September 30, 2015 -
Jennifer Weicher Assists Patients with Lymphedema Education and Management
SEQUIM – Olympic Medical Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation’s Jennifer Weicher, MA, CCC-SLP, recently completed an advanced training course in head and neck lymphedema therapy through the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy.
Weicher, a speech language pathologist, has been with Olympic Medical since July 2006. She works with patients requiring speech therapy for Parkinson’s disease, augmentative and alternative communication, dysphagia management, stroke rehabilitation, voice therapy and now head and neck lymphedema.
Lymphedema – also called lymphatic obstruction – is swelling that generally occurs in a person’s arms or legs, but can also occur in other areas of the body, including the neck. It is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to a person’s lymph nodes as part of cancer treatment. This can lead to a blockage in the lymphatic system, which prevents lymph fluid from draining well. The resulting fluid buildup leads to swelling.
"Cancer patients that are impacted by lymphedema, can learn to manage swallowing and speech clarity during and following their radiation treatments,” says Weicher. "I am now able to provide lymphedema education and management for these patients.”
"We are thrilled that Jennifer has completed this advanced training which is greatly needed in our area,” says Gloria Andrus, operations manager, Olympic Medical Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation.
Weicher’s expertise further complements the lymphedema therapy offered by Physical Therapist Karen Rushby, who works in the Olympic Medical Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Port Angeles clinic.
Weicher treats adult and pediatric patients.
For more information or to make an appointment, contact Olympic Medical Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation at (360) 582-2601.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. Olympic Medical is a sole community hospital and rural referral center, and a charter member of both the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (2003) and the Swedish Health Network (2011). Olympic Medical provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.