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November 18, 2012
Physical Therapist Earns Lymphedema Certification
DELAND – Barbara Deering, Physical Therapist at Florida Hospital DeLand, is now a Certified Lymphedema Therapist through the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy.

Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy is an educational institution for training licensed health care professionals such as Deering to become experts in the treatment of pathologies related to the lymphatic system. Taught by the most experienced faculty in the field, Norton School students receive rigorous training in the Foeldi Method of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), the therapeutic system regarded as the "Gold Standard" for treating lymphedema by the International Society of Lymphology. Students become qualified to treat lymphedema (both primary and secondary), lipedema, phlebo-lymphostatic edema, chronic venous insufficiencies, and post traumatic edema.

“During this course, I was able to see the benefits this type of treatment can have to our patients who have undergone surgical procedures,” said Deering. “True Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of protein-rich fluid in the space between cells, which causes chronic inflammation and reactive fibrosis of the affected tissues. Unfortunately, lymphedema does not respond to common treatment for general edemas. Because of this, lymphedema treatment requires someone with specialized training to manage and teach patients how to care for their condition.”

Deering has more than 30 years of experience in Physical Therapy and has worked at Florida Hospital DeLand for three years. She is one of two physical therapists certified in Lymphedema management at Florida Hospital DeLand.

“With Florida Hospital DeLand’s Cancer Institute expanding last year, I decided to obtain my certification Lymphedema,” said Deering. “Lymphedema management can be used on a wide variety of patients, as it has the potential to improve someone’s life dramatically.”

Deering is also a Certified Kinesio Therapy Practitioner, certified Arthritis Foundation Exercise instructor and has completed continuing education in Women's Health for incontinence and pelvic pain. Deering, a DeLand resident, provides lymphedema services, along with her other niche programs at Florida Hospital DeLand’s Victoria Medical Park, located at 151 Victoria Commons Blvd, Suite 107, DeLand.

About Florida Hospital DeLand
Florida Hospital DeLand, located at 701 West Plymouth Avenue in DeLand, was established in 1962 and is a 156-bed full service hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services as well as 24-hour emergency and critical care. Florida Hospital DeLand is a part of the Adventist Health System; the largest Protestant not-for-profit hospital system in the nation and works to provide exceptional, patient-focused care to the DeLand community. The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, as well as Disease-Specific Care Certified by the Joint Commission in Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Surgery.  Florida Hospital DeLand is Chest Pain Accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and is a certified Stroke and PCI Center.  The hospital has also been recognized for the seventh consecutive year among the 2011 Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 Companies for Working Families. For more information about Florida Hospital DeLand, visit www.fhdeland.org.

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