Monarch Continuing Education: Created to Fill a Growing Need
Monarch Continuing Education was established when more trained lymphatic therapists became necessary due to an excess of under-served lymphatic therapy patients. Qualified allied health professionals in the areas of oncology rehab and related wound care were also in high demand.
Our mission is to educate and support healthcare workers and professionals by providing lymphatic therapy to their patients, thus improving their ability to serve and change lives in their own community.
About Carmen (Thompson) Recupero
Carmen (Thompson) Recupero, BS, LPTA, CMT, CLT, is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and Certified Massage Therapist, with a specialty certification in lymphatic therapy. She currently provides inpatient and outpatient lymphatic therapy to clients with a variety of diagnoses through her practice Lymphatic Care Specialists, LLC. Ms. Recupero also taught Lymphatic Pathology at the Blue Ridge School of Massage in Blacksburg, Virginia and has served in a variety of healthcare settings over the last 22 years, both as a clinical therapist and in administration.
She served as Director of Rehabilitation Services at Tandem Health Care in Floyd, Virginia, and Facility/Area Administrator of Rehabilitation at Prism Rehab Systems where she oversaw therapists, program development, and patient care for orthopedic and neurological patients. Ms. Recupero conducted state and national presentations on the prevention and management of lymphedema in cancer patients and on lymphedema program development in acute care.
An MBA candidate at UVA/Darden School of Business, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management from California College of Health Sciences, National City, California, and an Associate of Science in Physical Therapy (Magna Cum Laude) from Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Roanoke, Virginia. Ms. Recupero completed a 140-hour certification course in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy through the Upledger Institute and is a WCC certified wound-care specialist through the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy. An executive business coach, she specializes in healthcare corporation team development and strategic planning/program implementation.
Ms. Recupero continues to further her education annually by attending national and international seminars to stay current with the latest research findings on lymphedema and studied at the Vodder School in Austria during July of 2014 to advance her skills.
Her training program was recognized by the National Lymphedema Network in 2010 and is a sponsor of the Lymphology Association of North America. She looks forward to the continued development of her programs to educate and train medical professionals so they might be more equipped to help those with lymphatic disorders.