drchen-ashxFeatured Speaker: Wei F. Chen, MD

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Dr. Chen is a renowned pioneer and innovator in lymphedema reconstruction surgery, with a specialty focus on reconstructive microsurgery and supermicrosurgery. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with honors majoring in molecular and cell biology. After completing a general surgery residency at State University of New York at Stony Brook with honors, he went on to complete his plastic surgery training at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He then completed an advanced microsurgical training at the world-renowned Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan.

In 2013, he performed the first autologous lymph node transplant in the Midwest treating a patient with severe post-mastectomy arm lymphedema. In the same year, he developed the first non-living, biologic supermicrosurgery simulation model which was used to help train other surgeons to perform this delicate procedure.  In 2014, he developed a highly effective supermicrosurgical technique, nicknamed the “octopus”, which resolved the limitations classically associated with the standard supermicrosurgical lymphaticovenular anastomosis (LVA) technique.  In the same year, Dr. Chen also performed the first successful supermicrosurgical LVA in China in Dalian City in a live surgery demonstration.  In 2016, he performed the first successful autologous lymphatic vessel transplant in U.S.

mike_bond_2Mike Bond, MS, PT, CLT

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Mike Bond, MS, PT, CLT has been a physical therapist since 1997. He graduated from University of the Pacific (UOP) and has a background in headache pain management, manual therapy, soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release (MFR), and Kinesio taping in addition to many years’ experience as a treating lymphedema therapist in a variety of settings. He is currently the director of therapy services for a large home health and hospice agency. In addition to treating patients, he supervises the work of numerous staff that have been trained in various lymphedema certification programs. Having a background as a therapist, he has in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology related to numerous disorders and how they can interact with and impact the lymphedema client.

He also understands the perspective of many who attend this program due to his experience in a variety of practice settings. He is very active in treating, consulting, and teaching about lymphedema wherever and whenever he finds a place for it. He joined the staff at UW-Milwaukee in November 2012 teaching the Comprehensive Lymphedema and Venous Edema Management, Lymphedema II: The Next Level, and Lymphedema: Module III. He is invested in this education due to both personal and professional reasons.

Betsy CampioneBetsy Campione, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA

Northwestern University

Betsy Campione, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA is a physical therapist specializing in oncology rehabilitation and lymphedema management. Dr. Campione completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Northwestern University and received her lymphedema certifications from the Norton School of Lymphatic Training and the Lymphology Association of North America. She serves as adjunct faculty at Northwestern University teaching on the topics of lymphedema management and psychology. Dr. Campione is on the Board of Directors for the Lymphology Association of North America.

David_DoubblesteinDavid A. Doubblestein, PT, MS, LLCC, CLT, Cert. MDT

Academy of Lymphatic Studies

David A. Doubblestein, PT, MS, LLCC, CLT, Cert. MDT is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and obtained his physical therapy licensure in the State of Michigan in 1997. His career began at Gerber Memorial Hospital in the rural setting of Newaygo County, Michigan in outpatient orthopedics. In 2005, David ventured into entrepreneurship by starting his own outpatient physical therapy clinic, Living Hope Physical Therapy. He continues to practice at this location. David has studied many orthopedic manual modalities since obtaining his professional degree and licensure including myofascial release, positional release therapy, muscle energy techniques, craniosacral therapy, and various concepts and approaches to joint mobilizations of the spine, pelvis, and extremities. While working at Gerber Memorial Hospital, the need for a lymphedema therapist became apparent to David and he initially pursued his training through the Upledger Institute International studying the Chikly method of complete decongestive therapy. He developed a lymphedema treatment program for the hospital after accomplishing his LLCC certification. David began teaching for the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators and the Chikly Institute in 2005, and taught various Lymph Drainage Therapy courses internationally. During this time he authored a case study of the effects of Lymph Drainage Therapy on idiopathic Bell’s Palsy, which was published in the Advance for Physical Therapists. In 2013, David pursued further studies in complete decongestive therapy through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies and successfully completed the CLT certification. He is currently teaching for the academy. David is also a credentialed MDT practitioner since 2014, after completion of his studies in McKenzie Diagnosis and Therapy.

christine_headshot_2Christine Houghton

Founder and CEO of Quantum Bounce

Christine Houghton, Founder and CEO of Quantum Bounce, is a 43 year old mother of 6. She was diagnosed at the age of 40 with invasive ductal carcinoma, Stage 2A. She received chemotherapy and radiation over a 7 month time period.  This time was a period of awakening for her.  She was trying to deal with her cancer in the most positive way, but it wasn’t really working.  She sought outside help and attended seminars, trainings, workshops, and studied as many books as she could get her hands on.  Through this she was able to gain strategies and tools that helped her and her family deal with her sickness in a healthy way.

Christine has focused her training on sports teams and health care professionals. Through her experiences Christine has developed a unique perspective for health care professionals.  She has spent the last three years having 7 surgeries, multiple biopsies, scans, chemotherapy, radiation, physical therapy and many other miscellaneous treatments.

Mindy_MahoneyMindy Bowen, BSN, RN-BC, CAPA

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Mindy has been a Nurse Clinician in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for two years. She has presented locally on the topic of lymphedema to provide increased knowledge to providers and nurses. She performs the patient education sessions for patients to educate the patient prior to seeing Dr. Chen, and performs the Indocyanine Green Study and the L-Dex testing to confirm the diagnosis of lymphedema.

Amy LittleAmy Little, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Amy graduated with her DPT from the University of Iowa in 2009. She worked at a private outpatient clinic in southern Iowa, where she saw a little bit of everything prior to moving to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2011. She earned the Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) and Women’s Health Clinical Specialist (WCS) designations in 2015. Her clinical specialties and passions include pelvic floor muscle dysfunction and lymphedema. She staffs clinics in both Lymphedema and Women’s Health, working alongside other providers to deliver multidisciplinary care to patients.

Rachel Putney, PT, DPT, OCS, CLT-LANA

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Rachel graduated with her DPT degree from Creighton University in 2012. She began working in an outpatient clinic in Northern Virginia, treating a variety of general orthopaedic conditions. She became interested in providing care to patients during and after treatments for breast cancer, which led her to receiving certification as a lymphedema therapist (CLT-UE) through Klose Training in 2013. In 2015, she earned both her Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and full lymphedema certification. Then in 2016, she was credentialed through the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) and began working at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Her interests continue to be with general orthopaedics, as well as lymphedema and oncology rehabilitation.