Polly Armour studied Applied Ecology at Rutgers University, and worked as an environmental scientist while operating an organic farm in New York’s Hudson Valley.  In 2013, she discovered she had lipedema, eventually undergoing WAL liposuction with Dr. Josef Stutz.  Afterwards, sheacted as a “patient pilot,” helping American women with lipedema navigate the journey to Germany, and she realized how badly we need this treatment in the States, since many people cannot make a trip overseas. Through her company Stutz Lipedema Services LLC, she assists Dr Stutz’s patients, plans his teaching trips, and advocates for women with Lipedema.
  John R. Bartholomew, MD is Section Head of Vascular Medicine and Medical Director of the Thrombosis Center in the Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is board-certified for the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Vascular Medicine. He is Professor of Medicine for the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.  He is a Master of the Society for Vascular Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and a member of the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Society, American Society of Hematology and International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis.
 

Michael Bernas, MS is an Associate Scientific Investigator at the University of Arizona. He joined the research lab of Drs. Charles and Marlys Witte in 1989 and continues today as Director. Mike has numerous publications, book chapters, and presentations in both basic and clinical lymphology, multiple research grants, and extensive involvement in training student researchers. He has multiple National and International awards, honors, and memberships and is the Executive Editor of the Journal of Lymphology. His current work encompasses research in both basic and clinical lymphology and he loves to teach, explore new things, and live in a world of questions.

Sarah M. Bramblette, MSHL, serves on the boards of the Lymphedema Advocacy Group, the National Lymphedema Network (NLN) and the Obesity Action Coalition. She is currently utilizing her advocacy skill to lobby for the passage of the Lymphedema Treatment Act. Living with both Lipedema and Lymphedema she writes about her life experiences at born2lbfat.com to spread awareness about her conditions while advocating for improved diagnosis, treatment, and insurance coverage for obesity and fat disorders. Her advocacy earned her the honor of being 2014 OAC Member of the Year. She has appeared on the syndicated daytime television show The Doctors, and in March 2015 she gave a talk at TEDxNSU titled Breaking Bias.
 

Andrea Brennan, OTD, OTR/L, CLT-LANA, CI-CS, WCC is the founder of the Brennan School of Innovative Lymphatic Studies offering the Casley-Smith treatment method of lymphovascular disorders. She is an occupational therapist, a post-professional clinical doctorate in occupational therapy with a specialty in lymphedema practice management. She has more than 35 years of practice with an exclusive lymphovascular practice since 1996. She travels to international destinations, including teaching at the University of Glasgow and volunteering in South America.The Brennan School of Innovative Lymphatic Studies spearheads evidence-informed training and certification in lymphedema, lipedema, venous insufficiency and chronic swelling.

 

Marcia V. Byrd, MD is the Medical Director and co-founder of Byrd Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Center in Roswell, Georgia.  A pioneer in minimally invasive anti-aging procedures and techniques, Dr. Byrd is heralded as a leader in the field of aesthetic enhancements.  She holds a medical degree from the University of South Alabama Medical College and trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Alabama Medical Center.  Dr. Byrd is board certified by the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine and has been performing body sculpting techniques for over 25 years.

 

Rachelle Crescenzi, PhD, Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science, is the recipient of a post-doctoral grant from the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) and Fat Disorders Research Society (FDRS), which aims to characterize internal lymphatic structural and functional differences in women with lipedema in distinction from those who are obese.  She works as part of a group of researchers and clinicians interested in using quantitative imaging and bed-side biophysical equipment to measure the benefits of physical therapy treatment for patients suffering from breast cancer related lymphedema.   She is developing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) metrics that are sensitive to lymphedema, or swelling due to lymphatic impairment.

 

Steven M. Dean, DO, FACP, RPVIis a Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine and Program Director of Vascular Medicine at The Ohio State University Medical Center.  He is also Director of the Peripheral Vascular Laboratory at the OSU Heart Centers at Stoneridge Upper Arlington, and Gahanna Medical Centers.  Dr. Dean has published numerous original manuscripts in peer reviewed journals as well as textbooks. Additionally, he has edited three textbooks in the last six years including the recently released “Color Atlas and Synopsis of Vascular Disease.”

  Joanna E. Dudek is a psychologist, psychotherapist and nutritionist from Poland, currently PhD Candidate at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. In her research she is interested in psychological aspects of quality of life in women with lipedema.
  Chuck Ehrlich, MS, MBA is a researcher and writer for Lymph Notes and a coauthor of Lymphedema and Lipedema Nutrition Guide (Lymph Notes, 2016) along with Dr. Iker, Dr. Herbst, Linda-Anne Kahn, et al. His background includes explaining many complex topics, teaching, and consulting. He received his MS from Case Western Reserve University and his MBA from University of San Francisco.
 

Clair A. Francomano, MD received her M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed her training in Internal Medicine and Medical Genetics at Johns Hopkins.  After serving on the faculty at Johns Hopkins and at the NIH, she joined the Greater Baltimore Medical Center as Director of Adult Genetics at the Harvey Institute of Human Genetics.  Dr. Francomano has been involved in the care of patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome throughout her career.  She is currently the Director of the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation Center for Clinical Care and Research at the Harvey Institute.

  Jay Granzow, MD, M.P.H., F.A.C.S. is an internationally known lipedema and lymphedema surgeon Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and Head and Neck Surgery.   He currently serves as Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and Assistant Chief of Plastic Surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.  A pioneer in lipedema and lymphedema surgery, Dr. Granzow speaks at many national and international conferences and has published numerous scientific articles in leading medical journals.  He uses an integrated treatment system consisting of lymphatic-sparing surgery and specialized therapy to achieve maximum results in his patients. 
 

 

  Karen Herbst, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona and leader of the Treatment, Research and Education of Adipose Tissue (TREAT) Program working to better understand, diagnose, and treat adipose tissue disorders. Her research and clinical practice focus on lymphatic issues, lipedema, and other adipose tissue disorders. She is also an active fat and lymphatic disease advocate, see her blog: www.lipomadoc.org.
 

Emily Iker, MD is Director of the Lymphedema Center in Santa Monica, California for the past 25 years. She is not only a medical specialist in the field on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation but understands lymphedema on a personal level as a cancer survivor and lymphedema patient. She received her medicaldegree from St. Georgia’s University and advanced training in physical medicine, rehabilitation and holistic medicine. She specializes in clinical diagnosis, management and treatment of lymphatic/lipid disorders at the Lymphedema Center in Santa Monica.

  Linda-Anne Kahn CIDESCO HHP CLT-LANA NCTMB, CMT, CHNC is a Lymphedema Therapist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Integrative Health Coach, Certified Nutritional Consultant and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist.  She has specialized in the treatment of Dercum’s Disease and lipedema for over 25 years.  She holds an international certification as a Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist and Lymphedema Specialist from the Dr. Vodder School, the Foeldi Clinic, and Drs. Judith and John Casley-Smith.  She is the founder and President of Lymphatic Therapy services, Beauty Kliniek Aromatherapy Day Spa and Varenya Essentials in San Diego, California.  Ms. Kahn is a stage 1 lipedema patient. 
  Leslyn Keith, OTD, CLT-LANA, has a Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy with an emphasis on lymphedema and obesity. She was certified as a Lymphedema Therapist in 2000 and became LANA-certified in 2001. Dr. Keith has started four lymphedema therapy programs in California including two in private practice. In addition to treating lymphedema and other lymphatic disorders, she currently researches, consults, and lectures on lymphedema, lipedema, and obesity nationally. She is an instructor for Klose Training.  Professional memberships include: American Occupational Therapy Association, National Lymphedema Network, Lymphology Association of North America, Obesity Medicine Association, and International Society of Lymphology.
  Todd Malan, MD
 

Elizabeth McMahon, PhD is a clinical psychologist with more than 30 years of experience and frequent speaker to medical and general audiences. She is the author of Overcoming the Emotional Challenges of Lymphedema and coauthor of Living Well with Lymphedema, Voices of Lymphedema, Lymphedema Caregiver's Guide, and Lymphedema and Lipedema Nutrition Guide. She received her PhD from Case Western Reserve University. Currently she has a private practice in San Francisco (www.Elizabeth-McMahon.com).

 

Peggy Merrill, B.S. Exercise and Sport Science, CPT is a Fitness Professional who has been in the industry for 30 years. Her specialties include restorative exercise, balance, diabetes prevention, weight loss, strength training, and integrative movement. Peggy enjoys dancing, being a mom of college age students and taking hikes with her husband and three rescue dogs. She also has lipedema and is excited to share what she has learned as a lippy lady working in health and wellness industry.

 

Jaime Schwartz, MD, FACS is board-certified in plastic surgery, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  After earning a bachelor degree in cellular and molecular biology from Tulane University, Dr. Schwartz went on to attend Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he remained to complete a 6-year plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Schwartz then went on to further his expertise by completing a fellowship in advanced breast and body aesthetics at the internationally renowned Cleveland Clinic, where he held an appointment as a clinical instructor.

 

Shannon Seeberg, VP Communications, Lipedema Foundation, received her B.A. in Communications from Hofstra University in 1998. She began her career in the Entertainment business supporting celebrities including Howard Stern, Amy Irving, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. She then shifted her focus to the Financial Sector where for nearly 10 years she served as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of CLEAR and Arience Capital. Now, she primarily focuses her time on consulting and freelance work supporting families, individuals and companies with their day-to-day organization and management. Shannon, a Long Island native, now resides in Connecticut with her husband and 2 small children.

  Nadiv Shapira, MD was an adult Cardiac Surgeon for over twenty years. He became intrigued by Lipedema in 2013.  After studying with Dr. Stutz, a renowned German surgeon and one of the world authorities on Lipedema, he now offers Water-Jet Assisted Liposuction, a lymph-preserving liposuction, to women from all over the U.S. Dr. Shapira utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to treating Lipedema including treating venous insufficiency and managing lymphedema.  He is currently preparing for the 2017 American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medical Examination.
 

Mindy Smith, a graduate from Indiana University with degrees in education and library science was a school librarian in Boulder, Colorado. She struggled with weight, losing and gaining 100s of pounds since childhood, but not understanding why her legs kept getting bigger.  After discovering lipedema in 2015, she sought insurance coverage for liposuction for lipedema. She appealed for coverage and won approval for pre-authorization of surgery and reimbursement for self-payments.  She refused to accept “NO, we don’t cover that.” After multiple appeals, her insurance company was told by MEDICARE to cover liposuction for lipedema, based on medical necessity.

  S. Scott Tapper, MD  Undergraduate; Brown University 1982 Medical School: University of Pittsburgh, 1986 Surgical resident and Vascular Surgery fellowship: Vanderbilt Univ Hospital, 1986-1993 Private Practice Vascular Surgery Stuart, Florida 1993-present
 

Thomas Wright, MD, FACP, RVT is the medical director of Laser Lipo and Vein Center in Saint Louis, MO. He is board-certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Wright received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Psychology from Duke University.  He received his medical degree with honors from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He completed his residency at the University of Alabama, Birmingham and received appointment as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. Dr. Wright brings a multidisciplinary approach to treating all causes of edema from treating venous insufficiency to managing lymphedema and Lipedema.