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Is All Edema Lymphedema? With Dr. Heather Hettrick

Published: 5 March, 2022

All edema is a result of lymphatic dysfunction (either acute or chronic, temporary, or permanent) and recognized clinically as lymphedema; all edema is lymphedema. A simple statement, yet controversial in many circles. This fundamental scientific principle of modern lymphatic medicine is a pivotal key to moving lymphedema therapy and wound management forward to an integrated model of care. 

This webinar explains this paradigm shift through the lens of the VAIL (interconnection of the Venous, Arterial, Integumentary and Lymphatic systems) and endothelial glycocalyx layer, with an emphasis on the clinical implications.

About our Speaker

Dr. Heather Hettrick is a Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Dr. Hettrick has been a licensed physical therapist since 1995.  She received her PhD in physical therapy in 2003 and has dedicated her entire professional career to integumentary function and dysfunction, becoming a key opinion leader on integumentary function, repair, and regeneration, as well as wound, lymphedema and burn management.  Dr. Hettrick’s diverse clinical background is complemented by experience in research, professional writing, and publication, speaking on the national and international circuit, volunteering on professional board organizations, consulting, lobbying for legislative change on Capitol Hill, organizing humanitarian work in Haiti, and creating entrepreneurial endeavors and medical devices for wound management. 

She is a Certified Wound Specialist (CWS), Advanced Wound Care Certified (AWCC), Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT), and internationally dual certified in Lymphedema and Wound Care (CLWT).  She is LANA credentialed by the Lymphology Association of North America. Dr. Hettrick is also a Comprehensive Oncology Rehabilitation Expert (CORE) and Experiential Learning Fellow. She has attended over 90 continuing education courses, authored over 30 journal articles, published 6 book chapters, and presented over 200 professional programs and conference presentations on various integumentary-related topics.

Dr. Hettrick is a Past President of the American Board of Wound Management and is a past Board and Executive Committee member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care. She is currently on the board of the World Alliance of Wound and Lymphedema Care, advisory board for the Why Wound Care Campaign and Editorial Board for Today’s Wound Clinic. Additionally, she is on the planning committee for the American Vein and Lymphatic Society as well as Symposium on Advanced Wound Care, and Faculty/Director of Wound Education for the International Lymphedema and Wound Training Institute.

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