Who We Are
Who We Are
Founding Director, ApparentPlan
Tracy holds a master's degree in gerontology and has decades of experience working with older adults. She has contributed to the aging field through her service as vice-chair of the Minnesota Board on Aging, her work at the National Council on Aging in Washington, D.C., and as a direct care provider. Tracy is a Medicare advocate and a sought-after speaker on Medicare coverage issues. She champions initiatives for older adults including access to home and community-based services, criminal penalties for the neglect of vulnerable adults and reducing the use of anti-psychotic medications for patients in long-term care settings. She has a passion for nutrition and has contributed to two New York Times best selling books on the subject: The Daniel Plan, by Rick Warren and The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook, by Dr. Mark Hyman.
Health promotion instructors:
Our instructors are recognized as top providers in their areas of expertise. Our tai chi instructors have years of training, certification and are members of the prestigious Tai Chi for Health Institute. In addition, our instructors regularly study under internationally acclaimed master trainers to improve their tai chi practice and teaching skills.
Certified Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Instructor
Marie began her tai chi journey in 1982 with Sifu Jerry Gardner, who studied with the disciples of Chen Man Ch’ing and now owns the Red Lotus School in Salt Lake City. More recent teachers include Dr. Paul Lam, Sifu Fong Ha of the Integral Ch’uan Institute in Berkeley, and Dr. Russ Smiley, Keith Root, and Linda Ebeling in the Twin Cities. Marie teaches throughout the Twin Cities metro area, from community centers and corporate wellness centers to high schools and senior living centers. She loves working with people of all ages -- her youngest student is 16 and her oldest student is 92!
Trish began her journey into the world of tai chi and qigong by her mother’s interest to find a way to manage the pain of rheumatoid arthritis without increasing medications. Together, Trish and her mother started taking tai chi classes at Normandale Community college in 2003. Trish received her initial tai chi instructor certification in 2004 and has been actively teaching tai chi classes since that time. It is the grace and beautiful of tai chi along with the ease of movement, stress management, and relaxation that sustains this commitment to tai chi.
Trish has been a registered nurse and has worked in nursing and nursing education since 1976. Currently, she teaches nursing, tai chi, and health courses at Normandale Community college.
Tom practices and teaches classes in Tai Chi for Arthritis. He is a part-time specialty instructor in the YMCA of the Twin Cities and available to substitute teach Tai Chi. He also assists and substitutes for other Tai Chi instructors for ApparentPlan.
Certified by Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Institute to teach Tai Chi for Arthritis, Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis, and Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention. On the website, a search for Instructors in Minnesota will find a listing for him.
About five years ago he began learning Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA) to address arthritis in the knees. Soon he was inspired to not only practice this Tai Chi form but also teach it to others. It is very satisfying to be able to help others learn these forms and improve their health. In addition to the certifications listed above, he also has studied Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Energy, and the Yang Short Form as well as pushing and sensing hands.
Prior to Tai Chi, he practiced and taught the Japanese martial art of Aikido over a period of twenty years. Aikido resembles jujitsu and consists of throws and joint locking techniques. Specifically, Ki Aikido, a style of Aikido that emphasizes dual training paths in both Aikido techniques and Ki development exercises. Ki in Japanese is the same as Chi in Chinese. He left active practice of Aikido when he could no longer sit in seiza (Japanese style sitting, kneeling and on your heels) due to arthritis in his knees. A primary reason for his exploration into Tai Chi is its similarity to Aikido in its approach to Ki (Chi) development.
Since he’s practiced Tai Chi for Arthritis, his joint health has greatly improved. He wants to spread that health practice so others may benefit as well. Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Institute is a worldwide leader in this area.