Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy
FACULTY
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 2014 Steve co-authored the internationally-distributed textbook, Lymphedema Management: The Comprehensive Guide for Practitioners, 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.
Joe began his extensive training in lymphedema management in 1984. After receiving his degree as a Certified Instructor for Manual Lymph Drainage (Vodder Technique) and Complete Decongestive Therapy (MLD/CDT) from the German Physical Therapy Association in 1990, he went on to found the Department of Lymphology at the School for Physical Therapy in Ulm, Germany.

He formed the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 1994 to provide lymphedema therapy certification courses throughout the continental United States, based on the European curriculum. Joe left the Academy in June 2022.

In addition to teaching lymphedema management courses in the U.S. and Europe, Joe has also taught classes in Asia and the Middle East.

In August 2004, Thieme Medical and Scientific Publishers, New York, NY, published his internationally-distributed textbook, Lymphedema Management: The Comprehensive Guide for Practitioners, currently in its 4th edition. Steve Norton joined forces with Mr. Zuther in 2014 as co-author of the textbook.

Joe is also the author of the recently-published book It’s Not just a Swelling! Lymphedema, and co-author of the forthcoming textbook Modern Surgical Management of Chronic Lymphedema by Y. Harder, C. Hirche, et al.

He is an active member of the International Society of Lymphology (ISL), the National Lymphedema Network (NLN), and the German Association of Lymphology (DGL). He is also a founding member of the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA), and the North American Lymphedema Education Association (NALEA).
Dr. Cheville is the former Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Director of Cancer Rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She currently practices at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and is an assistant professor focusing research efforts on the field of lymphology. Dr. Cheville received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts 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, New Jersey. Dr. Cheville is a certified MLD/CDT therapist, a former board member of the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA), and functions as a select member of the National Lymphedema Network (NLN) Medical Advisory Committee (MAC). Dr. Cheville is considered by many to be among the brightest minds in the field of lymphology and serves as a tireless champion for safe and effective lymphedema care for all patient populations.
Dr. Massey is board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery and is 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 to complete a general surgery residency at Duke University. After completing her general surgery training, Dr. Massey 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 including trauma, critical care, and heptobillary and oncologic surgery. This experience led her to the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) 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 including 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.
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.
Maureen McBeth is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist - Lymphology Association of North America. She obtained her BA in English and secondary school teaching certificate from St. Joseph’s University in 1988. After working in a family-owned business selling physical therapy equipment, she returned to school and received her MPT from Hahnemann University in 1996. She currently works at Forever Fit Physical Therapy & Wellness, a therapist-owned, community-based private practice in Columbia, MD. Maureen has over 25 years of experience as a physical therapist, specializing in lymphedema and cancer rehabilitation. For much of her career, she worked in the hospital-based setting, and in April of 2017, she left to start her consulting firm geared toward creating a common knowledge base and driving the social connections needed to increase the adoption of new technology and clinical practice guidelines for prospective surveillance of cancer-related lymphedema. She has been a CLT instructor with The Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy since 2006 and has contributed chapters in the last two editions of the Zuther-Norton textbook used in CLT training. She regularly speaks at conferences and continuing education programs and has published numerous articles. She is a member of LE&RN, the NLN, The International Society of Lymphology, and the APTA, where she is involved with the Lymphatic Disorders special interest group of The Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy. Maureen has also been involved in a long-term volunteer project to help advance lymphedema care in Cali, Colombia, and supports the many lymphatic advocacy efforts in the US.
Sarah Stolker is a physical therapist and LANA-certified therapist at Mercy Hospital’s David C. Pratt Cancer in St. Louis, MO. She received her lymphedema certification in 1999 while working at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) in Philadelphia, PA. Consequently, Sarah developed a passion for cancer rehabilitation as well as lymphedema management. After relocating to St. Louis, Missouri in 2001, Sarah helped to expand a large multi-center lymphedema program while also obtaining a spot as a Healthbeat contributor on KSDK Channel 5 News. Dedicated to her patients, Sarah was able to use this platform to spread the word about lymphedema and cancer rehabilitation. In 2005, Sarah was awarded the Better Business Bureau’s Health Care Heroes Award. In 2007, Sarah and a former patient began the St. Louis Lymphedema Support Group—providing much-needed support as well as education. She recently published work as a principal investigator for a lymphedema surveillance study (see Lymphat Res Biol 2020; 18:422-427) and is collaborating with a colleague on another study at Mercy centering on lymphedema prevention and early treatment.
Jen is a graduate of Saint Louis University, earning her Masters in Physical Therapy in 2004, and Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012. She received her lymphedema training through the Norton School and completed her CLT in 2007, earning her LANA certification in 2009. Jen has been a Norton School faculty member since 2011. She is a senior physical therapy staff member and the lead therapist of the lymphedema service line at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis where she has worked since 2006, rebuilding the lymphedema program for inpatient care. She has provided ongoing education in that time for multiple medical groups throughout the hospital on lymphedema and created the program content for the hospital’s Geriatric Residency Program in Physical Therapy. Jen has also served in outpatient oncology rehabilitation at the David C. Pratt Cancer Center in Saint Louis, focusing on lymphedema management and survivorship. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Saint Louis University since 2010 and contributes to education at Washington University in the universities’ Doctorate of Physical Therapy programs.
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.
Vel 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.
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. 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 premier 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.
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.
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.
Denise graduated Cum Laude from the Occupational Therapy program at Cleveland State University in 2003. She specialized in sensory integration and development delay for pediatrics in home, school, and outpatient settings. Denise decided the corporate way of practicing was not her calling and started her own company, Pathways Therapy Services, in 2006. While treating patients, Denise discovered a need to help those with unresolved edema and non healing wounds. This is when she became lymphedema certified through Norton School in 2009. She continually updates her skill set and in 2012 she became a Vestibular Rehab Specialist sponsored by Emory University. She received LANA certification in 2019. Denise started assisting with the Norton School in 2018. She also helped to start the Florida chapter for LE&RN in 2018. She is a clinical fieldwork instructor for several universities for OT and COTA programs. Denise loves to teach about lymphedema and its treatments and provides in-services for local medical offices and schools.
Melinda Steimling is a physical therapist, certified lymphedema therapist, and board-certified specialist in pelvic health physical therapy. She is a graduate of the Norton School in 2016 and became certified through the Lymphology Association of North America in 2020. Melinda began assisting with CDT courses for the Norton School in 2020 and is training to become a primary instructor. Working full-time in a hospital-based outpatient physical therapy clinic, she treats adults during and after cancer treatments, with primary and secondary lymphedemas, and with pelvic floor dysfunction. She also teaches about these specialties to her hospital nursing staff and to Moravian University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She lives in Bethlehem, PA with her husband and young son.
Kris Nesheim holds a Bachelors in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida. She received her lymphedema certification from the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy in 2008 and started her Lymphedema career in outpatient at the Elliot Health System in Manchester, NH. When it became evident that several patients could not make it into the clinic for treatment, she transitioned into providing Lymphedema services full time in the Home Health setting.

Kris currently works for the Granite VNA, the largest home health agency in New Hampshire. She also leads a Lymphedema work group for home health lymphedema therapists through the Home Care Association in NH to allow for education and collaboration among home care therapists. Kris also facilitates the Home Care clinical focus group for the National Lymphedema Network. In 2021, Kris joined the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy as an assistant and is now an associate 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.
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.
Vickie graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1994. She first began treating lymphedema patients in 1998 and became LANA certified in 2008. She has worked in home health, inpatient, and outpatient rehab, but has focused exclusively on lymphedema treatment and oncology rehab since 2000. In 2005, she and a colleague established the lymphedema program at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, University of Missouri Hospitals & Clinics. This program continues today and is now called The Cancer Rehabilitation Program at Ellis Fischel. While working with MU researcher Dr. Jane Armer and the University of Missouri - South African Partnership Program, and with curriculum provided by Norton School, Vickie had the honor of teaching a section of the first lymphedema course ever offered in South Africa. She returned with other Norton School faculty to teach two additional courses over the next 2 years. In 2012 Vickie relocated to Olympia, Washington, where she was the lead lymphedema therapist at Providence St. Peter Hospital and Providence Regional Cancer Center for 5 years. She continues to work part-time in the lymphedema field while enjoying other pursuits in garden design and landscaping.
Brad Smith is a speech-language pathologist with 34 years of experience, specializing in head and neck cancer rehabilitation. In 2006 he was the fourth SLP in the US to become a certified lymphedema therapist. He served as senior speech pathologist and was 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 US, evaluating more than 250 new cases of HNL each year. Since 2016 he has been based at the Sammons Cancer Center at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where he continues to evaluate and treat patients with head and neck cancer.

He has co-authored two peer reviewed articles and authored two textbook chapters regarding management of HNL, co-authored a textbook chapter regarding SLP management of patients with H&N cancer, and written multiple articles for various non-professional publications. He has instructed at multiple state, national, and international conferences. In 2015 he taught at the prestigious Foldi Clinic in Hinterzarten, Germany and taught the Evaluation & Management of HNL course for the Norton School from 2009 to 2020. He now returns to resume the role of lead instructor.
Christine Porsche is a Senior Speech Language Pathologist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Christine helped to develop the first therapy program worldwide in the evaluation and treatment of patients with head and neck lymphedema and currently helps lead the program targeting patients suffering from lymphedema and myofascial dysfunction following HNC treatment. She is a collaborator in an institutional review researching the role of myofascial release in patients suffering from late radiation associated dysphagia. She has been an invited speaker at several regional and national conferences.
Kelly is a speech-language pathologist specializing in the treatment of adults with communication and swallowing disorders across the continuum of care. She has been a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S) since 2011 and earned designation in 2014 as a Lymphology Association of North America Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT-LANA) specializing in the treatment of head and neck lymphedema. Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology through Stockton University in New Jersey, her master’s degree in speech pathology at New York University, and completed her doctorate in speech language pathology at Nova Southeastern University in 2018. She has recently transitioned from full-time clinical practice to the academic setting as an Assistant Professor at Salus University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. She also maintains a small clinical private practice and a medical speech pathology consulting business.
Holly is a Senior Speech Language Pathologist that leads the manual therapy service lines and is the Co-Director of Trismus Clinic in the department of head and neck surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is a doctoral student at the University of Texas School of Public Health, a licensed massage therapist, and certified lymphedema therapist with expertise in oncology and head and neck cancer rehabilitation. Ms. McMillan serves as lead clinician on an active NIH funded clinical trial examining manual therapy for late effect dysphagia and is a collaborator on several NIH funded clinical trials in head and neck cancer survivorship.