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Brain Balance Center of Midlothian – Meet Our Staff


Our Team

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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.

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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.

Sarah Flippin

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!


Judith Amateau

Sensory-Motor/Cognitive Coach

Judith is passionate about helping children of all ages and abilities to reach their full potential. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and plans to potentially work in pediatrics in the future. She is a volunteer with the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps and several other organizations. In her spare time she enjoys riding horses, lifting weights, gardening, cooking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.


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.


15833 City View Drive
Midlothian, VA 23113




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