At the age of 21, Brandy McKeown was introduced to lymphedema therapy at a time when little was known about lymphedema. She says, “I fell in love… and we grew together.”
And grow she did, running several clinics and, ultimately, becoming a co-owner and CEO of the International Lymphedema and Wound Training Institute (ILWTI).
In this interview, Brandy, OTR/L, CLT-LANA, CLWT, shares how ILWTI was on the forefront of teletraining, the only school of its type that includes wound care certification, and its unique focus on training students not only to be excellent therapists but also how to run successful, financially viable clinics.
The title of this interview, “You Can Be That Therapist,” relates to her favorite success story: A patient had been told he would lose his limb, a diagnosis Brandy refused to accept. The patient, a farmer, is back at work and inspires Brandy to encourage others that they can “be the one that saves a limb.” Lympha Press is proud to be included in ILWTI’s curriculum, and the valuable role of intermittent pneumatic compression in managing lymphedema is also discussed. Find out more about what ILWTI has to offer at https://www.ilwti.com/.
The Lympha Press Leadership Series shines a light on medical professionals making a difference in the fields of lymphedema, CVI, wounds, and lipedema. The goal is to raise awareness about these individuals and their practices or the organizations they represent.