Category Archives: Gym Owners

Learn about the amazing & unique gym owners who own their own We Rock the Spectrum gyms around the nation!

We Rock the Spectrum – Greenville Grand Opening

South Carolina opened its first We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym in Greenville this month! The grand opening celebration was held on Saturday, June 8th, 2019. It was a very exciting weekend for the Greenville team and community. Project Manager, Grace Covino, and Creative Director, Arnon Arad, from our Corporate team flew in to guide and attend the big event. Chris and Kimberly Tolbert are the rockin’ new owners of this new location. They are the parents of two sons, Christopher Jr. and Kaleb. As an educator of nearly 25 years, Kimberly has taught special needs children from kindergarten to 8th grade, as well as at the collegiate level. She has multiple teaching certifications in Special Education/Multicategorical and Early Childhood Education. Christopher has spent the past 19 years in marketing and sales roles. He has numerous credentials in business management, diversity, collaboration and corporate business practices. Their combined experience in education and business is a recipe for success! They have brought a vibrant and inclusive …

We Rock the Spectrum – Severna Park: Developmental Resource Fair

This past Saturday, April 27th, We Rock the Spectrum – Severna Park hosted a Developmental Resource Fair for the community to welcome their new owners, Octavia and Devon Brown. These rockstar owners share a passion for serving the community. Octavia is a social worker that has dedicated the past 12 years of her life working to encourage, empower, and uplift the under-served. Devon is an entrepreneur and believes that business is more than just about making money and that it should be used to give back. Their combined experience and desire to make a difference make them the perfect addition to the WRTS family! Along with access to the daily gym equipment, there was face painting and a petting zoo for children and their families. Vendors like Turning Point Applied Behavioral Analysis, Hope Chiropractic & Wellness, Young Living Essential Oils and Therapy Solutions for Children were on display to share their awesome resources. The support from the Severna Park community didn’t stop there! Local restaurants …

We Rock the Spectrum – Williamsburg: Meet the New Owner

This past Saturday, April 6th, We Rock the Spectrum – Williamsburg hosted a Meet the New Owner celebration to welcome Kimberly Moore to the WRTS family. Kimberly is an autism mother born and raised in Williamsburg, VA. Prior to owning the We Rock gym, she managed two local hotels. Her son, Aiden, was diagnosed with ASD when he was 4 years old. We Rock the Spectrum has provided a comfortable and safe space for her son to discover, learn and play. “[We Rock the Spectrum] is a place where parents can come together and talk about the struggles, the challenge of finding adequate services, and the developmental breakthroughs.” Kimberly and her team showed the community just how committed they are to providing a safe and fun place for ALL children. Not only did they show off their awesome space and their ROCKIN’ sensory-safe equipment, but they also provided face painting and arts & crafts. The James City County Police also stopped by to join in …

We Rock the Spectrum – Oakville, Ontario Grand Opening

On Saturday, March 2nd, 2019, We Rock the Spectrum celebrated the grand opening of our first Canadian gym, We Rock the Spectrum – Oakville! Our CEO & Founder, Dina Kimmel, flew in for the big event. Tatiana and Boris Korosec are the amazing new owners of this newest location. They are parents to two awesome boys, Maxim & Aleks. Both boys are diagnosed on the Spectrum. Tatiana and Boris have made it a priority to spread awareness and to support other Autism parents. They heard about all the great work that We Rock was doing in America and knew they HAD to bring the franchise to Canada! Dina Kimmel and Grace Covino made the trip to Canada from our Corporate office two days prior to opening. Their guidance and help with setting up the gym was invaluable! This gym is the biggest We Rock gym in square footage so far. Dina gave it the prize of “most ready to open its doors”! The day was …

We Rock the Spectrum – Chicago/Palatine Grand Opening

On Saturday, October 6th, 2018, We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym celebrated its newest location in Illinois, We Rock the Spectrum – Chicago/Palatine! Mary Alice Gilgunn and her husband Hugh Gilgunn are the ROCKIN’ owners of We Rock the Spectrum – Chicago/Palatine. Prior to joining the We Rock Family, Mary worked as a speech-language pathologist in various settings. Hugh is a civil engineer who loved the challenge of building such a wholesome establishment. The Gilgunn’s have two children, Anthony (9) and Grace (6). Both of which are beyond excited to be a part of this “super cool” place! (Their words!) The grand opening was a huge success with kiddos and their families filling up the gym and having a total blast playing with all the sensory safe equipment. There was tons of food donated by local businesses, and tons of smiles on everyones faces! We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym would like to congratulate Mary her family on an incredible grand opening! The amazing turnout …

We Rock the Spectrum – Melawati Mall Grand Opening

We Rock the Spectrum Melawati Mall Grand Opening

On Saturday, October 6th, 2018, We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym celebrated its second location in Malaysia, and fourth international location, We Rock the Spectrum – Melawati Mall! Yusliana Samsuri and Nazrishah Nordin are the amazing owners of We Rock the Spectrum – Melawati Mall. They credit their son, Rafa, for introducing them into the special needs community. As loving as Rafa is, Yusliana has also seen the challenges that come with special needs children, as he struggles in social settings when interacting with other kiddos. He was always considered the “odd one” and Yusliana knew she had to do something to help bridge that gap for Rafa. After learning about the grand opening of We Rock the Spectrum – Ara Damansara, Yusliana knew she had to meet Rahmah Mahmood, the owner of the first international location of the We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym franchise! Yusliana took Rafa to the gym and immediately saw how well he did in the sensory gym and its …

Catch Up with We Rock the Spectrum!

It’s been a  ROCKIN’ summer for us at We Rock the Spectrum. From Grand Openings, to awesome events, to expanding internationally, let’s catch up on everything we’ve been up to! We Rock the Spectrum – Waretown The first of our Summer Grand Openings was in Waretown New Jersey with gym owners, Jeff Kachuba, and Mary Topoleski. It was a day full of fun and surprises for the whole community. Read more >> We Rock the Spectrum – Federal Way We celebrated our newest Washington location in Federal Way on July 28th. Owner, Colin Hirsch, is a Special Education Teacher who saw the need of a place where all children of all abilities could play to the fullest in his community! Read more >>  We Rock the Spectrum – Placerville This location happens to be extra special as it was opened in our CEO & Founders hometown! Owners, Keri and her Husband, Patrick, learned about the importance of sensory processing from one of their foster children and instantly knew they had …

We Rock the Spectrum – Pomona Grand Opening

wrts pomona grand opening haines family

On Saturday, September 1st, 2018, the We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym franchise celebrated a new SoCal gym location, and the first of the Pomona Valley area, We Rock the Spectrum – Pomona! Katie Haines is the owner of We Rock the Spectrum – Pomona. Katie and her husband, Ted, have two children together, Malia and Xavier. They have credited their son, Xavier, as being their introduction to We Rock the Spectrum, as they were frequent visitors of several locations across Southern California. After their first visit, they were amazed to see Xavier playing with another child, who did not have special needs. It was their first time experiencing their child truly being included, and they made the decision to bring the gym to their Pomona community. “Through this journey, autism has made us a stronger family and we have met the most selfless people at the same time. Our dream is for all families to come together for fun, support and to never feel …

We Rock the Spectrum – Placerville Grand Opening

WRTS Placerville McAtee Family

The We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym Franchise has 11 active gyms in Southern California, and welcomed a new gym in Northern California – an extra special location as it was opened in the CEO and Founder, Dina Kimmel’s, hometown of Placerville, California! We Rock the Spectrum – Placerville, which celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, July 28th, 2018, is run by Keri McAtee, who also happens to be a childhood friend of Dina Kimmel. Keri and her husband, Patrick, are high school sweethearts who have been married for 31 years! Their main inspiration for opening a We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym was one of their foster children, Samuel, who they ended up adopting as their own. Abandoned at birth, Samuel had a stroke in-utero, was deaf and blind, and showed severe brain damage on his MRI. Keri recalls it being love at first sight with Samuel!  At the age of four, Samuel’s life was cut short as he became very ill and passed …

We Rock the Spectrum – Federal Way Grand Opening

WRTS Federal Way Grand Opening Colin Hirsch

On Saturday, July 28th, 2018, the We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym Franchise celebrated the grand opening of its second Washington location, We Rock the Spectrum – Federal Way. Colin joined the We Rock the Spectrum family in July 2017, and fast forward one year later, We Rock the Spectrum – Federal Way has become a reality! The celebration was an exciting day for all of the families across King County. Colin Hirsch is the gym owner of We Rock the Spectrum – Federal Way, a 3rd – 5th grade Special Education teacher. Colin graduated from Evergreen State College with a Bachelor’s in Education, and also has a Master’s in Teaching and has training in Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy. During his Master’s Program, one of Colin’s most cherished memories was when worked as a Paraeducator with high school students. He conducted a case study focusing on helping non-verbal students on the autism spectrum with their speech therapy through speech-generating devices. The students used iPads and …