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Marisa Perdomo, PT, DPT, MS, CCES, CES is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California and has over 30 years of clinical practice focusing on orthopedic, oncologic and lymphatic dysfunctions. She received her lymphedema training and certification from the Foldi Clinic in Hinterzarten Germany in 1997. Dr. Perdomo also has extensive training in all areas of orthopedic manual therapy via the North American Institute of Manual Therapy. She received her Master’s and Clinical Doctorate degrees at the University of Southern California where she developed a physical therapy practice for cancer survivors at the USC Faculty Practice. Dr. Perdomo integrates manual lymphatic mobilization techniques with her orthopedic manual therapy background and provides a unique intervention protocol for individuals with orthopedic related peripheral edema.

At USC Dr. Perdomo developed the curricular content regarding the management of oncological related impairments that includes evaluation, examination and treatment of peripheral edema. Additional teaching responsibilities include Differential Diagnosis, Cardiopulmonary and Medical Conditions, and Pharmacology. She also serves on the steering committee for the USC Institute of Integrated Health and has developed yoga based physical therapy interventions for individuals recovering from cancer. Her scholarly interests include oncology rehabilitation, and management of peripheral edema. Publications include systematic reviews of outcome measures for survivors of breast cancer.

Her scholarly work and peer-reviewed publications include topics such as Breast Cancer related physical therapy outcomes via the EDGE Task Force, Integrating Edema Management into Entry level DPT and the first clinical practice guidelines for lymphedema titled  "Diagnosis of Upper Quadrant Lymphedema Secondary to Cancer: Clinical Practice Guideline from the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association”. She also is the author of several book chapters regarding the Diagnosis of edema for physical therapists as well as an overview of lymphedema and several other peer-review papers.

 
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Lisa VanHoose, PT, PhD, MPH, CLT, CES  received her PhD in Rehabilitation Science and MPH from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has over 20 years of experience in the evaluation and treatment of lymphatic, vascular, and idiopathic edemas. She completed the NHLBI PRIDE Summer Institute with an emphasis in Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology and investigates the cross-talk between the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. Her BS in Health Science and MS in Physical Therapy were completed at the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. VanHoose's teaching interests include pathology, physical agents, oncology rehabilitation, population health, and cultural competency. Dr. VanHoose's research focuses on the incidence, prevalence, and severity of cancer related side effects with an emphasis on the disease burden of minority cancer survivors. She also investigates strategies to diversify the healthcare workforce to reduce health disparities. She has received both NIH and industry funding to support her research agenda. Dr. VanHoose is the Principal Investigator of the Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Laboratory. She is also the past President (2012-2016) of the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.