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 – Sugar Land Grand Opening

We Rock the Spectrum – Sugar Land brought us our first spectacular grand opening of the year! Margaret and Edmond Lee are the proud new owners of the gym. The Lee’s have two children, Madeline and Jaxson, who have been a great inspiration and joy for their family. Their special needs journey began when their daughter Madeline, was diagnosed with Autism at 2 years old.  One day as Margaret was chaperoning a field trip for her daughter’s school to a We Rock the Spectrum nearby, she saw how amazing and impactful a We Rock the Spectrum gym could be. She wondered how she could bring one to her community because she knew how difficult it can be for a children on the spectrum to navigate through things like a playground when they don’t fit into someone’s vision of how children are “supposed to be.” Margaret found out exactly what she had to do and on January 13th, 2018 she and her husband opened their doors …

We Rock the Spectrum – Dubai Grand Opening

2017 ended on a great note for the We Rock the Spectrum franchise! On Saturday, December 9th, 2017, the sensory kids gym expanded to its second international location, We Rock the Spectrum – Dubai. The new owner is Dr. Nashila Jaffer, and it was on a vacation to Florida that led her on the path to bring her own We Rock the Spectrum gym to the Dubai community. Dr. Jaffer stumbled upon We Rock the Spectrum – Boca Raton, and after taking her two daughters there to put it to the test, she saw how much they enjoyed it and immediately knew Dubai would benefit tremendously from it. Soon after, she joined the We Rock the Spectrum family in June of 2017 and the rest is history!                                             The grand opening celebration was a fun-filled day with some of the Corporate team and our …

We Rock the Spectrum – Bloomington Grand Opening

We Rock the Spectrum grew a little bigger on Saturday, December 23rd, 2017, as they celebrated the grand opening of We Rock the Spectrum – Bloomington in Illinois! Tricia and Eric Lambert are the proud new owners of the gym. Together they have four children: Shelby, Leslie, Ashley and TJ, and they reside in Lexington, IL. Their journey with We Rock the Spectrum began when they were visiting their oldest daughter, Shelby, in St. Louis, MO where she went for graduate school. They came across the We Rock the Spectrum – Fenton gym and immediately fell in love with the concept. Their son, Leslie, who is nine, has autism and they were thrilled to see how well he did at the gym! From there on out, the Lamberts knew they had to bring this gym to their community in Normal, IL. The day was filled with fun and smiles all around with support from the entire Bloomington-Normal communities! The corporate team flew out to help …

We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus Grand Opening

The We Rock the Spectrum franchise has expanded to another state on Saturday, December 16th, 2017, as we celebrated the grand opening of We Rock the Spectrum – Columbus! Lyndsey and Kirk Vidra are the proud new owners. They have been married for 16 years and have three children together: Kaden, Carson, and Kylin. Lyndsey has a background in working with children with special needs, and now that her kiddos are in school full-time, she knew she wanted to start working in a special needs environment again. That was when Kirk stumbled upon the We Rock the Spectrum – Fenton location, as he was reading up on news in his hometown of St. Louis, and Lyndsey knew this was her calling! Now less than a year after joining the We Rock family, they opened their doors and are so excited to begin serving the Columbus community! The grand opening was a big success with the entire community coming out to show their support as they celebrated …

We Rock the Spectrum – San Jose Grand Opening

We Rock the Spectrum San Jose’s journey started this past Saturday, December 2nd! They had a wonderful Grand Opening with tons of support from their family, friends, and community! San Jose hit a lot of roadblocks that prevented them from opening sooner but we are amazed by their perseverance to push through countless obstacles. San Jose is ran by Cara and Lance Zimmerman who are also parents to five wonderful children! Cara and Lance come from the very fast paced industries of tech and finance. After the premature arrival of their twins Evie and Audrey, it became apparent that Cara needed to leave her position and dedicate herself full time towards raising their children, specifically managing all of the programs and therapists their HFASD diagnosed daughter, Evie, required. In time it also became apparent that there was a need for a place where people understood their needs. With a little bit of research, they stumbled upon We Rock the Spectrum and realized their community would …

We Rock the Spectrum – Lake Charles Grand Opening

The proud owners of Lake Charles are Katy and Jason Miller. Katy and Jason have two beautiful children, Griffin and Nora! Both Children looked beyond happy with their parents’ new gym! Jason had a career in the oil and gas industry prior to moving back to Lake Charles from Texas after the birth of Griffin in 2014. Katy was then hired by The Diocese of Lake Charles to create the Progressions Program at The Immaculate Conception Cathedral School. After two years of getting the program up and running, she was able to go back to where it all started in Calcasieu Parish: St. John Elementary. Through teaching across different settings and environments, Katy realized no matter what abilities each student had, they all shared a common need; sensory input. When working for The Diocese of Lake Charles, Katy saw a huge need for inclusion of all children as well as a better understanding of our kiddos that are on the spectrum. This led her to …

We Rock the Spectrum – Austin Grand Opening

November 5th, 2017 was a day to remember, as it was the grand opening date for We Rock the Spectrum – Austin! Milan and Rochelle Helm are a granddaughter/grandmother duo who are the proud owners of this gym! Rochelle unexpectedly became the sole caretaker of Milan many years ago.  While growing up, Lani had a significant learning disability, however, thanks to Lani’s perseverance and continued support from Rochelle, Lani graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BA in Psychology and Child Development with a focus in Autism! After college, Lani became an ABA therapist and has had remarkable results with “her kids.” Lani has most recently worked with AISD middle school for special education, but providing recreation and generalized high expectations outside of school is where her heart and passion lies. When she discovered We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym, she knew this was exactly what she had been searching for all her life and that she had to bring it to Austin, TX. …

We Rock the Spectrum – Davie Grand Opening

The We Rock the Spectrum Franchise welcomed another gym to the Florida area, We Rock the Spectrum – Davie, this past Saturday on October 21st, 2017! Carmen and Carlos Rodriguez are the proud owners of the new Davie gym. Together they have two children, their son, Esai, and their daughter, Sophie. Sophie was born with a very rare, genetic disorder called Prader-Willi syndrome, resulting in her being born with extremely low muscle tone. From that moment on, Carmen decided to dedicate herself to give Sophie every opportunity possible to maximize her potential. It was soon after that Sophie’s social skills instructor introduced Carmen to We Rock the Spectrum, a gym for children of all abilities where kids can play, learn, and grow together. Carmen was sold and knew this was a facility the Davie community needed! Their grand opening celebration was packed with smiles all around! The event was accompanied by face painting, raffles with prizes like a basket of goodies from Mission BBQ, a …

We Rock the Spectrum – Scottsdale Developmental Resource Fair

This past weekend on Saturday, October 14th, 2017, We Rock the Spectrum – Scottsdale hosted a Developmental Resource Fair to celebrate their new owners, Kelly-Anne and Jason Henry! The Henry’s have four fun, spunky children together, and their journey with autism began in early 2017 when their oldest son was diagnosed with ASD. It was through this journey they came to realize how large the autism community was, and the value of having a sensory gym like We Rock the Spectrum. Their resource fair was a great day with the Scottsdale community coming out to show their support! Some of the vendors that participated were Milestone Pediatrics and Sped Coaches, LLC, and there was even a petting zoo from Carters Farm Mobile, and a raffle with awesome prizes like a signed Cardinal football, Arizona Diamondback tickets, a kickboxing membership and more! Congratulations to Kelly-Anne and Jason Henry on a successful resource fair! We are beyond thrilled to have them join the We Rock the Spectrum …

We Rock the Spectrum – New Orleans Grand Opening

We Rock the Spectrum – New Orleans officially opened their doors on September 23rd with a spectacular turn out from the community! New Orleans was no stranger to the We Rock culture seeing as the owners, John and Brandi Boyd, initially brought a We Rock on Wheels to their area and realized a gym would be a very welcome addition to their community! John and Brandi Boyd have 3 sons, Xavier, Adam, and Ethan. Xavier was diagnosed with autism and has speech delays, sensory processing issues, and social challenges. The Boyd’s found it challenging to find places where all three boys could play together without judgment and/or overstimulation. When the Boyd’s were planning a trip to Houston, Texas they also looked into autism resources in the area. They stumbled upon We Rock the Spectrum – Katy and realized this was something they needed to bring to New Orleans. Opening day proved New Orleans was ready for a We Rock the Spectrum location as many families …