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THE ORIGINAL MLD INSTITUTE

The Original Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) Institute has served as a public and professional education center for 15 years. Formed under the direction of the Lymphedema Treatment Services (LTS) Clinic of Ft. Lauderdale’s expert staff and physician advisory board, the MLD Institute opened its doors for professionals to learn at the clinic exclusively devoted to Vodder Style MLD. Today, the clinic is experienced on a campus near you through MLD Institute’s international specialized studies.

Elisa DiFalco, MS, OT, LMT, CMLDT

Inspired by her father’s love of science, Elisa attended university at home in Michigan until her NDE experience in 1987. After relocating to Florida with her family, she continued her studies receiving a B.A. Degree in Behavior Science from Lynn University in Boca Raton, an M.S. Degree in Occupational Therapy from Barry University in addition to Massage Therapy licensure.
She became a Certified Manual Lymph Drainage Specialist for The “Pioneer of Lymphedema Treatment,” Surgeon Robert Lerner and a Certified Garment & Orthotic Fitter.  Thereafter, she filled the role of Clinic Director of Florida’s Lymphedema Treatment Services Clinic. LTS served as a model for later clinics by those who attended MLD Certification and had toured the site.

Elisa was LANA Certified, and her educational outreach has been felt through peer-reviewed research, published articles, support groups, National CEU courses in addition to radio, television and convention appearances over the last 15 years. She has also been a guest lecturer at leading universities and a sought after public speaker for cancer organizations, women in business and spiritual health endeavors.

Today, MLD Institute Int’l’s Founder serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of healthcare corporations, colleges, and spas. She is a consultant to major insurance companies and surgeons specializing on the topic of Manual Lymph Drainage. The mother of two enjoys playing piano, martial arts, travel and continues doctoral studies.

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Robert Lerner, M.D

Founder of Lerner Lymphedema Services & Academy (New York, NY)

1980’s

Lerner Lymphedema Treatment Services

Lymphedema Specialists, Certified Orthotic Fitters & American Cancer Society staffed (Sunrise, FL)

1997

Lerner Lymphedema Academy

An NLN Approved MLD Certification Program with clinical experience at the Florida facility. (Sunrise, FL)

1999

Lymphedema Treatment Services

Physician Diagnosis, Treatment, Peer-Reviewed Research, Support Groups, Educators Performed over 100 educational events and physician in-services (Lauderhill, FL)

2000

Elisa DiFalco, Clinic Director & CEU Provider

MLD CEU Course designed for Barry University’s OT Graduate Project approved by the Florida Board of OT (Miami, FL)

2005

MLD Institute International

Specializing in MLD For Spa, Med-Spa, Plastic Surgery, Face, Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Sports & Hospice CEU Providers for OT/PT/LMT (LTS Clinic of Lauderhill)

2006

MLD Institute International Convention Presenters

Florida Occupational Therapy Association* FSMTA* World Convention *Premiere Day Spa Show* AMTA *American Cancer Society *Memorial Hospital West *National Association of Healthcare Givers over 100 presentations

2006-Present

MLD Institute International on Campus

*Keiser University *Lynn University *Barry University *Florida Atlantic University *Nova Southeastern University * Wallace State University* Gwinnett College *Virginia University * FCNH *Cortiva

2006-Present

MLD Institute International Bilingual on Campus

Praxis Institute

2008-Present