Lawrence will receive the U.S. Public Health Service's Therapist Junior Officer of the Year award for 2006 for his significant contribution to clinical health care or health care delivery. The award also honored his leadership, accomplishments and rehabilitation outcomes. The award will be presented during the first week of May at the U.S. Public Health Services Commissioned Officers Association meeting in Denver.
Lawrence earned a doctor of physical therapy degree in 1999 at the University of Southern California and entered the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in August 2000. He started working for SEARHC in July 2004 and built the physical therapy program at the Juneau Medical Center from scratch.
"I am very honored and humbled to be selected for this award," Lawrence said. "I do not see myself as the sole recipient of this award. Rather, this award is reflective of all my colleagues and patients that I work with and serve with here at SEARHC and in the U.S. Public Health Service. I know there are many of my colleagues who are also equally deserving of this award, but may not have been recognized."