Brain Balance of Centerville is located in Centerville, Ohio (a suburb of Dayton). We were the 4th center to open in Ohio. We opened in April of 2015. Since then, we have helped nearly 300 kids to be able to thrive.
Jennifer Jaynes is the owner and Executive Director of Brain Balance of Centerville. She is a veteran teacher with 13 years of teaching experience. She graduated from Wright State University with her Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 2001. Jennifer taught science and math to at-risk high school students for 6 years and then taught Chemistry and Physics in the traditional classroom for 7 years. She earned her MAEd in Curriculum and Educational Technology from the University of Phoenix in 2004. Jennifer and her husband Roger have three sons ages 15, 13 and 6.
Jennifer is supported in her mission to help as many kids as possible by her amazing and passionate team of directors. Jessica Davis is Centerville’s Center Director. Jessica joined the Brain Balance team with 18 years of experience working with families and children of all ages and abilities. Jessica graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation which began her path of equipping and empowering families. Prior to working at Brain Balance, Jessica directed an Early Childhood Intervention Program which provides a therapeutic setting for children with various psychiatric and neurological conditions. She is passionate about developing all children to their fullest potential and believes it is an honor to witness the life transformation of children and families at Brain Balance. Sara Roseberry is our Program Director. Sara has a clinical background in nursing, working predominantly with behavior and dementia patients. She has over 10 years of person-centered care experience in both long-term care and occupational/physical therapy. Before joining the Brain Balance team Sara worked as the office manager for a local Hospice company. Sara also feels passionate about volunteering and belongs to various community enriching outreach groups. After many years of working with adults, Sara aspired to find a profession where she could bring her compassionate gifts and therapeutic knowledge to work with children. One of Sara’s favorite parts of her position as Program Director is talking with and supporting our Brain Balance parents. She is passionate about the Brain Balance approach to addressing the root cause of behavioral and academic issues and loves creating individualized programs to meet the needs of each child. Olivia Turley is our Assistant Director. Prior to Brain Balance, Olivia had several years of experience working in the front offices for chiropractic and pediatric doctor’s offices. Olivia is also a talented photographer who enjoys shooting weddings in her free time. Olivia is highly skilled at providing excellent customer service to our parents and families and coming up with new ideas to help our center run like a well-oiled machine.
What brought you to Brain Balance?
Jennifer has a very deep and personal connection with the Brain Balance Program. In 2011, her oldest son, Samuel, then 7 years old, was diagnosed with ADHD and Asperger’s. Sam was struggling socially as well as developmentally. While searching for strategies to help Sam, a friend suggested that she read Disconnected Kids. For the first time since Sam had been diagnosed, someone was able to offer real strategies and solutions that addressed the root cause of Sam’s struggles. Jennifer finished the book in one night, called the Cincinnati Brain Balance Center the next morning and said, “My son is right brain weak. When can he start?”
What interested you in becoming a franchisee?
Sam’s progress while participating in Brain Balance was nothing short of a miracle for him and truly life-changing for the whole family. Because of Sam’s amazing transformation, Jennifer was inspired to bring the Brain Balance program to the Centerville area.
What is one quality you believe each staff member at Brain Balance should have?
Every Brain Balance staff member from the directors to the coaches should have a passion for bringing out each child’s amazing uniqueness and talents so that they can thrive!
What are some of your best practices to overcome challenges in the center?
Processes and Procedures. Let me say that again…you MUST have processes and procedures in place for EVERYTHING! From the big ones like Operations Flow during program and training protocols to the little ones like recording absences or cleaning schedules, having a written process or procedure is key to running efficiently. When you are running an efficient center, it is much easier to “put out fires” that will pop up throughout your day.
What do you attribute to your success?
I would not have been able to open my doors without the support of my family and my community. In the beginning, I had so many friends, family members and members of my church who helped out with whatever I needed, from carpentry to computer tech to bookkeeping. And I would not have had continued success without the support of my awesome team. My leadership team is truly a team in every sense of the word. Do yourself a favor, develop and train your team members so that they look forward to coming to work each day because they feel supported, encouraged and empowered in their position. It’s a joy to watch my team killing it at their jobs each day.
Is there a particular story of a family that went through your center that you will always remember?
Oh wow. There are so many amazing transformations. It’s hard to pick just one family. We’ve had several families who have enrolled multiple kids. I am so thankful for those families because it means that they trust us and believe wholeheartedly in what we are doing. One such family was Rachel M. She adopted her two boys, Micah and Jackson, when they were very young. Micah, the older one, was left brain weak. He was the nicest kid you will ever meet but completely defeated because in 5th grade he couldn’t read at all. Plus he was overweight. Rachel was a special Ed teacher and was at a total loss because she couldn’t help him. Jackson was just the opposite. A right brain weak squirrelly little guy who would flutter around the room literally bouncing on the furniture and making up haikus on the spot. He couldn’t sit still to save his life. After 9 months for Micah and 6 for Jackson, Micah had improved three grade levels in reading, was moved out of the resource room at school and lost 20 pounds to boot! He walked with his chin held high and his shoulders back. And award-winningnning smile could knock your socks off. Jackson was finally able to turn on his brake pedal and settle down. He started recognizing big emotional things like why his mom wanted to adopt him. It was an emotional day when he celebrated and thanked his mom for letting him do Brain Balance.
What does it mean to you to be a part of the Brain Balance family?
This community is truly like no other. This family is made up of the smartest, most driven, successful, kind and passionate people on the planet, all who have the same goal. Help as many kids as possible. And we definitely like to have fun doing it. What an honor and a blessing it is to know what my path is in life, and to get to walk that path along side you all.
What advice do you have for our newer franchisees?
Every decision you make, every action you take should be run through the same filter. Ask yourself one question, “will this help more kids?” If your answer is “yes” then go for it. If your answer is “no” then don’t do it and go find yourself another “yes.”