Brain Balance Center of Franklin – Meet Our Staff


Our Team

Dr. 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 lives in Wichita, Kansas, and serves as the Executive Director for both the Wichita and Franklin Brain Balance centers. She has immediate family in Franklin, has visited the area regularly since 2008, and considers it her home away from home. Dr. Robertson is thrilled to be helping children and young adults in the greater Nashville area through the miracle of Brain Balance.

Dr. Robertson is a tenured professor in the Master of Science in Family Therapy (MSFT) program at Friends University. She 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 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.

Shannon Gygi

Shannon Gygi

Center Director

Shannon’s career has been motivated by a desire to help individuals, organizations, and communities thrive and reach their fullest potential. She has extensive experience serving nonprofits in the US and internationally. This has included helping launch and lead organizations and initiatives focused on combatting human trafficking, women’s and children’s issues, health care, international missions, and social enterprise.

Shannon holds a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Originally from Athens, Georgia, but with family roots in Tennessee, Shannon moved to the Nashville area in 2014 after nearly a decade of living and traveling internationally. She and her husband currently enjoy living in the country outside of town, but she is always ready to put her passport to use and strike out on a new adventure.

Elaine Thornton

Dr. Elaine Thornton

Family Support Coordinator

Dr. Elaine Thornton is dedicated to educating individuals, businesses and communities about holistic health options. Her goal is to empower others to take control of their health and life so they can share their gifts with the world. She has lived all over the United States, and has taught, worked and been a guest speaker in the US, Central America and Europe.

Dr. Elaine has a Bachelors of Science in Public Health and a Doctorate of Chiropractic. Her specialty is in Network Spinal, a light force energetic Chiropractic technique that helps release layers of trauma and tension in the nervous system. Dr. Elaine maintains a small practice in Franklin, but spends most of her time serving the mission and families of Brain Balance.


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.


790 Jordan Road, Suite 110
Franklin, TN 37067




M/T/Th: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
W/F: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM