Diane Coffey, Takoma Regional Hospital’s director of rehabilitation and physical therapy services, recently was recertified as a lymph drainage therapist by the International Alliance of Health Educators.
Coffey is the only lymph drainage therapist in Greene County and one of only a handful in East Tennessee.
She obtained initial certification in 2004 after one of her close friends developed lymphedema – or swelling in the extremities -- after cancer surgery. At the time, the nearest lymphedema drainage therapist was in Knoxville.
“I saw first-hand the need for this service to be offered closer to home,” Coffey said. “And, since offering this service, I have treated numerous patients.”
Lymph drainage therapy stimulates the lymph system to activate fluid circulation, detoxify, rejuvenate and strengthen the body’s natural defenses.
Coffey, who received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., said she plans to continue to increase her skills as advanced therapy treatments become available.