About Us

Monarch Continuing Education-Filling the need for leaders in healthcare and beyond

Monarch Continuing Education was created out of a noticed need for more trained lymphatic therapists due to an excess of underserved lymphatic therapy patients.  Another need is trained allied health professionals in the areas of oncology rehab and related wound care.

Our mission is to educate and support health care workers and professionals in providing lymphatic therapy to their patients – improving their ability to serve and change lives in their own community.  This has evolved into executive consulting and coaching services, full contracted Human Resources offerings for your small business and leadership training seminars.  We believe that creating leaders and stellar employees starts with the onboarding process on day one, all the way to succession planning.

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 has over 20 years experience in inpatient and outpatient lymphatic therapy to clients with a variety of diagnoses through her practice Lymphatic Care Specialists, LLC. She has taught continuing education and leadership courses since 2008.  Mrs. Recupero has worked in a variety of healthcare settings over the last 22 years, both as a clinician 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, overseeing therapists, program development and patient care for orthopedic and neurological patients. Mrs. Recupero has conducted state and national presentations on a variety of clinical programs and then coaches the C-suite on the implementation process and change management around those clinical initiatives.

Carmen is an MBA candidate at UVA/Darden School of Business and 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. She completed a 140-hour certification course in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy through the Upledger Institute.  She is also a WCC certified wound care specialist through the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy. She is an executive business coach as well, specializing in healthcare corporation team development and strategic planning/program implementation.

Mrs. Recupero continues to further her education annually by attending national and international seminars to stay current with the latest research findings on lymphedema. Carmen studied at the Vodder School in Austria in July of 2014 to advance her skills.

Her training program was recognized by the National Lymphedema Network in 2010, is a sponsor of the Lymphology Association of North America and she looks forward to the continued development of her programs to educate and train medical professionals in order that they might better help people with lymphatic disorders.

Click here for a complete CV on Carmen Thompson.  Click here for a list of our courses and our schedule.

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