APTA Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology & Wound Management

Lymphedema Webinar

Title: Swell to Well: Wound Management for Patients Living with Lymphedema

Description: Lymphedema affects ~3 million people in the United States. This session will describe the anatomy/ physiology of the lymphatic system in relation to risks for developing wounds. Additionally, this session will focus on different types and stages of wounds commonly occurring in clients with lymphedema and outline wound interventions for this population.


  • Describe the background, anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system
  • Identify how to differentiate between edema and lymphedema
  • Explain risk factors and different types and stages of wounds that commonly occur in patients living with lymphedema
  • Outline wound management interventions and discuss case examples of people living with lymphedema

Speaker names and bios: Neely Sullivan, PT, CLT, has worked with diverse patient populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric in a variety of clinical settings.  She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and has most recently been responsible for the identification, implementation and evaluation of clinical programs in long-term care settings.  She currently provides continuing education support to 12,000 therapists nationwide as Director of Education for Select Rehabilitation. Neely has lectured nationally and at the state level on the topics of Lymphedema Management, Documentation, Denials Management, Wound Care Management, and The Role of Rehabilitation with the LTC Patient. She has authored publications focusing on edema and lymphedema management.  Neely conducts audits, quality improvement planning, and clinical training to Select Rehabilitation employees and customers monthly.

Annette Lucas, PT, CWS, became a Certified Wound Specialist® through the American Board of Wound Management in 2009.  Most recently she serves as a regional manager with Select Rehabilitation where she manages therapy services in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and Independent Living Communities.  For the past 15 years Annette has been a guest lecturer at the University of Scranton in their DPT program where she helped to develop their wound care modules that include basic wound management, modality intervention, debridement and sharp debridement, lab sections on wound assessments, modality use, sharp debridement skills, application of Unna Boots and use of hand held Doppler and specialized testing.    The last 2 years she has presented to students in Lackawanna College’s PTA program on basic wound management, modality intervention and documentation.    She has been a guest speaker at MGH Institute of Health Professionals in Boston, MA. and has presented nationally at the Internal Council of Active Aging annual meeting.  Ms. Lucas has presented CEU seminars on wound management and sharp debridement throughout Pennsylvania.  She has assisted skilled nursing facilities to coordinate their nursing and therapy services to provide an interdisciplinary approach to wound management throughout the country as part of her role on the education team with Select Rehabilitation.

Dr. Shelley Smith DiCecco, PT, PhD, CLT-LANA, CI-CS is the Director of Pelvic Floor and Lymphedema Services with the Sport Rehabilitation Center. She completed her Masters of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Augustine in 2000 and her PhD from Texas Woman’s University in 2012. She became a Woman’s Health Specialist for Pelvic Floor Disorders in 2000, a Certified Lymphedema Therapist in 2001, a Lymphology Association of North America Certified Therapist in 2013, and a Certified Casley-Smith International Lymphedema Instructor in 2016. Dr. DiCecco has been an instructor in several continuing education courses and seminars, and presented at community events on Lymphedema, Pelvic Floor Disorders, and other Orthopedic conditions over the years. She has published articles in multiple journals on Lymphedema and Pelvic Floor Disorders and has contributed a chapter in a book on lymphedema.


Registration rates:

$25 for Academy members

$50 for other APTA members

$75 for non-APTA members

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