Dr. Dawson is the founder of Rehabilitation Institute of the Caribbean and is a pioneer for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry) in Jamaica. She returned to Jamaica in 2008 to be a Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of the West Indies and a Consultant at the University Hospital of the West Indies. She has pioneered areas in rehabilitation medicine in Jamaica including new techniques in (i) fluoroscopic Interventional Spine treatment and (ii) Spasticity Management with Botulinum Toxin and Phenol injection in adults and in children with Cerebral Palsy. She is a co-founder of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Sports Medicine Clinic and one of the University examiners for the MSc in Sports Medicine for doctors and physiotherapists. She currently treats many professional athletes and was one of the team doctors for the Jamaica team to the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, 2009 and the IAAF World Indoor Championship in Poland, 2014 . She has been serving as Sports Medicine doctor for ISSA and JAAA track events at the National Stadium in Kingston for the last nine years.
Dr. Dawson holds the distinction of being the only physician in Jamaica with US board certification in Physiatry. She received her medical degree in 2000 from the Faculty of Medicine at UWI; after obtaining an Honors Bachelor’s Degree in the double major Biochemistry and Zoology also from UWI. She subsequently went to Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Northshore, Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she completed one year in General Surgery and then three years’ Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She completed a Fellowship in Interventional Spine, Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine Rehabilitation from the prestigious Northwestern University/Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in 2008 just before her return to Jamaica.
She has published in peer-reviewed medical journals and has spoken at several international medical meetings including the National Medical Association (NMA) Annual Meeting in Hawaii in 2007, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) Annual Assembly, Medical Association of Jamaica and Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium since 2006, Caribbean Orthopaedic Association and Jamaica Orthopaedic Association. She is a peer reviewer for the West Indies Medical Journal and the PM&R Journal which is published by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Dawson has a passion for patient care and works continuously to improve patients’ function within their physical ability.