Phyllis Tubbs-Gingerich is a consummate practitioner in the healing arts, especially in treating lymphedema. She has a thorough knowledge of this tragic disease that some people are born with and many patients suffer from as a result of undergoing surgery. She certainly has more expertise in this treatment area than most medical people, especially physicians. In fact, she is recognized by Stanford University, the Veterans Administration, and Kaiser Permanente as a lymphedema treatment expert.Phyllis is very creative in her approach and has an uncanny way of ferreting out new ways of treating this disease. As a result, over the more than thirty years of her practice, she continues to devise not only ground-breaking garments but also mechanical means of helping patients deal with lymphedema. She also, in some ways, “wrote the book” on lymphedema, having just published the fourth edition of her Lymphedema Self-Care Manual. As its name implies, the manual thoroughly explains the causes and characteristics of this disease. It then gives patients very detailed instructions on every aspect of its treatment – all in an easy-to-read manner without technical jargon. It is an educational tour de force to help patients take charge of and manage their own treatment. Phyllis Tubbs-Gingerich has unquestionably helped advance the science and treatment of lymphedema.To be sure, in order to create a long-standing medical practice of such professional knowledge and competence, it must be accompanied by genuine patient-oriented care. And the nature of lymphedema treatment means that the practitioner must manipulate the affected area of the patient’s body, which can often be a very sensitive, intimate, and painful experience for the patient. Of course, some patients can negatively interpret this type of massage (lymphatic drainage). Needless to say, the practitioner must have bold compassion, patience, empathy, caring, and understand-ing. Anything less than a superior quality of respectful service would have long ago brought Phyllis Tubbs-Gingerich’s practice to a standstill. Her reputation as a provider of such services is sterling; her patients love her and the professionals who refer them have the utmost respect for her. Phyllis is well-known for her caring, compassionate, respectful, and ethical treatment of those who suffer.
Respectfully,Dr. William M. King, Retired
Professor and Counseling Practitioner