CERTIFIED LYMPHEDEMA THERAPISTS
Individuals with chronic edema have varied needs and practitioners require specific education and certification in order to provide appropriate and individualized treatment and care.
Pathways Physical & Occupational Therapy treats Lymphedema and associated disorders with a specialized treatment technique called Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). Monica Moskowitz, Physical Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist and Elyce Shwom, Occupational Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist opened their facility after recognizing that there were few certified medical professionals who treated these disorders, especially on the south shore of Long Island.
Many patients suffering from lymphedema are cancer survivors. These patients have endured many months of intensive, difficult treatments. They think their ordeal is over and then they get lymphedema, a secondary side effect of those same treatments. For some this is worse than the cancer diagnosis itself because it requires life long attention. Our goal is to provide a stress-free environment and assist our patients in any way we can. Pathways offers flexible hours, consultations, and customized treatment plans.
Our relationship with patients does not end when treatment ends. Ongoing support is always available and includes remeasurement, garment assessment, and review of self management programs.
I decided to become a Physical Therapist when I was 12 years old. I never wavered from this decision and graduated from Hunter College with my PT degree at 21 years of age. I started my career in the Brooklyn Veterans Administration Hospital. I have since spent over 35 years loving what I do while working in every possible setting from home care to nursing homes. In 2007 my best friend underwent a bilateral mastectomy and soon after needed treatment for lymphedema in one arm. Each day she traveled 45 minutes each way to the closest facility. At that time I had never even heard of Complete Decongestive Therapy. I felt an immediate desire to learn more and bring treatment to my own community. I took my initial training in the Leduc method at NYU Medical Center. The visiting therapist from the Coast to Coast School of Lymphatic Management, was accompanied by Dr. Stanley Rockson, Director of Lymphatic and Venous Disorders at Stanford University, a leading authority in the field. Shortly after receiving my certification, Pathways was born.
All schools of Complete Decongestive Physiotherapy share basic foundations, the differences lie in the specific techniques used. Never one to settle for one opinion, I also became certified in the Vodder technique. Dual training allows me to customize my approach based on each individual patient’s needs. Throughout my professional career, I have prided myself on being knowledgeable and skilled. It is also of utmost importance to me that my patient’s feel comfortable and secure in the knowledge that I will go above and beyond in their care.
Elyce Shwom, OTRL, CLT
Graduated from Dominican College in Blauvelt, New York with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She is Certified in Complete Decongestive Therapy, Dr. Leduc Method, from the Coast to Coast School of Lymphatic Management. Dr. Stanley Rockson, Professor of Medicine and Director of Lymphatic and Venous Disorders at Stanford University, is closely associated with the program and was a guest speaker at the certification course.
Elyce’s career as an Occupational Therapist has included experience as a supervisor in sub acute rehabilitation facilities. In addition she has worked in home care settings and provided private consultation services. It was while working in sub-acute rehabilitation that Elyce and Monica’s professional relationship began. They decided that they should combine their varied experiences and continued educational endeavors. Pathways PT & OT was formed to serve the needs of individuals suffering from Lymphedema and related disorders.