Dr. Nussbaum's Brain Health Lifestyle

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Dr. Paul Nussbaum

Paul David Nussbaum, Ph.D., ABPP
President and Founder: Brain Health Center, Inc.
Clinical Neuropsychologist
Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Doctor Nussbaum is board-certified in Clinical Psychology and Geropsychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and American Academy of Clinical Psychology. Having earned Phi-Beta Kappa and his Doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona in 1991, Dr. Nussbaum completed his internship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is an Adjunct Professor in Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

He is the Founder and President of Brain Health Center, Inc. that integrates mind-body-spiritual wellness with clinical approaches for a holistic program to overall brain health. The Center serves to both educate and apply Dr. Nussbaum’s Brain Health Lifestyle ® for all ages. The Center works with individuals and companies, organizations, and schools across the world and serves as a site for neuropsychological assessment of retired NFL players.

Doctor Nussbaum has 25 years experience in the care of adults and older persons suffering dementia, head injury, and many neuropsychiatric disorders. An expert in neuroanatomy and human behavior, he has published many peer reviewed articles, books, and chapters within the scientific community. He also serves on the editorial boards for several scientific and clinical journals.

Dr. Nussbaum is an international leader in Brain Health and Brain Health Lifestyle ®. His 2010 book Save your Brain (www.amazon.com) was named top five in brain fitness by AARP). His new book (2016), What is the Purpose of My Brain: Spiritual Healing and Salvation (www.tatepublishing/bookstore.com)is a thought provoking read on higher power and the brain. Doctor Nussbaum educates the general public on the basics of the human brain and how to keep the brain healthy over the entire lifespan. He has presented his views on brain health at the United Nations, National Press Club, Mensa, and CSPAN. His keynote presentations are both informative and fun and he is often interviewed by the local and national press/media.

Dr. Nussbaum serves as the “face of brain health” to many companies and organizations. as he bridges neuroscience to the general public.

For more information about Brain health, the Brain Health Center, or Dr. Nussbaum, visit his website (www.brainhealthctr.com) or call 724 719-2833.

You may also schedule Dr. Nussbaum for a keynote and book signing by calling (724) 719-2833


Kimberly Nussbaum

Kimberly Nussbaum, M. Ed., Deaf Education, University of Pittsburgh:

Kim is director of the Brain Health Studio; an integral part of the Brain Health Center and Brain Health Lifestyle. Kim oversees studio programming which includes meditation workshops, yoga, and classical ballet. A devoted ballet student and teacher, Kim discovered that a consistent and meaningful yoga practice not only increased the strength and flexibility of her body but enhanced mindfulness. A certified yoga instructor, Kim enjoys sharing her passion of ballet, yoga, and, meditation with those looking for deeper meaning, sharper focus, and clarity in their thinking and in their lives.

Kim Bradley

Kim Ogren Bradley
Brain Health Center
(724) 719-2833


Kim is the Administrative Assistant to Dr. Nussbaum and Our Customer Services Leader at the Brain Health Center.

Roles Past to Present:

Associates Degree in Applied Science, Raritan Valley College, 1980, Branchburg, NJ
Human Resources Assistant, University of Maine, 3 years, Orono, ME
Inside Pharmaceutical Sales and Administrative Support, Hoechst-Rousell Pharmaceuticals, 8 years, Bridgewater, NJ
Pre-school teacher, St. Andrew Day School, 9 years, Moon Twp., PA
Retail Sales Associate, Talbots and Kindred Spirits Boutique, 7 years, Wexford, PA
Receptionist and Administrative Assistant to Dr. Nussbaum, present, Wexford, PA

Michele Bamburak

Michele Bamburak, MS, Taxation, Robert Morris University, BS, Robert Moris University:

Michele shares her love of yoga while modeling a balanced lifestyle.  She guides attendees through invigorating and encouraging yoga practices, i.e., power vinyasa flow, discusses the wellness benefits of beginning and maintaining a yoga practice, and safely guides classes through a series of revitalizing and rejuvenating yoga poses benefiting the body, mind and soul.

Lauren Bradley

I have been working as a psychometrist at the Brain Health Center since December of 2014.  I am pursing my Masters of Arts in Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh.  My experience at the Brain Health Center has sparked my interest on working with individuals whom have a communication impairment due to various brain injuries or neurological disorders.  

Chrissy Baur joined the Brain Health Center team in March of 2016.  She is passionate about educating and assisting others in reaching optimal mental, physical, and emotional health.  Her journey into the world of health began at Penn State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Biobehavioral Health.  She has continued to learn more about health and the mind body connection at Chatham University where she earned her Master’s degree. Now she’s excited to be a part of the team completing neuropsychological testing at the Brain Health Center.

Brenton Carlini DC LMT is a holistic chiropractor located in the North Hills of Pennsylvania.  Brent has a wide background in alternative health, and has studied subjects such as chiropractic, massage therapy, nutrition, yoga, and reiki.  Brent has a passion for using the modalities that he has studied for the best interest of each patient.  Each treatment rendered is tailored to the needs of each specific person.  Brent also guides free meditation classes and speaks in public about health and wellness.  His goal is to educate others on the importance of living a healthy, happy lifestyle.

When Brent is not taking care of patients, he can be found reading, writing, singing, and spending time with family and friends, especially his wonderful wife, Mara, and his two furry friends, Gwendolyn and Arya.


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Mara Carlini, MSAOM, L.Ac.

Mara Carlini L. Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist) began her journey of Chinese medicine in in her art when she explored balancing subjects of Yin and Yang.  The theme of Yin and Yang can represent balance of physical and spiritual aspects, which intrigued Mara's interest.  

While exploring the balance of Yin and Yang in art, she also explored Yin and Yang through practicing yoga. Because yoga helps deepen the mind-body connection, she was drawn to this discipline.  It helped her balance the stresses in life that seemed to affect the health of her digestion.  Through exploring yoga, dietary nutrition, and Chinese medicine philosophies, she found balance in her own body soon became a yoga teacher and enrolled into the Finger Lakes School for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (FLSAOM). 

Mara went to acupuncture school with her husband, Brent Carlini, who was attending the same school for Chiropractic (New York Chiropractic College).  In acupuncture school, she continued teaching yoga and intensely studied the depths of Chinese medicine where she received her Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM).

Mara practices using acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese dietary therapy, tuina Chinese massage, and qigong/meditation techniques. Mara also continues to teach yoga and practice art.
See her other websites for her Artist page and Etsy page.

To make an appointment, please call 724 493 9749

Emalee Dauginikas
joined the BHC team in May 2016. She is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently training with BHC staff to become a Testing Student. 

Sharon Gallagher Dipl., Ac. is a Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist in the Pittsburgh area.   For over 2 decades, her vibrant practice has helped literally thousands of people.   Sharon has a Baccalaureate of Fine Arts from Stevens College and her Masters in Acupuncture from the Acupuncture Center of Naples, where she mastered the gentle Japanese style of acupuncture (known as painless acupuncture).   Her advanced education and licensure consisted of comprehensive study of Eastern and Western medicine and an intensive three-year clinical internship.

Anne Kertz Kernion

Anne Kertz Kernion, BS, Evironmental Engineering, Penn State University, MA, Theology, Duquesne University:

Anne Kertz Kernion (BS in Environmental Engineering, Penn State; MA in Theology, Duquesne University) is the owner/artist of Cards by Anne, an international greeting card company founded in 1986, specializing in inspirational messages. Her cards are available online (cardsbyanne.com) and in stores in the US, Canada, England, Ireland and Australia. For 14 years, Anne was an adjunct professor of Theology at Carlow College in Pittsburgh, teaching “Cross-Cultural Understanding of Religious Meaning.” For seven years, she was also an adjunct professor at CCAC, teaching courses ranging from Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Nutrition, to World Religions and Ethics. Currently, Anne is a frequent lecturer on topics such as “Neuroscience and Happiness”, “Practices to Cultivate Inner Peace”, “The Breath and Mindfulness”, “The Courage to be Imperfect”, and “Enhancing Our Creativity”. She is a certified yoga instructor and teaches a weekly Yoga class. Anne also has a certificate in the “Science of Happiness”. Anne is married with 3 grown children, has practiced meditation and mindfulness for over 30 years, and yoga for nearly 10 years. She enjoys biking, hiking, yoga, meditation, travel and reading.

Suma Kolla

 B.S., RYT-200, Yin Yoga, Reiki Services Provided:  Group & Private Instructions in
  • Yoga,
  • Pranayama, &
  • Meditation

Method for Scheduling Appointment:  Please contact BHC at 724.719.2833

I started practicing yoga in 2008 after a serious ankle injury. My first introduction to yoga was a master on an Indian TV channel. Since then yoga has not only transformed my well being but also my outlook on life. With each inhale, I began to equate breath with energy; a spiritual energy that can take on anything that comes my way. With each moment of meditation, my body, mind, and soul felt more connected and I gained a sense of balance.  With each asana, I realized how my Vedantic (spiritual) knowledge complements the practice of yoga. I not only enjoy teaching at the Brain Health Center, but also leading yoga and meditation practices for a non-profit in Pittsburgh.            

My classes are inspired by Hatha yoga, but with emphasis on pranayama and meditation. I bring much attention to breath with movement and self-awareness.            

Off the mat, I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, watching Indian movies, reading, and giving Indian cooking lessons

Donald Kovacic

Rebecca Laubach


Psychometrist Rebecca Laubach came to the Brain Health Center in 2015 after a nearly thirty year career in education. Rebecca has a B.S. in education and an M.A. in English.  Her work with students of differing abilities, ages and cultures spawned an admiration for, and fascination with, the astoundingly elastic nature of the human brain.  This, combined with a lifelong exploration of meditation and non-traditional healing practices, brought her to the Brain Health Center where these two interests intertwine. In addition to being part of our psychometric team, Rebecca is an eager, if somewhat ungainly, student of all things yoga.  

Morgan E. Leckie

Washington & Jefferson College
Expected B.A. in Psychology
Studied: Abnormal Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Theories of Personality

Katherine S. Litz MSCP is a graduate of the Masters in Counseling Program at Chatham University in pursuit of her LPC licensure. She has been on staff at the Brain Health Center since July of 2015 performing Neuropsychometric testing / scoring alongside her colleagues under the guidance of Dr. Nussbaum PHD. For her continuing education, she is completing Doctoral studies in Chinese Medicine while continuing to explore the Brain Health Lifestyle to maximize her own self-actualization as well as that of those whom she works in collaboration with.
Mariah Mascara is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Psychology and on the Pre-Medical track. She is vice president of the American Chemical Society and an active member of Phi Delta Epsilon International Pre-Medical Fraternity. Other involvements include being a research assistant in the Biobehavioral Oncology department at Hillman Cancer Center and an undergraduate teaching assistant for both Biology II and Introduction to Psychology.
Amber Miller

Amber Miller joined the Brain Health Center Team in April of 2015 as a psychometric testing student. She graduated from Washington & Jefferson College with a B.A. in Psychology in May of 2016. At Washington & Jefferson, Amber was the captain of the women’s swim team, involved in Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Language Honors Society, and an active member of Greek Life and other leadership and service organizations on campus. Amber is currently a student in Chatham University’s Master of Science in Counseling Psychology Program.  She is grateful to the Brain Health Family for the opportunity to practice performing psychometric testing and introducing her to a holistic interpretation of brain health.
Services Provided:

  • Neuropsychometric Testing

Method of Scheduling an Appointment:
Call the Brain Health Center at (724) 719-2833 to schedule an appointment.

Susan Di Iorio Miller

Susan Di Iorio Miller, BA, Social Science/Concentration in Psychology

Susan enjoys working with people and creating things. She began working in the Film Industry in NYC and loved the teamwork, as well as working towards the common goal of creating a product people could learn from or enjoy.

In Pittsburgh, Sue and her husband Tom are raising two wonderful boys - now in college. She is an active member of volunteer organizations and has worked with ASL Friends, Inc for ten years. Sue is also a member of the WPPTA/APTA and enjoys playing competitive platform tennis as a co-captain on her team.

Sue's interest in brain health and the health of the "whole being" was deepened when her younger brother suffered a TBI, as a college student, after surgery. She jumped at the opportunity to be involved with the Brain Health Center and train as a Psychometrist. Sue is grateful to be involved with and learn from the amazing people who do such beautiful work here at the Center.

Mary Minnock

Mary Minnock, Bachelors of Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Mary is the Director of Social Media at the Brain Health Center. In September 2016 she began working at the center after being inspired by the Brain Health Lifestyle model and a desire to promote this mission out into the community. Mary enjoys growing in her holistic health degree through the integration of all the healing modalities offered at the Brain Health Center, especially the yoga and meditation.

Ann Pfeifer

Ann Pfeifer, BA Professional Communications/Broadcast & Print Journalism, Chatham University:

Ann is a nascent yoga teacher, and has been devoted to the practice since 2009. She was invited by a dear friend and came to love the practice at her friend’s welcoming encouragement. Ann completed her 100 hour Level 1 - Teacher Training with Amazing Yoga in 2013 and is grateful for the opportunity to share her love of yoga, its benefits, and the holistic view of brain health with others through work at the Brain Health Center.  


Stephanie Polydor

Stephanie Polydor is a Practicing, LNMT/Licensed, Neuromuscular Massage Therapist, specializing in Clinical Muscle Techniques.

Stephanie has extensively studied Neuromuscular Therapy,  Hawaiian/Lomi-Lomi Massage and many other therapeutic modalities, blending them together to create her very own unique pain and stress reducing experience.  

To chedule a massage with Stephanie call 724 719-2833


Master Chip Sargent
4th Degree Black Belt
Young Brothters Tae Kwon Do

Master Sargent has trained with 9th Degree Grand Master Young Bo Kong and 7th Degree Master Erik Gavula for 11 years. Master Sargent is a Tae Kwon Do instructor at the Cranberry Township Young Brothers School.

Master Sargent offers an 8 week introductory course that will teach the basic fundamentals of the self-defense martial art Tae Kwon Do. Some of the techniques will include blocking, kicking, punching and striking. Participants will gain focus, fitness, coordination. The Tenets of Tae Kwon Do are courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, indomitable spirit and modesty and align with the Brain Health Center's five pillars for brain health and wellness.

Master Sargent is also a Computer and Math teacher at Wexford Elementary School in Pine-Richland School Distict and has been with the District for 23 years.

Additonally, has also designed and maintained Dr. Nussbam's website since 2002.

To learn more information or to register call the BHC at 724 719-2833.

Chip Sargent


Rita M. Singer, RD, LDN
RED Dietitians, LLC

Rita M. Singer, a registered dietitian and licensed dietitian/nutritionist, is the founder of RED Dietitians, LLC. She earned her bachelors degree in dietetics at Virginia Tech University where she also continued her Dietetic Internship in the rural communities of Southwest Virginia. Rita’s interest in wellness first began when she was given the opportunity to intern at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where she worked in the Cardiac Prevention Unit. These experiences helped Rita understand the prevalence of diabetes, obesity and the general lack of awareness about proper nutrition and wellness among many individuals. Rita helps individuals focus on a healthy lifestyle by educating and teaching nutrition, not dieting, for long-term weight management and disease prevention. She emphasizes the importance of whole food nutrition by including foods your body recognizes as real such as whole fruits, whole vegetables, and whole grains.

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For 12 years, Joni Sturgill has been teaching stress reduction to diverse populations in the Pittsburgh, PA area, calling on her advanced training in meditation, relaxation and yoga. She also studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is a certified Holistic Health Coach. Plus, she holds a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University. Her unique blend of training results in a down to earth experience for people at all stages of their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual journey. Joni can be reached via her website, www.healthybodypeacefulsoul.com.

Contact our holistic health practitioners in Wexford, Pennsylvania, for practices that promote better physical and mental health.