Anne Plyler, is a practicing physical therapist, passionate about spreading the benefits of Tai Chi for older adults, especially its benefit in fall prevention. She is inspired by hundreds of tai chi for health participants and the supportive Tai Chi Community of WNC. Their stories of personal growth, healing, friendship and courage, their ability to listen, learn, laugh, socialize and share with others increase their own strength and that of the Tai Chi community. Anne, an early member of the WNC Fall Prevention Coalition, continues work to expand the Tai Chi Community and offer increased access to safe, affordable interventions to reduce falls in older adults . She is delighted that many former novice participants have become certified instructors through programs offered or supported by WNC Tai Chi Arthritis which continues to support instructors by offering mentorship opportunities and advanced training.
As an APTA Certified and Advanced Clinical Instructor, Anne, brings 47 years of clinical and teaching excellence to Tai Chi practice. Beginning in the 1990’s she has been instrumental in bringing Tai Chi workshops to Western Carolina University , to MAHEC and to Mission Hospital. She has been awarded the title of “Outstanding Clinical Instructor” from South College.
Anne is a premier member of the Tai Chi for Health Institute and a member of the Tai Chi for Health Community. She is certified as an instructor for the following programs: Tai Chi for Arthritis(Sun style) – Level I & Level II, Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Falls Prevention, Tai Chi for Beginners (Yang Style),Tai Chi for Energy (movements from Chen and Sun styles ), Tai Chi for Diabetes and Tai Chi for Osteoporosis ( both offering movements from Yang and Sun style). Additionally, she is a member of the American Tai Chi and Qigong Association.
Anne has studied with several instructors over the years, and is grateful to each of them for a variety of learning experiences including:
Dr. Paul Lam,
Master Trainers Bill Pickett, Dan Jones, Linda Arksey.
Senior Trainers Linda Pickett, Bob Feezer,
Tai Chi for Health Institute
Tingsen Xu, PhD and T’ai Chi Grandmaster of Emory’s NIH FICIT trials
Jay Dunbar, PhD “T’ai Chi & Geriatrics”, “Five Animal Frolics”
Kathye E. Light PT & Paul Campbell, Eds, “Eight Ways of Tai Chi”
Robert Levine School of T’ai Chi Chun Psycho-Physical Balance Levels I & II
Caroline Demoise, Master Trainer & student of Dr. Paul Lam
Brent Neely, student of Ben Lo, Student of Chen Man-ch’ing
Neely School of T’ai Chi – Asheville, NC