you for visiting my web site. If you are visiting this site, you may have
health concerns or general questions about the medical condition called
lymphedema, or about other swelling conditions that may be helped by manual
lymph drainage therapies. Perhaps you are hoping to learn whether any
kind of medical or therapeutic treatment is offered to assist in managing
these types of conditions. I hope that you will find all of the information
you seek to answer your every question and concern. Please feel
welcomed to contact me if there is something you hoped to
learn but didn’t find in these pages.
am a Registered Massage Therapist and a LANA Certified Lymphedema Therapist
in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada. I work with lymphedema and
other chronic swelling patients exclusively, and offer consultation,
complete decongestive therapy including manual lymph drainage, bandaging
and compression therapy, self-care technique education, and assessment and
fitting for compression garments. All therapy is by appointment only, and
is focused and results-oriented.
I have been a massage therapist since 1997, and have successfully completed
training programs in both the U.S. and Ontario. I have been a
lymphedema therapist since 1998 and have enjoyed the honour of teaching,
writing and presenting at conferences and workshops on the subject of
lymphedema and its treatment. In addition, I have extensive experience in a
physiotherapy setting and with recommending and fitting for custom
manufactured compression garments.
“The Lymphology Association
of North America (LANA) is a non-profit corporation composed of healthcare
professionals, including physicians, nurses, massage therapists, physical
therapists, and occupational therapists experienced in the field of
Lymphology and lymphedema. They have acknowledged the need for a national
certification examination for lymphedema therapists, to test knowledge
considered fundamental in the treatment of lymphedema.” (Excerpted
from the LANA website)
took the first certification exam offered by LANA in May of 2001, and
recertified in 2008.
Lymphology Association of North America is not associated with any one
school that teaches lymphedema therapy. Nor is LANA in the business of
certifying any such schools. Instead, LANA offers an objective third-party
exam that gives successful candidates a certification above and beyond
their school certification. This is a postgraduate accomplishment that the
profession has agreed is the standard for lymphedema therapists.
certification is not mandatory for lymphedema therapists, but it does
acknowledge that the therapist has met certain standards of education and
In Canada, most lymphedema
therapists are graduates of the Dr. Vodder School North America. The Vodder
School offers recertification to its graduates every two years. This
effectively provides a standard of education and professionalism to
graduates of that school that is similar to the LANA certification.
For more information, see the LANA
website by CLICKING HERE