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Martha Carter, Founder & Director, RYT 200, BA Music, MFA Dance

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At the age of 11, Martha, an enthusiastic young dancer, was diagnosed with a “C” curve scoliosis and, at age 14, underwent Harrington Rod surgery. After spending a year in bed encased in a body cast, she was told she could never dance again. Undeterred, Martha’s journey back to dance evolved into a lifelong practice of health, mobility, emotional and artistic expression.

A teacher, choreographer and certified yoga instructor, Martha has spent years exploring and training in many body work techniques. Her efforts to heal her own back after the removal of her Harrington rods led her to develop a rehabilitation technique that alleviates discomfort and rebuilds strength through the combination of yoga, physiotherapy, massage, dance, Pilates, breathing and meditation.

Since 2009 Martha has been performing TWiSTED : SOLO, a dance/theatre production recounting her personal journey. The interest and conversation it stirred inspired Martha to begin sharing her technique with others, and soon after she founded the TWiSTED Outreach Project to offer others the community and resources she didn’t have when she was young.

Martha continues to train in yoga and related studies. In 2017 she will received her certification as a teacher in Yoga for Scoliosis through Elise Browning Miller. She now leads workshops across North America and teaches classes based on her technique, called Stretch, Dance and Yoga for Scoliosis, regularly at the TOPS Studio in Vancouver. She is also available for private consultations with adults, teenagers and their parents.

To find out information on the Twisted Outreach Project Board Members, click here.

Our Team

We have a wide network of associates who are experts in their field and have a training and focus on scoliosis, and a relationship with TOPS whether large or small that has developed over the years. While a number of our associates offer workshops through TOPS, if you are interested in a private consultation with any of our associates, please book with them directly through the links below.  

 

SCOLIOSIS SPECIALISTS & MENTORS

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Elise Miller

Founder of The Back Healer Studio
Senior Iyengar Teacher and Yoga for Scoliosis Specialist, EBM Yoga
Palo Alto, California, USA

 

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Deborah Wolk

Yoga for Scoliosis Specialist at Samamkaya Yoga
Yoga
New York, NY, USA

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Kristen Fay Gorman

PhD Researcher for Scoliosis at California State University
Biological science
Los Angeles, California, USA

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Dr. Stephen Tredwell

Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia
Medicine, Orthopaedics
Vancouver, Canada

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Dr. Patricia Vertinsky

Professor of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia
Kinesiology
Vancouver, Canada

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YOGA FOR SCOLIOSIS

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Margarita Andreeva

Instructor
Yoga, Dance
Vancouver, Canada

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Martha Carter

Founder of Twisted Outreach Project, Instructor
Yoga, Dance
Vancouver, Canada

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Valerie Cordemans

Founder of Ekagrata
Yoga, Life Coaching
Montreal, Canada

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Louie Ettling

Founder and Director at The Yoga Space
Yoga
Vancouver, Canada

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Michelle Hagenson

Instructor
Iyengar Yoga
Vancouver, Canada

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Kathryn Kusyszyn

Practitioner member at Victoria Community Health Cooperative
Yoga, Thai massage, Life coaching
Victoria, Canada

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PILATES and SCOLI-PILATES

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Anita Seiz

Past Board Member; Movement Analyst & Restorative Pilates; Pilates
Specialist at anitaseiz.com

Vancouver, Canada

 

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Matthias Gustavsson

Instructor at New Moves Pilates
Pilates, Craniosacral therapy, Hyperton X-Stretch and Release System
Vancouver, Canada

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Lisa Hostman

Instructor at Moving Body Pilates
Pilates
Vancouver, Canada

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Darcy McMurray

Instructor at Full Circle Pilates
Pilates
Vancouver, Canada

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Eve-Marie Dehondt

Instructor
Pilates for Scoliosis
Hawaii

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MASSAGE & PHYSIOTHERAPY

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Stuart Anderson

Founder of Anderson Performance Clinic
Physiotherapy, Acupuncture, Therapy
Vancouver, Canada

 

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Steve Butler

Founder of The Backhealer Studio
Fitness training, Nutrition, Yoga
Vancouver, Canada

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Hideaki Kanamaru

Founder of Kanamaru Performance
Kinesiology, Strength training, Shiatsu, Acupuncture, Tuina, Guasha, Cupping
Vancouver, Canada

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DAWN NICHOL

Founder of Rosa Dawn Muscular Therapy
RMT, Muscular Therapist, Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (enquire for seasonal availability in Montreal, Canada)

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Beatrix Nord Leth

Board Member; Registered Massage Therapist at Commercial Drive Massage
Massage, Myofascial Release, Aromatherapy
Vancouver, Canada

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The ScoliClinic

Children, Teen and Adult Scoliosis Physiotherapy Clinic
Physiotherapy, Schroth
Vancouver, Canada

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Bryn Thompson

Physiotherapist at Bryn Thompson Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy, Myofascial Release
Vancouver, Canada; Northern BC, Canada

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Micheline Wong

Private Physiotherapist at MichelineWong.com
Physiotherapy, Craniosacral therapy, Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Nutrition
Vancouver, Canada

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FELDENKRAIS

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Tahina Awan

Instructor
Yoga, Feldenkrais, Qigong
Vancouver, Canada

 

COMMUNITY DANCE

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Desirée Dunbar

Founder and Director of Dezza Dance Performance and
Grace-Full Academy

Yoga, Dance, Pilates, Meditation
Vancouver, Canada

 

COACHING, MENTORSHIP AND WELLNESS

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David Frank Gomes

Life Coach at Whole Life Coaching
Life coaching
Vancouver, Canada

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Heather mau

Instructor & Personal Coach at Monastère des Augustines, Québec city and Yoga de l’Éveil, Montréal
Meditation, Movement/Dance, Yin-Yoga
Montréal, Canada

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Ahava Shira

Founder of the Centre for Loving Inquiry
Creative mentorship, art therapy
Salt Spring Island, Canada

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Ingrid Beattie

Board President, Horticulturalist and landscape designer at
It’s About Thyme Nursery

Burnaby, Canada

 

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Isabel Wood

Board Member, Managing Director at Path Business Services
Vancouver, Canada

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Beatrix Nord Leth

Board Member; Registered Massage Therapist at Commercial Drive Massage
Massage, Myofascial Release, Aromatherapy
Vancouver, Canada

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Beth Carter

Board Member; Curator at Bill Reid Gallery
Vancouver, Canada

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Kathryn Kusyszyn

Board Member; Practitioner member at Victoria Community Health Cooperative
Yoga, Thai massage, Life coaching
Victoria, Canada

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Eva Newman

Board Member; Visual Artist
Calgary, Canada

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