We asked Chase Miller, a LE&RN/Lymph Notes Lymphedema Therapist Scholarship winner, to tell us more about why he went into therapy, why he is particularly interested in lymphedema therapy, and what winning the LE&RN/Lymph Notes scholarship will mean to him and to his patients.
What made you choose a career in therapy?
I chose a career in Physical Therapy primarily because I saw the connection between patient education and my background as an educator. I taught elementary physical education and felt that since patient education is such a vital part of the care we provide I would have very transferable skills. I had great support from my undergraduate advisor and from my wife Shelly.
Why have you chosen to make lymphedema therapy a focus in your work?
I developed an interest in lymphedema during my Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. I wanted to get more information after a short amount of time was spent on the subject in the curriculum. Lymphatic studies are not considered entry level knowledge in many healthcare programs, although it should be. I had influence from my current clinic coordinator who wanted me to pursue my passion and begin working with this patient population.
How will this LE&RN scholarship help you to help your patients?
I currently am employed at North Kansas City Hospital in the Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. We primarily see patients undergoing post-cancer related treatments and the subsequent physical and emotional effects. I was blessed to be one of the few people to receive this scholarship which assisted in getting me certified as a Lymphedema Therapist through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies. The rigorous education I received helped me better understand the lymphatic system and gave me a great foundation to provide appropriate clinical care.
What are your hopes for the future, for yourself, your patients, and for the field of lymphedema and lymphatic disease treatment?
It is my hope that I will continue to see a variety of patients who I can provide quality care for and help them achieve personal physical, social, and emotional success. I hope that there is progress in the financial assistance for this patient population that is in dire need.