Board of Director Profile
David A. Lawrence, MSPT, ATC
Founder, Chief Executive Officer

David Lawrence is an internationally renowned rehabilitation professional and educator. In addition to treating patients, he delivers courses in the USA and abroad on knee, hip and foot pathologies, rehabilitation following limb amputation, and disabled sports and recreation. Lawrence serves as adjunct faculty at Old Dominion University and is a guest lecturer at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from The University of Miami and his Bachelor of Science in Health & Physical Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

In 1991, immediately following school, Lawrence joined the staff of McGuire Veterans Administration Hospital in Richmond. The need for expertise in gait therapy and prosthetics made an impression, and he accepted a position as the Sports & Prosthetic Rehabilitation Specialist for Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital. His focus on providing individualized care led him to A.T. Home Care, where he created the Stepping Back to Life Project. Lawrence founded Lawrence Rehabilitation Specialists, Inc. in 2000 to enhance the quality of care and education available for the treatment of patients with gait disabilities. And in 2006, Lawrence opened the first-of-its-kind Gait Center. The Center’s specially trained staff and unique approach enable individuals with even the most complex conditions to once again walk with confidence.

As a volunteer, Lawrence co-founded Walking Free, an international program acclaimed for helping amputees in developing nations. He also has provided his services as a trainer, working with elite athletes, including those with disabilities.

Board of Directors

David A. Lawrence, MSPT, ATC-ret

Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Ann Parker Gottwald


Robin Yoder

Director of Community Reintegration

Gordon Smith, MD, FAAN

Director of Medicine

In Memory Of

Mission Gait Foundation would like to recognize and acknowledge Gail Grisetti, MPT, Ed.D, for over 20 years of service and commitment to Walking Free international missions.

Gail Grisetti, MPT, Ed.D

Director of Walking Free