Networking & Educational Seminar
for Lymphedema Therapists
Banner University Medical Center
Phoenix, AZ
April 15-17, 2016

*** NOTE: There was an OPTIONAL pre-seminar WORKSHOP on Friday, April 15, from 1:00-5:30 pm (4 contact hours) with Andrea Brennan, OTD, OTR/L, CLT-LANA, WCC. The topic was "Physiology Review for Lymphedema Therapists."
This was a terrific course especially for those planning to take the LANA Certification Exam.

Friday, April 15 - Sunday noon, April 17, 2016

1:00-5:30 p.m.: Optional Pre-Seminar Workshop (4 contact hours)
5:30 - 8:00 p.m: Hors D'oeuvres & Wine Reception/ Exhibits/ Demos/ Registration

8:00 a.m. through 6:15 p.m.

8:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m.

Banner University Medical Center
1111 E McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Andrea Brennan*, OTD, OTR/L, CLT-LANA, WCC: "Physiology Review for Lymphedema Therapists" and "The Venous-Lymphatic Connection: Phlebolymphedema"
Michael Bernas, MS: "Imaging, Genetics and Unanswered Questions in the Lymphatic System"
Marjorie King, PhD, PT: "Breast Cancer Survivors & Exercise"
Shoosh Lettick Crotzer, MS: "Yoga for Lymphedema"
Vicki Ralph, OTR/L, CLT-LANA: "Treating the Morbidly Obese Patient"
Karen Herbst, PhD, MD: "Treating Lymphedema & Dercum's Disease"

CONTACT HOURS: 10 (or 14 with Optional Friday Workshop)
Lymphedema Seminars is an Approved Provider #8208 for Continuing Education by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). We also received approval for PTs in Arizona from the Arizona Physical Therapy Association.

Participants learned to:

  • Understand the importance of progress exercise intervention in the recovery from Breast Cancer
  • Understand the importance of considering the biomechanical and neuromuscular effects of the kinetic chain within the musculoskeletal rehabilitation in the recovery from Breast Cancer
  • Understand the role of the fascia in form and force
  • Explore lymphatic images from a variety of techniques and gain an understanding on how they have been obtained and what these images can tell us about the lymphatic system
  • Gain a deeper familiarity with the current state of genetics as it relates to the lymphatic system and some possibilities of where we may go in the future
  • Examine some interesting cases of lymphatic system disturbance, how we can diagnose and understand these problems, and possible treatments for these difficult cases
  • Describe the general trends in worldwide obesity and their impact on healthcare and lymphedema therapist
  • Understand the specific needs and safety measures needed for patients with lymphedema and morbid obesity
  • Gain insight into the relevant research being done regarding lymphedema and morbid obesity
  • Understand co-morbidities often associated with lymphedema and morbid obesity
  • Develop an appreciation for the advanced treatment strategies for obese lymphedema patients
  • Know the different types and stages of lipedema
  • Understand how lipedema tissue feels during palpation
  • Recognize lipedema independently of lipedema, phlebedema, lymphedema, Dercum's disease, Madelung's disease and obesity
  • Understand the co-morbidities associated with lipedema
  • Understand the pathophysiology of lipedema including the presence of leaky lymphatics
  • Learn about the multi-pronged approach to the treatment of lipedema
  • Understand how adapted yoga can be beneficial for quality of life for those with lymphedema
  • Identify the specific yoga poses that are beneficial for improving lymphatic flow
  • Apply the adapted yoga poses into a specific sequence
  • Brainstorm and discuss methods and alternatives for various aspects of lymphedema treatment in a round table discussion
  • Develop resources and networking connections with other lymphedema therapists
  • Develop problem-solving and clinical reasoning skills for advanced level lymphedema treatment through interactive discussion with other lymphedema therapists
  • Differentiate "normal" from "abnormal" lymphatic function
  • Recognize conditions/diseases in which the lymphatic vasculature can play a critical role