Yuji Oka, RSMT
I graduated from the school of dance at Ohio State University, with a background in physics. With my former partner Stephanie Gottlob, we developed the Movement! and Adapted Yoga curricula at the Positive Education Program in Cleveland.
I have been studying somatics and movement for over 30 years, and the Spiral Movement Center and its curricula are a product of those years of study and research.
Andrew Hlavats, RSMT
I graduated from York University with an MA in Philosophy and then pursued a career in web development for eight years before studying at the Spiral Movement Center to become a certified Somatic Movement Therapist. I've been working with children with special needs and disabilities at the SMC for the last four years, and have been teaching independently for two.
I'm passionate about teaching and discovering creative and fun ways of presenting movement and yoga curricula. I am deeply committed to helping everyone I work with, young or old, find their own creativity and potential.
Kimberly Floeser, RSMT
Originally from Rochester, New York, I have a strong passion for working with children with special needs and disabilities. My other interests include yoga, acrobatics and dance. Coming from a history of chronic physical pain, I have come to appreciate the power of somatics to help heal and maintain the body.
Pamela Andrews, RSME
I have always loved children and have worked with kids most of my adult life. Later in life, I was blessed with 2 children of my own. My son, Aidan (now 16) was born with HIE and later diagnosed with cerebral palsy. After his birth, I immersed myself in studying anything that might help him.
In 2012, I took the Adapted Yoga training at the Spiral Movement Centre and it changed the course of my life. In 2016, I started the SPASP training. I am now a certified Somatic Movement Educator. I am passionate about helping others connect to their own inner awareness through simple somatic techniques.
I am a graduate of the University of Alberta with a BA in Secondary Education and a minor in Special Education. Supporting people and seeing them succeed, even more so should they have a special need or disability, is something I am quite passionate about. Having worked for families who have children with special needs for a number of years as a support worker, I've garnered a lot of experience and quite a lot of love for this population. Near the end of 2020 I plan to begin my Autism and Behavioural Science certificate to even further broaden my set of skills. I can't wait to meet and work with every one of you!