David A. Lawrence, MSPT, AT ret., has over 30 years of experience as a rehabilitation professional focusing on gait and the restoration of normal human movement. He received his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from The University of Miami, his Certification for Athletic Training from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Science in Health & Physical Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
David came to Richmond, Virginia in 1991 to fulfill a scholarship service obligation at the McGuire Veterans Administration Hospital. In 1993, he then accepted a position as the Sports & Prosthetic Rehabilitation Specialist for Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital. After leaving this position in 2000, he started the Stepping Back to Life Project and soon after accepted a position as the Program Director for the home health agency, A.T. Home Care.
In 2006 David, and his wife Carolyn, opened Lawrence Rehabilitation Specialists – The Gait Center to provide his quality of care model and patient education to those with complex pathologies. The success of this unique center stands as proof that his model for the provision of quality care truly works. David is an internationally renowned professional educator offering courses on knee, hip and foot pathologies. His courses also cover the comprehensive rehabilitation following limb amputation and disabled sports and recreation. In addition to his professional courses, he is adjunct faculty for Old Dominion University and a guest lecturer for Virginia Commonwealth University.
As a volunteer David has offered his services as a trainer working with both able bodied and disabled elite athletes. In 1996 he was named to the United States Olympic Committee Medical Team for the Atlanta Paralympic Games. He also coached with the National Volleyball Team under the guides of Disabled Sports USA.
In 2000, David helped to create the International “Walking Free” program with Physicians for Peace. He volunteered, serving as the rehabilitation coordinator of Walking Free for over 20 years. The project was designed to help those in underprivileged areas of the world receive the prosthetic/orthotic care and training they desperately needed. With 9 clinics, in 6 countries (Turkey, Jordan, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Guatemala, and the Philippines) these sustainable clinics are continuing to serve their communities on their own. That is success!
In 2016, David and his wife founded the Mission Gait Foundation, a public charity 501(c)(3), to provide training, education, and research to improve the quality of care provided to those with gait pathologies here in the United States and around the world.
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Faith, family, work, and sports have always balanced out David’s life. A born athlete, playing many sports along the way, David was fortunate to play collegiate basketball. He then transitioned to volleyball…and has been a player and coach ever since. Time spent coaching his kids’ sports teams has come to an end, as Kendall and Grayson are now successful young adults. As proud parents, David & Carolyn enjoy time spent with family (near & far) and have a strong love of travel, history, and education. This has led the kids to comment that their family trips were/are always “fun-ducational!” You can also find David and Carolyn on one of his motorcycles exploring the backroads of America!