Brainworks Team


Our biggest strength is our team. We've worked together a long time, and consider ourselves a family. 

When you first get in touch, you’ll speak with James. A founding director of the company, few people know more about brain training than he does. He will expertly answer your questions, review your case and help find the best approach for you. He oversees your experience with us from start to finish.

If your assessment or sessions are done in the London clinic, you’ll meet another of our founders, Christina. She takes care of everything in London from the initial brain map to the final session.

If your sessions are done at home, you’ll meet Dr Starr (Freddy). An American Psychiatrist with 16 years’ in neurofeedback, Dr Starr supervises all home sessions; he handles your initial brain map, creates your training plan, oversees your sessions and reviews the final results with you.

Assisting Dr Starr is a team of highly experienced, BCIA certified neurofeedback therapists; Ida, Sean, and Lita. They connect by internet to run your daily sessions, help with questions, and assist you while you train.

Behind it all is another of our founders, Sarah. She will be in touch for payments, shipping, or anything logistical. Nothing runs without Sarah.


Meet the Team


Christina Lavelle

Clinical Director Brainworks, London Clinic, 10 years exp. 

Christina Lavelle - Neurofeedback Specialist, ILS Certified
Christina is Brainworks’ Managing Director and founder of the London clinic, where she expertly supervises all aspects of client care. 
Christina holds certifications as a Wuttke Institute Neurofeedback Specialist, LoRETA neurofeedback certification, iLs certified, certified Neurofeedback Specialist NTCB, BST Master Level neurofeedback practitioner, certified Biofeedback Specialist NTCB, a member of the Society of Applied Neuroscience, with independent training and continued affiliation with world leaders in neurotherapy. 
Originally from Durham, Christina studied psychology and sociology before deciding to travel to experience the world first-hand.  In Asia she realised the transformative potential of meditation, yoga, nature and nutrition.  Returning to her roots in England some 10 years later, she continued her interest in the mind and body with studies in naturopathy, hypnotherapy and NLP.  
On experiencing Neurofeedback she found that her experience, knowledge and empathetic nature could come together in this scientific framework.  Today she expertly integrates her technical ability with the insights gained from the eastern traditions to her work.

James ('Jamie') Roy

Technical Director Brainworks and Transformational Retreats, client coordinator, 10 years exp. 

James Roy - Founder and Director of Education and Development, Certified Neurofeedback Specialist

Jamie is Brainworks' client liaison, Director of Research and Development, co-founder of Brainworks and Transformational Retreats. He keeps us up-to-date on all the latest technical wizardry, keeps us 'web-connected' and develops new tools to keep us ahead.

Born and raised on Vancouver Island in Canada, James holds certifications as a Wuttke Institute Neurofeedback Specialist, LoRETA neurofeedback certification, Certified Neurofeedback Specialist NTCB, BST Master Level Neurofeedback Practitioner, Certified Biofeedback Specialist NTCB, a member of the Society of Applied Neuroscience, with independent training and continued affiliation with world leaders in neurotherapy.

Struggling to overcome his own dyslexia in the 1970's gave Jamie a keen interest in the mind. By the time he was 12 he had grown into an early compter nerd and brain-geek. In his early thirties, he began a personal quest to uncover the inner mechanisms behind the brain and the process of inner growth. With neuroscience still in its infancy, he looked abroad. 

He dedicated the next seven years to travelling the globe for a first-hand education in traditional mind sciences. He ordained as a Buddhist Monk, studied with a wide range of yogis, traditional healers and village shamans; all the while keeping up with the fast advancing field of neuroscience. The insights gained from these studies led Jamie and his wife Sarah to pioneer neurofeedback and mind technologies in the UK.

As well as continued involvement with clients, Jamie is currently in Costa writing a book on the brain and self-development. He develops new brain training concepts, and is also a neurotherapist and bodyworker on Transformational Retreats.


Sarah Roy

Company Director Brainworks and Transformational Retreats, 10 years exp.

Sarah Roy (Neurotherapy, Nutrition)
Sarah is the co-founder and Operations Director of Brainworks and Transformational Retreats; she handles all the accounts, provides client support and neuro-nutrition advice, and generally keeps the company running efficiently. 
Company Director, Brainworks co-founder. Sarah holds certifications as a Wuttke Institute Neurofeedback Specialist, LoRETA neurofeedback certification, iLs certified, Certified Neurofeedback Specialist NTCB, BST Master Level Neurofeedback Practitioner, Certified Biofeedback Specialist NTCB, member of the Society of Applied Neuroscience, with independent training and continued affiliation with world leaders in neurotherapy.
Born and raised near London, Sarah spent her twenties working as an accountant in industry. Following a deeper calling, she co-managed a renowned health food store, continuing her studies in mind-body health at The College of Natural Nutrition and running a private practice as a nutritional advisor. In her 30’s, she moved to India to develop a greater experiential and theoretical knowledge of Yogic philosophy. It was here that she met her future husband James, with whom she built a renowned practice specialising in spiritual development for advanced practitioners.
Since closing their full-time Bristol clinic in 2012, James and Sarah have re-located to Costa Rica to return to the roots of their practice, blending the best mind technologies of the east and west into an integrative retreat setting. 

F. Scott ('Freddy') Starr

Neurofeedback Therapist, Home Clinic, 14 years exp.

Freddy Starr, M.D.
An American Psychiatrist, Dr. Starr (Freddy) is the principle neurotherapist for our at-home neurofeedback service. 
Dr. Starr studied molecular biology at Syracuse University (Honours), and attended graduate school at Columbia University; conducting brain research in the lab of Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Kandell.  He attained his Doctor of Medicine in 1999, and completed his training at Boston University Medical Center. Dr Starr completed his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University, where he served as Chief Fellow. 
He has written and published numerous articles and books on trauma, autism, Asperger’s disorder, pervasive developmental disorders, epilepsy, and neurofeedback. In 2003, Freddy started one of the first holistic mental health practices utilising brain scanning, neurofeedback, traditional therapy, nutritional support and a range of other treatments all aimed at reducing the individual’s reliance on pharmaceuticals. 
Since closing his clinic in Austin, Freddy has travelled; applying the healing principles of spiritualty, yoga, meditation, and healthy, sustainable living to his own life.

James and Dr. Starr met in Costa Rica in 2013, and innovated the first remotely operated 3D home neurofeedback. We've been working together ever since. 

Assisting Dr. Starr; 

Lita Elbertson 

Neurofeedback therapist (BCIA cert), logistics, Home Clinic

Lita Elbertson grew up in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Lita  became interested in Neurofeedback after she found it useful in her own life, and is one of the original members of our remote team. She has completed her BCIA technical certification and has studied with Dr Starr since 2010. Lita is currently attending University where she is expecting her honours degree in Recreational Therapy. She is an avid Yoga Practitioner and meditator. Lita has worked with Dr. Starr since 2010. She assists with implementing protocols, acquiring QEEGs and assisting with operations.

Sean O’Connor

Neurofeedback therapist (BCIA cert), Home Clinic

Sean has a BA in Science in Psychology from The University Of Central Florida where he was a top level baseball player and specialized in Neuroscience and Business. Since graduation, Sean has been an entrepreneur and worked in the science and health related fields. He will complete his BCIA certification this year. Sean is an avid Vipassana meditation practitioner and has attended multiple silent meditation retreats in the path of understanding the connection between self awareness and mental health. 

Ingrid "Ida" Valentin

Neurofeedback therapist (BCIA cert), Home Clinic

"Ida," is from Belgium, and has lived in Germany, Spain and France. She has been working in the field of Neurofeedback since 2014 and has has thousands of hours of experience. She is currently finishing her Masters in Health Psychology and holds diplomas in Neuroscience and Child Psychology. She also has a special certification in Mindfulness Training and regularly attends meditation retreats. She specializes in working with younger trainees and stress related disorders. Ida speaks seven languages and enjoys composing her own music both figuratively and literally.

Supporting Services

Dr Isabelle Martineau, MD (Paris), MBSBM, LFHom

Functional Medicine, Bioregulatory Medicine, Naturopathic Nutrition


Dr Isabelle Martineau graduated as a medical doctor in Paris at the University of Pierre et Marie Curie in the Hospital Saint Antoine. She trained and qualified in the specialty of Endocrinology, Metabolic Diseases and Nutrition. Over the past years, Dr Martineau decided to have a more integrative approach into her  medical practise and furthered/extended her education with a diploma in bioregulatory medicine, naturopathic nutrition. and accreditation from the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM).  
Instead of following a reductionist model which takes care of the symptoms, Bioregulatory Medicine and Functional Medicine utilise tools to uncover the root causes of the illness to restore equilibrium to the different systems of the body. Functional medicine takes into account not only the chemical and hormonal imbalances but also the mental state and past psychological events as emotions, personal history and health are strongly linked (Psycho-Neuro-Endocrino-Immuno system) . 
In this, Dr. Isabelle recognised a perfect match between Functional Medicine, naturopathic nutrition and Neurofeedback. Dr. Isabelle's integrative approach, ethos, and medical viewpoint are equally well matched. It is a natural partnership. 

Kate Hewett 

Director Transformational Retreats, Mindset Coaching and Mindset Fitness)

Kate Taylor (Yoga, Mindfulness, Coaching)

Kate is a co-founder of Brainworks Transformational Retreats, and directs our Mindset Coaching and Mindset Fitness programmes. With 18 years as a yoga and meditation teacher and 3 years working closely alongside neurotherapists Jamie and Sarah Roy, she specialises in developing tailored programmes to suit her clients' brain and nervous system patterns.
She has a rare understanding of how to customise traditional brain balancing techniques to individual brain patterns. This she does through specific breath, movement, and meditation exercises which can be adapted to suit your lifestyle. 
Kate is also a qualified coach working with professionals around the world since 2011, and sees time and again how good brain-body balance is vital to her clients' success. 
Highly dedicated to her own personal and spiritual development, over the past twenty years she has extensively practiced yoga and meditation, studied Taoist, Tantric, Buddhist and yogic texts with insightful teachers, undergone spiritual initiations, attended numerous silent meditation retreats and had some transformative neurofeedback. 
In 2012, Kate joined our team as co-founder of Transformational Retreats. Based on the stunning results combining neuroscience and traditonal techniques on our retreats, she helped innovate our Mindset programmes.


Consultant Network

Marty & Susan Wuttke - Founder & Clinical Directors of NeuroTherapy Centers International    

Martin & Susan Wuttke

Founders and Clinical Directors of NeuroTherapy Centers International. 
Neurofeedback clinician, researcher, developer with 30 years in the field. 

read bio     video interview

Robert Thatcher, Ph.D. - A world leader in Brain Science research, pioneer of the US Govt.    

Dr. Robert Thatcher

A world leader in brain science, pioneered the US Govt. Human Brain Project, overseeing the development of the world's first FDA approved brainwave database. Developer of Nuerogide LoRETA deep brain neurofedback training.

Complete 32 page CV here...

Nicholas Dogris, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist, Inventor and Founder of Neurofield Inc.


Nicholas Dogris, Ph.D.

Developer of the Neurofield brainwave response system, and pioneered integration into the Neuroguide software platform. Licensed Psychologist, Inventor and Founder of Neurofield Inc.