Our practical instructors are committed, energetic and dedicated therapists who have years of clinical experience before becoming instructors. They have undergone extensive teacher training to ensure that you learn the highest quality hand skills and practical knowledge. They are certified by the Dr. Vodder School – International to teach various levels of our training program. Once certified, instructors undergo annual recertification by attending a Teacher Review course, designed to maintain and improve their skills and also to maintain uniformity amongst teachers. As a student in our program, you can be assured that you will receive the same Dr. Vodder technique, no matter who you train with through the Dr. Vodder School.




Professor Neil Piller

academic piller

Neil is Professor in Lymphology and is the Director of the Lymphoedema Assessment Clinic, in the Department of Surgery, at the Flinders University Medical Centre in Adelaide, South Australia. He is a senior member of a team of clinical and experimental research investigators in the Microcirculation and Microcirculatory Laboratories. Neil is a course coordinator of the Graduate Entry Medical Program in the School of Medicine at Flinders University. He has presented and published over 300 works and is an internationally-renowned lymphologist. Neil is the president of the 22nd International Congress of lymphology to be held in Sydney in 2009, an Executive member of the International Society for Lymphology, a Board Member of the Union Internationale Phlebologie and a member of the consensus committee on lymphoedema and lymphatic malformations and a member of the International Advisory Board Lymphoedema Framework He is Australasian Editor of the Lymphatic Research and Biology (USA), and a member of the editorial boards of The Journal of Lymphoedema (UK), Lymphology (USA) and US-China Journal of Lymphology and Oncology. His commitment to empowering students with a sound understanding of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of lymphatic system and disorders and his energetic and lively classes have inspired many Dr. Vodder therapists. He and his team's widely published clinical trial studies of lymphoedema treatments and literature reviews brings a very wide perspective to the area of lymphoedema.


Dr. Anna Towers

academic Towers

Anna Towers is a family physician by background who in 1993 re-oriented her career to palliative care. She served for 10 years as Academic Director of the Division of Palliative Care and is Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology, McGill University. Dr. Towers trained in lymphedema management in Australia under Drs. John and Judith Casley-Smith and since 1995 has run a lymphedema clinic at the MUHC. She is Co-Chair of the Canadian Lymphedema Framework, an organization that is working to improve the standards of care for lymphedema patients in Canada. She has been associated with the Lymphedema Association of Quebec (LAQ) since its inception in 1999. In collaboration with the LAQ she is involved in the development and evaluation of a model multidisciplinary program at the MUHC. She continues to provide support in dealings with the Ministry of Health, to try to have lymphedema treatments covered by Medicare (as they presently are not). Dr. Towers is coordinator of the McGill Lymphedema Research Program. Current research studies are investigating the incidence, risk factors and psychosocial effects of complications of cancer therapies. She is an international presenter and the author of several book chapters and a number of articles on lymphedema management.


Prof. Dr. Horst Weissleder


A distinguished professor of radiology and physician from Freiburg University, Germany, Professor Weissleder is also a world-renowned lymphologist. He has published and presented more than 350 articles and papers worldwide and is the co-author of the text, Lymphedema Diagnosis and Therapy as well as contributor to many other texts. Professor Weissleder is the past editor of the journal, Lymphologie in Praxis und Forschung (Lymphology in Practice and Research). He has served on the executive of organisations such as the International Society of Lymphology (general secretary) and German Society of Lymphology (president). His calm and patient teaching style, along with a good sense of humor have encouraged many Dr. Vodder therapists to gain an expert understanding of lymphatic anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pathology.


Dr. Sara Nelson

Sara Nelson

Sara Nelson is a doctor of physical therapy and owner of Therapy Solutions in Richland, Washington. The multi-disciplinary clinic is a culmination of a vision to provide wholistic care to people with physical limitations in her community. Sara has over 15 years of experience applying MLD and CDT to orthopedic, pelvic and pain conditions as well as lymphedema and oncology. She holds a Transitional Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, a Masters in Orthopedic Manual Therapy from the Grimsby Institute, in San Diego, California and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Utah. She is currently board certified in Women's Health through the American Physical Therapy Association and in lymphedema management through the Lymphology Association of North America and the Dr. Vodder School-International. She has extensive clinical experience from working in the field of Physical Therapy for over 20 years and has advanced training in several fascial release techniques. She has developed classes in advanced clinical decision making and behavioral management for the lymphedema patient, and understanding the universal principles of fascial release for pain management. She has taught these original courses nationally and in Canada.


Dr. Gabriele Knaus

Gabriele Knaus

Dr. Gabriele Knaus is a German-trained physician and anesthesiologist, now living and practicing family medicine in Riviera Beach, Florida.  She has resided in the US since 1990.  Dr. Knaus has completed the full certification program with the Dr. Vodder Academy and is also holds a diploma from the British Institute of Homeopathy.


Dr. Larysa Bondalevich

Larysa Bondalevich

Dr. Larysa Bondalevich graduated from the Belarusian State Medical University and has specialized in pediatrics and respirology. Her clinical interests include sarcoidosis and pulmonary diseases. She has conducted research and taught in post graduate education at the Belarusian Medical Academy. In 2004, Dr. Bondalevich relocated to Canada and has completed her full certification with the Dr. Vodder School – International. Dr. Bondalevich is also a theory instructor in Therapy II and III.




Senior Instructor and Director


Robert Harris, HND, RMT, CLT-LANA

Robert Harris

Robert is the director and senior instructor of the Dr. Vodder School-International. He was first certified as an instructor in 1986 and has since introduced thousands of students to the Dr. Vodder method of MLD. He has authored and presented many papers and articles internationally. With over 32 years of clinical experience, teaching and research on the Dr. Vodder method of MLD and CDT, Robert conveys a passion and dedication for this work. His patient, empathic approach encourages students to find the best way to engage their innate skills as therapists.



Review Instructor (including all courses)                  


Linda (Koby) Blanchfield, RMT, CLT-LANA

Koby Blanchfield

From 1990 to present, Koby has maintained a private clinical practice, as a Registered Massage Therapist. Since 1992, the focus has been primarily with lymphatic pathologies, including lymphoedemas, post surgical interventions, traumas and wound care. Koby was first certified as a Dr. Vodder School Teacher in 1995. Having worked with students of diverse disciplines (massage therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, and doctors), Koby has enjoyed the privilege of teaching internationally on several continents. She has presented at many conferences: lymphedema, wound care, world conference on breast cancer, and scientific aesthetician. She has participated at the board level of several organizations, and is currently on the Education Working Group of the Canadian Lymphedema Framework. Koby has been a member in good standing with the International Society of Lymphology (ISL) since 2001, a member of the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) since 2002. She is passionate about the Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymph Drainage, and enjoys seeing the benefit it brings to patients. “It feels like teaching is a natural extension of my clinical practice. Plus it has a wonderful exponential advantage. Sharing knowledge with therapists means more patients will benefit.”  


Kathryn Fleming, PT, CLT-LANA

Kathy Fleming

Kathy Fleming graduated from the University of Connecticut, 1977, with a BS in Physical Therapy. She has worked in rehabilitation and community hospitals with in- and out-patients, nursing homes, state and private institutions for the mentally and physically handicapped, school pediatric programs, private practices, Visiting Nurses Home Care PT. Kathy has attended many continuing education classes, including certification as a Lebed Method-Focus on Healing Instructor. She was the first PT in Massachusetts to become Dr. Vodder School MLD/CDT certified (in Austria in 1994) and has been actively doing this work since then. Kathy also certified in MLD/CDT at the Foeldi College in Germany in 1999. She committed to carrying on with the BEST by becoming certified as a Dr. Vodder Basic teacher in 2005, Dr. Vodder Therapy I teacher in 2011, a Dr. Vodder Therapy II & III teacher in 2016 and Review instructor in 2018.  Kathy states: “I love this work and the positive impact it has upon the quality of life of those to whom we bring it!!”









Therapy I (including Basic)


Anne Bramham, LMT

Anne Bramham

With more than 25 years of professional experience as consultant, teacher, therapist and designer of spa therapies. Anne Bramham is the founder of ASTECC (American Spa Therapy and Education Certification Council) and the owner of the Bramham Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. An instructor of Manual Lymph Drainage with the Vodder School since 1995, Anne opened the first hospital based Lymphedema treatment center in South Florida. In recent years Anne has been instrumental in introducing MLD to the Spa and Wellness community. In 2005 she introduced the Vodder sponsored Spa Body Certification program to serve as a bridge between the medical use of MLD and the world of wellness. The program facilitates the use of MLD in conjunction with spa therapies and rehabilitation from cosmetic surgery and has been adopted by a number of resort spas including Mobil's first ever 5 Star Award Winning Montage Spa.


Janet Douglass, RMT, BHSc (Hons), PhD jan@movinglymph.com

Jan Douglass

Jan has studied and practiced manual therapies since 1987 with qualifications in remedial massage and aromatherapy and has developed and delivered several health science subjects for students of massage therapy, occupational therapy and naturopathy. After becoming a Dr Vodder Therapist in 1997 Jan specialized in lymphoedema management and in 2002 became an accredited practical instructor with the Dr Vodder School and in 2017 was accredited as a lymph taping instructor with Medical Taping Concept. Jan worked with Professor Piller in the Lymphoedema Research Unit at Flinders University and studied the effects of yoga on arm lymphoedema for her Honours research project. After completing her PhD research on young people infected with lymphatic filariasis in Myanmar, Jan is now a consultant with the Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK.


Michel Eid, BPE, MT

Michel Eid

Michel was trained in physical education at Université du Québec à Montréal and taught Phys. Ed. at elementary school for three years before entering the massage therapy field. He is certified in Swedish and Sports Massage. He first started to work with athletes and sports teams, professionals and amateurs and then directed his attention to MLD. He completed his Combined Decongestive Therapy training in 2002 at the Dr. Vodder Schule in Walchsee, Austria. His focus, since then, has been to work with patients suffering with lymphedema. He has given lectures on this topic to many health professionals in the province of Québec, bringing more knowledge and awareness on this subject. Michel has been involved for five years with the Lymphedema Association of Québec and has served on their board of directors for two of these years. In October 2003 Michel joined Physio Extra, one of the first physiotherapy clinics in Québec to offer multidisciplinary modalities in the treatment of lymphedema.


Gay Lee Gulbrandson, BA, CMT,
CLT-LANA gaylee@voddermld.com

Gay Lee Gulbrandson

Gay Lee Gulbrandson, a resident of Berkeley, CA, has a BA (Biology) from Beloit College, WI (1971). She is a certified MLD therapist by the Dr Vodder School (North America) in 1996, has been a certified Basic Course teacher since 2002 and in 2011 became a certified Therapy I instructor. Gay Lee also teaches Advanced Neck & Face. Gay Lee has a thriving private practice in MLD and Combined Decongestive Therapy. Her qualifications and accreditation include certified massage therapist (1979), AMTA member (since 1988), orthopedic massage certification (Hendrickson School 1991), a member of NAVALT® (since 1995), NCBTMB exam certified (1995), NLN member (since 1996) and CLT-LANA certified (2002). Gay Lee has the energy to be an innovative, dynamic and respected teacher and travels frequently to teach MLD throughout the USA. www.voddermld.com


Kathryn McKillip Thrift, BS, RMT,
CLT-LANA  kmtcltlana@aol.com

Kathryn Thrift

Kathryn has been a certified Dr. Vodder therapist since 1987 (Walchsee, Austria) and a Basic Instructor since 1992. She was certified as a Therapy I Instructor in 1997. She serves on the Boards of the North American Vodder Association of Lymphatic Therapy (NAVALT), the National Lymphedema Network (NLN), the Medical Advisory Committee of the NLN, the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) and the National Lipedema Association (NLA). She maintains a private practice in Dallas, Texas, as well as being the clinical consultant of the Lymphedema Program at Medical City Dallas Hospital, which she helped set up in 1995. “This work has such meaning and value to me as I have benefited from it, first as a patient with my lipedema, and then as a therapist. There are so many who can benefit from this work, either as a wellness therapy or for the many different pathologies MLD is uniquely suited to treat. Becoming an instructor was the next logical step for me. I want to help others catch the vision of this work as I was inspired by my teacher, Hildegard Wittlinger. These days my motto seems to be ‘Have packed bag, will travel’ as I have been teaching so much . . . I love teaching and meeting so many wonderful therapists from all parts of this vast country. I feel blessed to have found this work and my role in it.”


Sandra MacDonald, RMT aj244@chebucto.ns.ca

Sandra MacDonald

Sandra graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Vancouver, BC in 1987 and has been in private practice, first in BC and since 1994 in Halifax, NS. She completed her Manual Lymph Drainage certification at the Dr Vodder Schule in Walchsee, Austria in 1996. She has been involved with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and is an Encore instructor. Encore is a post Breast Cancer exercise program run by the YWCA. She has done many educational sessions with patients and therapists alike. Sandra became a Basic Instructor in 2009 and a Therapy I Instructor in 2017. Sandra hopes to encourage more therapists to take continued education programs in Manual Lymph Drainage.









Basic Level


Chan Yee Wah Eva, PT evachanyweva@gmail.com

Chan Yee Wah Eva

Ms. Eva Chan obtained her Bachelor (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2002 and started her career at Singapore General Hospital. She qualified as a lymphedema therapist under the Dr. Vodder School (North America) in 2006 in Adelaide, Australia. She had worked closely with patients with Lymphedema since then. Ms. Chan is now working at the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital as a physiotherapist, primarily involved in oncology rehabilitation and lymphedema management. She helped to develop the rehabilitation program for patients undergoing breast surgery and advocate early screening and treatment for Lymphedema in Hong Kong. She has the vision to bring Dr. Vodder School training to China and doing research on lymphedema in the Chinese population.


Autumn Ping-Chun Chen, PT autumnfreda@gmail.com

Autumn Ping-Chun Chen

Autumn Ping-Chun Chen obtained her Bachelor degree in physical therapy at CHUNG SHAN MEDICAL University in Taiwan. She has served as senior physical therapist for over ten years in Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital in Taiwan. She has many international certifications and specializes in lymphedema management. Ping-Chun dedicates her time to teaching student physical therapists and is involved in education and instruction for patients with lymphedema. Her interest is in correct education and exercises to prevent lymphedema and other complications. Ping-Chun has been a certified Dr. Vodder therapist since 2014. She gained her Basic Teacher certification in 2018.


Denise Drisdelle, BA RMT voddermld@gmail.com

Denise Drisdelle

Denise graduated from Saint Thomas University in NB with Honours in Psychology and a major in French. She worked as a manager in Community Living at Spectrum Society supporting people with disabilities for 12 years and is currently a board member. In 2006, Denise became a Registered Massage Therapist in British Columbia. Also in 2006, she became a certified Dr. Vodder therapist. Since 2008 Denise is an associate practitioner at InspireHealth, an integrated centre for cancer care in Vancouver, BC. She operates and practices at a clinic in Vancouver with several other Dr. Vodder certified therapists. Denise became a certified Basic Course Teacher in 2012.


Hozaidah Hosain, BPT hozaidah.hosain@singhealthch.com.sg

Hozaidah Hozain

Ms. Hosain is currently the Senior Principal Physiotherapist, Chief of Oncology Rehabilitation and Lympheodema Management. She is also a Lymphoedema Physiotherapist at SingHealth Community Hospitals. She received her Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Curtin University (Australia) in 1997. She obtained a certificate in Lymphoedema Therapy from Australia (Lymphoedema Association of Australia, 1998) and then attended the Dr Vodder School (North America) in 1999 in Victoria, British Columbia, making her the first in South East Asia region to obtain the certification. She has been heavily involved in the management of lymphoedema cases since then.


Sung Joong Kim, PhD, PT

SungJoong Kim

Prof. Sung Joong Kim, PhD, PT is Dean of Health and Science at Kanwon National University and senior professor in the department of physical therapy. Sung Joong has been a certified Dr. Vodder therapist since 2001. His current research studies are investigating the effect of MLD on the nervous system (ANS, brain activity), the relationship between psychological problems and the immune system, amongst others. Sung Joong gained his Basic Teacher certification in 2016.


Diane Lacey, RN

Diane Lacey

Diane has been involved in healthcare since 1985 and graduated as a Registered Nurse at Foresterhill College of Nursing & Midwifery, Aberdeen, Scotland in 1989. She obtained a Bachelor of Nursing degree at Dundee University, Scotland in 1998. Diane obtained a Diploma in Therapeutic Massage in 2007. During this time, she became interested in the lymphatic system after attending a Nursing Conference and in 2008 completed post graduate training in MLD & CDT at the Dr Vodder School in Austria. Diane has been running a private clinic specialising in MLD and CDT in Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand since 2009. She is a provider for the Sweet Louise foundation offering Relaxation, Therapeutic Massage and Lymphoedema Therapy for people with Incurable Breast Cancer and is passionate about helping people improve their quality of life. In 2018 Diane became certified as a Dr Vodder Basic Teacher, and she looks forward to teaching others this potentially life changing therapy.


Julie Stark, RMT

Julie Stark

Julie graduated from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada in 1998 with a BSc in Microbiology and Genetics. After an injury she was inspired to become a registered massage therapist in 2001 where she could help others recover and maintain their health. She further developed her knowledge of the body by studying and teaching a variety of martial arts and fitness programs. Always interested in expanding her knowledge and treatment skills, she became a certified Dr Vodder therapist in 2015. Through certification as a Basic Course teacher in 2018, Julie is excited to be able to provide the opportunity for more therapists to apply the Vodder method to help their patients.