Carolyn M. Lawrence, CID, ASID


Carolyn Lawrence is an interior designer by profession, runs a physical therapy practice out of love, and is a dancer at heart. Originally from Maryland, Carolyn came to Richmond to attend Virginia Commonwealth University’s top rated School of the Arts, where she graduated with a BFA in Interior Design. She is a Certified Interior Designer and a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, where she has served in a variety of positions on their board, including President of the Virginia Chapter.  Carolyn’s 15+ years of experience in commercial design, with a focus on corporate, facility, and move management, includes: working at SMBW Architects, Baskervill, and Reynolds Metals Company/Alcoa as their in-house interior designer and facility manager at their international headquarters.  In 2004, Carolyn started her own design business, continuing to use her skills for Alcoa….while also providing design, construction management, marketing, and event planning services to other clients.  

In 2006 her husband, David Lawrence, opened Lawrence Rehabilitation - The Gait Center.  Carolyn’s flexible schedule allowed her the opportunity to work alongside her husband in running their physical therapy practice. She has served as the Director of Human Resources for the past 11 years; designed their facility, with multiple expansions; designs marketing materials; manages the front office, electronic medical records system, and patient/insurance coordination of benefits.  She has found that her years in design and project management instilled in her the precise attention to detail needed to quickly and effectively manage all aspects of a medical practice. Who knew!

Carolyn is now delighted that these same design and management skills have helped the formation of Mission Gait!  After years of supporting the international mission work of Walking Free, she is thrilled to see the dream she’s shared with her husband, of starting a domestic mission program, come to fruition.

She considers it a privilege to volunteer as the Director of Human Resources, while also lending her expertise in design, assisting with patient coordination, and serving in any other capacity needed.

David and Carolyn are active members at Richmond’s First Baptist Church, and live in a 100+ year old home in a historic district of RVA. They are the proud parents of two college students. Now that their time spent coaching and volunteering with sports, school, youth group, etc. has been freed up…. these empty nesters have started Mission Gait!!