Michael Alatriste, LMT, CLT
Michael Alatriste brings over 15 years of dedicated clinical experience to the practice.
He began treating Lymphedema under the direction of Robert Lerner, M.D., in 1998, at Lerner Lymphedema Services (LLS) in New York City. During this time, he treated post-operative oncology patients with secondary Lymphedema, as well as patients with primary and congenital Lymphedema. While at LLS, Michael realized that minimal focus was placed on the prevention of Lymphedema in post-operative oncology patients, and more importantly, that patients were not thoroughly educated about their risk for acquiring Lymphedema, secondary to their cancer treatment.
In January of 2000, Michael established “Lymphedema Preventive Care & Treatment”, a practice dedicated to the prevention and comprehensive treatment of Lymphedema. Since then, he has lectured at most major cancer centers in New York City, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, St. Vincent’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center, educating physicians and clinical staff on the classifications, stages and management of Lymphedema. He has also presented educational seminars for patients at the American Cancer Society, Manhattan Hope Lodge.
He received his initial Lymphedema certification in Combined Decongestive Physiotherapy through the Lerner Academy of Lymphatic Studies in April of 1998. He has been certified in the Dr. Vodder Method at the Vodder Clinic, Walchsee, Austria, in June of 2004. He also received training in advanced techniques for Lymphedema Management at the Foldi Clinic in Hinterzarten, Germany in May of 2006.
Michael is now the Clinical Director of “Lymphedema Alliance of New York,” where, in addition to overseeing all aspects of patient care, he also consults with both patients and physicians, as a specialist in postoperative care for the surgical management of Lymphedema. He has consulted on this topic extensively in both domestic and international settings and maintains a relationship with Corinne Becker, MD, the surgical pioneer of Autologus Lymph Node Transfer, as well as many regional surgeons who are performing this and other corrective procedures for Lymphedema. He sits on the scientific advisory board of the Corinne Becker Lymphedema Foundation.
Michael is the Founder and Educational Director of TAM: The Alatriste Method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Lymphedema Management, a certification curriculum, in Clinical Lymphatic Drainage and Lymphedema Management presented in partnership with the Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences. TAM is one of the only certification curricula to include training in the surgical management of Lymphedema.
Michael is one of the founding directors of The Alatriste Foundation for Lymphedema Management, a budding non-profit charity focused on providing clinical scholarships to patients who would otherwise not have access to comprehensive care.
Adina, or “Addi” as we know her, comes to our practice in a unique way. Diagnosed with Lymphedema 15 years ago, she has been a patient of our Clinical Director, Michael Alatriste, for the past 13 years. She first met Michael when he lectured at the NYU Rusk Rehabilitation Center. Michael was impressed by her enthusiasm to manage her Lymphedema with dignity and pizazz. Since that time, Addi has worked with Michael to manage and maintain her condition within progressive and stylish parameters allowing her to live a full life.
Eager to share her experience as a patient and help others, Addi decided to join our Clinic as Practice Manager bringing not only her high level Managerial capabilities but also the experience of a person living with Lymphedema, who fully understands the needs of our patients affected by this condition.
She is excited to be part of a facility focused on helping individuals, like herself, achieve the highest degree of satisfaction, in Lymphedema management. Starting this new chapter in her professional life, Addi is reminded of the satisfaction she experienced while volunteering in a pediatric oncology ward, years ago in her native country, Israel.
Rose comes to our facility as a specialty fitter for Lymphedema compression therapy garments. She is a certified and skilled fitter for most products. With previous experience as a seamstress, Rose is able to produce unique and individual strategies for patients in their self-care maintenance. She works with equal success in the choice of either custom-fit or ready-made compression therapy garments for our patients.
Rose is also a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and contributes to other aspects of patient care, such as providing Manual Lymphatic Drainage in all phases of treatment, including prevention as well as surgical management. Rose has been a practicing hands-on therapist since 1989 and as such, she brings considerable skills on this level to enhance her Lymphedema treatment outcomes.
Rose Arrucci, LMT, CLT