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Steve NortonSteve Norton
CDT Clinical Instructor, CLT-LANA

Executive Director and Founder

Steve was certified in 1993 in Manual Lymph Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy through Lerner Lymphedema Services, PC, the first fully specialized lymphedema treatment facility in the United States. He became the Chief Therapist of the Lerner Lymphedema Services, PC clinics located in Princeton, NJ, Manhattan, NYC and New Brunswick, NJ from 1994-1999. Over this period of time, Steve participated in the successful treatment of several thousand lymphedema patients.

In 1995 and 1999, Steve completed further educational programs in lymphedema management at the Foeldi College, Hinterzarten, Germany and the European Congress of Lymphology. In addition to his clinical duties, he was chosen to provide instruct CDT courses at the Lerner Academy of Lymphatic Studies via hospitals, universities and clinics nationwide. In 1998 Steve co-founded an independent training and consulting company (Klose Norton Training & Consulting) offering CDT certification courses for medical professionals in various hospitals and clinical settings across the United States.

Steve was among the first therapists in the United States to become Nationally Certified in Lymphedema Therapy by the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) and in 2002 and 2003, was the first and only American lymphedema therapist to instruct an international group of clinicians at the world renowned Foeldi Clinic, Special Clinic for Lymphology, in Hinterzarten, Germany.

Since 1995, Steve has been the host/presenter/producer of internationally distributed educational treatment videos and in 2005 Steve was filmed and interviewed by the Discovery Health Channel for its program “Medical Incredible”, demonstrating and discussing lymphedema therapy. This program aired in 130 countries and was viewed by 300 million people worldwide.

Currently, as a consultant and CDT Clinical Instructor, he continues to provide services for private clinics, hospitals, independent physician's offices and firms within the lymphedema and related compression therapy industries. He regularly reviews lymphedema related manuscripts, and contributes to other clinical publications. Steve has authored articles on lymphedema management in professional publications and contributed to chapters and editorial revisions of the internationally renowned "Textbook of Lymphology" authored by, Prof. M. Foeldi & S. Kubik. Recently Steve authored a chapter on lymphedema in the medical textbook “Kuerer’s Breast Surgical Oncology” by Henry Kuerer, MD McGraw Hill 2009 and contributed a paper on Palliative Care and Complete Decongestive Therapy for the “Best Practices Document” of the International Lymphedema Framework Project. In 2013 Steve co-authored the internationally distributed textbook “Lymphedema Management; The comprehensive Guide for Practicing Therapists” with Joachim Zuther, published by Thieme, Stuttgart, Germany.

Steve is a regular contributing presenter and organizer of various lymphedema related conferences such as the National Lymphedema Network Conferences (1994-2010), International Society of Lymphology Conferences (ISL) 1997-2007, Guthrie/ Klose Norton Lymphedema Conference (Denver 1999, Toronto, Ontario Canada 2002), University of Pennsylvania, Abramson Cancer Center/ Klose Norton Lymphedema Conference (Philadelphia 2003), International Union of Phlebologists (San Diego, Ca 2003) and various WOCN Conferences as well as the International Lymphedema Framework Project Conference in Brighton, England 2010. In 2003, Steve was appointed to the National Lymphedema Network (NLN) Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) serving until 2009 and is currently a member of the International Advisory Board for the American Lymphedema Framework Project (ALFP) and the Educational Committee for the International Lymphedema Framework (ILF). In 2009 Steve was appointed as Adjunct Courtesy faculty at the University of Missouri, Columbia School of Nursing.

In 2007, Steve and the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy were invited to instruct a group of physicians and nurses in Vellore India as the first formally organized course by a leading lymphedema education school. Starting in 2007 the Norton School presented the first organized CDT Certification in South Africa at the University of Western Cape then in Pretoria at Tshwane University of Technology and maintains this annual venue. In October 2007, Steve conducted a unique and extensive workshop at the 9th People’s Hospital, Shanghai, China demonstrating for the first time Complete Decongestive Therapy to Chinese medical professionals. Recently, Steve was invited to conduct a Staff Briefing to Congress in Washington, DC related to an initiative to establish new laws geared towards improving reimbursement for lymphedema.

 
 
Manual Lymph Drainage
 
  Andrea Cheville, MD, MS, CLT-LANA
Medical Director

Dr. Cheville is the former Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Director of Cancer Rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems in Philadelphia, PA. She currently practices at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota and is an Assistant Professor focusing research effort on the field of lymphology. Dr. Cheville received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard School of Medicine in Boston, MA in 1993. Her post-graduate training included a fellowship in Pain Management and Palliative Care at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, as well as a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation in Newark, NJ. Dr. Cheville is a certified MLD/CDT therapist, a former board member of the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) and functions as select a member of the National Lymphedema Network (NLN) Medical Advisory Committee. Dr. Cheville is considered by many to be the brightest mind in the United States related to lymphology and serves as a tireless champion of appropriate lymphedema care for all patient populations.

 
 
Manual Lymph Drainage
 
  Marga MasseyMarga F. Massey, MD, CLT, FACS
Medical Advisor

Dr. Massey is board certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons with a focus on Breast Reconstruction and Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer for lymphedema. Dr. Marga grew up on the coast of North Carolina before coming "in-land" to attend college, Medical School and General Surgery Residency at Duke University..."Tarheel" converted to "Blue Devil"! After completing her General Surgery training, Dr. Marga elected to serve as a medical missionary in Shiprock, New Mexico where she worked as a Staff Surgeon at the Northern Navajo Medical Center. She provided surgical services to include trauma, critical care, and heptobillary and oncologic surgery including breast. This experience led her to San Francisco where she completed her Plastic Surgery training with a focus on microsurgery. She had the opportunity to work with Dr. Stephen J. Mathes, a nationally acclaimed Professor of Surgery with contributions that include the description of microsurgical transfer of muscle flaps. Additionally, she trained at the Buncke Clinic, founded by Dr. Harry J. Buncke, the father of microsurgery. Her training at UCSF included time at San Francisco General Hospital where she further defined her desire to develop a career dedicated to women's health care issues, specifically in underserved patient populations.

 
 
Manual Lymph Drainage
 
  Judith NudelmanJudith Nudelman, MD, CLT
Medical Advisor

Dr. Judith Nudelman is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Brown University, where she has taught since 1995. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, while educating medical students and residents. Her interest in lymphedema stems from personal experience with secondary lymphedema, and subsequently working in a radiation oncology setting where she was able to evaluate and treat multiple patients with lymphedema. She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and is a member of the Board of Directors of LANA. She is a founder and co-director of the website StepupSpeakout, which is an evidence based site designed to educate patients and clinicians on secondary lymphedema. She has taken the Physician's Intensive at the NLN conference, is STAR certified in oncology rehabilitation, has attended Oncology Survivorship courses at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, has contributed to the LymphLink, Washington Post and the Zuther Norton Textbook, “Lymphedema Management, 3rd Ed.”. She has lectured on lymphedema to medical students, gynecologic oncologists, breast surgeons and lymphedema therapists. As a clinician and educator, she strives to bring an evidence-based approach to treating patients with lymphedema, while educating the medical community about this under-recognized condition.

 
  Complete Decongestive Therapy  
  Jane M. Armer, PhD, RN, CLT-LANA
Advisor and Faculty Lecturer

Jane Armer is an Associate Professor at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing and Director of Nursing Research at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. In 2000 she was appointed to the Medical Advisory Committee of the National Lymphedema Network (NLN). She chairs the NLN's Research Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of the Lymphedema Association of North America (LANA). She has been appointed to the Nursing Core Group of Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB), the national medical oncology clinical trials research group.

Jane is well known for her extensive research on physiological measurement of limb volume in post-breast cancer lymphedema. She has studied signs, symptoms, and self-management of lymphedema among women treated for breast cancer as well as the psychological impact of lymphedema. Jane's program of research focuses on the more than two million women who are living with breast cancer in the United States today who are at a lifetime risk for lymphedema development. Her earlier work focused on health beliefs and practices of community-dwelling diverse elders and adults, self-management of chronic illness, and relocation adjustment of rural elders.

 
 
Manual Lymph Drainage
 
  Joy CohnJoy C. Cohn, PT, CLT-LANA
Primary Instructor

Joy is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She has worked in rehabilitation, acute care, and research settings. Joy has published research in Total Joint Replacements while working as a clinical research coordinator for the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. She has also published research while working in the Functional Neuromuscular Stimulation Research Laboratory of the Shriners Hospital Philadelphia Unit. Joy is the author of two chapters on edema management and functional neuromuscular stimulation in the physical therapy education textbook, "Physical Agents 2nd Ed" by Behrens and Michlovitz.

Joy received her lymphedema training in 1996 from the Lerner Academy of Lymphatic Studies. She has since participated in numerous advanced training programs for lymphedema management including an advanced review course at the Foeldi Clinic in Hinterzarten, Germany in June 2002. She founded the Lymphedema Treatment Program at Chestnut Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, Wyndmoor, PA in 1996. Currently she is a part-time Team Leader in the lymphedema treatment program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She participated as an adjunct in the advanced lymphedema conference sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania in April 2003. She was among the first group of therapists in the United States to become Elvarex® certified in 1998 and was LANA certified in 2001. Joy has worked as an instructor for the Norton School since 2004.

 
  Complete Decongestive Therapy  
  John BeckwithJohn Beckwith, PT, CLT-LANA
Primary Instructor

John received his Physical Therapy degree from the University of Connecticut in 1993 and his lymphedema training from Steve Norton and Guenter Klose in St. Louis in 1998 when instructing for the Lerner Academy of Lymphatic Studies. He has worked in acute care inpatient and outpatient settings but since 1998 has worked primarily as a lymphedema specialist in hospital outpatient clinics. He created and developed the highly respected lymphedema clinic at Inova Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria, VA, working there from 1999 until 2006. Most recently he has been helping to build further a respected program at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA.

John became LANA certified in 2001 and has taken a number of advanced courses in lymphedema including Klose-Norton advanced courses in 2000 and 2003 and the inaugural English speaking advanced course at the Foeldi Clinic in Hinterzarten, Germany in 2002. He has lectured on lymphedema at PT and PTA programs in the Washington, DC area since 2000. Since 2005 John has been contributing educational expertise first as an assistant then associate, and now a primary instructor for the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy. His interests include lymphedema education, wound care and the application of CDT expertise in the acute care setting. In 2010 John was elected to the Board of Directors of the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA).

 
  Complete Decongestive Therapy  
  Maureen McBethMaureen L. McBeth, PT, CLT-LANA
Primary Instructor

Maureen is currently Program Manager for Women's Health of The Center for Restorative Therapies at Mercy Hospital, Baltimore Maryland. Earning her masters in physical therapy from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA, Ms. McBeth joined Mercy in 2005 and is responsible for program development, planning and marketing of women's health initiatives at The Center for Restorative Therapies at Mercy. She evaluates and treats a full outpatient caseload that is approximately 50% lymphedema patients, coordinating the development of a comprehensive lymphedema management program for upper and lower extremities with both inpatient and outpatient departments. Prior to joining Mercy, Ms. McBeth was a senior level physical therapist with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with Mercy Health Systems in Philadelphia and also as a staff PT with the Montgomery County Geriatric and Rehabilitation Center in Royersford, PA. She is also a LANA certified lymphedema therapist. Ms. McBeth has a number of medical presentations and research to her credit. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the women's health and oncology sections, and is a member of the National Lymphedema Network.

 
  Complete Decongestive Therapy  
  Linda BoyleLinda McGrath Boyle, PT, DPT, OCS, CLT-LANA
Primary Instructor

Linda graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA in 1980 with her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and from Arcadia University in 2006 with her Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy. In 2010 Linda became a Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. During her career she has worked in multiple physical therapy settings. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Arcadia University since 1996. In 1998 she earned her credentialed clinical instructor certification from the American Physical Therapy Association. In December 2001 Linda attended the Klose Norton School to earn her CLT and became LANA® certified in March 2003. Since that time her practice has focused on cancer rehabilitation, lymphedema and orthopedics. Linda began instructing for the Norton School in 2004. Currently Linda is the Clinical Team Leader in Oncology at the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

 
  Lymphedema Training  
  Sarah StolkerSarah Stolker, MSPT, CLT-LANA
Primary Instructor

Sarah Stolker is a physical therapist specializing in cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema management at the David C. Pratt Cancer Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Sarah earned her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Duke University in 1998. As a Senior Therapist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Sarah worked alongside Dr. Andrea Cheville to establish the Lymphedema Program at HUP. Sarah has presented nationally at the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting and the National Lymphedema Network conferences. Sarah has served as a faculty member for The Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy since 2004. She continues to teach several courses annually for the Norton School as a Primary Instructor. Sarah’s teaching also includes annual contributions to local universities including St. Louis University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy and Washington University Program in Physical Therapy. Sarah appeared on KSDK News Channel 5 (St. Louis NBC affiliate) as a HealthBeat contributor from 2002-2006. Recently, she has authored contributions for Lymphedema Management (Zuther & Norton) and several education materials at the National Lymphedema Network. She cofounded and helps to facilitate the Lymphedema Support Group in St. Louis, MO.

 
  Lymphedema Certification Courses  
  Susan AllenSusan Allen, OT, CLT-LANA
Primary Instructor

Susan is a 1995 graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She received her lymphedema training in 1998 from the Lerner Academy of Lymphatic Studies. In 2001 she became LANA certified. Susan went on to help expand the existing outpatient lymphedema program at Florida Hospital and helped transition lymphedema treatment into the inpatient setting. In 2001, while still working at Florida Hospital she expanded lymphedema treatment into the Home Care setting making it the first agency to utilize complete decongestive therapy in Central Florida. Ms. Allen began organizing lymphedema certification courses for the hospital and had the opportunity to assist Steve Norton & Gunter Klose beginning in 2002. She has participated in advanced training for lymphedema management including a visit to the Lympho-Opt clinic in Hirschbach, Germany in 2005.

Susan conducted research on the cost effectiveness of lymphedema treatment in the Home Care setting and was selected to present her findings at National Association of Home Care Conference in 2004. In addition she has had articles published in the National Lymphedema Network's newsletter. She has conducted numerous community awareness programs on lymphedema. Ms. Allen is currently employed with Wuesthoff Health Systems in Rockledge, Florida where she works with lymphedema, neurology and hand patients in an outpatient setting. She is currently on the Tumor Board at the Hospital and takes part in the Quality Improvement plan for lymphedema services.

 
  Lymphedema Certification Courses  
  Kathryn Taylor Anilowski, MS, PT, CLT-LANA
Primary Instructor

Kathryn graduated from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY in 1998 with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy. In the years following graduation Kathryn worked with several inpatient programs at hospitals and acute rehab facilities focusing largely on manual therapy and stroke rehab. In 2003, Kathryn was recruited for a position at the Bennington Health & Rehabilitation Center in Bennington, VT as Director of the Inpatient & Outpatient Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapy Department. Soon after, it was requested of Kathryn to direct & re-organize the Inpatient Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapy Department for the Vermont State Veterans Home, also in Bennington, VT. As the Director there from 2004 to 2006, Kathryn completely restructured the Inpatient Rehabilitation Department, making it the highest rated state owned Inpatient Rehabilitation Department in Vermont while expanding it to include Outpatient services as well. While in VT, Kathryn began her studies in the treatment of lymphedema & completed her certification as a Lymphedema Therapist with the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy in 2006. In 2007 Kathryn spent a year working under the supervision of a LANA certified therapist and obtained her own LANA certification during that time. In 2008 Kathryn opened Kinder Touch Lymphedema Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. Currently Kathryn’s clinic treats more lymphedema patients than any facility in the Capital Region and enjoys the distinction of being the premiere regional Lymphedema Center as an Affiliate Member of the National Lymphedema Network. In addition, Kathryn started guest lecturing on the topic of lymphedema at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY to Physical and Occupational Therapy students in the fall of 2010.

 
  Lymphedema Training  
  Jeannette ZuckerJeannette Zucker, DPT, CLT-LANA
Primary Instructor

Jeannette holds a clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University. She received her lymphedema certification from the Klose Norton School in 2002 and started her career at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in 2003. In 2004, Jeannette established the lymphedema therapy program at the main campus and as the Lymphedema Clinical Specialist she continues to work on further developing the service to promote awareness, early diagnosis, and risk minimization of lymphedema. She leads the support groups for patients who have and are at risk for lymphedema through the Post-Treatment Resource Program. Jeannette received her LANA certification in 2005 and was awarded the Susan G. Komen Conference scholarship by the National Lymphedema Network (NLN) in 2006. In 2007, she developed the Lower Extremity Lymphedema Prevention Program for MSKCC and joined the Scientific Committee of the NLN. She is grateful for the continued opportunity to serve on the committee and for the opportunity to lecture at the biennial NLN Conferences. In 2009, Jeannette happily joined the faculty of the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy.

 
  Lymphedema Certification Courses  
  Michelle KondrackiMichelle Kondracki, PT, CLT-LANA
Associate Instructor

Michelle graduated from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2004. She has worked in both in-patient hospital and out-patient settings and received her lymphedema training from the Norton School in 2005. She became LANA certified in 2007 and has since worked primarily as a lymphedema specialist at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Virginia, where she helped to grow the lymphedema program from 2 part time therapists to five full time therapists. She currently works with out-patients, in-patients, wound center patients and even acute rehab patients. Within the scope of lymphedema, she specializes in wound care and has attended multiple wound courses. She has also developed a comprehensive oncology rehab program at Virginia Hospital Center working with patients with limited mobility after cancer treatments.

 
  Lymphedema Certification Courses  
  Paula LevinsonPaula D. Levinson, PT, OCS, CLT-LANA
Associate Instructor

Paula has been a physical therapist for over 27 years. Paula received her orthopedic clinical specialist since 1996. She started a lymphedema program and breast cancer rehabilitation program in 1998 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Paula started a lymphedema support group in partner with Life With Cancer to give those with lymphedema a place to receive education and psychosocial support. She became a certified lymphedema therapist in 1999 and has been LANA Certified since 2001. Paula regularly lectures on lymphedema to Breast Cancer survivors through Life With Cancer, Physical Therapy Students at Marymount University, and Northern Virginia District of the American Physical Therapy Association. She has also served as medical staff speaking on lymphedema for Casting For Recovery. Paula maintains membership with the Oncology and Orthopedic sections of the APTA, National Lymphedema Network and Lymphology Association of North America. She presently works at Hand-N-Hand Therapy in Arlington, Virginia treating breast cancer survivors and all types of lymphedema patients.

 
  Lymphedema Certification Courses  
  Dawn BrinkmanDawn Fries Brinkman, OTR/L, CLT-LANA
Associate Instructor

Dawn Brinkman earned her Bachelor of Health Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida in 1993. She has worked in the inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, outpatient, home health and skilled nursing settings addressing lymphedema treatment, neuro and ortho rehabilitation. She received her lymphedema training from the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy in 2004 and passed the CLT-LANA specialist exam in 2007. Dawn assisted with implementing the Lymphedema Program at Florida Hospital Home Care in Orlando, Florida as an extension of the inpatient and outpatient programs for a continuum of care in the Central Florida area. She assisted with conducting research on lymphedema and home care that was presented at the National Association of Home Care Conference in 2004. She has been active with research involving lymphedema and wound care and type-2 diabetes. Dawn has also published numerous articles involving lymphedema in home care setting and bringing awareness to this treatment setting with the National Lymphedema Network and the American Physical Therapy Association. Dawn currently practices in the Central Florida area, focusing exclusively in the treatment of lymphedema.

 
  Lymphedema Certification Courses  
  Mary RosenbergMary Rosenberg, PT, CLT-LANA
Associate Instructor

Mary Rosenberg is a graduate of UCLA and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, School of Physical Therapy. She has been a physical therapist since 1977. Mary has lived and worked in Hollywood, California her entire life. As a breast cancer survivor (1996) she became interested in survivorship issues and the side effects of cancer treatments that challenge quality of life. She studied and became lymphedema certified with the Klose Norton School in 1999. Since then she has devoted the majority of her time in her private practice, Hollywood Physical Therapy Associates, to treating lymphedema patients. Mary became LANA certified in 2001 and joined the faculty of the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy in September 2009.

 
  Lymphedema Certification Courses  
  Vicki ParkerVicki Parker, OTR/L, CLT-LANA
Associate Instructor

Vicki is a 1994 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, and has worked in several settings including home health and outpatient rehab. In 2005, she and a colleague established the Lymphedema Therapy Program -- now called the Cancer Rehabilitation Program -- at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center (University of Missouri Hospitals and Clinics). Vicki has worked with Dr. Jane Armer as a research associate for several years, and this has allowed her to teach lymphedema courses in South Africa in 2008 and 2009 along with other Norton School faculty. Vicki has been treating lymphedema since 1998 and became LANA certified in 2008.

 
  Lymphedema Certification Courses  
  Jen Klok, DPT, CLT-LANA
Associate Instructor

Jen graduated from Saint Louis University with her Masters in Physical Therapy in 2004, and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012. She completed her Lymphedema Certification with the Norton School in 2007, and her LANA certification in 2009. After working in both outpatient and inpatient settings at a small community hospital for two years, Jen made the transition to acute care at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, where she is a senior staff member with her primary focus in cardiopulmonary, lymphedema and oncology patient populations. Carrying the lymphedema program on her own after being certified, Jen and helped to rebuild the program to a five-therapist team. Jen has been an adjunct faculty member with Saint Louis University since 2010, and started assisting with the Norton School in 2009.

 
  Lymphedema Certification Courses  
  Velmaris OjedaVelmaris Ojeda, OTR/L, CLT-LANA
Associate Instructor

Velma received her Occupational Therapy Masters degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1997. She received her CLT certification training from the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy in 2005 and is currently the Inpatient Occupational Therapy Program Coordinator for Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX. She evaluates and treats both inpatient and outpatient caseloads, composed primarily of indigent and uninsured clients. She developed the lymphedema program for the hospital and received the 2007 Performance Improvement Award as recognition for her work, including establishing funding for the training and certification of 10 additional lymphedema therapists.

 
  Lymphedema Certification Courses  
  Christina Hankins, PT, CLT, WCC
Specialist Instructor

Christina received her Master’s in Physical therapy at Texas State University in 2003. In 2004, while working at Saint David’s Rehab Hospital (Neurological floor) she managed and developed a wound care program including new policies and procedures for the skin care team. In 2005 she received her CLT with the Chickly institute; since then she has worked primarily with lymphedema in various settings including; acute, inpatient, outpatient, and home health settings. Christina has attended many advanced courses on both wound care and lymphedema treatment, including CLT certification with the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy. She is employed at Accolade home health where she has developed, marketed, and grown the only home health lymphedema program in Austin, Texas. Christina became a certified wound care specialist in 2007, yet has been practicing in the wound care area since 1997. She has lectured to local community groups, clinicians, and physicians regarding lymphedema and wound care as well as chairing local lymphedema therapist support groups. Christina specializes in lymphedema and wound care treatment and will remain dedicated to furthering awareness of better integration between the two treatments.

 
  Lymphedema Certification Courses  
  Anne M. Griffee, APRN-NP, WCC, CLT-LANA
Specialist Instructor

Anne received her MSN from Clarkson College in Omaha, NE in 1996, with a family practice nurse practitioner focus. She received her RN diploma in 1987 from Bryan School of Nursing in Lincoln, NE and her BSN in 1991 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her experiences prior to her MSN were in oncology, medical-surgical, psychiatry, and teaching nursing school at an ADN program. Following her MSN completion, she began working at the Carson Cancer Center in Norfolk, NE. She also holds an AOCN certification – Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse. Noticing that many patients with cancer were challenged with lymphedema, Anne sought out extra training in this area.

Anne completed her lymphedema therapy training in December 1999 from Klose-Norton, and opened a lymphedema therapy clinic in February 2000. She became LANA certified in 2003. As she began to see more and more patients with swelling of all types, who also had chronic wounds, she decided to become wound care certified. She completed the WCC certification program in February 2010. Currently Anne is a Nurse Practitioner at the CardioVascular Institute in Norfolk, NE. She continues to treat patients of all ages with swelling issues, wounds and lymphedema. She does outreach clinics as well in the northeast Nebraska region.

 
  Lymphedema Certification Courses  
  Brad SmithBrad Smith, MS, CCC-SLP, CLT
Specialist Instructor

Brad Smith is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) with 27 years of experience, specializing in head and neck cancer rehabilitation. In 2006 he became only the fourth SLP in the country to become a certified lymphedema therapist. He served as the lead therapist in the Head and Neck Lymphedema (HNL) program at MD Anderson Cancer Center from 2006 until 2016, helping build the busiest HNL program in the country, evaluating more than 250 new cases of HNL each year. He has been teaching the Evaluation & Management of HNL course for the Norton School since 2009. He has co-authored two peer reviewed articles and authored a textbook chapter regarding management of HNL and is a frequent instructor at state, national, and international conferences. In 2015 he taught at the prestigious Foldi Clinic in Hinterzarten, Germany. A passionate, creative clinician and educator, he is now based at the Sammons Cancer Center at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where he plans to continue clinical research in the fields of head and neck cancer rehabilitation and HNL management.

 
     
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