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NOVEMBER TOPIC: Lymphorrhea
Many patients have experienced or will experience leaking or weeping of fluid called lymphorrhea. The light, amber-colored fluid that is beading and trickling from the skin is called lymph. Lymph may leak due to any breakage in the skin (bite, cut, abrasion, etc) or when the skin becomes so tight that the lymph has nowhere to go but to seep out. It is important to have knowledge on how to manage it in order to avoid complications such as infection.
Ask A CLT
Ask A CLT featuring Carmen Recupero is a monthly program sponsored by Monarch Continuing Education, which will be aimed at addressing common questions lymphedema patients have that will help empower them with knowledge in an online support group community environment.
The Official Lymphie Strong Inspiration Group for Lymphedema is incredibly thankful to have this resource.
Carmen Recupero, BS, LPTA, CMT, CLT, is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and Certified Massage Therapist, with a specialty certification in lymphatic therapy. She has over 25 years of experience in leadership roles with hospitals/health systems, long-term care, health care start-ups, and a principal at a continuing education and consulting business. In 2010, Carmen created Monarch Continuing Education, one of only seven nationwide training programs for allied health certifications, and has taught hundreds of students in her lymphatic certification courses. She has been a presenter for Cross Country/ Vyne Education since 2008, lecturing on various topics in healthcare management in leadership.
Since 2008, Carmen has been the owner/director of Lymphatic Care Specialists, LLC, a full-service oncology clinic serving patients in Virginia. Carmen also worked for Kindred Healthcare from 1996-2005. During her time with Kindred, Carmen developed and grew employee development programs starting with onboarding and expanding the continuum to develop employees as leaders as well as C-Suite executive coaching, in addition to providing strategic vision and oversight of rehabilitation services in the South East region, by adding and expanding outpatient and home health services.
Carmen is an MBA graduate at UVA/Darden School of Business and 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.
Mrs. Recupero 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, 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. Carmen currently lives in Virginia with her husband and 2 children. She enjoys traveling, hiking with her dogs and outdoor activities.