Carmen (Thompson) Recupero, BS, LPTA, CMT, CLT, is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and Certified Massage Therapist, with a specialty certification in lymphatic therapy. She has over 20 years experience in inpatient and outpatient lymphatic therapy to clients with a variety of diagnoses through her practice Lymphatic Care Specialists, LLC. She has taught continuing education and leadership courses since 2008. Mrs. Recupero has worked in a variety of healthcare settings over the last 22 years, both as a clinician and in administration.
She served as Director of Rehabilitation Services at Tandem Health Care in Floyd, Virginia, and Facility/Area Administrator of Rehabilitation at Prism Rehab Systems, overseeing therapists, program development and patient care for orthopedic and neurological patients. Mrs. Recupero has conducted state and national presentations on a variety of clinical programs and then coaches the C-suite on the implementation process and change management around those clinical initiatives.
Carmen is an MBA candidate at UVA/Darden School of Business and earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management from California College of Health Sciences, National City, California, and an Associate of Science in Physical Therapy (Magna Cum Laude) from Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Roanoke, Virginia. She completed a 140-hour certification course in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy through the Upledger Institute. She is also a WCC certified wound care specialist through the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy. She is an executive business coach as well, specializing in healthcare corporation team development and strategic planning/program implementation.
Mrs. Recupero continues to further her education annually by attending national and international seminars to stay current with the latest research findings on lymphedema. Carmen studied at the Vodder School in Austria in July of 2014 to advance her skills.
Her training program was recognized by the National Lymphedema Network in 2010, is a sponsor of the Lymphology Association of North America and she looks forward to the continued development of her programs to educate and train medical professionals in order that they might better help people with lymphatic disorders.
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