Patricia Lawson, MSEd, is one of the original master trainers with the Tai Chi for Health Institute, certifying Tai Chi for Health exercise instructors since 2001. A certified educator and former teacher of the year, Ms. Lawson has served on the Florida Arthritis Partnership and the Tai Chi for Health Community board, where she was secretary, newsletter editor, and president. This non-profit organization supports instructors in their efforts to improve the quality of people’s lives through Tai Chi exercise. She is a board member of the international Tai Chi for Health Institute.
For over 12 years, Ms. Lawson has been a speaker and presenting faculty member of the annual USA Tai Chi June Workshop. She has presented at the national conference of the National Association of Death Education and Counseling and the inaugural International Medical Conference on Tai Chi for Health in Seoul, South Korea. She has also partnered with the Arthritis Foundation, the Parkinson’s Foundation, and many more, to provide instructor training.
Since 2006, Ms. Lawson has worked as a group exercise instructor for Martin Memorial Health Systems (MMHS) in Stuart, Florida, which was recently granted status as a Medical Fitness Facility (the only one in the state of Florida). In addition to Martin Memorial Health System, she has taught other Tai Chi programs to a variety of medical centers, schools, and assisted living facilities. Ms. Lawson, a second degree Black Belt in Shaolin Kung Fu, has been certified in Tai Chi for Arthritis, Fall Prevention, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Back Pain, Energy, Rehabilitation, Work, and Kidz. She was also awarded a Silver medal in Yang 24 Forms and a Gold medal in Sun Style Tai Chi Chuan at the International Chinese Martial Arts Competition 2001.