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Dr. Stephen Cain DC
Dr. Stephen Cain is a Health Coach who has focused his studies and his practice on brain health and performance. While in Chiropractic school at Life University in Marietta, GA he enrolled in a post graduate diplomat program called Functional Neurology. This is a field focused on natural ways to optimize the human brain. He has also been doing his own extensive research on neuroplasticity for the last 10 years. He leads various workshops, exercise courses, and seminars on brain health in the greater Detroit area. Dr. Cain is also an award winning public speaker which allows him to effectively communicate complex neurological concepts in a simple and understandable language.
– ACE Certified Health Coach 2016
– Brain Health and Performance Workshop Instructor 2013
– Present Over 8 years of personal studies into brain health
– 260 hours of completed coursework in Functional Neurology
– Life University Neurology Club officer 2009-2011
– Life University Neurology Club member 2008-2011
– Doctor of Chiropractic from Life University Marietta, GA 2011 (Cum Laude)
– ACE Certified -Personal Trainer and Bootcamp Instructor Marietta, GA 2007
– Bachelor of Science from the -University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 2007
Charles is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and grew up in San Jose California. At his first job as a Psychiatric Nurse at a Mental Health and Rehabilitation Center in San Jose, California he saw first hand how life is for those with very poor mental health. After leaving nursing he became a Certified Professional Health and Wellness Coach. His main insight through this process was that ‘information deficiency’ was not the problem. The best application of information was needed to help others thrive in their health. In his next step to help others prevent the problems he saw as a nurse he brought in health professionals such as naturopathic doctors, individuals who had healed their bodies and minds, chiropractors, and therapists into the South Bay Energized Life Forum. After that venture came and went he began to work with one of the speakers from that forum, Dr. Stephen Cain (current president of Whole Brain Health) and they created what is now the Whole Brain Health Initiative Organization which has successfully helped dozens of communities and hundreds of individuals redesign their brain health lifestyles.
Summary of Experience
-500+ hours of Group Instruction for Brain Health Education with Active Older Adults and Seniors – 2016 to Present
-3,000+ hours personal studies into health and wellness education – 2008 to Present
-Over 300 hours of public speaking and leadership development through Toastmasters International – 2012 to 2019
-Competent Leadership Toastmaster – 2015
-Former CEO of the South Bay Energized Life Forum (formerly Silicon Valley Health Forum) – 2011 to 2012
-Former Psychiatric Nurse – 2010 to 2011
-Certificate in Professional Health and Wellness Coaching from HealthCoachingU – 2010
-Bachelor’s of Art in Global Studies from UCSB, graduated with Honors – 2007
Dr. Janani Dhinakaran PhD
Dr. Janani Dhinakaran is a Program Director, Health Coach and Facilitator at WBHI. She advises on the Neuroscience content, manages a team of health coaches and oversees online content production.
She has a PhD in Neuropsychology from the University of Oldenburg, Germany. Her topic of research was visual attention in different cognitive states. She also did a research assistantship at Stanford on emotion regulation in children with autism/ADHD. During her Masters in Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh her thesis was on the structural and functional differences in the brains of musicians and non-musicians. Her Bachelors in Science laid a strong foundation in Biological sciences.
Dr Dhinakaran founded Rise in 2016 and practices as a Mind Body Health Coach and Wellness Speaker.
She works in preventive health by teaching Brain Fitness, StressLess, and Qigong at the YMCA. She is also trained in YMCA’s CDC Diabetes Prevention Program. She has seen first hand how powerful lifestyle changes can be at improving health. She enjoys conducting workshops, giving classes and talks on health as she believes that spreading health education empowers people to behave more proactively to prevent the suffering of illness.
Maria Nunez – MS
Maria has a Masters in Neurocognition, Education and Learning at the Institute of Educational Links with the thesis of: Dance therapy, an alternative to decrease stress-anxiety levels in adolescents for better school performance. She also has a Masters in Theology from the Pontifical University of Mexico. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Universidad del Valle de México.
Her professional objective is to promote spaces that lead to reflection, where deep self-knowledge is allowed to be generated, guiding students and patients to seek the beautiful, the good and the true.
She has also taught at various Universities and Institutes at the bachelor’s and baccalaureate levels. Subjects include: Psychology, Selected Topics of Family Orientation, and Humanities.
She has conducted dance therapy workshops with associates and employees to reduce levels of anxiety and stress. She did this as an international volunteer at Concordia AC in the city of Amiens, in France, and at the Institute of Neurosciences of Stanford California, with the project “Dance to Remember.”
Dr. Amrita Sharma PhD
Dr. Amrita Sharma is the Lead Program Facilitator at Whole Brain Health Initiative. She has a PhD in social Psychology from India. Her research topic focussed on deep understanding of Aggression and development of Self-Concept among adolescents. Her Master thesis explored the topic of Emotional Intelligence at college level students. She also has published papers in various journals. She did a Research Assistantship at Stanford university on Emotional Regulation in children with Autism/ADHD. She also supervises and writes for the WBHI blog.