Full Manual Lymphatic Drainage/CDP Certification

March 7, 2020

March 15, 2020

8:30 am To 4:30 pm

1600 Roanoke Street, Christiansburg, VA, USA


(540) 357-2084


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Event Description

We will be teaching the full MLD/CDP 135 hour certification program in three parts. Part II and III are live seminars. We offer certification classes across the United States. Email us for the most up-to-date schedule of course offerings or visit our website calendar.  Please contact us directly about attending a short portion of the program for knowledge without certification.

Part I: Includes an extensive background/instruction in lymphatic anatomy/physiology and all of the basic manual techniques. This section of the course program is a home study you may begin at any time.

Part II: (MLD Certification) A live seminar that continues on from the general introduction of the lymphatic system and superficial treatment to lymphatic drainage of the deeper tissues and deep organ drainage. Specific treatment techniques of lymphatic disorders are covered. These techniques can give you profound results with your complex clients.

Part III: Covers all of the basic compression bandaging principles in keeping with Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) as well as a garment fitter training program. Some complex bandaging techniques will also be covered. This is especially helpful when limbs are not uniform shape and it helps relate techniques to real-life applications.

Part III is specifically designed for those who want extensive training on compression bandaging techniques that have proven to be so beneficial for swelling disorders. You will learn how to properly and safely wrap upper and lower extremities, as well as compression techniques for the trunk, genitalia and face. Each therapist will have the opportunity to complete a certification as a compression “fitter” for one of the major garment retailers at no extra cost. We will also include a review of Part II and III in preparation for the certification exam and will discuss what the national LANA exam certification entails.


Carmen Recupero

About the Instructor

Carmen 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 25 years of experience in leadership roles with hospitals/health systems, long-term care, health care start-ups, and a principal at a continuing education and consulting business. In 2010, Carmen created Monarch Continuing Education, one of only seven nationwide training programs for allied health certifications, and has taught hundreds of students in her lymphatic certification courses. She has been a presenter for Cross Country/ Vyne Education since 2008, lecturing on various topics in healthcare management in leadership.

Since 2008, Carmen has been the owner/director of Lymphatic Care Specialists, LLC, a full-service oncology clinic serving patients in Virginia. Carmen also worked for Kindred Healthcare from 1996-2005. During her time with Kindred, Carmen developed and grew employee development programs starting with on-boarding and expanding the continuum to develop employees as leaders as well as C-Suite executive coaching, in addition to providing strategic vision and oversight of rehabilitation services in the South East region, by adding and expanding outpatient and home health services.

Carmen is an MBA graduate 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.

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, 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. Carmen currently lives in Virginia with her husband and 2 children. She enjoys traveling, hiking with her dogs and outdoor activities.

Registration Details

You may register online, or please email Carmen at [email protected]

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Lymphatic Massage

Developed in France in the 1930s, manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a gentle massage technique that helps drain lymph and the waste products it carries. It is commonly used to treat lymphedema, but it can also help maintain a healthy body and encourage soft tissue healing. It is a popular compliment to sports, medical and deep tissue massages.

Manual lymphatic drainage is one of the simplest yet most practical techniques you can learn through continuing education courses. You can expect comprehensive learning about the lymph system as a whole and an in-depth look at the causes of lymphedema. Some courses teach the basic technique only, but many focus on its benefits in sports massage, post-surgical care and as an alternative therapy for chronic illness.