GracePointe Crossing therapist receives Lymphedema Therapy certification

Gayle Monteon, a physical therapist at the Marian Transitional Care Center of GracePointe Crossing, recently earned her certification in Lymphedema Therapy, making her one of the few therapists in Minnesota who is fully qualified to provide this specialized therapy.

Gayle Monteon

Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid under the skin causing swelling, most often in the arm(s) and/or leg(s), and occasionally in other parts of the body. Left untreated, this condition can impair flexibility and mobility, interfere with wound healing, and increase risk of infection. Over 2 million adults in the United States are afflicted with Lymphedema.

Lymphedema Therapy, also known as Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT), is relatively new to the United States. Until now, the most common treatments available to Lymphedema specialists were pressure gradient pumps, liposuction, resection, or complex microsurgery.  CDT is a gentle, non-invasive treatment proving to be highly effective.

To obtain her certification, Monteon participated in training developed by KLOSE Training and Consulting, a national provider of Lymphedema training. Her training included 45 hours of independent study online and 100 hours of classroom and lab instruction. Monteon was trained in the five components of CDT: manual lymph drainage, compression bandaging, exercise, skin care and patient education; as well as training in anatomy, physiology and diagnostics.

Monteon, who has been a physical therapist for over 21 years, joined the staff of GracePointe Crossing and Marian Center in March 2010.

She has been employed for over 10 years by Presbyterian Homes & Services, which owns and operates GracePointe Crossing. As a CLT, she feels she can do her job better and offer a safe and effective treatment for those with this disabling and disheartening disease who receive therapy services from the Marian Center. Monteon has been pleased with the outcomes for those who have received CDT. “They experience improved function, especially in balance, walking, dexterity, and pain management,” she said. “It’s rewarding to help them achieve a better quality of life. Some clients are thrilled when they’re simply able to wear their shoes again”.

The Marian Center, located at 135 Fern Street North, Cambridge, offers resident, inpatient and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy as part of its comprehensive transitional care.

The Center, which is open to patients of all ages, is a place to heal and regain independence after surgery, injury or illness. The staff of 13 certified and/or registered therapists and assistants work with patients to tailor the therapy to meet individual needs, including an in-home evaluation to make sure the patient is equipped to handle everything he or she will face on a daily basis.

The Center is able to admit new transitional care resident 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Therapy services are offered 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dedicated internal and external entrances are fully accessible and curbside service is provided from vehicle to entrance. For more information, call 763-689-1474 and ask for the Marian Center.

Formerly Grandview Christian Ministries and Cambridge Health Care Center, GracePointe Crossing has been owned and managed by Presbyterian Homes & Services since 2008.

GracePointe Crossing offers a full continuum of care including townhomes, senior apartments, assisted living, memory care, transitional care, inpatient and outpatient therapies, a skilled care center and adult day center. Learn more at www.gracepointecrossing.org

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