David Amron, MD

Raised in Southern California, Dr. Amron attended both the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of California San Diego (UCSD) where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. He was awarded his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Following this he returned to Southern California where he continued his residency at UCSD and also completed a research fellowship at UCLA. Dr. Amron is a board-certified dermatologic surgeon specializing in liposuction and body contouring. He is a pioneer of lipedema surgery in the United States and a strong advocate for lipedema patients. Dr. Amron has developed a unique, circumferential, three-dimensional multi-system approach to lipedema surgery which has been extensively featured in the media. He is the founder of The Roxbury Institute and the Medical Director of The Roxbury Institute Surgical Center located in Beverly Hills, California. For the past 20 years, Dr. Amron has focused his research and practice on surgical and non-surgical liposuction and body proportioning as well as other integrative therapies relating to weight loss. Over this period of time he has gained invaluable insight into the genetic function and structural proportions of the human form and developed a refined and comprehensive approach to the art of liposculpture. His current practice is almost exclusively devoted to lipedema surgery.


John Bartholomew, MD

John R. Bartholomew, M.D. is Section Head of Vascular Medicine and a staff physician in the Sydell and Arnold Family Heart & Vascular Institute and a member of the Taussig Hematology and Oncology Institute. He is board-certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Vascular Medicine. He is a Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Bartholomew is the Medical Director of the Cleveland Clinic Thrombosis Center. He is a Master of the Society for Vascular Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a fellow of the International Academy of Clinical and Applied Thrombosis and Hemostasis. He is a member of the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Society, the American Society of Hematology and the International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis.


Karen Beltran

Karen Beltran is currently a junior at the University of Arizona majoring Biology and Spanish. Karen grew up in a small border city of San Luis, AZ with her parents and older brother. After being accepted to participate in the University of Arizona’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium – Minority Health Disparities (UROC) program, which gives undergraduates an early exposure to research under the guidance of a mentor, she was able to have conduct research over the summer with Dr. Herbst as her mentor. The research throughout the summer done with Dr. Herbst consisted of reviewing 300 lipedema and Dercum’s disease patient charts in Dr. Herbt’s clinic and collecting data consisting of past medical history, fat tissue location, physical examinations, family history, hypermobility, review of systems. As a result of this research, they were able to conduct a comparative analysis between lipedema and Dercum’s disease patients. Karen’s goals consists of becoming a physician/ researcher that will contribute to reducing minority health disparities and further the research and awareness of fat tissue disorders.


Donald Buck, MD 

Donald W. Buck II, MD, is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Christian Hospital, serving patients from the St. Louis Metropolitan Area including St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Southern Illinois. He is an assistant professor in the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Buck specializes in all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery including complex microsurgical reconstruction and cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body. Dr. Buck received his undergraduate degree with highest distinction from Indiana University. After graduating from Indiana, he attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Upon receiving his medical degree, Dr. Buck was accepted into the seven-year Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Training Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. Following his plastic surgery training at Northwestern University, Dr. Buck’s interests include lipedema, microsurgery, breast surgery and microsurgical breast reconstruction, cancer reconstruction (including head and neck reconstruction, skin cancer excision/reconstruction, and Mohs reconstruction), complex nasal reconstruction, aesthetic surgery of the face (facelift, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, brow lift), breast (augmentation, mastopexy, reduction), and body (abdominoplasty, mommy-make over, body contouring after weight loss), surgical treatment of lymphedema and migraines, as well as trauma reconstruction (complex lacerations, facial fractures, hand/extremity fractures and trauma reconstruction), orthognathic/jaw surgery, complex abdominal wall reconstruction, and wound care/reconstruction. In addition to his exceptional knowledge and technical skill, Dr. Buck is an incredibly caring and compassionate human being who has received praise from patients, their families, and colleagues alike for his gentle bedside manner and warm, respectful and personal approach to the patient-doctor relationship.


Marcia V Byrd, MD 

Marcia V. Byrd, M.D. is the Medical Director and co-founder of Byrd Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Center. A pioneer in minimally invasive anti-aging procedures and techniques, Dr. Byrd is heralded as a leader in the field of aesthetic enhancements. Dr. Byrd holds a medical degree from the University of South Alabama Medical College and trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Alabama Medical Center. She is board certified by the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.


Margarita Correa MD, CLT

Dr. Correa is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist and certified in lymphedema therapy. Dr. Correa is the founder and medical director at Physical Medicine Institute since 2010 to present in three office locations in central FL. Dr. Correa has 25+ years of experience in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation private practice; faculty member, program director and clinical researcher at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, P.R. relocated to FL in 2008. Certifications: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine; and Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.  Added qualifications: certified in MLD/CDT, Leduc Lymphedema Management Method in 2002. Dr Correa was responsible for the lymphedema, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation and therapeutic exercises conferences at Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program as well as other areas of medical education and clinical training as a Professor of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine; Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Department. Dr Correa founded the first lymphedema management program in Puerto Rico treating adult and pediatric patients from 2002 to 2008. Dr Correa continues practicing lymphedema and lipedema management in private practice and holds affiliations with Florida Hospital, Orlando Health and South Lake Hospital.


Briana Garrott

Briana is an Orange County, Southern California native. After moving to Santa Barbara California in 1997 to pursue employment in Fine Dining Management, she returned to Orange County five years later to focus on raising her children. Her Lipedema symptoms came on full force during a high risk pregnancy and difficult delivery of her son in 2003. A mere 14 months later she welcomed her second son into her family. During this time she made great efforts to understand the dramatic shift that had occurred in her lower body. Trying weight loss management plans, food eliminations and extreme fitness training to no avail. Returning back to the work force in an Administrative position for an Environmental Consulting Firm in 2010 her symptoms began to accelerate and worsen.  This led to greater researcher efforts and ultimately discovering the possibility of Lipedema in 2013. She began to immediately pursue conservative treatment options and eventually received an official diagnosis in 2015. Making her wellness a priority she is currently working for a Holistic and Allopathic Veterinary Practice as a Hospital Administrator where she is fully supported by her employers to make her health a priority.  Briana is an active member of the lipedema community and has been practicing conservative treatments with great success for two years.  She will be sharing the treatments she has discovered to be most successful on her path to wellness.


Linnie Hardin

When Linnie Hardin was diagnosed with lipedema in 2011, her search began for the best available treatments, including consultations with specialists at Mayo Clinic and Dr. Karen Herbst of the University of Arizona in Tucson. Five years later, in February of this year, she had liposuction surgery with Dr. Donald Buck at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Inspired and ever-optimistic, she hopes to have more surgeries in the near future. She is thrilled to finally be attending a lipedema conference. Linnie has called Rockford, Illinois home for most of her life.  She worked for Eagle Foods for 23 years and in administration for senior care communities for 13 years, before retiring at age 53 due to rapid progression of lipedema. Long active in her church and community, Linnie is particularly known as a singer and has performed at numerous venues over the years. Her passion for theater has brought her many enjoyable roles. Though no longer able to dance and move on stage, she continues to support the theatre scene. Linnie keeps as physically active as possible, alternating swimming and strength training five days a week. She gives God the glory for the inner strength to pursue treatments that help keep her limited mobility intact. She feels fortunate to have a flexitouch machine and is getting to know her new vibration plate. Linnie considers herself a minimalist and likes to keeps things simple and close to home. An organizer at heart, she has started a small business called “Simply Linnie, Peace by Piece” to help people declutter their homes and their lives. She has been married to Bob for 32 years, and they have three sons and two grandsons. She enjoys spending time with her family, parents and friends.


Karen Herbst, MD, PhD  

Karen L. Herbst PhD, MD is a board-certified endocrinologist and Associate Professor in the College of Medicine (COM) at the University of Arizona (UA).  She has been seeing patients with adipose tissue disorders (ATDs) since 2000 as a Fellow in Endocrinology at the University of Washington and continues her work at Banner University Medical Center in Tucson. In the end of 2015, Dr. Herbst received a large gift from the Lipedema Foundation (LF) to ramp up research on two of the more common ATDs, lipedema and Dercum’s disease, as part of the Treatment, Research, Education, Adipose Tissue (TREAT) program in the UA COM. The TREAT program focuses on increasing our understanding of lipedema clinically and metabolically, imaging of the tissue and educating students and medical providers on ATDs, and over time will use additional funding to improve research, education and care of people with ATDs well into the future.  In September 2015, Dr. Herbst was recognized as  Humanitarian of the Year for Medical Research of Rare Tissue Disorders at the 25th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards for her compassionate care of people with ATDs.  

Emily Iker, MD

Emily Iker, M.D. is a director of Lymphedema Center in Santa Monica for over two decades.
Her surgical aspiration was stopped in midst of her residency when she developed right leg lymphedema secondary to lymphoma. She than completed Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency as a chief resident in New York Medical College and moved to Los Angeles. Her lymphedema progressed. There was no one to treat lymphedema at that time. In 1995 she received Certification of Lymphedema Management by Prof. Albert Leduc, the world-renowned lymphologist. Since than she dedicated her practice to diagnosing and managing Lymphedema and now Lipedema not only on scientific level but on personal level. She understands lymphedema, she lives with lymphedema. She is a lymphology clinician, diagnostician, researcher, lecturer, teacher and mentor. She  is an inventor, developed Novopress pump and , DM arm and leg sleeves for the night use. Dr. Iker is a professional member of the International Society of Lymphology,  European Group of Lymphology, American College of Phlebology, Czech and Slovak lymphological society and NLN. She was awarded the Honorary Membership of the Lymphological Association of J.E. Purkyne, in 1999 and the Honorary Membership of the society of lymphology in Slovakia. As Vice Chairperson of the California Chapter, she is organizing the annual 5K Walk/Run for Lymphedema in Santa Monica in June 26th 2016. In addition to her busy clinical medical practice and research involvement, she is a happy mother of her miracle now 8 years old twins.

Linda-Anne Kahn

Linda-Anne Kahn CIDESCO HHP CLT-LANA NCTMB, CMT, CHNC is an Internationally trained Lymphedema Therapist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Integrative Health Coach, certified nutritional consultant and Nationally Certified massage therapist, with over 30 years in the industry. She has specialized in the treatment of Dercums and Lipedema for over 25 years. She holds an International certification as a Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist and Lymphedema Specialist from the Dr Vodder School Austria, The Foeldi Clinic Germany and Drs Judith and John Casley-Smith, Australia. She is Nationally certified with the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) as a lymphedema therapist. She is the founder and President of Lymphatic Therapy services, Beauty Kliniek Aromatherapy Day Spa and Varenya Essentials in San Diego California. She is regular speaker at International and National Lymphedema and Aromatherapy conferences. Linda Anne is a stage 1 Lipedema patient who has successfully treated herself with diet, lifestyle, lymph massage and more.  She is passionate about helping her patients on their journey to healing.  


Jeffrey Lee, NMD

Dr. Jeffrey A. Lee earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from Brigham Young University in 1999 and his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences in 2005. He completed his Regenerative Medicine Stem Cell education in 2014. Naturopathic Physicians receive training in a variety of complimentary alternative medicine disciplines in addition to traditional western medicine and minor surgery. He has applied this training to develop an expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of complex musculoskeletal and neurological pain conditions having worked directly with an interventional pain management doctor in Arizona. Dr. Lee has also worked with world renowned endocrinologist and adipose tissue disorder specialist Karen Herbst, M.D. and her patients with Stem Cell Therapy. Dr. Lee recognizes the incredible benefits of stem cells for his patients whether due to acute injury or chronic disease. His goal is to provide personalized, high-quality care to his patients encompassing both traditional and alternative medicine to help them achieve their optimum health.



Sonja M. Maul PT, CLT-LANA

Sonja is honored to work with clients dealing with swelling disorders as a Lymphedema Therapist for the past 12 years.  She has 25 years of experience as a Physical Therapist.  Sonja grew up in Southern California, graduating from California State University-Long Beach with degrees in Physical Therapy and Psychology.  She became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist through Klose Training & Consulting, Inc.  Sonja is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Lymphedema Network.  She has fitter training for multiple compression garment manufacturers; CircAid, Bio-Concepts, BSN-Jobst, Mediven, Juzo.  Sonja is active in community patient education classes on Lymphedema, and speaking by request at conferences on lymphedema/lipedema topics.  She is working to standardize patient lymphedema education handouts across inpatient, home health, and outpatient services, and expand awareness of lipedema in the St. Luke’s Health System, Idaho, were she works in the St. Luke’s Clinic – Wound and Hyperbarics, Boise. 


Molly Nettles, OTR/L, CLT-LANA

Molly has over 18 years’ experience as an occupational therapist and over 15 years’ experience as a certified lymphedema therapist.  She has specialized in the management of swelling associated with Lymphatic disorders through her roles as Clinician and Program Coordinator of Lymphedema and Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Services at The Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation located in Peoria, IL and most recently as Clinical Coordinator of Lymphedema Services at Georgia Regents University Cancer Center located in Augusta, GA.  Molly was instrumental in developing The Pink Pumpers Program which is an evidence based training program for those suffering from or at risk for development of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema.  She has demonstrated a commitment to her patients through securing numerous grant awards to provide funding of compression garments for those who are underinsured.  She has written numerous articles for publication promoting Lipedema and Lymphedema awareness, served as a professional consult for Vein Experts online, presented as an invited speaker at the University of Illinois’ Department of Surgery’s Breast Cancer Symposium in 2009, 2011, and 2102.  Currently, she is an active Board member of Lighthouse Lymphedema Network; she is also an active member of The Lymphology Association of North America and The National Lymphedema Network.  Molly continues to volunteer her time on the local level speaking to Lymphedema and Lipedema support groups, offering presentations regarding Lymphedema and Lipedema related topics to professionals and community members, and supporting awareness activities.


Gwendalyn Randolph, PhD 

Dr. Randolph received her Ph.D. in 1995 from the Department of Pathology, State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she worked with Martha Furie on transendothelial migration of human monocytes. She then carried out postdoctoral studies under the co-mentorship of the late Nobel laureate and immunologist Ralph Steinman at The Rockefeller University and the vascular biologist William Muller in the Department of Pathology at Weill Cornell Medical College. There her major focus emerged on dendritic cell trafficking and interactions with lymphatic vessels. She began her independent laboratory at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in 2000 and was promoted to Professor there in 2010, where her laboratory pioneered approaches to investigate the trafficking of immune cells and lipoproteins in chronic inflammatory diseases like atherosclerosis. In 2011, she moved to the Department of Pathology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis and was appointed Chief of the Division of Immunobiology within the department in 2015. She has previously received an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association in 2007, Innovator and Breakthrough Awards from The Rainin Foundation in 2011 and 2012, and NIH Director's Pioneer Award in 2015. Her research will integrate immunology, vascular and lymphatic biology, with an interest in lipids and adipose tissue.


Dr. med. Stefan Rapprich

Dr. Rappich is a partner of Hautmedizin Bad Soden Dermatology and venereology consultant. Initial specialist medical training in dermatology and allergology at the Department of Dermatology, Hospital Darmstadt. He was then senior physician and from 2000-2014 chief physician of the Hautklinik Darmstadt. Lecturer at the Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt. In addition, he works on a freelance basis at Rosenbergklinik in Sonthofen and Mediceum-Klinik in Landstuhl.  Emergency medical doctor/certificate of emergency medical skills in accordance with the recommendations of the German Medical Association. Certified by the German Academy of Dermatology (Deutsche Dermatologische Akademie, DDA) in the field of “medical dermatological cosmetology” and “dermatological laser therapy”. Qualified as a laser protection officer. Member of the examination board “skin and sexually transmitted diseases” of the State Chamber of Physicians of Hesse. He specialises in surgical dermatology (particularly liposuction, tumor surgery, excessive sweating/hyperhidrosis, scar treatment) and phlebology. Dr. Rapprich works in the City Arkaden practice and in the private practice in the Main Taunus private clinic.

Yvonne Russell, RN, CLT

Yvonne is a Registered Nurse, Lipedema patient, and Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Her career as a contract nurse has given her the opportunity to work at prestigious hospitals throughout the country; University of Utah, Harbor View Medical, John’s Hopkins, and Easton Medical, to name a few.  Yvonne’s difficulties getting a proper diagnosis and needed compression garments for her own condition led her on a personal journey toward becoming a therapist to help others. She was trained by well respected lymphedema therapist, Gunther Klose.After receiving her certification, she opened her own Lymphedema Clinic in Logan Utah where she continued to learn about Lipedema and Lymphedema. Yvonne now spends her time helping her husband with his auto repair business, volunteering with FDRS and running a website for Lipedema products. It is her goal to expand her passion for Lipedema by providing consultations to wound clinics, education to therapists and patients.

J. Stephen Scott

J. Stephen Scott has more than 20 years of experience studying obesity and treating this condition as a surgeon.  He is nationally-recognized for his proficiency and expertise in many laparoscopic procedures.  As national laboratory director for the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons, Dr. Scott has overseen the training provided to surgeons interested in surgical techniques and overall management of the morbidly obese. He is designated as a Center of Excellence surgeon by the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery.



Eva Sevick-Muraca, PhD

Dr. Sevick is an active researcher developing diagnostics technologies that include imaging of lymphatic function and vasculature and near-infrared fluorescence molecular imaging.  She is Professor of Molecular Medicine, Director of the Center for Molecular Imaging, and Kinder Distinguished Chair of Cardiovascular Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center on the Texas Medical Center where she and her team developed from the bench and translated to the clinic, lymphatic imaging in infants, children, lymphedema patients, and animal models of human lymphatic diseases.  Eva has served as elected officer and board member in scientific and professional societies such as the Society of Molecular Imaging, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, and the National Lymphedema Network.  She has been appointed as member and chair of study panels for several national research review boards, including the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, and the State of California Breast Cancer Research Program. Eva and her team have published over 195 peer-reviewed contributions on translational technologies and has served on the Editorial Boards of several international research journals.
Eva’s overall professional interests are to bring science and technology to effectively address the unmet needs of patients with lymphedema and other lymphatic associated disorders.  She is dedicated to developing and bringing the latest science and technological advancements to improve the quality of life of patients and support those who are responsible for their care. Eva is trained as a chemical/biomedical engineer with her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon.  She has held prior faculty appointments at Vanderbilt, Purdue, Texas A&M University, and Baylor College of Medicine and is Founder of NIRF Imaging, a University of Texas Portfolio company dedicated to addressing unmet needs of patient who suffer from lymphatic disorders.


Dr. med. Josef Stutz 

Dr. Stutz is a vascular surgeon who has been successfully treating lipedema with liposuction for more than twenty years. He pioneered the use of water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL), a method which had been previously used for brain and liver soft tissue surgery. Using WAL, Dr.Stutz is able to operate even on late-stage lipo-lymphedema patients. He is a frequent speaker at medical conferences on lipedema, and regularly collaborates with colleagues to demonstrate his techniques. His wife Jutta assists him in his practice in Bavaria.


Tina Tranfaglia

Tina is the former President and Treasurer of FDRS, having served from 2010-2014. She is also a patient managing Dercum’s Disease and Lipedema. Tina grew up in Boston, but has called Chicago home for almost 25 years now. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Northwestern, she embarked on a 20+ year career in marketing, launching many new products and accumulating dozens of patents. In 2007, at the height of her career, working long days as a Vice President of Marketing, she began to feel overwhelming fatigue and other physical changes. Thinking it might just be “burn out,” she dropped out of Corporate America to start two consulting practices, one in innovation strategy and one in college admissions, following her lifelong passion for the transformative power of education. Although she has made many lifestyle and career changes to deal with the rapid progression of this disorder, diagnosed in 2008, Tina still works full time and is actively defying the stereotype that all patients become disabled. She will share her journey with Dercum's and its daily impact on her life. 


Edely Wallace E-RYT, CYT, CDT, MLD, MT

Edely Wallace is the Founder and Executive Director of Yogamatrix and is a master Yoga Instructor with over two decades of teaching experience and training in Belgium, Brazil and the United States. She is a former Executive Board Member and Treasurer (2002-2005) of the “Yoga Alliance” and, formerly held the position of Yoga Consultant for Orange County Public School (1999 to 2003) in Orlando, Florida.”  Edely has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and studied Mathematics in Brazil (FAFI) and has taught Math at the Junior High School level. Her passion for Yoga and the Lymphatic System becomes evident in the enthusiastic, profound, gentle and precise way she leads the classes, establishing an environment of confidence, well-being and contagious joy in all who follow her teachings.


Thomas Wright, MD

Dr. Wright is the medical director of Laser Lipo and Vein Center in Saint Louis, MO. He is board-certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Wright attended Duke University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Psychology. He received his medical degree with honors from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He completed his residency at the University of Alabama, Birmingham and received appointment as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. Dr. Wright brings a multidisciplinary approach to treating all causes of edema from treating venous insufficiency with saphenous ablations to managing lymphedema and lipedema with MLD, multilayer compression wraps, lymphatic massage, compression stockings and use of compression pumps. He has treated many ladies with tumescent lymphatic sparing liposuction for lipedema. His approach is to first evaluate the venous and lymphatic system using venous Doppler ultrasound, which provides invaluable information on the presence of tissue edema or lymphedema. Dr. Wright has published several studies on the safety of Tumescent Anesthesia, which is used during liposuction. Dr. Wright has developed his own surgical technique, which involves ultrasound mapping and identifying the truncal veins and lymphatics prior to performing liposuction to prevent trauma and unnecessary injury to the lymphatics during micro-cannula laser assisted tumescent liposuction.