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Informational Lipedema Videos

Lipedema is a condition that is caused by abnormal fat cells disproportionately located in the lower body, and sometimes in the arms, that almost exclusively affects women. The fat is abnormally increased in the hips and legs but significantly less in the abdomen – nearly the opposite of obesity.

What is Lipedema?

Lipedema is a condition that is caused by abnormal fat cells disproportionately located in the lower body, and sometimes in the arms, that almost exclusively affects women. The fat is abnormally increased in the hips and legs but significantly less in the abdomen – nearly the opposite of obesity.

If you notice unnatural fat deposits and an abnormal enlargement of your legs or arms, you should visit a doctor for a diagnosis right away. Lipedema can worsen if left untreated, which can eventually lead to complications such as pain and a lack of mobility.

What happens with diseased fat cells?

Symptoms of lipedema include:

A smaller upper body and a much larger lower body, particularly the buttocks and legs’

Large, column-like legs Unexplained weight gain in the lower body

Legs that are tender and painful and bruise easily

Inability to lose weight in the lower body through diet and exercise

Signs and Symptoms of Lipedema

Symptoms of lipedema include: A smaller upper body and a much larger lower body, particularly the buttocks and legs’ Large, column-like legs Unexplained weight gain in the lower body Legs that are tender and painful and bruise easily Inability to lose weight in the lower body through diet and exercise

A lipedema-trained physician, using history and physical examination, can diagnose lipedema if a constellation of many signs and symptoms are present.

What is the Procedure Like?

A lipedema-trained physician, using history and physical examination, can diagnose lipedema if a constellation of many signs and symptoms are present.

A lipedema-trained physician, using history and physical examination, can diagnose lipedema if a constellation of many signs and symptoms are present.

Unexpected Weight Gain
A lipedema-trained physician, using history and physical examination, can diagnose lipedema if a constellation of many signs and symptoms are present.

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Lipedema-Aware Providers

Premier Lipedema Clinic is grateful for our regional clinicians partnering with us to provide excellence in care and compassion for Lipedema patients. Premier is always looking to partner with more care providers.

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Enrica Basilico, MD, Board Certified in Obesity and Internal Medicine

Swedish Weight Loss Services – First Hill

1124 Columbia Street Suite 400

Seattle, WA 98104

206-215-2090

https://swedish.org/doctors/bariatric-medicine/wa/seattle/enrica-basilico-1053348896

 

Drake Hinkins, PA-C

Multicare Rockwood Clinic

3016 E 57th Ave Unit 27

Spokane, WA 99223

509-342-3300

https://multicare.org/provider/drake-hinkins/

 

Jessica LaPlante FNP-C

Functional Medicine of North Idaho

8382 N Wayne Drive Suite 204

Hayden, ID 83835

208-635-5265

https://functionalmedicine-ni.com

 

Amelia Mahoney, DNP Family Care and Preventive Care

Confluence Health – Moses Lake

840 E Hill Ave

Moses Lake, WA 98837

509-764-6400

https://confluencehealth.org/our-providers/amelia-mahoney-dnp/

 

Savitha Subramanian, MD, Board Certified in Endocrinology

UW Medicine Lipid Clinic

750 Republican Street Bldg F

Seattle, WA 98109

206-744-9200

https://uwmedicine.org/bios/savitha-subramanian

 

Kerry Traugott, DNP Obesity and PCOS Specialist

A Community Wellness Clinic

2405 E 17th Ave Stuie 113

Spokane, WA 99223

509-720-8516

https://drtraugott.com

  

Jamie Van Tine, FNP-C Family Medicine

Whitman Medical Clinic

1210 W Fairview St

Colfax, WA 99111

509-397-4717

https://whmc.org/provider-directory-module/providers/jaime-van-tine/

 

Christine White-Deeble, ND focused on complex family medicine

Natura Health and Wellness Clinic

1805 Bancroft St.

Missoula, MT 59801

406-317-1965

https://natura.health

Primary Care

Enrica Basilico, MD, Board Certified in Obesity and Internal Medicine

Swedish Weight Loss Services – First Hill

1124 Columbia Street Suite 400

Seattle, WA 98104

206-215-2090

https://swedish.org/doctors/bariatric-medicine/wa/seattle/enrica-basilico-1053348896

 

Drake Hinkins, PA-C

Multicare Rockwood Clinic

3016 E 57th Ave Unit 27

Spokane, WA 99223

509-342-3300

https://multicare.org/provider/drake-hinkins/

 

Jessica LaPlante FNP-C

Functional Medicine of North Idaho

8382 N Wayne Drive Suite 204

Hayden, ID 83835

208-635-5265

https://functionalmedicine-ni.com

 

Amelia Mahoney, DNP Family Care and Preventive Care

Confluence Health – Moses Lake

840 E Hill Ave

Moses Lake, WA 98837

509-764-6400

https://confluencehealth.org/our-providers/amelia-mahoney-dnp/

 

Savitha Subramanian, MD, Board Certified in Endocrinology

UW Medicine Lipid Clinic

750 Republican Street Bldg F

Seattle, WA 98109

206-744-9200

https://uwmedicine.org/bios/savitha-subramanian

 

Kerry Traugott, DNP Obesity and PCOS Specialist

A Community Wellness Clinic

2405 E 17th Ave Stuie 113

Spokane, WA 99223

509-720-8516

https://drtraugott.com

  

Jamie Van Tine, FNP-C Family Medicine

Whitman Medical Clinic

1210 W Fairview St

Colfax, WA 99111

509-397-4717

https://whmc.org/provider-directory-module/providers/jaime-van-tine/

 

Christine White-Deeble, ND focused on complex family medicine

Natura Health and Wellness Clinic

1805 Bancroft St.

Missoula, MT 59801

406-317-1965

https://natura.health

John F Beckwith, PT

Turning Point Lymphedema Clinic

1577 Pearl St Suite 125

Eugene, OR 97401

541-344-1038

https://phppd.providence.org

Tara Branson, Carrie Brown, LMT

Premier Lipedema Clinic

307 W 6th Ave Suite 104

Spokane, WA 99204

509-608-3000

https://rickp162.sg-host.com

 

Jennifer Briant PT, DPT

Kitsap PT

19505 7th Ave NE

Poulsbo, WA 98370 

360-779-3777

https://Kitsappt.com

 

Melissa Carlton, PT, CLT

Central Oregon Lymphedema & Oncology Physical Therapy

2669 NE Twin Knolls Dr Suite. 104

Bend, OR 97701

541-241-0223

https://colophysicaltherapy.com 

 

Flow Lymphatic Health Clinic

805 W Broadway Unit 1803

Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K1

604-875-8695

https://lymphatichealthclinic.com

 

Maria Iles, DPT, CLT

Three Rivers Physical Therapy

2875 Tina Avenue Suite. 2

Missoula, MT 59808

406-541-8778

https://threeriversphysicaltherapy.com

 

Jeana Kaufman, OTR/L, CLT

Lymphedema Therapy of Alaska

2804 W Northern Lights Blvd

Anchorage, AK 99517

907-250-9260

https://lymphedematherapyofak.com

 

Wanju Kellams, LMT specializing in injury treatment

Kellams Massage

677 Woodland Square Loop SE Suite A19

Lacey, WA 98503

425-289-8727

https://kellemsmassages.com

 

Shelagh Lane, LMT CLT

1918 E 26th Ave

Seattle, WA 98112

206-526-8013

https://shelaghlane.amtamembers.com

 

Ruth Ashley Lewing, LMT

105 N. 200th Street

Shoreline, WA 98133

206-920-6978

https://myhandsmassage.com

 

Alanna Nelson, LMT

Value of Touch

139 S. Main Ave

Warrenton, OR 97146

503-468-6383

https://valueoftouch.com

 

Jane Sereda LMT, CLT, Kara Brown LMT, Laura McGuckin MPT, CLT, Sara Nelson PT, DPT, CLT

Therapy Solutions

1455 Columbia Park Trail Suite 102

Richland, WA 99352

509-369-3707

https://therapy-solutions.us

 

Shannon Smith OT, CLT

Valley Medical Center – Northwest Pavillion

400 S 43rd St

Renton, WA 98055

425-690-3650

https://valleymed.org

 

Colette Swain, RMT, CLT

Kamloops Massage Matters

260-546 St Paul Street

Kamloops, BC V2C 5T1

250-299-3636

https://kamloopsmassagematters.ca

 

Taryne Thomas PT, DPT Lymphedema Management, Lipedema Functional Capacity Exam

North Idaho Physical Therapy – Hayden

1172 W Hayden Ave

Hayden, ID 83835

208-762-3332

https://nipt.us/team-members/taryne-thomas/

Janet Todd MPT

Olympic Sports & Spine

16222 Meridian Ave East Suite 101

Puyallup, WA 98375

253-864-7595

https://osstherapy.com/locations/south-hill

 

Megan Vogel, LMT and Mind Coach

Akasha Bodyworks

6869 NE Woodlawn Ave.

Seattle, WA 98115

206-351-0390

Physical / Massage Therapy

John F Beckwith, PT

Turning Point Lymphedema Clinic

1577 Pearl St Suite 125

Eugene, OR 97401

541-344-1038

https://phppd.providence.org

Tara Branson, Carrie Brown, LMT

Premier Lipedema Clinic

307 W 6th Ave Suite 104

Spokane, WA 99204

509-608-3000

https://rickp162.sg-host.com

 

Jennifer Briant PT, DPT

Kitsap PT

19505 7th Ave NE

Poulsbo, WA 98370 

360-779-3777

https://Kitsappt.com

 

Melissa Carlton, PT, CLT

Central Oregon Lymphedema & Oncology Physical Therapy

2669 NE Twin Knolls Dr Suite. 104

Bend, OR 97701

541-241-0223

https://colophysicaltherapy.com 

 

Flow Lymphatic Health Clinic

805 W Broadway Unit 1803

Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K1

604-875-8695

https://lymphatichealthclinic.com

 

Maria Iles, DPT, CLT

Three Rivers Physical Therapy

2875 Tina Avenue Suite. 2

Missoula, MT 59808

406-541-8778

https://threeriversphysicaltherapy.com

 

Jeana Kaufman, OTR/L, CLT

Lymphedema Therapy of Alaska

2804 W Northern Lights Blvd

Anchorage, AK 99517

907-250-9260

https://lymphedematherapyofak.com

 

Wanju Kellams, LMT specializing in injury treatment

Kellams Massage

677 Woodland Square Loop SE Suite A19

Lacey, WA 98503

425-289-8727

https://kellemsmassages.com

 

Shelagh Lane, LMT CLT

1918 E 26th Ave

Seattle, WA 98112

206-526-8013

https://shelaghlane.amtamembers.com

 

Ruth Ashley Lewing, LMT

105 N. 200th Street

Shoreline, WA 98133

206-920-6978

https://myhandsmassage.com

 

Alanna Nelson, LMT

Value of Touch

139 S. Main Ave

Warrenton, OR 97146

503-468-6383

https://valueoftouch.com

 

Jane Sereda LMT, CLT, Kara Brown LMT, Laura McGuckin MPT, CLT, Sara Nelson PT, DPT, CLT

Therapy Solutions

1455 Columbia Park Trail Suite 102

Richland, WA 99352

509-369-3707

https://therapy-solutions.us

 

Shannon Smith OT, CLT

Valley Medical Center – Northwest Pavillion

400 S 43rd St

Renton, WA 98055

425-690-3650

https://valleymed.org

 

Colette Swain, RMT, CLT

Kamloops Massage Matters

260-546 St Paul Street

Kamloops, BC V2C 5T1

250-299-3636

https://kamloopsmassagematters.ca

 

Taryne Thomas PT, DPT Lymphedema Management, Lipedema Functional Capacity Exam

North Idaho Physical Therapy – Hayden

1172 W Hayden Ave

Hayden, ID 83835

208-762-3332

https://nipt.us/team-members/taryne-thomas/

Janet Todd MPT

Olympic Sports & Spine

16222 Meridian Ave East Suite 101

Puyallup, WA 98375

253-864-7595

https://osstherapy.com/locations/south-hill

 

Megan Vogel, LMT and Mind Coach

Akasha Bodyworks

6869 NE Woodlawn Ave.

Seattle, WA 98115

206-351-0390

Ellen Derrick, MD

Boxbar Vascular

3216 NE 45th Pl Suite 207

Seattle, WA 98105

206-596-3976

https://boxbarvascular.com

 

Shawn Isaeff, MD Vascular and Interventional Radiologist

ProVas Labs

5974 Fashion Point Dr. Unit 110

South Ogden, UT 84403

801-917-2270

https://provaslabs.com

Yi Soo Robert Kim, MD

Northwest Vein & Aesthetic Center of Gig Harbor

4700 Point Fosdick Dr. Unit 307

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-857-8346

https://nwveins.com

 

Adnan Rizvi, MD, FACS, Board Certified in Surgery and Vascular Surgery

Providence Vein Center

1923 S Grand Blvd

Spokane, WA 99203

509-626-9484

https://providence.org/locations/wa/vein-center-spokane?ls=location

  

Christopher Rubato, MD, Board Certified Surgeon

Vancouver Vein & Surgical Center

13115 NE 4th St. Suite 230, Tower V

Vancouver, WA 98684

360-448-2047

https://vancouversurgicalcenter.com

 

Sandra Tidwell, ARNP Internal and Vascular Medicine

Providence Vein Center

1923 S Grand Blvd

Spokane, WA 99203

509-626-9484

https://providence.org/locations/wa/vein-center-spokane?ls=location

Vascular Surgeon​

Ellen Derrick, MD

Boxbar Vascular

3216 NE 45th Pl Suite 207

Seattle, WA 98105

206-596-3976

https://boxbarvascular.com

 

Shawn Isaeff, MD Vascular and Interventional Radiologist

ProVas Labs

5974 Fashion Point Dr. Unit 110

South Ogden, UT 84403

801-917-2270

https://provaslabs.com

Yi Soo Robert Kim, MD

Northwest Vein & Aesthetic Center of Gig Harbor

4700 Point Fosdick Dr. Unit 307

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-857-8346

https://nwveins.com

 

Adnan Rizvi, MD, FACS, Board Certified in Surgery and Vascular Surgery

Providence Vein Center

1923 S Grand Blvd

Spokane, WA 99203

509-626-9484

https://providence.org/locations/wa/vein-center-spokane?ls=location

  

Christopher Rubato, MD, Board Certified Surgeon

Vancouver Vein & Surgical Center

13115 NE 4th St. Suite 230, Tower V

Vancouver, WA 98684

360-448-2047

https://vancouversurgicalcenter.com

 

Sandra Tidwell, ARNP Internal and Vascular Medicine

Providence Vein Center

1923 S Grand Blvd

Spokane, WA 99203

509-626-9484

https://providence.org/locations/wa/vein-center-spokane?ls=location

If you would like to submit your care provider as a Regional Lipedema-Aware Provider, please submit that request via email to Info@PremierLipedemaClinic.com.

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