Brittany Todd, Founder and CEO of B Balanced Counseling & Wellness, has a passion for the promotion of mental health awareness, support and collaborative, comprehensive treatment. She first founded B Balanced in Pawleys Island, SC, as a Wellness Center with an emphasis on yoga, movement, massage therapy and life coaching. She returned home to Winston-Salem in 2016 and re-opened B Balanced as a private practice counseling service with an emphasis on overall health and well-being. As a Certified Parent Coach, Certified Life Coach, Therapeutic Consultant and a Nationally Certified Intervention Professional, Brittany works with adolescents, teens, adults and families to address a variety of mental health struggles, challenges, obstacles and life transitions. Since every person and family is unique, she implements an integrative approach of multiple treatment modalities to provide a positive experience, while promoting progress toward individual therapeutic goals and overall wellness. Her collaborative care approach brings people together in health and wellness in a unique, comfortable, accepting, safe space. Brittany is also an NC Mitigation Specialist and is certified to provide child custody evaluations and forensic mental health evaluations. She has been honored to be an expert witness in multiple criminal and child custody cases. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two little ones, taking classes at @awareyoga, @purebarrewinstonsalem or @cyclebarwinstonsalem and going on walks around Winston-Salem with friends and family. Find her on Instagram at @bbalancedwithbrittany and @bbalancedonoakwood.
Shay Johnson is the co-founder of High Point Fashion Week, a podcast host of “With Love Shay,” a qualified mental health professional, a health and wellness coach, a self-love coach and a mom of three children. “My love for mental health is due to my own need for searching for someone that looked like me,” said Shay. “Not having that presence in the field, I decided to become that. Everything I do is centered around putting your mental health first. I stepped into fashion production as a hobby. I have always loved fashion and clothes, so fashion shows were things I watched. After watching my then partner create similar experiences for adults and having no interest in working with kids, I decided to take on that population creating similar experiences for children ages 5-17.” She has been a fashion producer for four years and founded We Inspire Talent Group Kids.
Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jenna Anderson moved to Winston-Salem in 2017 to become the first apprentice at the UNCSA Dance Costume Shop. She concurrently worked as an opening barista under the nickname of “Tutu” and was magnetized to the passion, energy and pride that her customers had for the city. Jenna became a full-time student at UNCSA in 2018 and graduated with a major in Costume Design & Technology and a minor in Arts Entrepreneurship. During her senior year, the Winston-Salem Journal featured her as the “Queen of Cold Calls” after she cold called the opportunity to make a custom ballet tutu for a principal dancer of the Royal Ballet, Yasmine Naghdi. Jenna is now an entrepreneur and CEO of Jenna Sais Quoi (a name created by coffee regular Deb Klaus), an atelier specializing in custom clothing, costumes and apparel manufacturing. She was invited to be a featured speaker at Tedx WakeForestU in February 2023 to share about her entrepreneurial journey and life story. When she’s not editing business plans at Camino Bakery or working on a commission, you can find her at the piano playing “Sugar Plum Pas de Deux” or chilling out at Incendiary Brewing Company waiting for a “chugga wugga” train to come by and blow the whistle.
Amanda Cairnes was born and raised in North Carolina. She attended Appalachian State University for undergraduate studies majoring in Exercise Science with a pre-professional concentration. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a EMT-Basic. After App State, Amanda attended High Point University for her master’s in physician assistant studies. She has been practicing as a PA since late 2021 at Digestive Health Specialists. Amanda chose to become a physician assistant to develop meaningful relationships with patients, have good work/life balance and flexibility to change throughout her career if she ever wanted to. When treating patients, Amanda thinks it is important to find a treatment plan that works well with the patient’s needs, wants and lifestyle. During her free time, Amanda enjoys hiking and traveling to see national parks with her husband.
Megan Helmly is a real estate agent in the Triad with Jpar Legacy Group. She started in the real estate business after seeing how happy and successful her sister was. Her motivation to have a successful career comes from her children. “My children have been my inspiration for being who I am today,” said Megan. “My son and daughter both suffer from chronic disease; my son beat cancer and had a kidney transplant in 2013. Every day is a challenge, but they are my motivation. I hope someone reading this right now knows to never give up on your hope and dreams! It’s never too late!” In her spare time, Megan enjoys spending time with her two children and her husband. She also just loves helping people in general as well as cooking whenever she has time.