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Brain Balance Midlothian


Brain Balance Has a Non-Medical Approach to Help Your Child

Brain Balance is the leading drug-free program designed to help kids improve focus, behavior, social skills, anxiety, and academic performance. Our comprehensive programming incorporates learnings from cognitive, behavioral and nutrition fields—an integrated approach that is literally redefining what’s possible.

Is something blocking your child’s social, behavioral or academic progress? Brain Balance picks up where conventional approaches leave off, going beyond the treatment of symptoms to address root causes. At Brain Balance, we’re not about coping with barriers. We’re about knocking them down, one small breakthrough at a time.

Research Shows Brain Balance is Effective

A Harvard study found that kids who participated in the Brain Balance Program saw a significant reduction in ADHD index scores, discernible changes in hyperactivity, enhanced cognitive attention, and reductions in oppositional behavior.

We are continually collaborating with world class researchers to show the efficacy of the program and reveal through data how the Brain Balance Program can help children, teens and adults improve.

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About the Brain Balance Program®

The Brain Balance Program is made up of physical and sensorimotor exercises, academic skills training and healthy nutrition. It is tailored to the needs of your child, and delivered in a uniquely systematic approach that you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

A Whole-Brain Approach

The program engages the brain and body together, through sensory engagement, physical development and academic learning activities.

Personalized to Your Child’s Challenges

The program is tailored to your child’s needs and development level, delivered with the frequency and duration needed to drive meaningful change.

1:1 Coaching & Support

Our coaches will personally guide you through the program, including evaluating progress and leveling up as your child advances.

1:1 Nutrition Sessions

A Nutrition Coach will help customize a healthy nutrition plan fit for your child's lifestyle and needs.

On-Demand Resources

You’ll have access to a Program Portal where you can view on demand helper videos, nutrition content, and program resources.

Program Format

Your child can work onsite at your local Brain Balance Center with our coaches three times per week.

We also offer an at-home virtual option that is parent-led. You'll have weekly video check-ins from your program coach.

Stories from Brain Balance Center of Midlothian

"The director and staff are incredibly knowledgeable, organized and motivated to help your child improve his/ her skills! I am amazed at the level of professionalism and warmth that they show on a daily basis. My child made significant improvements with this program!"


"If you’re cautiously considering Brain Balance, schedule a meeting. It’s worth it. If you’re wondering if it is all worth the commitment and money. It’s worth it. If you’re wondering if you can handle a new routine. You can and it’s worth it. Brain Balance exercises helped my child gain control so normal activities didn’t result in violent outbursts of emotion. Now we’re all happy playing Monopoly together, even when we lose. A short moment of victory, but still significant. A Brain Balance Win."


"One of the best experiences my daughter has had. She's completed the program and looks forward to her follow-ups. She's happy, more communicative, understanding, and patient. She's flourished into a go-getter!"


"Highly recommend Brain Balance. My son was 9 when he started the program and went 3 times per week for six months. The staff was amazing and I never felt like we were on this journey alone. The results from the beginning to the end have been tremendous for my son. Very thankful for Brain Balance!"


"Our son has pretty significant struggles and we couldn't have even imagined how far Brain Balance would bring him. I didn't want to force him to make eye contact with people if he didn't want to, but Brain Balance showed us that he did want to, his muscles weren't strong enough to hold that contact. He does it all of the time now and you can tell he is so happy that he can!"


"We came to Brain Balance because our son was having issues focusing in the first grade and was getting easily distracted at school. Our family wanted to find a way to support our son through a natural avenue and not resorting to medication to assist with his ability to focus. Thanks to Brain Balance, key wins include: less emotional responses to transitions, increased ability to focus, improved physical coordination, increased ability to absorb information, resulting in improved grades in school!"


"Joining Brain Balance was the best decision I made! The awesome staff at Brain Balance are there to support you all the way through and provide you with all of the tools to help you succeed. I am seeing results in my daughters' school behavior, home life, and we are able to enjoy more activities in public settings together without the fear of outburst. This program is making a huge difference not only in my daughter's life, but also in our relationship."


"Brain Balance brought my sweet, loving son back to me. He was sleeping all day, angry, had lack of motivation, and was lethargic. It all changed when he woke up, got ready to go, and told me that he did a good job getting ready. I know that Brain Balance works - my son now is open to sharing his thoughts and feelings, he is interacting and playing with his siblings, following our families routines, and he is hugging his family members again."


"Brain Balance has been a game changer for my family. To see my son progress has been a true blessing, and it's because of the amazing coaches, directors, etc. at BB. From the beginning they have been in our corner and always available to answer questions or just let me vent. I encourage anyone that is having issues with their child - whether it is academic, emotional, anxiety - to give Brain Balance the opportunity to change their lives for the better!"


"How grateful we are for the loving, nurturing guidance Wendy's team at Brain Balance gave our 5 year old son! The whole body science based and healthy habit approach to progress benefited our whole family. Our child's measurable results in 8 months are remarkable and, in addition, his cooperation and willing heart are astounding. He's learned life skills and habits that have set him up for success in life socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally."


"We couldn’t have made a better investment in our son’s future. As my son progressed in the program, he gained strength, confidence, and new abilities. We believe wholeheartedly that the work our son has done with Brain Balance has significantly improved his physical, emotional, and learning abilities. Our family has sincere gratitude for the Brain Balance team for changing our son's life."


"When I walked into Brain Balance, I was truly lost. He was barely speaking in complete sentences, had zero focus, struggled to make friends and was getting in trouble at school. Today he's like a completely different kid. His speech has improved to the point where we can have conversations. He's making friends at school and doing great academically. Most of all, my son now gives me hugs and tells me he loves me when he couldn't before."


"I cannot sing the praises of this program loudly enough! It is NOT a quick fix - it is the exact tool we needed to make lasting changes. The staff is so knowledgeable, welcoming, friendly, and accommodating. Our child was really struggling when we began, and just a few months in, we had already begun to see marked improvement in her ability to self-regulate and communicate feelings. Her overall attitude was more positive, and she just seemed happier."


"Brain Balance has been a game changer in our family. Our son was really struggling with anxiety and his behavior and emotions were all over the place. From his evaluation he was hooked and wanted to attend every day. It took until about week 6 to start seeing the benefits and change in behavior and attitude, but from then things just kept improving. We will forever be grateful to everyone at Brain Balance for the time they put into our family. They made it fun for our son and he is so happy with how far he has come."


"My concerns were immediately addressed as the staff were nothing less than extraordinary in their commitment to Wyatt and his family. Without fail, each week, Wyatt demonstrated a growing awareness for self, increased confidence, and increased pride in his accomplishments. Brain Balance was giving Wyatt what he needed. Because of the growth throughout the program, Wyatt’s ability to apply skills developed at Brain Balance has now transitioned into his Kindergarten experience."


"My son (Parker/4 yrs) has made significant improvements since being in the Brain Balance program! His attention span/focus has improved and his overall behavior at home & school. We also notice him being less impulsive, making more eye contact and being more regulated/being able to think ahead of his expectations/have more follow through. He is motivated to go and everyone at BB has supported him and I can’t wait to see more growth! Shout out to his coach Ms. Autumn…she’s so awesome and motivating for Parker to do his best each session!"


"Brain Balance has given him an opportunity to engage in a program that is catered to meet his needs, challenge him where he is at, and push him to be better. Fast forward to now— so much focus and attention improvement, increased fine motor skills, starting to read, doing well in math, etc. Brain Balance understands the science behind right brain/left brain and how to help each child develop the brain strength (just like any other muscle!!) to improve in basic skills as well as make big strides towards what maybe before felt like impossible."


"Brain Balance gave my son a WHOLE new confidence! Before he couldn’t even climb up the ladder at the playground, and now he zooms up the ladder, goes across the monkey bars, and zips down the slide without any hesitation! His sense of balance has improved 10 fold, but more importantly, his sense of self has improved so much! Forever grateful!"


"My son has excelled so much socially, intellectually, and has had a huge success with his body awareness and core strength! He has continued to show progress in school and everyday life skills. My child can dress his self, blow up a balloon, his balance and coordination have improved and his eyes are able to track objects better which is improving his learning. I would do this program over again for sure! Brain Balance truly cares for you and the child and go out do their way to make sure you are getting just that. We are family now and I so appreciate all they have done for us."


"Overall, I have personally seen a HUGE difference in our son’s behavior. Even our 10 year old daughter commented recently that he is a “completely different kid”. His frequent meltdowns are almost non-existent now. He helps out with chores around the house now. He tells us he loves us regularly now- something he very rarely did before. He is an overall happier kid - and even had one of the biggest smiles I’ve ever seen a few weeks ago. That’s priceless to me. "


"My son's academic performance was declining in Kindergarten (2022). It was constant meetings with his teacher regarding his impulsive behavior and focus. We began with our Brain Balance journey late November, have been keeping up with his home exercises and diet. As of January 2024, his teacher gave me a call and said she is very pleased with his steady progress that he has made in reading and math. She even asked "do you think BB is working?" I replied "absolutely!" We can't thank Brain Balance enough for all that they do! My son calls it the "brain gym". And his confidence has definitely grown overnight!"


"I can’t say enough how much this program has meant to our family. As the girls have completed the program, it’s like I have seen so many different lightbulb moments for both of them. If you asked me if we would do this again, I would without doubt tell you yes! One of the best decisions our family has made for our children."

Caroline & Audrey

"My daughter has had the best experience at Brain Balance. Not only is the program working for my daughter; she enjoys it!! The staff is amazing and becomes a part of your family. For anyone considering Brain Balance for your children, give them a shot! It is an investment into the wellbeing of your children and their future. It has made all the difference for us and will forever be grateful to Brain Balance and their staff."


"I wish that I had known about Brain Balance years ago. I always thought my daughter’s differences were just that, I didn't realize there were ways I could impact her life trajectory. Before Brain Balance she had no thought of higher education, now she dreams of College and a career she loves. Yes, her grades have improved. But to me, the improvement in her grades is such a minor part of what has improved. You just have to try it and see it to believe it."


"Every single person we’ve interacted with has been knowledgeable, personable, helpful and genuinely interested in my son’s progress. Bottom line - they make it fun so it doesn’t feel like a chore, for parents or kids. We’ve seen significant progress in our son’s processing, body awareness, impulse control, fewer outbursts and issues at school. The Brain Balance program is paying us back ten-fold!"


"Brain Balance has truly helped in all aspects in life, memorizing plays for football, school, hand eye coordination, and it made me more calm. It’s mainly helped me in school. Since starting Brain Balance, my grades have never been this high before. The key for it to work is consistency and wanting to do it. The coaches also treat you like family. I 100% recommend Brain Balance for anyone in need of it."


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Our Team

Wendy Pickenpaugh

Center Director

Wendy Pickenpaugh has always had a deep interest in helping struggling children, which is what lead her to receive her B.S. in Pre-K and Elementary Education with a concentration in Developmental Psychology & Special Education. In May of 2013, with the desire to provide struggling children with the necessary tools to be more successful, Wendy began her career with Brain Balance. Since that time, she has become a Board Certified Cognitive Specialist and has gained extensive working knowledge of neuro-behavioral disorders from her widespread training and experience successfully guiding hundreds of children through the Brain Balance program. Wendy is also a wife, mother, and avid equestrian.

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Alena Stubenhofer

Assistant Director

Alena Stubenhofer is a Certified Cognitive Coach. She has had a specific interest in working with, and supporting, students who may struggle in various areas ever since she learned alongside of them as an elementary student. Her passion led her to join the Brain Balance team after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Human Development with a concentration in Disabilities Studies from Virginia Tech in May of 2021. This focus allowed her to deepen her knowledge as well as understand and appreciate the elements that help people live healthy and fulfilling lives. She is extremely excited to support each individual student and their family’s journey as a part of the Brain Balance team! Alena enjoys playing the guitar and singing, creating digital art, and spending time with her family and friends.

Tracy Boone

Program Director

Tracy is a Certified Cognitive Coach and NASM Certified Personal Trainer with over 6 years of experience successfully coaching children and young adults with varying struggles and strengths through the Brain Balance Program. She works closely with our families to help encourage and educate them about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Her passion is sharing her love of wellness and knowledge of how it can impact one’s life. In addition to Tracy’s experience and training at Brain Balance, she was a track and field head coach for the Special Olympics for 10 years. She also home-educated her daughter from Pre-K through graduation! Tracy enjoys spending time at the gym, riding her bike, hanging out with friends and family, and watching her church babies.

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Niki White

Engagement Director

Niki White is the mom of two boys who came to Brain Balance when her youngest son was having academic and social difficulties in school. After exploring other alternatives without success, she learned about Brain Balance and enrolled her son. Her entire family benefited so greatly from the growth he achieved during and after completion of the Brain Balance program that she wanted to share this success with other families, so she joined the Brain Balance team! Niki brings to the center practical knowledge from a parent perspective of the challenges that brings each person through the door and is available to help guide them through their own Brain Balance journey.

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Autumn Robertson

Lead Coach

Autumn has always enjoyed working with children. After graduating high school, she knew that she wanted to pursue a career in education. Having received her Associates in Elementary Education, Autumn is now working towards completing her Bachelor’s degree at Regent University. She is a Certified Cognitive Coach! Additionally, Autumn has had the opportunity to travel to several countries where she has worked with children of all ages in academic and recreational settings. In her spare time, Autumn enjoys playing soccer, playing piano, and spending time with her family.

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Sarah Flippin

Sensory-Motor/Cognitive Coach

Sarah has been passionate about helping children grow and learn since she was a teenager. She is a Board Certified Cognitive Specialist and comes to Brain Balance with over thirteen years of experience teaching in a preschool setting. Sarah received her Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development, as well as a minor in Psychology, from Virginia Tech in May 2014. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys cooking and baking, crafting, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Ashley Long

Sensory-Motor/Cognitive Coach

Ashley Long has always loved working with children, which helped her decision to pursue Elementary Education with a focus in Special Education. She soon discovered the field of Recreation Therapy, fell in love, and changed her career plan! As a Recreational Therapist, Ashley has worked with many populations from veterans, to geriatrics, but her passion has always been working with children. Ashley is excited to help children succeed, while also nurturing their unique personalities. Ashley loves the outdoors, and now, as a twin mom, loves sharing her love for the outdoors with them. On the weekends, you can usually find Ashley exploring a new hiking trail with her husband, Luke, her twins, Greer and Coulter, and their two dogs!

Lexi Bourgeois

Sensory Motor/Cognitive Coach

Lexi Bourgeois has been working with students in multiple facets for over ten years. She is a middle school special education teacher, and is currently pursuing a masters degree in special education as well. Lexi thrives when helping children unlock their full potential and achieve success both in and outside of the classroom. She has two children of her own, Grayson and Lennon, that she pours every moment that she can into. Lexi and her kids spend their free time exploring and spending time outdoors!

Mallory Lennon

Junior Coach

From a young age, Mallory has had a passion for working with children of all ages. She has been a regular volunteer in the children’s ministry at her church, and she is currently pursuing her dreams of entering the healthcare field! In her spare time, Mallory finds joy in the arts and community engagement. You might catch her on stage in local theater productions! Additionally, she loves to go on hikes, paint, play the piano, and spend time with her family and friends.

Maddie Zaun

Junior Coach

Maddie recently discovered her passion for helping children and young adults to become their best selves! While enrolled in the Brain Balance program as a college student, she felt called to join the Midlothian team! Maddie attends college at the University of Lynchburg, pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Counseling. In her spare time, Maddie enjoys crafting, weightlifting, and riding horses.

Marley Overacre

Junior Coach

Marley has always loved working with children. She was a student at Brain Balance herself in 2019, and knows first-hand what our students are going through. Marley loved her experience at Brain Balance, so much so that it led her to join the Midlothian team as a Junior Coach. Marley wants to pursue a career in Cosmetology, and loves spending time outdoors and with friends and family.


Brain Balance Center of Midlothian Events

Webinar Events

Every month we offer a free webinar on a common struggle that children and young adults across the country may experience. Each of these webinars offers information, actionable strategies for change, as well as a deeper understanding of WHY these challenges are happening and how to address the root cause.
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Brain Balance of Midlothian holds regular Live Webinars on various topics to help our students and parents. We also partner with other speakers who are experts in social behavior and learning challenges. Please like our Facebook page and visit Facebook Events to find out the latest upcoming event.


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.

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15833 City View Drive
Midlothian, VA 23113




Mon / Wed / Fri: 11am-8pm
Tuesday: 9am-5pm
Thursday: 9am-5:30pm