Beth Ardell & Susie McDaniel
Beth Ardell & Susie McDaniel Owner & Director
Executive Directors Beth Ardell and Susie McDaniel are both physical therapists and owners of LearningRx Atlanta-Buckhead and Alpharetta. Their interest in cognitive training came from researching lasting solutions to help their own children with learning, attention, or reading struggles, as well as their desire to further enhance stronger brain skills! They like to say they now perform physical therapy on brains, and the results have been life-changing!
Austin Khajeh Director of First Impressions
Director of First Impressions and Trainer Austin Khajeh is from Roswell, Georgia. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Kennesaw State University. He is currently working towards a Masters Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Georgia. Austin is a Certified Cognitive Coach through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Educations Standards. He hopes to excel in his Master’s program and work towards bigger and greater opportunities. Austin says, "I love working at LearningRx, because I have the opportunity to actively assist my students in strengthening their brain and achieving new goals!"
Hika Anani Brain Trainer
Master Trainer Hika Anani currently lives in Lawrenceville, GA. She has a BA in English Literature-Creative Writing from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, a Post-Bac in Publishing from University of Denver and an MA in Teaching and Learning with a specialization in Technology and the 21st Century Classroom from Ashford University. She is currently working on an MFA in Literature and Creative Writing, specializing in Fiction, from Bennington College. Hika tells us, “It's rewarding to see students’ confidence grow as their skills improve and they feel better prepared to tackle what is asked of them in other areas of their lives. Knowing that when a student engages with their world, we’ve helped so many more people than just the person sitting across the training table - that's why I love LearningRx!”
Sherri Burrell Brain Trainer
Master Trainer Sherri Burrell is from Brooklyn, NY with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Alfred University, a Master’s in Education from Simmons College and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teacher Leadership from Walden University. Her future goal is to pursue working in advocacy groups for families with special needs. Sherri says, “I love LearningRx because it helps parents and families answer so many questions about their children. LearningRx provides hope that there is something out there that can help their loved one reach their fullest potential and change their life.”
Davisha Daryani Brain Trainer
Trainer Davisha Daryani is from Atlanta, GA with an undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Science & Psychology. She is certified in Orton-Gillingham and Handwriting Without Tears. Her future goal is to grow as a trainer and help as many students in the scientifically proven methods of LearningRx. Davisha says, “I love LearningRx because I get an incredible opportunity to train my students’ brains and make an impact on their lives!”
Corey Gray Brain Trainer
Advanced Trainer Corey Gray is from Atlanta, GA. He has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in Elementary Education, both from Georgia State University. Corey says, " My future goal is to become an elementary school administrator and continue serving in urban and cultural diverse areas. I would also like to become a curriculum consultant and create an equity-oriented STEAM and literature infused course of study. I love LearningRx simply because of the hope, motivation, and results we provide to families. No matter the learning exceptionality, we train our students to accomplish anything they put their minds to and I love being a part of a family like this!”
Carrie Kolkebeck Brain Trainer
Administrative Liaison and Master Trainer Carrie Kolkebeck is from Atlanta, GA and holds an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from Brenau University. In her free time, she teaches sewing and knitting lessons and volunteers with the Junior League of Atlanta. Her future goal is to become certified in Reiki Healing & EFT tapping. Carrie says, “I love LearningRx because it allows me to connect one-on-one with students and their families!”
Michelle Green Brain Trainer
Trainer Michelle Green is from Atlanta, GA with an undergraduate degree in Psychology Pre-Med at University of Georgia. She is preparing to attend Medical School. Her future goal is to become a doctor. Michelle says, “I love LearningRx because I truly enjoy making a difference in someone’s academic and personal life!”
Shannon Reynolds Brain Trainer
Advanced Trainer Shannon Reynolds is from Atlanta, GA with an undergraduate degree in Finance from Georgia Southern University, a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Clark Atlanta University and a Specialist Degree in School Counseling from University of West Alabama. Shannon says, “My future goals are to continue to develop professionally, expanding the use of my School Counseling skill sets to a different age group and additional opportunities. Additionally, I have a desire to pursue entrepreneurship. I love LearningRx because I enjoy the ability to train (versus tutor) one-on-one with clients and have a positive impact on their cognitive development and overall confidence!”
Michael Atunzu Brain Trainer
Trainer Michael Atunzu is from Rockdale, GA with an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Georgia State University. He is pursuing a Doctor of Chiropractic program at Life University with the future goal of becoming a chiropractor. Michael says, “I love LearningRx because I enjoy helping others achieve their goals!”
Clark Demas Brain Trainer
Master Trainer Clark Demas is from Simi Valley, CA with an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Northern Arizona University and Masters and PhD in Political Economics from Georgia State University. His future goal is to end Narco-wars in Mexico. Clark says, “I love LearningRx because within a matter of months, I get to see my students’ lives change in previously unimaginable ways!”
Zoe Colier Brain Trainer
Certified Trainer, Zoe Colier, is from Marietta, Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Biology from the University of North Georgia. She hopes to attend graduate school for research or counseling, and dreams of seeing the world while pursuing meaningful work. Zoe says, "LearningRx has not only given me the greatest opportunity to change lives while doing something I love, but has also provided the most positive work environment I have ever been a part of!"
Chel Robinson Brain Trainer
Certified trainer, My Chel Robinson, is from Mansura, LA. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology from Oglethorpe University. She is currently working on a degree in Nursing from Mercer University. Her ultimate goal is to pursue a Nurse Practitioner license in Neuropsychiatry. Chel says she “loves LearningRX because of the excitement students have during a one-on-one session.” She says, “it is rewarding to see the positive growth each student has no matter what age!”
Luke Formichella Brain Trainer
Luke Formichella is originally from Massachusetts and currently resides in Buckhead/Atlanta, GA. Luke received his Bachelor's of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Syracuse University. He has a passion for combining his technical background with the education of others, and he has spent his years since graduation working in the medical device industry, educating surgeons and hospital staff on cutting-edge technologies. Luke also privately tutors high school and undergraduate students in many math and science courses; it was through his tutoring he stumbled upon LearningRx, and he has loved it ever since. 'I love training at LearningRx because it allows me to have a tangible, positive impact on the lives of my students. It is so rare to find work that is as undeniably meaningful as my work at LearningRx. I like to view training my students as an opportunity to help a former version of myself, providing them with confidence in the classroom and beyond!'
Raina Hoover Brain Trainer
Certified Trainer, Raina Hoover, currently lives in Woodstock, Georgia. She will receive her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Kennesaw State University in December 2021 and then hopes to work toward a graduate degree at Mercer University. Her overarching goal is to pursue meaningful work and create positive life experiences every day. Raina says her favorite thing about LearningRx is the “positive work environment and the opportunity to be part of any moment in which a student realizes they can achieve something they didn’t believe they could. I’m so thankful to be part of a team of trainers who are passionate about helping others grow into better versions of themselves!”