Lester Cohen Lester managed a secure residential treatment facility for seriously emotionally disturbed adolescents while a licensed psychologist in West Virginia. He was previously a co-owner of the Tri-State School of Martial Arts in Ohio, and graduated from the Western School of Law in San Diego, CA in 1990.
Lester was a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a solo-practitioner attorney, mediator and therapist until he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2000. In addition, he has been facilitating a Parkinson’s Support Group in San Diego, CA for more than 10 years, and has assisted in the development of the first “Good Start” program (for newly diagnosed patients, family members, and caregivers), and production of PASD’s “The Many Faces of Parkinson’s” video.
Lester is a tireless volunteer supporting the local Parkinson’s community and an occasional contributor to the Parkinson Post Newsletter, the quarterly publication of the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego.
In spite of his Parkinson’s, Lester is still involved with martial arts, currently training injured Gulf War veterans, and has previously trained such groups as the US Navy SEALS, the DEA and various SWAT teams in the use of hand weapons.
Lester resides in San Diego with his wife, Patricia.