|Margaret Secrest, PT, CLT-LANA|
DALTON, Ga. – Margaret Secrest, PT, CLT-LANA, has joined Bradley Whiteside Rehabilitation and is treating lymphedema, edema and related disorders.
Lymphedema is a condition where fluid builds up just below the skin in the arms and legs, and occasionally in other parts of the body, due to a compromised Lymphatic System. Edema is an abnormal swelling beneath the skin due to fluid accumulation.
One of the main reasons for the development of lymphedema is chronic venous insufficiency as well as surgical intervention in combination with lymph node dissection, such as mastectomy due to breast cancer. Lymphedema may also be associated with accidents or certain diseases that may inhibit the lymphatic system from functioning properly.
Secrest is the southeastern regional liaison for the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA). Her territory includes: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Puerto Rico.
She received a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 1990. She has been a practicing physical therapist in Chattanooga since 1991. After being certified as a Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist in August of 1999 by the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., she began exclusively treating lymphedema patients.
Secrest was nationally certified by LANA in May of 2001 and was an organizer for “Shedding Light on Lymphedema,” a tri-state conference in February of 2002 in Chattanooga. She has attended multiple advanced courses including one by Gunter Klose at the Foldi Clinic in Germany in June of 2005, and she is a participant in the Lymphedema Roundtable in Atlanta.
Secrest is a clinical faculty member of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for Lymphology and the treatment of Lymphedema. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Oncology Section APTA, the National Lymphedema Network and the International Society of Lymphology.
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