Chair, California Chapter
Nicole is a lymphedema advocate and patient, diagnosed with primary lymphedema at age 11. For over a decade after her initial diagnosis, Nicole did not receive treatment as her doctors were unaware of management options. After her own research, she sought assistance from specialists, and Nicole was introduced to the lymphedema world. Recently, it was discovered that her lymphedema is secondary to May-Thurner syndrome. During her journey, she found LE&RN and her passion for increasing awareness of lymphedema and lymphatic diseases.
Emily Iker, M.D.
Vice Chair, California Chapter
Dr. Emily Iker is a director of Lymphedema Center in Santa Monica for over two decades since MLD certification, from Prof. Albert Leduc, the world-renowned lymphologist. She is the leader in diagnosis, treatment and management of lymphedema not only on scientific level but understands lymphedema on personal level. She developed secondary lymphedema during her surgical residency which was the turning point leading her into PM&R at New York Medical College. She is a lymphology researcher, lecturer, teacher and mentor. She is a member of ISL, ESL, American College of Phlebology, Czech and Slovak lymphological society and NLN. In addition to her busy clinical medical practice and research involvement, she is a happy mother of twins.