Retreat Doctors’ Hospital is proud to serve the lymphedema population of Richmond and surrounding areas. We have five certified therapists here to meet your dynamic needs! Our clinic is open Monday-Friday. We are located on the second floor of Retreat Doctors’ Hospital.

What are the signs & symptoms of lymphedema?

  • Swelling in arm, hand, chest or trunk
  • Feeling of heaviness, achiness, tightness, fullness in arm or hand
  • Skin thickening or tightening
  • Tight fit of clothing, rings, watches or bracelets

Risk Reduction Tips

There are certain precautions you can take to reduce your risk of lymphedema. Injury to the arm or infection may trigger lymphedema. The best prevention is to reduce your risk of injury or infection. You can do this by following:

  • Treat infections in the arm or hand immediately by notifying your PCP
  • Wear gloves when performing housework, using chemicals, and yard work
  • Keep skin clean and well-moisturized
  • Do not allow needle sticks or blood pressure on operated side
  • Avoid sunburn and bug bites

Meet the Lymphedema Specialists


Kate Deaton, OTR/L, CLT, ALM

Kate is an occupational therapist who received her lymphedema certification in 2002 through Klose Norton Training and Consulting. She has her advanced lymphedema management credentials through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies. Kate brings additional expertise in manual therapy, myofascial release, pain management, mindfulness and neuromovement as well as a degree in Kinesiology, the study of the human body in motion. Kate is passionate in helping people recover after breast and other cancers.


Lisa Loucks, MPT, CLT-LANA, ALM

Lisa is certified by Klose Training & Consulting and the Academy of Lymphatic Studies who specializes in the treatment of oncology patients with lymphedema and axillary web syndrome. She received her Bachelor of Science from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA in 1992 and her Master of Physical Therapy from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA in 1995.