Complete Decongestive Physiotherapy ("CDP") and Manual Lymph Drainage ("MLD") Treatment Options for Lymphedema Patients in New England

Because the choice of therapist is so important, each lymphedema patient is advised to check the credentials and training of their therapists. There are not yet any official training standards for CDP/MLD in the USA. However, the National Lymphedema Network (NLN) advises on its website ( "We feel that a minimum of 80 hours of instruction is desirable and that above 120 hours is ideal."

Some information about different schools, methods and courses teaching CDP/MLD:

See also: Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy in New Jersey, especially Guidelines for Patients.

Doctor-supervised CDP/MLD treatments:


Lahey Lymphedema Treatment Center (781) 273-8474
Lahey Clinic
41 Burlington Mall Road
Burlington, MA 01805
Physician: Dr. Nicholas Tsapatsaris, Vascular Medicine
N.P.: Cynthia Johnson
CDP therapists: Denise McIntosh, P.T. (Zuther, Vodder)
Jessica (Lloyd) McDevitt, P.T. (Lerner)
St. Elizabeth's Lymphedema Treatment Program (617) 562-7014
St. E's Medical Center
736 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02135
Physician: Dr. Kathleen Hogan
CDP therapists: Patrice Dykens (Lerner) (617) 562-5643
BayState Medical Center, Dept. of Rehab. (413) 794-7030
759 Chestnut Street
Springfield, MA 01199
Physicians: Dr. Gerda Maissel, Dr. Nicholas Spellman
CDP therapists: Michelle Provencher, OTR/L, CLT (413) 794-1387
Martha Harrington, PTA (Lerner, LANA)


Mercy Hospital
Lymphedema Center
144 State Street
Portland, ME 04101

Tel: (207) 879-3790
    Breast Health Resource Center Physicians:
  • Dr. Melinda Molin
  • Dr. Marta Quijano
Complete Decongestive Therapy Providers:
  • Kristin Richard, OTR/L (Lerner)
  • Elizabeth Huebener, RN (Lerner)
  • Sue Lehmus, OTR/L (Norton)
  • Agnes Sawyer, OTR/L (Lerner)
  • Danielle Allain, PT (Klose)
  • Angela Sclar, RN (Vodder)

CDP/MLD Treatments Available in Hospital Settings:


Athol Memorial Hospital (978) 249-6315
Athol, MA 01331

CDP/MLD therapist: Ruth Coopee, O.T. (Vodder)

BayState Medical Center, OT & PT Dept. (413) 794-7025
3300 Main Street, Suite 2A, Springfield, MA 01199

CDP/MLD therapist: Joanne Brown, OTR/L (Vodder)

Berkshire Medical Center, Rehab. Dept. (413) 447-2214
Pittsfield, MA 01201

CDP/MLD therapists: Patricia Doyle, O.T. (Vodder)
Bridget von Jeetze, MSPT (Vodder)

Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, Rehabilitation Services Department, 1153 Centre Street, Boston, MA 02130   (617) 983-7271

Therapists: Angela Serig, OTR/L, CHT, CLT-LANA (Norton), Melissa McDermott, PT, CLT-LANA (Norton), Patricia Cabral, PT, CLT-LANA (Norton) and Mary Troisi, PT, CLT (Norton)

CapeCod Hospital, Rehab. Center (508) 771-9600 x 226 or 243
130 North Street, Hyannis, MA 02601

CDP/MLD therapist: Brenna Quinn, OTR/L (Lerner, Klose)
Mary Lou Zurlinden, OTR/L (Klose)

Caritas Southwood Hospital in Norfolk (508) 668-0385 ext. 277
111 Dedham Street, Norfolk, MA

CDP/MLD therapists: Cindy Brennan, P.T. (Vodder)
Pauline Wilhite, P.T. (Vodder)

Cooley Dickinson Rehab Services (413) 527-7970
179 D Northhampton Street, Easthampton, MA

CDP/MLD therapists: Kathy J. Fleming, PT (Vodder, Foeldi)
Jane Truehart, PTA (Vodder), Karyn Shippee, PT (Vodder) Margaret Chappuis, PT (Vodder)

Emerson Hospital, Physical Therapy Dept. (978) 287-3760
133 ORNC, Concord, MA

CDP/MLD therapists: Eileen Maloney, P.T. (Feltman)

Emerson Hospital, Westford Site (978) 589-6850
133 Littleton Road, Westford, MA

CDP/MLD therapist: Leslie DeMers, P.T. (Feltman)
Gerry Dybel, P.T., Sc.D. (Miller)

Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital and Outpatient Center (508) 791-6351 ext. 103
Worcester, MA 01602

CDP/MLD therapist: Chris Joseph Mahoney, O.T. (Bergel)

Fallon Clinic (508) 856-9510
135 Gold Star Boulevard, Worcester, MA 01606

CDP/MLD therapist: Diane (Scheufele) Randazzo, P.T. (LeDuc)

Holy Family Hospital Outpatient Rehab Dept (978) 687-0156 x 2050
60 East St, Suite 3100, Methuen, Ma 01844

CDP/MLD therapists: Deb Stanisewski, PT (Norton)
Judi West, PT DPT (Norton)

Occupational Therapy Dept. (617) 983-7287

Stacey Perreault, O.T. (Miller, LeDuc)

Franklin Medical Center, BayState Rehab Care (413) 773-2227
48 Sanderson Street, Greenfield, MA

CDP/MLD therapist: Kara Jacobsen, P.T. (Vodder)

Health Alliance Burbank Hospital (978) 343-5015
275 Nichols Road, Fitchburg, MA 01420

CDP/MLD therapist: Laurie Collins, P.T. (Lerner)

Healthsouth at St. Joseph’s, Rehab. Dept. (978) 446-1565
220 Pawtucket Street, Lowell, MA 01854

CDP/MLD therapist: Gail Hall, P.T. (Bergel)

Heywood Hospital Rehab Center (978) 630-6900 ext. 6940
69 Pearson Blvd., Gardner, MA 01440

CDP/MLD therapist: Charlene Costa, O.T. (Lerner)

Kessler-Lerner Lymphedema Services (781) 444-1108
304 Chestnut Street, Needham MA 02492

CDP/MLD therapist: Terry McKeon, P.T. (Lerner)
Linda Wabrek , P.T. (Lerner)

Kessler-Lerner Lymphedema Services (508) 853-3339
440 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605

CDP/MLD therapist: Sally Pelak, P.T. (Lerner)

Mary Lane Hospital, BHS (413) 967-2181
85 South Street, Ware, MA 01082

CDP/MLD therapist: Laura Carson, P.T. (Lerner)

MetroWest Medical Center, Wellness Clinic (508) 271-2083
761 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701

CDP/MLD therapist: Bonnie Potter, P.T. (Chickly)

Newton/Wellesley Hospital, Rehab Dept. (617) 243-6172
2014 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02462

CDP/MLD therapist: Linda Dudis, P.T. (LeDuc)

Signature Healthcare/Brockton Hospital, Outpatient Rehab Dept.  (508)-941-7242
130 Quincy Ave, Brockton, MA 02302

Therapists: Wendy Foley,PT,CLT(Vodder) and Kathleen Tetrault, PT, CLT(Vodder)

Southcoast Rehab Services (508) 961-5460
101 Page Street, New Bedford, MA 02700

CDP/MLD therapist: Janet Gillis, P.T. (Feltman)

South Shore Hospital, Outpatient Rehab Dept. (781) 340-8140
55 Fogg Road, South Weymouth, MA 02190

CDP/MLD therapist: Trish Sweeney, O.T. (Bergel)

Saint Anne's Hospital Rehab Services (508) 646-9470:
222 Milliken Blvd., Fall River, MA 02720

Certified by the Academy of Lymphatic Studies: Diane da Silva, OTR/L, CLT and Jackie Cudmore, PTA/CLT

Winchester Hospital-Orthopedics Plus (978) 988-6025

CDP/MLD therapist: Katrina (Wollam) Brow, P.T., (Le Duc)

New Hampshire:

Catholic Medical Center (603) 641-6700
Outpatient Rehab
769 South Main St., Suite 201, Manchester, NH 03102

contact: Rebecca Hecox, MSPT, CLT-LANA
Lymphedema support group ongoing since Mar 6, 2015.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (603) 650-5978
1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH

CDP/MLD therapist: Charlene (Drake) Gates, P.T. (Lerner)

Frisbie Memorial Hospital (603) 335-8435
Rochester, NH 03867

CDP/MLD therapist: Tracey Huppe, P.T. (Vodder)

Southern New Hampshire Rehab, Outpatient Rehab (603) 577-8400
460 Amherst St., Nashua, NH 03063

CDP/MLD therapists: Kristine Olson, P.T. (Casley-Smith)
Linda Boucher-Mondale, O.T. (Lerner), Sondra Affolter, P.T. (Bergel)

Wentworth Douglas Hospital (603) 740-2101
789 Central Ave., Dover, NH 03820

CDP/MLD therapist: Linda Sheehan, P.T. (Lerner)

Rhode Island:

Roger Williams Medical Center (401) 456-2228
825 Chalkstone Ave., Providence,RI

CDP/MLD therapists: Kerri McMahon, P.T. (Lerner)
Emese Bod, P.T. (Lerner)

Rehab Hospital of Rhode Island (401) 766-0800 x 5219
116 Eddie Dowling Highway, N. Smithfield, RI 02895

CDP/MLD therapist: Elizabeth Miner, OTR (Zuther)


St. Joseph Hospital Lymphedema Clinic (207) 262- 2212
360 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04402-0403

CDP/MLD therapist: Sheryl Sparlin, R.N. (Lerner)
Nancy Fortin (Lerner)

Bennett Breast Care Center (207) 795- 2100
12 High Street, Suite 103, Lewiston, ME 04240

CDP/MLD therapists: Lorri Pelletier, OTR-L (Lerner, LANA)
Gisele Castonguay, RN, BSN (Zuther, LANA)

CDP/MLD Therapists Working Independently:



New Hampshire:

Rhode Island:



Other Resources for People with Lymphedema

Extra Wide Shoes

We recently discovered a shoe store dedicated to making wide shoes since 1951. The store is officially for men, but if comfort is more important than style, even women are likely to find something suitable. They can mail you a catalog, or you can visit their warehouse store in Hingham, Mass. Apparently this is the only such store in the US, so we are very lucky to have it in the Boston area. Hitchcock Shoes.

Unconventional Health Care

If you are looking for more, try starting at the UnDoctored web site. Although Dr. William Davis does not specialize in lymphedema, his overall strategies for optimizing health might still give you some relief, especially if you have high blood sugar, joint pain or a thyroid condition. Watch some of his free video presentations and/or read his books, Wheat Belly or Undoctored.

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