Hello, I'm Kristi Knight.
You may have found my site from a friend, a referral, social media site or even a google search, whatever the case...I am glad you are here! I want to share a little about myself, and to answer the most frequently asked question, "How did you get into this business?" Again, thanks for taking the time to checkout my site and learn more about what I do and how I can help you.
I am here to help you manage stress without side effects,
support you where you are in life and
offer hope and healing that you thought was lost.
I believe that on our journey to wellness....
we should LEARN along the way!
Brain Fitness Coach,
Health & Wellness Coach, Speaker, Educator & Entrepreneur
Helping you be... YOUR best brain!
My husband and children more than all the breath of life inside me.
I also love sunshine, fall, fresh flowers and 80's music.
people become broken, parenting IS the hardest job in the world, sugar is addicting,
change is scary, anxiety comes in many forms,
learning from mistakes is so empowering, and life is all about relationships.
I want to.....
educate, inspire and motivate you to learn on your journey to wellness that I know you can achieve
and I will celebrate with you..... your victories along the way!
Kristi Knight is the owner and founder of Brain Fitness, a private Neurofeedback training and Health Coaching practice. Her educational background includes a BA degree in Cognitive Studies & Psychology from Ashford University. She is also certified in basic and advanced Neurofeedback training, Brain Fitness Coaching from the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association and Health & Wellness coaching from Well Coaches. She is currently pursing her final coaching certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, where she will graduate in December of 2018. In addition, Kristi has a variety of additional training and certifications which include: Mindfulness Training, Sleep Training, Interactive Metronome Provider, Positive Parenting Discipline Educator, Essential Oil Coaching, Trauma Informed Care, Stress management, and Concussion/TBI Training.
Kristi has a passion for helping others. Her dedication to continuing her own education across a variety of interests and modalities has equipped her with a unique knowledge base she uses to help others. She has worked with children, teens, and adults, and specializes in helping connect the missing pieces. Kristi believes her holistic understanding of how we develop, think, feel, learn and relate is what people find intriguing, unique and drawn to work with her. She speaks on important topics related to brain health that include stress, education, nutrition and toxicity.
How I got here...
My son quit eating and was diagnosed with a feeding disorder. It was a condition that he had been born with, but had been missed by doctors for many years. The feeding therapy team was perplexed at his case, and they recommended us to a specialty clinic in Illinois that addressed chronic problems with eating/feeding. What we learned there literally changed our lives.
A New Understanding
No one had ever connected for us the problems our son had with eating to some of his other health concerns—such as enlarged adenoids making him unable to breathe through his nose, never sleeping through the night without waking up, and an inability to tolerate any strong odors. Many things would cause him to throw up or gag, including toothpaste, and as a result, he suffered from severe oral defensiveness.
We had also struggled with our son’s extreme sensitivity to try new foods. Most concerning, was seeing him choose to go hungry. We saw for years that he wanted to eat. We knew he didn’t want things to be this way—but it was so hard for him to adjust, and we never knew why, until....a life changing visit to a feeding clinic 4 hours away.
After a couple of hours with the experts at Koke Mills Springs Clinic in Springfield, Illinois, we learned what caused this fear in him. He had extreme anxiety related to food and anything going near his mouth. Because he had never learned to breathe through his nose, he had missed some of the key steps to learning how to eat. At this point, it couldn’t be re-learned.
His fears were real and we had to do something to help him. We were given a list of recommendations for addressing the issues at hand, but first we had to deal with the anxiety. Otherwise, all the other recommendations would fail.
The first recommendation to address the anxiety was Neurofeedback/Biofeedback, because traditional methods of medicine was NOT an option for him, he could not swallow pills, nor could we hide them in anything with such extreme sensitivity to smell and taste aversion that had developed. We were DESPERATE to help him, and as other feeding therapy methods had proved unsuccessful, we quickly decided the Neurofeedback training was our best option.
The Training Results
Over time, we began to notice profound changes in our son, but they weren’t all food-related anxiety changes—there were positive impacts all across the board. For the first time in his life, he could go to bed at night on his own. No extra tucking-in or water or leaving the lights on.
We also noticed that his ability to get his homework done improved. Earlier that same year, he had been diagnosed with a Reading Fluency disability, which impacted school work. Before he began Neurofeedback, getting him to sit down and do his homework required us standing over him to help keep him on task and sometimes even read it to him. He would get so frustrated and tired. After a few months of training, he began to come home and do his homework with no extra help, and had even made an A on a book report.
His teacher noted at his fall conference that he had really improved listening during class and that his oral reading skills were much improved. She also noted his reading fluency test scores had improved since the start of the school year. Could this be a result of the training we began to wonder?
Over the course of the next 8 months, while continuing the training as maintenance, our son was even able to gain 14 pounds. He could eat from any restaurant and he could try new foods. Even sleepovers weren’t stressful because he could find something to eat anywhere he went.
One year after his first Neurofeedback training session, he had a dental cleaning appointment.
This was the ultimate test of how much Neurofeedback had helped the anxiety he had suffered from for years. As I sat in the waiting room, I recalled how easy it had been on this day to get him to this appointment compared to years prior. I had only given him one day’s notice of the appointment, and I had not seen one tear, nor heard any complaining of a stomach ache that day. He did not even ask me to come back to the room with him. It was a complete reversal of what we had encountered for years prior. Patiently I waited for the results.
When he came out of the appointment, he smiled and showed me his teeth. Then he proudly announced that he was cavity-free. I was in shock. I fought back tears of joy and relief, knowing this training really had worked for our son. My husband, who had been skeptical of this, but agreed that it had to be the training causing these remarkable changes in our son.
The Neurofeedback did what we had hoped in reducing his anxiety so that he could manage and function normally. It did not take the feeding disorder away from him, nor did it take away the reading fluency disability. But what it did was so much more. It helped him manage the stress and anxiety related to each of these issues—making every day so much brighter.
Following that success, the training did not stop at my son. I quickly got my daughter started, who had struggled with ADHD her entire life. We had tried every medicine and method of counseling known, but overall, nothing ever worked for her without some unfortunate side effects.
I hoped it would help her in some way deal with the debilitating attention problems. When we began to see her response to the training, I knew that this work was what I had waited my whole life to do—to help others.
The struggles with my son and my daughter were different, but both were real and painful to watch as a parent. Finding a way to help others is a true passion of mine, and it’s what led me to the founding of Brain Fitness. Sometimes when you are not looking, things just happen that were meant to be. I was not looking for a second career in life, but I certainly found one.
I have been where many of you are right now, and I know the struggles are real. I also know the options you face for a number of health related concerns have been limited…until now.