Faculty Advisory Boards

Marina Maduro PT, DPT, WCC, CLT-LANA, MLD/CDT Instructor

Marina received her doctoral degree in 2011 from Shenandoah University in Virginia; and her BA in Physical Therapy in 1988 from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Marina is licensed as a DPT and was certified as a wound specialist by the Natl. Alliance of Wound Care (NAWC) in 2004. She specializes in wound care, lymphedema therapy and vascular rehabilitation, and has extensive experience in management and leadership. Marina is currently working at Baptist Hospital and various home health agencies in Miami, FL. Throughout her career, Marina has worked for several hospitals under various positions, including Assistant Director of the Rehabilitation Department, Director of the Lymphedema Program, Clinical Coordinator and Wound Care Center Supervisor. She received her certification as a MLD/CDT therapist from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 1996 and has been dedicated to lymphedema and wound care ever since. Since 1995 she has lectured about lymphedema, wound care and vascular rehabilitation in South American countries at different congresses and symposiums of Phlebology and Lymphology. Dr. Maduro joined the Academy of Lymphatic Studies as an instructor in 2007 and was promoted to Curriculum Director in 2012.

Kristin Rousseau PT, DPT, CLT, MLD/CDT instructor.

Kristin graduated with a doctorate of Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University in 2008. She completed her CLT training in 2010 through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies. Since that time she was worked full time in a hospital based outpatient therapy setting, treating all forms of lymphedema and vascular related patient diagnoses. She joined ACOLS in 2021 as an instructor and is excited to travel, meet new clinicians and educate them on the comprehensive treatment of patients with lymphedema.

Melinda "Danette" Chancellor PT, CLT-ALM-LANA, MLD/CDT Instructor

Danette graduated from Texas Woman's University in 1988 with a bachelor of science in physical therapy. She became a certified lymphedema therapist in 2011 and received her advanced lymphedema management in 2019 both through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies. Danette works at a regional hospital in South Mississippi where the lymphedema, lipedemia population, as well as vascular disorders are often undiagnosed and under served. She works to bring a more comprehensive treatment approach to these populations by educating, not only her patients but also the local medical professionals. Danette joined the Academy of Lymphatic Studies as an instructor in 2021 and plans to continue educating other health care professionals in the proper management of lymphedema.

Trudy Ferguson-Pitters, PT, MHSA, MLD/CDT Instructor

Trudy is the Coordinator of the Lymphedema Program at Aventura Hospital, Aventura, FL. She received her BS in Physical Therapy in 1991 from the University of Toronto, Ontario. She pursued her Master's Degree in Health Services Administration at Nova Southeastern University and is a licensed Physical Therapist in Canada as well as the United States. Trudy coordinates the Lymphedema Management Program at Aventura Hospital in Aventura, FL where her focus has been on the promotion of Lymphedema Care at support groups and facility meetings. Trudy joined the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 1999 as an Associate Instructor, she is also a faculty member of a private college in Fort Lauderdale, Florida a member of the APTA, FPTA, NLN and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

John Jordi, PTA, BS, CLT-LANA, MLD/CDT Instructor

John received his PTA degree in 1993 from St. Catherine's College in Minneapolis, MN and his certification as an MLD/CDT therapist in 1999 from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies. He has devoted his practice to full time lymphedema treatment since his certification. Since 2002, John has been the lymphedema program coordinator at Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation Services in Chattanooga, TN. In addition to the outpatient lymphedema program, he developed and manages a specialized inpatient program for stage 3 lymphedema patients. In 2007, John received his BS in Business Administration from Bryan College in Dayton, TN. He also joined the Academy of Lymphatic Studies as an assistant instructor in 2007 and completed instructor training in 2008. John's interest in lymphedema extends to patient advocacy and community education. He organizes and facilitates a bimonthly educational support group, and he initiated an endowment fund to assist patients with the cost of compression garments. John is a member of the NLN and has presented at professional and patient conferences.

Thomas Bucklew, P.T., MBA, CLT-LANA, MLD/CDT Instructor

Thomas received his BS in Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University in Cheney Washington in 1991. Practice areas have included orthopedics, especially foot-related issues, Lymphedema and swelling disorders and, more recently, practices in both a Home Care setting and in an Acute Care setting for Dignity Health in Folsom, California. Additionally, Thomas is heading the development of a Lymphedema program for his current employer. He is a member of the NLN and the NSCA. Additionally, he received extensive skin and wound care management education from the Wound Care Education Institute. Thomas joined the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 2008 as an assistant instructor, completing instructor training in 2009.

Frank Aviles, Jr., PT, CWS, FACCWS, CLT, AWCC, MLD/CDT & Wound Care Instructor

Frank received his Bachelor degree in Physical Therapy from Florida A&M University in 1991, his Certified Wound Specialist through the American Academy of Wound Management and his Certified Lymphedema Therapist designation from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies. Currently he is the Wound Care Service Line Director for Natchitoches Regional Medical Center in an administrative & a clinical role overseeing and providing direction for wound care services throughout the continuum of care. Since graduation, Frank's passion has allowed him to lecture at the academic level, nationally, and internationally about wound care & lymphedema. Frank has been a member of the APTA since 1990 & serves as the APTA Wound Management Section practice chair, he continues to publish articles, is an editorial board member & columnist ("Let's Be Frank") for Today's Wound Clinic magazine, is a wound care advisor & consultant for various companies, and is involved with a variety of wound care related projects. Frank became a Wound Instructor for the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 2012 and MLD/CDT Instructor in 2015.

Laura Castroviejo, PT, CLT, MLD/CDT Instructor

Laura received her MS in Kinesiology and Physiatry from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1996 and she is a licensed PT in the State of Florida. She received her University Professor Degree from Barcelo University in 2002 and has lectured about lymphedema, MLD and rehabilitation of patients with venous disorders at different seminars and congresses. She has also instructed physical therapy students at different universities in Buenos Aires. Since 1996 she has been dedicated to the training and education in lymphedema management (MLD and Compression therapy) in South American countries and the US. She has worked for several medical centers and hospitals coordinating lymphedema treatment programs and support groups in Florida. She is currently working with home health patients and she is the Director of Kinetic Rehab, Inc. in Miami, FL. Laura received her training in MLD/CDT at the Academy of Lymphatic Studies.

Kirat Shah, PT, MPT, WCC, CLT-LANA, MLD/CDT Instructor

Kirat received his Master’s degree in physical therapy from Loma Linda University in Southern California in 2009. He is a Geriatric Enhanced Modality(GEM) clinical specialist with Aegis Therapies overlooking facilities in the states of Virginia and Maryland. He is also a certified wound care trainer and a bronze level clinical leader within the company which is spread over 37 states. Currently he is also a member of the Wound Council for Golden Living, as a representative of the therapy services. He received his lymphedema certification from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 2012 and his wound care certification in 2013 from the National Alliance of Wound Care (NAWC). Kirat has been an active member of the APTA and state chapter since 2012 and the clinical electrophysiology and wound care since 2014. He is also an active member of the NLN (National Lymphedema Network). He received his LANA certification in 2014. He is actively involved in the training and education in regards to lymphedema in the USA and currently attempting to take the education to India. He joined the Academy as an assistant instructor (instructor in training) in August 2014 and became a certified instructor in January 2015.

Virtu Arora, DPT, CLT-ALM, MLD/CDT/ALM Instructor

Virtu Arora has been a practicing for over 25 years as a Physical Therapist and is currently working for Stanford Health Care-Valley Care. She became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 2006 and has been working passionately with Lymphedema patients ever since.

Meenu Jethwani, OTR/L, CLT, MLD/CDT Instructor

Meenu Jethwani has been a practicing Occupational Therapist for over 30 years. She became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 2007 and has been working passionately with Lymphedema patients ever since. Meenu was the first to establish several Lymphedema clinics in North Central Florida region that has served thousands of patients. Meenu Jethwani is the Founder and Executive Director of HELP - an organization fighting for lymphedema patients, increasing awareness, and providing direct support for patients. She has been featured in the media, authored guest articles, and led lymphedema awareness programs for both healthcare providers and the general public. Over the course of her career, she has worked in a broad diversity of roles, establishing lymphedema management programs in multiple nursing homes, home healthcare and leading outpatient rehabilitation centers. She currently leads the lymphedema program for her employer and has now joined the Academy of Lymphatic Studies as an instructor in March, 2021. Meenu continues to draw upon and add to her comprehensive repertoire furthering her involvement in lymphedema treatment, advocacy, and education.

Tracy Cisneros PT, DPT, CLT, LMT, CDT/MLD Instructor

Tracy began work as a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Texas in 2004. She concentrated in orthopedic and pain management facilities while pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Sports Science from Texas State University. She obtained her CLT certification in January 2017 and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Texas State University later that year. She started her career as a Physical Therapist in an outpatient hospital based facility. Her full time focus is on Lymphedema management and prevention in Waco, Texas. She enjoys serving Oncology populations, primarily breast cancer and head & neck cancers. She also created a lower extremity program to serve the greater Waco area. Her passions include educating clinicians to raise awareness of Lymphedema and the opportunity to care holistically for people.

Dr. Nevein Elagamy, MB. ChB, PT, DPT, CLT-ALM-LANA, MLD/CDT Instructor

Nevein received her medical degree/bachelor’s degree in Internal Medicine and Surgery (MB. ChB) from Tanta University Medical School in Egypt. She practiced medicine as a Certified Dermatologist, specializing in Dermatology, Venerology, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, for several years in Egypt before moving to the United States. After relocating to the States, she earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Florida A& M University. During her DPT education, she got fascinated with lymphedema, wound care management, and vestibular Rehab. She received her Certification in Complete Decongestive Therapy training and Advanced Lymphedema Management training with the Academy. Since then, she has been practicing as a CLT-ALM at Tallahassee Memorial Outpatient Neuro Rehab-Lymphedema Clinic. Nevein has 20+ years of experience in the medical field playing different roles in the preventive healthcare models, both in Egypt and in the United States. In addition, she participated as a co-researcher in multiple medical research on diverse dermatological diagnoses in Egypt. Moreover, she has been a speaker in many medical conferences and symposiums, lecturing on varied medical topics. In 2021, Nevein became a certified CDT/MLD Instructor for the Academy of Lymphatic Studies.

Damien Archambeau, LMT, MLD-C, MLD Instructor

Corporate Controller for TruMantra Education Group Damien A. Archambeau is a BCTMB and LMT of 20 years who specializes in therapeutic massage and rehabilitative massage therapy. Academically, he completed a degree in Applied Sciences with focus in Massage Therapy. Damien originally was introduced to the industry through his internationally accomplished grandfather, Masso- therapist, James Dispoto. Damien’s love of massage guided him to advance his knowledge in massage therapy to the next generation of massage therapists. Therefore, over the last 10 years, Damien ventured into the education sector of massage therapy as an educator and developed an advanced massage CE course called Myokinesio Therapy. Damien’s tenure and growth with the TruMantra Education Group saw him evolve into the role of the National Director of Career Services, and later into the position of the TruMantra Education’s Groups Corporate Controller. Additionally, Damien’s expertise as a business owner over the last 20 years enhances his role and performance as a Controller for the TruMantra Education Group. Damien chose to expand skills as a therapist in Manual Lymphatic Draining through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies and joined the team in 2021 as an instructor.

Morgan Strong, LMT, MLD-C, MLD Instructor

Morgan is a licensed massage therapist and massage educator that brings a passion and enthusiasm to his classes that is hard to match. He mixes high energy with depth of knowledge to immerse students in a creative and educational experience. As an educator, his focus is on enhancing skills and helping each therapist grow in their own unique styles. Morgan was educated at the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Mt. Kisco, NY and holds license to practice in both New York and Arizona. Morgan is a massage instructor at the Arizona School of Integrative Studies, where he enjoys working and developing students into new therapists. He is a Board Approved Continuing Education Provider through NCBTMB, and also teaches with Advanced BodyWork Education and LMT Success Group. He is the owner of Integrative Manual Bodywork, a practice that takes an integrative approach to manual therapy focusing on pain management, injury rehabilitation, and life in general.  Morgan became a certified MLD instructor for ACOLS in 2021.

Nouf Al-Dhwayan, SPT, CLT, MLD/CDT Instructor

Academy of Lymphatic Studies Instructor/Affiliate - Saudi Arabia

Nouf received her Bachelor degree in Physical therapy from King Saud University, Riyadh, and college of applied medical sciences in 1996. She worked as physical therapist in both in and outpatient neurology and oncology for 4 years and received her CDT certification in May 2000 at the Academy of Lymphatic Studies. Since then she is working and specializing in that field. Nouf received an advanced course at the Lymphology congress in Genoa, Italy Sept 2001. She is a member of the ISL and the NLN and regularly lectures to medical professionals and PT students on lymphedema management.

Nilüfer KABLAN, PT, PhD, CLT, WCC, MLD/CDT Instructor

Academy of Lymphatic Studies Instructor/Affiliate - Turkey

Mrs. Kablan graduated from Hacettepe University (Turkey), SBF, Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation in 1998. She completed her Master Science studies in the field of Exercise Physiology at Middle East Technical University in 2004, and also her doctorate (PhD) studies in the field of Sports Health at Marmara University in 2018. With the training she received from Foeldi School in 2008, she became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and began working in this field. Mrs. Kablan received additional training, including "How to Take Measurements for Compression Garments" from BSN-Jobst Institute in 2009 and "Advanced Wound Management" from Lohmann & Raucher Institute in 2010. In 2015, she completed "Wound Care and Compression Therapy in Venous Ulcers" from Jobst Academy Turkey and the Complete Lymphedema Certification (MLD/CDT) course from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in the United States. Also in 2015, she began her instructor training for the Academy of Lymphatic Studies. She became a certified instructor for the Academy and began teaching in Turkey in 2016. Having fulfilled studies intensely with the lymphatic and phlebolithic patient groups since 2007, she has gained a competent clinical experience in this field as well. She is currently working as a Asst. Prof. Dr. at Health Sciences University.

Claire Hofstetter, LMT, MLD-C, MLD Instructor

Claire completed massage training at the Arizona School of Integrative Studies (ASIS Massage Education) in Prescott, AZ in 2012. She also studied at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and ultimately completed her bachelors at Northern Arizona University. She has worked in clinical, rehabilitative settings throughout her career. She has conducted movement evaluation and education and how it relates to dysfunctional patterns in the body. Facilitating healing and promoting restoration, vitality, grace, and a sense of well-being is her goal! She currently works with ASIS Massage Education as an administrator assisting with day to day operations and also as an educator. She also has her own practice working alongside a physical therapy team serving Scottsdale and the greater Phoenix area in her state of Arizona.

Ana M. Soto, MD

Medical Advisor for Academy of Lymphatic Studies


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