Board Certified Cognitive Specialist
Sarah is the Center Director at Brain Balance of Bluffton. She moved to the Bluffton area from the Colorado Rockies earlier this year. Sarah earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University. She is also a certified Let’s Connect coach, teaching emotion-focused skills to families and caregivers so that they are attuned and responsive to the children they are helping. Most recently, Sarah became a Board-Certified Cognitive Specialist. She brings a diverse background in human services, and passion for people.
Prior to joining Brain Balance, Sarah worked with children and families in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Her interest in Brain Balance came from her work with children struggling with social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral issues, and witnessing how effective sensory motor integration was in helping them succeed. She has been in the field for over 15 years and has worked with children navigating through sensory sensitivity, cognitive delays, trauma, autism, ADHD and ODD. Sarah truly believes in the whole-child approach and feels that there is not a one size fits all treatment modality when trying to help children with these types of issues. As Center Director at Brain Balance, she is committed to ensuring that all families feel supported from the moment they walk in the door and that they continue to feel that support beyond their time at our center.
Outside of Brain Balance, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, whether hanging out at the beach or sampling all the different Mexican food restaurants in the area. Sarah is very passionate about health and wellness and is always motivated to be the best version of herself.
Eunice brings 10 years of experience working with children throughout a variety of settings such as in school, home, clinic, and out in the community. She had been an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist and Special Education Instructor working with children with Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD, ODD, Cerebral Palsy, and ADD. Besides her clinical background, she also has experience being an Administrative in a Behavioral Center where she worked closely with families, children, Clinical Director, Supervisors, and Case Managers. Her educational background consists of a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, where she did research on Sensory Integration Therapy and is currently almost done pursuing her Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology by April 2019. She believes that physical movements are an important part of proper brain development. As a Program Director here at Brain Balance, she continues her passion for helping out kids and families reach their full potential and to set them up for success. She will go out of her way to make sure the families leave our center with full satisfaction and a smile on their face. She believes that every child deserves an equal opportunity to become who they want to be and enjoy their childhood years. Outside of the center, Eunice loves to spend the outdoors with her husband and her amazing dogs! She loves to travel, thrilling activities, exercising, cooking, playing sports, and spending time with her family.
Kristal is the Operations Director for the Brain Balance Achievement Centers in the Lowcountry area. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science, followed by a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Piedmont College. Previous to joining the Brain Balance family, Kristal was an educator for 11 years in both the public and private settings. During this time she saw the continuous rise of issues related to children’s academics and behavior and felt the frustration of not having an option to offer parents that truly corrected these problems. Then, approximately four years ago, her nephew and niece went through the Brain Balance program for two very different reasons. She saw the results were truly life-changing and knew she wanted to be a part of bringing this kind of opportunity to more families. She is excited to bring her knowledge of children and education with her to the Brain Balance program. Helping and teaching children has always been her passion, and she is able to continue to do this in an amazing way by helping children overcome their obstacles while focusing on the root of their struggle.
New to Lowcountry area, she enjoys learning more about the area and getting to know the community. She and her husband spend their free time with their two children, Peyton and Mason, and love to watch the Georgia Bulldogs play on Saturdays!
Bryan received his business degree from the University of Georgia with a concentration in Social Psychology. He has been a part of the Brain Balance family for 5 years and brings over 22 years of experience in program development, personnel training, and business management. Bryan was also recently elected to serve on the advisory board for Brain Balance owners and asked to participate on a national leadership panel. He and his wife, Kristal, also have centers in Jacksonville FL, Mount Pleasant and Lexington, SC, and recently won the award for “Franchisees of the Year” for 2017.
Bryan became interested in the Brain Balance program after witnessing the dramatic changes it produced in his niece and nephew, as well as the effects that had on the entire family. His niece, Savannah (now 15), had always struggled in school and often had multiple tutors. She was later diagnosed with Dyslexia. After going through the Brain Balance program she was able to make honor roll for the first time and now even finds herself excited about school!
What was even more impactful, however, was his nephew’s story. From an early age, Hunter really struggled to fit in socially. Even dining out became nearly impossible as his behavior and tantrums grew to be uncontrollable. This led to tension throughout the entire family and caused ripples well beyond their small family of five. Hunter would eventually be diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and it was suggested that he could have Autism. Specialist after specialist wanted talk about how to understand and manage Hunter, but no one really approached how to help him…until the family was introduced to Brain Balance in 2012.
By his third week in the program, the whole family could see a difference in Hunter. For the first time in his life, Hunter sat quietly through an entire meal at their favorite restaurant. He was starting to engage in real conversations. By the end of his program time, the result was nothing shy of amazing. Hunter now plays golf and basketball and attends the Island Academy on Hilton Head Island where he’s made many friends.
Bryan’s passion is in helping more children like Savannah and Hunter, but also in making a difference in the lives surrounding them. Things like learning disorders, ADHD, and ASD effect the whole family. That’s what led to his decision to help bring the Brain Balance Program to the Lowcountry area. He knows first hand how alone you feel when a child you love is struggling – and is here to share the hope that Brain Balance has to offer to other families like his.
In his free time, Bryan enjoys coaching youth sports, watching the Georgia Bulldogs play, golfing, and spending time with his family.