Ep. 15 – Lymphedema Learning with Betty Westbrook, PTA, CLT

This episode was so fun to record – Betty Westbrook & I are truly kindred spirits in so many ways, especially our passion for educating others! In today’s episode, you’ll hear us fan-girl over our favorite podcast (unbeknownst to us, it’s the same podcast), geek out over some big names in the lymphedema world, & passionately persuade you to support the Lymphedema Treatment Act TODAY! Go do it. Now. Then finish listening to this episode!


2:06 Betty’s work in the booming metropolis of Texarkana, TX

7:07 Betty’s podcast: Lymphedema Podcast

16:21 Goals & dreams for Lymphedema Podcast

17:50 “whoops” – what is lymphedema?

20:23 The Lymphedema Treatment Act

28:04 Betty’s words of wisdom


Support the Lymphedema Treatment Act here: https://lymphedematreatmentact.org/

Find Betty’s podcast here: https://lymphedemapodcast.com/

Find Christy Wright’s Business Boutique podcast here: https://www.businessboutique.com/podcast/

Ep. 14 – From Mentee to OncoPT Mentor – Amy Litterini, PT, DPT

It’s a fact that you can indeed fan-girl in the PT world because that’s how I met Dr. Amy Litterini.  I had just read an article she wrote before attending CSM 2017 when I unknowingly attended one of her presentations, & then promptly ran up to her to introduce myself afterwards.  I doubt she remembers that, but she was kind enough to stop by today’s episode to discuss quite the variety of topics, including her early mentorship & how she is continuing to mentor & guide students today to become oncoPTs.  


Amy’s Bio:

Amy Litterini, PT, DPT, is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of New England in Portland, Maine. She received a BS in Health Sciences and a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Simmons College in Boston, MA.  Since 1996, her career has focused on oncology rehabilitation including research, lymphedema management, fitness programming, wellness initiatives, clinical patient navigation and program development. She is a Certified Patient Navigator by the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute in Harlem, NY. Over the past decade, she has published research and presented on cancer survivorship issues, the benefits of physical activity in cancer survivorship, and the effect of gym-based and home exercise programming on functional mobility and gait speed in advanced cancer.  Nationally, Amy has served in various roles for the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy of the APTA, including section program chair, regional course chair, vice president, and the Oncology Delegate in the House of Delegates. Regionally, she serves with the Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society and the Maine Cancer Foundation’s Rehab and Survivorship Committee. She was appointed to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Oncologic Specialty Council in 2016.


1:56 Amy’s 1st mentor: breast surgeon

5:40 Amy’s mentor paves the way to her research path

11:11 Dosing exercise during the “transition to illness,” following a cancer/advanced cancer diagnosis

14:45 Amy’s recommendations for findings guidance on dosing exercise

17:07 Amy’s work now as a mentor & professor

“Even on a bad day, they can do something.” – Amy Litterini, PT, DPT

Ep. 13 – Owning an OncoPT Clinic – Angela Wicker-Ramos, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA

Practicing as an OncoPT is really cool. Next level of cool: owning your own multidisciplinary oncology rehabilitation clinic. Dr. Angela Wicker-Ramos is this episode’s special guest, here to discuss all things about her journey from #FreshPT to seasoned oncology physical therapist & cashPT clinic owner.

3:05 Angela’s jump into OncoPT

8:47Tumors boards as a private practice PT

10:45 Starting her own practice

16:10 The business end of a private oncology rehab clinic

28:22 What’s up & coming for Cancer Rehab Austin & oncoPT

Here’s Cancer Rehab Austin’s social media & contact info:

Website: http://www.cancerrehabaustin.com/

Twitter: @CancerRehabAustin

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cancer-Rehab-and-Integrative-Medicine-310912958970528/

Instagram: @cancerrehabaustin

Don’t forget to check out the episode of Say Yes To The Dress (there’s a clip here https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/entertainment/news/a47607/say-yes-to-the-dress-alaska-glacier-wedding/) with Angela’s patient, Val Jones.

Ep. 03 – One physical therapist’s journey with cancer – Carol Kottenstette, PT, DPT

Welcome to Episode 3!  For this episode, I interviewed one of my role models & godmother, Carol Kottenstette, PT, DPT who started her journey with cancer back in 2009.  It was truly eye-opening for me to hear for the first time about her full experience & to hear wisdom from this amazing lady!   

3:40 Carol’s Journey through Cancer

14:05 Reconstruction with Dr. Marga

17:54 How Carol manages her lymphedema

19:15 PT Carol treats herself

22:18 How experiencing cancer shaped Carol’s PT practice

24:22 Being an advocate

27:56 Words of wisdom from my PT Godmother

Thanks so much for listening, & check back for the next episode next Wednesday!

Welcome to TheOncoPT!

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Treating patients who have cancer is exciting, challenging, reward, but can also be scary at times.  Oncology physical therapy is still a pretty new field in the grand scheme of things, & finding a good community to learn from can be difficult.  Enter TheOncoPT.

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