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 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.
Andrea 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.
Marga 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.
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.
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.
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.
Julia Rodrick is a Registered Occupational Therapist, working as an allied health professional for almost 40 years. She is recognized as a Master Clinician, specializing in areas of oncology, lymphedema, orthopedics and wound care, receiving her advanced training of Manual Lymph Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapies (MLD/CDT) through the prestigious Foeldi Clinic and College in Hinterzarten, Germany, and The National Alliance of Wound Care. Her extensive experience as an international instructor, lecturer, and consultant for the management of lymphedema reflects her ongoing contributions to lymphedema research and mentorship to enhance the quality of care for those who suffer from lymphedema and related conditions. In addition to her published research and professional course manuscripts, Julia has served as a member of the Lymphology Assoc. of North America Board of Directors and continues as an active member of The Steering Committee for the American Lymphedema Framework Project and the International Lymphology Society. She is a contributor to the educational committee for the National Lymphedema Network and the NAWCO /WCC exam committee. In addition to her role as owner and director of Essential Therapy Education, LLC® Julia also stays active, working as a senior staff therapist in central Illinois.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.