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

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Martha Carter is the founder and director of Twisted Outreach Project for Back Care and Scoliosis (TOPS), a Canadian-based non-profit that provides a range of holistic and creative approaches to working with back care and scoliosis. TOPS runs workshops, connects specialists, empowers individuals, builds community, and raises awareness. In 2012, TOPS created and continues to build and maintain this resource-filled website and ongoing blog for people living with scoliosis. 

As a therapeutic movement specialist for scoliosis and spinal fusions, Martha teaches Gentle Yoga and Scoliosis Wellness classes, workshops, and retreats for all ages and abilities in Canada, the US, and internationally. She is a certified teacher of Yoga for Scoliosis, based on the techniques developed by acclaimed Iyengar teacher, Elise Browning Miller. In 2013, Martha completed her Yoga Teacher Training at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, and in 2016 she travelled with Elise to attend and study medical classes at the Iyengar Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India. She has also studied (and continues to enjoy explorations in) Pilates for Scoliosis, Essential Somatics, Energy Medicine, and Trauma Release techniques, which she weaves into all her classes to help participants with pain relief while enhancing their movement potential. Martha holds a BA in Music from Stanford University, and an MFA in Dance from New York University. 

In addition to extensive training and study, Martha’s expertise also comes from her own journey of balancing a love for dance with the realities of living with a surgically ‘corrected’ spine due to scoliosis. During her 30+ years of teaching, choreographing, and directing professional dancers, Martha was exposed to many bodywork and somatic disciplines that helped her find optimum mobility, while also teaching the importance of ‘ease’. Applying her life-long knowledge of dance with her understanding of scoliosis-specific exercises has allowed her to discover a new level of mindfulness that she brings to all her teaching.

Martha also teaches classes, workshops, and holds private consultations (with adults, teenagers and their parents) at the TOPS studio in Vancouver, BC, and at her home studio near Miracle Beach on Vancouver Island. She works with clients of all ages who struggle to understand their scoliosis (and other back conditions) as it shifts during different times of life - specifically in adolescence, middle age, and senior years. She teaches clients how to decipher their curves and twists, helping them to regain confidence and freedom of movement in the best way for them. Martha also conducts Skype consultations for distance clients who are seeking personalized help for pain relief and improved movement. She is known for her comforting approach, and clients finish a session feeling rejuvenated - in body, mind, and spirit.

Martha lives on Vancouver Island with a beautiful ocean view close to her large family including step-kids and grandkids. There, she strives to stay active and move every day - even on the hard days - because she understands all too well that if you don’t use it, you lose it.

To find out information about 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.

 

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SCOLIOSIS SPECIALISTS & MENTORS

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Elise Miller

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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CATHY WATSON

Founder of Cathy Watson Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy, Pilates
Vernon, 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 maH

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 Loving Inquiry
Writer, Creative Mentor, and Art-based Community Educator
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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Lenke Sifko

Board Member; Manages the Animation & Design Arts Program at Langara College
Vancouver, Canada

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