Sara Beck, OTR/L, LPTA, CLT
Chair, AL Chapter
Sara Beck is an Occupational Therapist and a Mobile, Alabama native. When she was hired at a local outpatient clinic (CARES Health & Wellness) in 2014, she learned about lymphedema (LE). Her passion for this specialty grew as well as her desire to educate individuals about the lymphatic system. After realizing how many patients lived with LE for years without any knowledge or guidance, she began to dedicate time researching ways to become a community advocate. Through her research, she was introduced to LE&RN and was immediately inspired to partner! Her favorite quote she shares when asked about why she wanted to chair a chapter with LE&RN in Alabama is, “If not now, when? If not me, who?” LE&RN's mission is to fight lymphatic diseases through education, research, and advocacy and that is exactly what her personal goal is too!
Liberty Freeman, OTR/L, CLT
Vice Chair, AL Chapter
Liberty Freeman is an Occupational Therapist who graduated from the University of South Alabama in 1998. Liberty became the first certified lymphedema therapist (CLT) in Mobile, Alabama, after attending the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 2001. Liberty and Debra Taylor, PT, CLT, opened CARES Health & Wellness in 2005, motivated by their dream of providing a “one-stop shop” for lymphedema (LE) management.
Debra Taylor, PT, CLT, CMF, LSVT BIG
Vice Chair, AL Chapter
Debra H. Taylor has dedicated the majority of her career to serving people living with LE. Debra graduated from the University of South Alabama in 1991 with her BS in Chemistry and the University of South Alabama Physical Therapy School in 1996. She worked at a local hospital for ten years. Following an injury in 2001 and undergoing a bone and vessel harvest for grafting into her left hip in 2002, Debra became intimately involved with the new lymphedema management program at the hospital. The trauma and vascular changes caused the onset of leg swelling that required Complete Decongestive Therapy. She has had to manage her left leg swelling since. There was no other lymphedema program in the region, and Debra feels blessed to have been treated so early on after the injury. Motivated by her personal experience, Debra became certified as a lymphedema therapist in 2003. Debra and Liberty Freeman (Debra’s treating therapist and now business partner) opened CARES Health & Wellness in 2005.