About Dr Kathleen


Dr Kathleen Lawson:

M.Mus.Thrpy, B.App.Sc. (Clinical), B.Sc.Chiro.(RMIT), DACNB, FFAAFN, FACFN, FACFN (Vestibular), MACC, MCAA, MIAFNR

Dr Kathleen Lawson has worked in allied healthcare for over 20 years now.   As well as operating her successful family-oriented chiropractic practice, she has also undertaken post-graduate study in Australia and overseas, honing her interest in music therapy and functional neuro-rehabilitation.   Her practice as a music therapist combines careful selection of musical activities (and her understanding of neuroplasticity) to facilitate positive change in a person’s nervous system, towards health and wellbeing goals.  This means using musical strategies to achieve non-musical goals.  it also means that you don’t have to ‘be musical’ to be able to engage with this kind of work. Anyone has the potential to benefit from a music therapy approach once their goals have been articulated.

Kathleen’s first book published in 2011, “Your Brain, Your Life – Make It What YOU Want!”, takes the complex concepts of functional neurology and makes them relevant in everyday situations, for everyday people. Her energy, enthusiasm and passion when it comes to functional neurology, brain development, learning and positive healthcare are the cornerstones of her teaching, public speaking, private practice and ongoing professional development.

Dr Lawson is a sought-after speaker and has been a member of the NSAA (National Speakers Association of Australia), making regular keynote presentations for business, education and community groups. She has also filled leadership roles with CAA (Chiropractors Association of Australia), AAFN (Australasian Academy of Functional Neurology), ACNB (American Chiropractic Neurology Board), and IAFNR (International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation).  She is also currently a faculty member of the Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies (USA) and Chief Examiner for the ACNB’s Post-graduate examinations in Australia. She sings with the Bel Canto Choir of Mt Eliza, plays regularly at local gigs as a member of the Side Projectors, and teaches singing for children and adults, among many other musical endeavours.