The RWID Team

Tricia Gomez

Global Director, Rhythm Works Integrative Dance
Owner, Dance - In a Box Publishing

Tricia Gomez is the President of Dance – In a Box Publishing and Global Director of Rhythm Works Integrative Dance. She is considered a pioneer in pre‐school and elementary Hip Hop education, often daring to go where others thought impossible. Her unique Hip Hop teaching methods have landed her on the Dr. Phil Show as their dance expert and as the Head Judge of the CBS TV series “Dance Revolution,” which was loosely based on her flagship product, Hip Hop In a Box. Her philosophy on teaching kid’s Hip Hop has made her the subject of countless articles in dance and fitness magazines across the USA, Canada, and Australia. Tricia is the founder and former owner of HYPE Studios Cultural Arts Center and is currently a contracted Teaching Artist for the Disney Performing Arts Program at Disneyland.

Tricia’s Hip Hop Made Easy Curriculum is currently offered in over 2500 schools and dance studios across the world.

A few of Tricia’s credits include dancing for the Los Angeles Laker Girls, Universal Dance Association, Disneyland, Disneyfest Asia, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm and choreographing for Saved By the Bell, the Laker Girls, the Clipper’s Spirit Dance Team, the Portland Trail Blazers Dancers and Dance the Magic.

Tricia travels the world training new and experienced dance teachers and therapists on her Hip Hop Made Easy teaching methods and Rhythm Works Integrative Dance program for kids with individual learning differences. For information on how you can bring Tricia to your studio, school district, or clinic, email

Deborah Rothman

Physical Therapist, Pediatric Therapy Network

Deborah Rothman, PT, MSPT, C/NDT is a licensed pediatric physical therapist with over 18 years of experience working with children of all ages, who have individual learning challenges and physical abilities. She is also certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment for children with Cerebral Palsy and other neuro-motor impairments. Deborah received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, CO. She began her physical therapy career working for Pediatric Therapy Network in Torrance, CA; a clinic known around the world for providing high quality treatment to children based on sensory integration techniques, taught by pioneer, Jean Ayres. It was here that Deborah completed a 6-month intensive training and received over 5 years of ongoing mentorship in Sensory Integration and Praxis. Whether it was training as a dance student, joining and coaching competitive dance teams or becoming a dance instructor, dancing has always been an important part of Deborah’s life. As a pediatric physical therapist, Deborah began to see how dancing could enhance her therapy sessions. She also recognized how a dance program could serve as an important community based physical activity that allows children to make friends, express themselves, develop their unique strengths, practice skills learned in therapy and keep physically fit. Part of Deborah’s mission is to create dance programs that include people with all abilities and empower children to share their unique gifts with the world. To educate communities on how to respect differences, celebrate strengths, create an environment of acceptance and support people of all abilities in the various challenges they may face. Deborah has attended several training opportunities to support her mission, such as workshops taught by “The Miracle Project,” an inclusive musical theater and expressive arts program and “Kids Included Together,” an organization that specializes in providing training for organizations committed to including children with and without disabilities into their recreational and youth development programs. Deborah is excited to be a part of Rhythm Works because it combines her love for dance and music, her passion for creating opportunities for inclusion and her fields of expertise into a fun and innovative program. She currently consults in a class for children of ALL abilities in Torrance, CA and collaborates with Tricia and the Rhythm Works team to develop educational opportunities for teachers and therapists around the world. CA#27678/CO#7900

Dr. Shaana Berman

Ed. D, Early Childhood Special Education
Education Consultant

Dr. Shaana Berman, Ed. D. BCBA, is an accomplished early childhood development specialist and educational consultant in the Los Angeles area. She is the Owner and Clinical Director of Education for Positive Behavior and Learning. She also serves as the Executive Director of Education for Odyssia Learning, an international e-learning platform. Dr. Shaana completed bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Biological Anthropology at University of California, Los Angeles. She received her master’s degree and teaching credential in Early Childhood Special Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Dr. Shaana obtained her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis in Educational Psychology, at University of Southern California. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), with over 20 years of experience working in both public and private settings to improve the experiences of children with learning differences. Dr. Shaana enjoys creative writing, reading, and spending time with her son, Jax.

Akemi Davies

Occupational Therapist, Love 2 Learn

Akemi specializes in the use of Sensory Integration and developmental models such as the Developmental, Individual‐Difference, Relationship‐Based (DIR) model. Her interest in these models led her to becoming certified in administering the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) and receiving advanced training in using DIR techniques, she also works closely with families to facilitate training on how to use purposeful sensory strategies and engagement techniques at home that target the areas of development. With over 15 years of experience, Akemi’s credentials include a Bachelor of Arts in Occupational Therapy and Minor in Psychology from Dominican University of California and a Master of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. Since graduating, she has specialized in pediatric Sensory Integration, engagement, development, and feeding. Akemi has also developed and led clinical OT programs, worked closely with clinical facilities to enhance treatment spaces, and served in leadership positions within California OT organizations. In addition to working directly with kids, Akemi enjoys being a clinical instructor, participating in conferences, and volunteering. She has presented at both national and state occupational therapy conferences. Akemi is currently the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at Stanbridge University. Outside of OT, Akemi enjoys swing dancing, hiking, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends. CA#7905

Zoe Mailloux

Adjunct Professor, Thomas Jefferson University Occupational Therapy OTD and Advanced Practice Certificate in Autism
ASI 2020 Vision

Zoe Mailloux, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA is nationally and internationally recognized for her expertise in child development, sensory integration, autism, test development and occupational therapy. With more than 35 years of experience, Zoe has been a champion for increasing understanding of individual differences, with the aim of enhancing participation in meaningful ways, for people of all abilities.

As research assistant to Dr. A. Jean Ayres, the originator of sensory integration theory, Zoe began her career with a dedication to recognizing the importance of early sensory and motor experiences on learning and behavior. In her many years of work in executive leadership of non-profit therapy practices, Zoe has been known for developing innovative programs to support children and families. She also has an impressive record of research and scholarship, with more than 40 published journal articles and textbook chapters and over 500 presentations at workshops and conferences, worldwide. Currently, Zoe is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson University, in the Occupational Therapy OTD program. She is also a co-founder of the Collaborative for Leadership in Ayres Sensory Integration (CLASI) which provides training in sensory integration worldwide. In addition, Zoe leads the ASI 2020 Vision, a global initiative, which includes the development of the Evaluation in Ayres Sensory Integration (EASI), an internationally normed, open-source assessment tool which aims to ensure appropriate assessment for all children.

Zoe also serves as a consultant in program development and program evaluation where she shares her passion, knowledge, and expertise about the importance of sensory experiences in everyday life. She currently partners with individuals, programs, corporations and organizations on projects aimed at increasing understanding of and support for the sensory needs of all individuals.