Medical Advisory Board

LympheDIVAs works with physicians, physical therapists, nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to assure our customers that the products we design are medically correct. Our medical advisory team oversees the development of our products and helps us monitor product testing.

tn-hl2.jpgHoward A. Levin, M.D.

Dr. Levin is the father of the founder of LympheDIVAs, LLC, Rachel Levin Troxell. Following graduation from Medical School, he was trained in Internal Medicine in the Harvard training program at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Mass. He spent the next four years as a post doctoral fellow in Immunology and Rheumatology at Harvard University and a year the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel as a Fullbright Scholar. In 1972 he then received an appointment as Senior Staff Fellow in the Immunology Department of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. From 1976-1988 he practiced Internal Medicine and Rheumatology and served as Medical Director of the 70 physician San Jose Medical Group in San Jose, California. After several years as a medical director for an insurance company he spent 10 years as a management consultant and partner with Milliman, USA, an Actuarial and Management Consulting Company. Dr. Levin is currently vice president and chief medical officer for LympheDIVAs. 

tn-cs.jpgCynthia Shechter, CLT-UE, OTR/L, CIMT, MA

Cynthia Shechter founded her company in 2013 driven by a longstanding desire to empower her patients to manage their long term lymphedema care by understanding their bodies from the inside out. Her desire came by way of her formal education, her nurturing instincts and natural abilities, and the early experience of losing a parent, which deepened her empathic qualities as she observed close-up the difficulties for patients and their families. Cynthia Shechter is a born teacher and wants her patients to understand exactly what is going on with their bodies, their treatment, and their own role in healing.     

Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Sociology from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University, she took her practice a step further by focusing on each person’s unique/special treatment needs.  This philosophy went beyond the textbook philosophies of the 1970s, which are still established as standard practice despite the fact that science and patient education that has evolved over the last forty years. The modern concept of treating the whole body, the entire person as an individual and  the understanding that a body in motion, stays in motion,  gave way to the ShechterCare Experience.

tn-jz.jpgJeannette Zucker, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA

Jeannette Zucker holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University.  She received her lymphedema certification from Klose Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy in 2002 and started her career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2003.  She assisted with the development and expansion of the lymphedema therapy program and advanced through the clinical levels from Staff Physical Therapist to Senior Physical Therapist and then to Lymphedema Clinical Specialist.  Currently as Outpatient Therapy Supervisor she continues to work on further developing the lymphedema service to promote the awareness, early diagnosis, and risk minimization of lymphedema.   

Jeannette joined the faculty of the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy in 2009 and serves on the Medical Advisory Board for Lymphedivas as well as for Lohmann & Rauscher.  She is certified by the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA), was awarded the Susan G. Komen Scholarship by the National Lymphedema Network (NLN) in 2006, and was honored in 2012 by a New York State Senate Legislative Resolution (K901-2011) for outstanding advocacy and promotion of lymphedema awareness.  

Jeannette has served on the Scientific Committee of the NLN conferences since 2008, served as Chair of the Scientific Committee in 2017, and is the Scientific Committee Chair of the 2019 NLN Conference. She continues her dedication to the lymphology community by serving as Executive Director of the National Lymphedema Network.  Her professional interest is to promote advocacy, awareness, and clinical education related to lymphedema and lymphedema therapy while encouraging patient empowerment and clinician engagement.