René Thomas is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Lymphedema Therapist. She earned a Bachelor of Health Science from Purdue University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Thomas specializes in treating lymphedema of upper extremities, lower extremities, head and neck, breast, abdomen, and genitalia. As a certified lymphedema therapist, she provides Complete Decongestive Therapy which has been shown to markedly decrease swelling. After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Thomas will prescribe an individualized treatment plan consisting of manual lymphatic drainage, compression bandaging, meticulous skin care, and gentle exercise to improve lymphatic drainage.
Dr. Thomas is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and is Lymphology Association of North America certified as well, which is an additional certification for lymphedema requiring hands-on experience and testing. Dr. Thomas also enjoys teaching physical therapy students about lymphedema management, and members of the community about lymphedema management.