Tai Chi Health Staff, Instructors, and Researchers
Tai Chi Prime Master Trainer
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Rachel Sandretto maintains the database, and online listing of Certified Instructors for Tai Chi Health. She manages online registration of Tai Chi Health-sponsored courses and intensives.
Rachel is an Advanced Certified Tai Chi Fundamentals® Program Instructor with over 2,500 hours of experience teaching tai chi in community-based classes and at residential retirement communities. [READ MORE and CONTACT]
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Kelly Rehder, PT, DPT
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Kelly Rehder is focused on training, mentoring and certifying instructors in the Tai Chi Fundamentals® programs and teaching professional training courses. She is the Certification Coordinator for Tai Chi Health. Kelly is a physical therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System working in acute and transitional care areas as well as outpatient setting. She uses tai chi- based activities in those settings and also teaches community based classes for wellness. [READ MORE and CONTACT]
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Patricia Corrigan Culotti,
BSA, CTI, MTF
Tai Chi Prime Master Trainer
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Patricia Culotti is a Master Teacher, Course Instructor and Certification Reviewer for Original and Adapted Tai Chi Fundamentals® Programs and a certified ROM Dance® instructor. She was the Milwaukee WI instructor for the Tai Chi Prime research study and is a Tai Chi Prime Master Teacher. She has practiced traditional Yang Style tai chi and qi gong since 1977 and is certified as a lineage instructor by Grand Masters Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo and William C. C. Chen. She teaches traditional Yang Style Cheng Man-Ch’ing tai chi internationally. [READ MORE and CONTACT]
Culotti’s expertise is in teaching students of all capabilities and how to joyfully integrate mind/body practices into everyday life. She teaches weekly classes at a variety of locations in the Milwaukee area and enjoys enhancing balance in many people’s lives.
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Betty Chewning, PhD
Tai Chi Prime Research Primary Investigator
Home Practice Coaching
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Betty Chewning is a Pharmacy Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches communication and social behavioral theory. She has conducted multi-site, multi-state research studies funded by NIH and others. She and a research team conducted the three-city randomized trial of Tai Chi Prime (TCP) which documented its significant impact on older adults’ falls risk indicators including leg strength, tandem balance, mobility/gait, executive function, and confidence in balance. She developed TCP’s home practice coaching component to help people practice tai chi daily, building on her own 30 year morning practice of tai chi down the hill by Lake Monona. [READ MORE and CONTACT]
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Kristi Hallisy, PT, DSc
Tai Chi Prime Research Co-investigator
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Kristi Hallisy is an assistant professor at the University of WI-Madison Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Affiliated with Tai Chi Health for 2 decades, certified in the TCF-Original (2008) and TCF-Adapted (2018) Program, Dr. Hallisy has given dozens of international, national, and regional workshops regarding the application of tai chi to physical therapy practice. In 2015, she co-authored the book, Tai Chi Fundamentals® Adapted Program with Optional Side Support, Walker Support and Seated Versions, with Tricia Yu, laying the groundwork for her research focus in community-based tai chi for fall prevention. [READ MORE and CONTACT]
In 2008, she developed a Tai Chi based Movement Awareness and Exercise Program for Patients with Chronic Pain Conditions, which to date has now treated over 1,000 clients in the UW-Health Pain Clinic.
PODCAST: Hallisy KM. APTA MoveForward Radio: Tai Chi and Physical Therapy (May 3, 2018). https://www.moveforwardpt.com/Radio/Detail/tai-chi-physical-therapy
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Lori Enloe PT, MA
Tai Chi Prime Course Leader
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Lori Enloe, an Integrative physical therapist and Tai Chi instructor, teaches adapted Tai Chi and develops policies for its implementation in health care settings. She helps edit Tai Chi Fundamentals® (TCF) program materials, certifies TCF teachers and offers TCF teacher trainings regionally and nationally. A traditional Tai Chi student since 1993, Lori connected with Tai Chi Health in 2003, training extensively with Tricia Yu and Pat Culotti in both TCF programs and Cheng Man-Ch’ing Yang style forms. [READ MORE and CONTACT]
Lori has a certificate in PT from Mayo School of Health Sciences, a MA in Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa and is a Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults through the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.
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Diane Brose, PT
Tai Chi Prime Master Teacher
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Diane Brose is a physical therapist with a gerontology certificate from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her PT career has focused on helping seniors to achieve their goals in outpatient, skilled nursing, assisted living and home care environments. She became certified in the Tai Chi Fundamentals (TCF)—Adapted program in 2017 and was lead instructor for the La Crosse, WI arm of the Tai Chi Prime research study published inThe Gerontologist in 2019. She became certified in TCF-Original in 2018. She has taught Tai Chi Fundamentals to University of WI-La Crosse Physical Therapy students as part of their Adult Neuro curriculum. She is also an active member of the La Crosse County Falls Prevention Coalition, and teaches TCF classes for La Crosse County seniors at risk for falls. [READ MORE and CONTACT]
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