Lauren attended Houghton College where she studied and performed research in the area of Psychology. One of her favorite research projects was on the emotional connotations with color. Lauren loves to read, craft, and bake. She also loves to travel! Some of her most exciting trips were to Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, and Italy. Lauren has been a part of the Brain Balance team for over four years. Lauren is excited to work at Brain Balance to journey alongside our children and families!
Larry is a Masters level Physical Therapist with over 17 years of experience in a multitude of practice environments, including sports medicine, orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation, spinal cord injuries, home care and skilled nursing environments. Larry is a Certified Manual Therapist who is skilled in pain management protocols and has developed a keen eye for movement dysfunction in patients of all age groups.
Prior to his clinical career, Larry earned an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and was a business consultant specializing in business valuation, revitalization of troubled businesses, computer system analysis, and business development. Larry was instrumental in the development of a computer company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a multi-site rehabilitation company in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.
Larry comes to Brain Balance with a strong background in the assessment of neurological disorders, reprogramming of abnormal movement patterns, and treatment programs designed around the concept of brain neuroplasticity. His passion for Brain Balance was fueled by his search for non-medication treatment options for his grandson diagnosed with ADHD/Asperger’s syndrome. After traveling the country visiting Brain Balance centers, Larry knew he had to share this life-changing program.
Megan was most recently a Middle School Principal in Houston, Texas, with over 8 years of experience in teaching and instructional coaching. She obtained two degrees from The American University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government Policy. She subsequently obtained a Masters degree in Education from The University of Texas.
Megan began her educational career as a Teach for America Corps Member, led by her passion for serving children. As a teacher, Megan observed the importance of movement for brain growth, so she implemented differentiated learning centers that utilized movement in her classrooms. Using these movement strategies, Megan began to see tremendous changes in her students, both academically and behaviorally. As a result of her innovative teaching strategies, Megan was recognized nationally with the Kinder Award for Teaching Excellence.
As a teacher, Megan knew each child she worked with had unlimited potential, but it was hard for her to watch her students struggle socially, behaviorally, and/or academically. She wanted to understand more about why they were struggling, and how she could address the root cause rather than their symptoms. After watching her nephew who struggles with severe ADHD go through the Brain Balance Program and make tremendous improvements behaviorally and socially, she knew she had to bring the Program to more families and children. Megan feels incredibly blessed to be able to combine her passion for serving children with the life-changing Brain Balance Program!
DeAnn comes to Brain Balance with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Special Education from Carlow University. She spent 18 years with the Pittsburgh Public Schools as a Special Education Teacher and Inclusion Specialist. She was also a 2005 National Teacher of Excellence Recipient. After obtaining her Masters in Psychology from Duquesne University she established an 8 year career as a Cognitive Educational Therapist. Her greatest joys are her Husband Erik and her two beautiful step sons Rayne and Max. She loves to travel and is passionate about her work with children and parents. DeAnn’s experience has led her to Brain Balance of Wexford and continues to pursue her passion for helping kids and families through the Brain Balance journey.
Amanda earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Slippery Rock University. She has volunteered in childcare centers and has years of clinical experience, working with children, as a dental assistant. Amanda has worked for the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh for 8 years and continues to serve the community through her part-time employment for a non-profit museum. Amanda came to Brain Balance as an intern with a passion for developmental psychology, cognitive and neuropsychology, and gender studies. Thrilled to be a part of the team as an intern, Amanda was fascinated by the Brain Balance program, prompting her to become an official team member and pushing her to continue learning and growing in her different leadership roles at the center. She has now been with Brain Balance for four years. Amanda is passionate about working with a child and adolescent population and hopes to be a catalyst for each student’s greatest potential success.
Amanda earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications at Geneva College. She volunteered at a camp working with children for six years and even traveled one summer with a children’s ministry. While she worked at the camp she realized how a short time spent with a child can have huge impact on their lives. She continues to be involved in children’s ministry at church. Amanda has been working at Brain Balance for over two years and is looking forward to continue to serve families at Brain Balance. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends, playing games, traveling, and dancing. Amanda is passionate about being a part of the Brain Balance team and is eager to help kids and their families along their journey.
Jared graduated with a Biology degree from Clarion University and worked at zoos across the country. Although he loves animals, Jared is passionate about helping children. When he heard about Brain Balance, he was not only excited but optimistic that he could help children reach their fullest potential! He has been working at Brain Balance for almost five years. Jared is also a soccer coach and Big Brother with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
Kiersten graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Aside from being a huge Penn State football fan, she also enjoys playing golf and going in runs and hikes in her free time. She plans to work within the field of sport and exercise psychology after getting her Master’s degree, and has always wanted to work with kids, helping to motivate them in program for whatever their goals outside of program may be. Kiersten has been a part of the Brain Balance team for over two years. She is very excited to get to know both the kids and their families!
Anna received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Chatham University. With a keen interest in rehabilitation and cognitive psychology, she plans to pursue a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree in the next few years. She has volunteered at a retreat house working with families and their children building strong, positive relationships with each other and also has a background in brain injury. Anna worked as a Brain Injury Specialist and used her strengths to work with adults who have suffered from traumatic brain injuries. She was captain of her lacrosse team in college and loves to be a leader on and off the field. Anna loves to work with kids and have fun with their unique and lovable personalities. Along with studying, she like to go on runs, be on the beach, and likes to spend time with her three brothers! Anna is excited for the opportunity to work at Brain Balance and be a part of such an influential program while following the kids and their families on this positive journey.
Brittany graduated from Dickinson College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She always loved working with children and, in the future, hopes to further her education and continue to work with kids as a pediatric counselor. Brittany has been working as a coach at Brain Balance for over a year. She is excited to be part of the Brain Balance team, to help kids realize their potential, and guide families through this incredible journey.
Lisa is excited to be a part of the Brain Balance team. The opportunity to work at Brain Balance has helped her gain more experience working with children as well as learn more about development. Lisa is currently studying pediatric nursing with hopes of becoming a nurse at Children’s Hospital. She is thrilled to be a part of the Brain Balance journey families are taking to achieve goals with their kids.