Medical Advisory Committee (MAC)

Jane M. Armer, RN, PhD
Dr. Jane Armer, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Sinclair School of Nursing, Director, Nursing Research, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, has conducted extensive work in the area of lymphedema prevalence, signs and symptoms, anthropometric measurement, and self-management among breast cancer survivors; fatigue among persons with lymphedema; and self-management of chronic illness. In 1998, Dr. Armer called together a multidisciplinary group of dedicated oncology clinicians and researchers to form a lymphedema research team at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, an integral partner in the Academic Health...Read more
Marcia Beck, APRN, BC, CLT-LANA
Marcia Beck is a Clinical Nurse Specialist certified in Medical Surgical Nursing, and a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Currently, she is Women’s Breast Center Coordinator at Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, MO. Marcia received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Truman State University, Kirksville, MO in 1977, and a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Missouri Columbia in 1997. Trained in Lymphedema Therapy by the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in Florida in 1996, Mrs. Beck has presented in-services on Breast Cancer and Lymphedema management at various hospitals and...Read more
Constance M. Chen, MD, MPH, FACS
Dr. Constance M. Chen is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in perforator flap breast reconstruction. Dr. Chen received her BA from Harvard College, MD from Stanford University School of Medicine, and MPH from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. After surgical residencies at the University of Washington Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital Cornell-Columbia, she completed fellowships at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and NYU Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Dr. Chen pioneered perforator flap breast reconstruction at Lenox Hill...Read more
Janice N. Cormier, MD, MPH, FACS
Dr. Janice Cormier is a surgical oncologist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She received her surgical training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and completed fellowships in surgical oncology at the National Cancer Institute and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she is currently a Professor in the Department of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Cormier’s clinical practice is focused primarily on the treatment of patients with melanoma and soft tissue sarcoma. Her research training includes a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of...Read more
Debra Daugherty, MOT, OTR, CLT-LANA
Debra Daugherty is the senior lymphedema therapist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, where she manages a staff of six certified lymphedema practitioners. She holds a BA from Trinity University in San Antonio and received her Master's in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman's University in 1997. She received her certification in MLD/CDT training from the Vodder School in 2000 and has been LANA certified since 2001. Debra has dedicated her practice to lymphedema treatment since 2001 and has treated close to 1000 patients during that time. She is also committed to community...Read more
Joseph L. Feldman, MD, CLT-LANA
Dr. Joseph Feldman is Co-director of the American Lymphedema Framework Project. Dr. Feldman is one of the founding board members of the Lymphology Association of Lymphology (LANA) and is the President of LANA. Dr. Feldman is a physiatrist certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is Medical Director of the NorthShore University HealthSystem Lymphedema Treatment Center and Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Feldman is a member of the National Lymphedema Network Medical...Read more
Kathleen Francis, MD
Dr. Francis received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry - New Jersey Medical School . She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UMDNJ/Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, following a transitional internship at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Dr. Francis has a private practice, Lymphedema Physician Services, PC, in Livingston , NJ specializing in evaluation and management of lymphedema, chronic venous edema, and other forms of edema. She also serves as Medical Director of the St Barnabas Lymphedema Treatment Center. Dr. Francis is a...Read more
Dr. Mei R. Fu is Associate Professor of Nursing at the New York University. She is also a Fellow of American Academy of Nursing, a Fellow of Geriatrics at the Hartford Institute of Geriatrics, and a Fellow of New York Academy of Medicine. She serves on Medical Advisory Board, Co-Chair of Research Committee, and Editorial Committee for National Lymphedema Network. She is also an elected Board of Director for Lymphology of North America and serves as Research Committee Co-Chair and Steering Committee Member for American Lymphedema Framework. Dr. Fu’s scientific focus has been on cancer-related...Read more
Jane Molinaro Kepics PT DPT CLT-LANA
Jane Molinaro Kepics PT DPT CLT-LANA is a Physical Therapist and Lymphedema Specialist at Good Shepherd Penn Partners/Penn Therapy and Fitness in Philadelphia, PA. She is a graduate of Temple University’s College of Allied Health Professions in Philadelphia, first in 1978 with a Bachelor’s Degree, then in 1992 with a Master’s Degree, both in Physical Therapy. She completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009 at the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA. She was trained in Lymphedema Management at the Dr. Vodder Schule in Walchsee, Austria in 1987. Since then she has dedicated her...Read more
Bonnie B. Lasinski, MA, PT, CSCI, CLT-LANA
Bonnie Lasinski is the Clinical Director of Lymphedema Therapy at the Boris/Lasinski School in Woodbury, Long Island, New York. She is a 1976 graduate of the physical therapy program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and she received her masters in Motor Learning from Columbia University in 1981. She received her lymphedema training in 1992 from Drs. John and Judith Casley-Smith of Adelaide, South Australia and was certified as in instructor in the Casley-Smith Method of CDT in 1995. Ms. Lasinski received her LANA certification in 2001. Since 1992, Ms. Lasinski has dedicated her practice to...Read more
Sheila H. Ridner, PhD, MSHA, MSN, RN, ACNP
Sheila Ridner, PhD, RN, FAAN is the Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of Nursing at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee. She received her PhD in Nursing Science from Vanderbilt University in 2003 and completed her Postdoctoral Oncology Nursing Fellowship in 2005, also at Vanderbilt. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2000, and her Masters of Health Services Administration from the College of St. Francis Graduate School in Joliet, Illinois in 1988. Her undergraduate degree was from the University of Kentucky in Lexington,...Read more
Kathryn McKillip Thrift, BS, CLT-LANA
Kathryn was certified as a therapist in the Dr. Vodder Method of Manual Lymph Drainage/Combined Decongestive Therapy in 1987. She received her certification as a Dr. Vodder Basic Instructor in 1992 and was certified as a Therapy I Instructor in 1997. She has received additional training in lymphedema management in Australia with the Casley-Smiths (1994) and in Germany at the Földi School (1998). From 1997 until 1999, she served on the Board of Directors of the National Lymphedema Network (NLN). Since 1998, she has been on the Medical Advisory Committee of the NLN. She is an original and...Read more
Catherine M. Tuppo, PT, MS, CLT-LANA
Catherine M. Tuppo is the Director of Physical and Occupational Therapy and the Director of Lymphedema Therapy at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, New York. Catherine completed her professional training as physical therapist at Ithaca College in 1976. She received her Masters of Science Degree in Allied Health Resources, Research in 1992 from Stony Brook University. Catherine has focused her clinical treatment in lymphedema therapy since 1998 after completing her lymphedema certification training from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies. She received her LANA certification in 2001...Read more