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Monarch Continuing Education: Created to Fill the Increasing Need for Oncology & Certified Lymphedema Therapists

Monarch Continuing Education was created out of a noticed need for more trained lymphatic therapists due to an excess of under served lymphatic therapy patients.  Another need is trained allied health professionals in the areas of oncology rehab and related wound care.

Our mission is to educate and support healthcare workers and professionals in providing lymphatic therapy to their patients – improving their ability to serve and change lives in their own community.

About Carmen Thompson

Headshot 2013Carmen Thompson, BS, LPTA, CMT, CLT, is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and Certified Massage Therapist, with a specialty certification in lymphatic therapy. She currently provides inpatient and outpatient lymphatic therapy to clients with a variety of diagnoses through her practice Lymphatic Care Specialists, LLC. She also has taught at Lymphatic Pathology at the Blue Ridge School of Massage in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Ms. Thompson has worked in a variety of health care settings over the last 22 years, both as a clinical therapist and in administration.

She served as Director of Rehabilitation Services at Tandem Health Care in Floyd, Virginia, and Facility/Area Administrator of Rehabilitation at Prism Rehab Systems, overseeing therapists, program development and patient care for orthopedic and neurological patients. Ms. Thompson has conducted state and national presentations on the prevention and management of lymphedema in cancer patients and on lymphedema program development in acute care.

Carmen earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management from California College of Health Sciences, National City, California, and an Associate of Science in Physical Therapy (Magna Cum Laude) from Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Roanoke, Virginia. She completed a 140-hour certification course in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy through the Upledger Institute.  She is also a WCC certified wound care specialist through the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy. She is an executive business coach as well, specializing in health care corporation team development and strategic planning/program implementation.

Ms. Thompson continues to  further her education annually by attending national and international seminars to stay current with the latest research findings on lymphedema. Carmen studied at the Vodder School in Austria in July of 2014 to advance her skills.

Her training program was recognized by the National Lymphedema Network in 2010, is a sponsor of the Lymphology Association of North America and she looks forward to the continued development of her programs to educate and train medical professionals in order that they might better help people with lymphatic disorders.

 

Click here for a complete CV on Carmen Thompson.  Click here for a list of our courses and our schedule.