Instructors

HEATHER GRAGG

 

 

Heather Gragg, MPT, CLT-LANA is a 2002 graduate from West Virginia University in which she obtained a Master of Physical Therapy degree. She has a specialty certification in lymphatic therapy. She has provided lymphatic therapy for patients with a variety of diagnoses in outpatient and inpatient settings for 13 years. She developed and implemented a comprehensive Outpatient Lymphedema Clinic in which patients travel up to 3 hours to receive treatment. She currently treats patients with a variety of diagnoses, including Lymphedema, in an Outpatient Orthopedic Clinic. She lectures regionally about lymphedema and lymphatic therapy. Heather resides in WV with her husband who practices Veterinary Medicine and their two young sons.

SUSAN ISAAC

 

 

 

Susan Isaac, PTA,CLT-LANA, is a 1998 graduate of Midway College. In 2002 Susan took her initial lymphedema training and has since amassed additional hours of speciality training in lymphedema therapy.
Susan has focused on patient treatment and educating the medical community on lymphatic disorders and patient treatment throughout her career. Currently practice in a hospital based outpatient Lymphedema and wound clinic, she is developing the oncology rehabilitation program with a focus on lymphedema.  Susan joined Monarch Continuing Education as an instructor in 2017.  Professional memberships:  APTA 1998 to present; Oncology Section APTA to present; National Lymphedema Network; PTA Special Interest Group KPTA

AMY TAGGART

 

 

Amy TaggArt earned her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Physical Therapy from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY in 1995. She has worked in various settings in rehabilitation including inpatient, outpatient, home health and skilled nursing facilities. Amy became a certified lymphedema therapist through Carmen Thompson and Lymphatic Care Specialists, (now Monarch Continuing Education) in April 2012 and is a CLT-LANA certified therapist.  She is a STAR certified cancer rehabilitation clinician and serves as the rehabilitation representative for Bassett Healthcare’s Cancer Committee. She has taught educational seminars for oncology support groups regarding lymphedema and has worked as a teaching assistant for the full MLD/CDP certification program on a national level. Amy is also a current affiliate therapist member of the National Lymphedema Network to stay current on research and trends affecting the quickly evolving field of lymphatics.

 

ELLEN VAN HAASTEREN

 

 

Ellen Van Haasteren, OTR/L; CLT-LANA earned her Masters Degree in Athletic Training from University of Virginia in 1985 and Masters in Occupational Therapy from University of Southern Maine in 2003.  She has worked in a variety of clinical settings as an occupational therapist including school based programs, acute care, neurorehabilitation, and outpatient lymphedema clinics.   She presently works as lymphedema specialist for a home health agency in southern Maine.  Ellen became a certified lymphedema therapist through Monarch Continuing Education in 2013 and has been an assistant instructor and instructor for the certification program since 2014.  She has had advanced training in axillary web syndrome, head and neck lymphedema, and advanced lymphedema techniques.   Ellen loves to teach the lymphedema therapy course through Monarch  Continuing Education’s philosophy of simplifying techniques to improve patient’s compliance with self management.