brain Balance family in August of 2018 as a cognitive coach. And at the beginning of January 2019, I made the transition to fill the Assistant Director role here at the Raleigh center. I have been so pleased to grow with my Brain Balance colleagues and work with so many wonderful children and their families! I will hope to remain with Brain Balance as long as they will have me, but will always be looking forward to all future endeavors still to come.



Liana Sauls

Liana Sauls

Program Director

Liana is our Program Director here at Brain Balance of Raleigh. Liana started here in 2014 as a coach and has had roles such as Assessor, Lead Coach, and Assistant Program Director. She has a degree in Psychology and Child Development and is a Board Certified Cognitive Specialist. She has an extensive background working with children in different areas such as Boys and Girls Club, Autism Society of NC, and the Mariposa School for Children with Autism. Most importantly, Liana has a passion for working with children and helping families that she became aware of early on in life. She believes it’s a privilege to be able to fulfill that passion daily at the center with our families.

Liana grew up in Wake Forest, and is now settled there with her husband, young daughter, and two dogs. She loves spending time with her family, taking group classes at the local YMCA, and teaching bible study to children at church.

Brain Balance Center of Raleigh




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13600 New Falls of Neuse Rd

Suite 110

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