Though quite experienced in the scientific field of traditional healthcare, Dr. Betty Brainerd, ND, believes the natural healing powers of the body can rival those of the lab. For more than 20 years, she has studied and practiced natural healing solutions in both hospitals and private clinics, listening to her patients' needs in order to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses them. Her treatments can reduce allergic reactions, balance bodily chemistry with nutritional supplements, ease chronic pain, or cleanse bodies of toxins and brains of all but the most useful state capitals.
Believing that learning and behavioral disorders stem from improper communication between brain hemispheres, Brain Balance Centers offers a drug-free, multi-faceted system to boost brain function. Physical and cognitive exercises combine with easy-to-follow dietary changes to improve social, academic and behavioral issues associated with ADHD, Asperger's, and other social and learning disorders without the use of medication. Now more than 50 Brain Balance Centers practice this Hemispheric Integration Therapy, with professional teams tailoring programs to help kids improve focus and behavior, academic performance, communication, and social skills.
Using information gleaned from a thorough, one-hour, 40-question standardized assessment of a student's skill levels and subject-area strengths in reading, writing, or math, Tutoring Club tailors its semiprivate sessions (max of three students) to each student’s needs. Basking in the warm glow of a tutor's attention, small groups of learners practice math problems, sentence structure, and headstands that they didn't catch during the school day. Students typically come in for the initial skills assessment one day, and their tutoring session at a later date. Besides improving academic performance, Tutoring Club can help increase students' confidence and soothe anxiety, reducing the incidence of nightmares by 400%. Tutoring sessions may be based on the student's assessment or can be used for extra help with any school subject (not including foreign language), which could include prep for homework, a quiz, or a test in that subject.
As a registered nurse and energy healer, Maryann Barrett's methods bridge the divide between Western and holistic medicine. She addresses what aspirin and chicken-noodle footbaths can't seem to fix, unblocking energy and shooing away stressors through cranial-temple activation and chakra balancing. She completed her training at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, an institution whose motto is "Hands of Light Healing Around the World," and is currently working toward a master's degree in integrative health and healing.
After 25 years of working in the medical and fitness industries as an ACE- and NSCA-certified trainer, Tanya Bange understands the importance of setting goals. Alongside group fitness instructor Kathy Dorney, Bange leads women of all ages and fitness levels through a rigorous boot camp designed to help clients formulate fitness goals, stick to them, and, ultimately, achieve them. Together, the duo helps clients meet goals that range from simply developing stamina to passing the arm-wrestling portion of their quarterly performance evaluation at the office. They lead full-body workouts that may involve classic pushups, bleacher sprints, and flipping a tire end over end.
Bange and Dorney also run 30-minute workout sessions for preschoolers, planting the seeds of an active lifestyle early by keeping them active in games that include the cardio-centric I?m a Super Hero! and the yoga-based Hungry Caterpillar.