Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume VIIVICTORIOUS WOMEN
Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington
Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington
Sylvia Hood Washington, PhD, ND, MPH, CLT-LANA, BCTMB, HTCP, RYT-500, is an interdisciplinary trained and Board-Certified Lymphatic Therapist. Born with congenital lymphedema, she is dedicated to working with patients suffering from lymphedema, lipedema, chronic venous insufficiency, and those with compromised immune systems suffering from diseases like Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Diabetes.
Dr. Washington is a formally trained epidemiologist (MPH), a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner (HTCP). a formally trained Naturopath with a Doctorate in Naturopathy, and a Certified Lymphatic Therapist through the Lymphology Association of North America (CLT-LANA). She also uses green complementary and alternative medicine to support environmentally sensitive populations. Dr. Washington has been certified through the National Board Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB) and is a nationally registered yoga instructor (500 RYT).
She offers services in Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD-Vodder) and Complete Decongestive Therapy, Lymphatic Energy Drainage, Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage, Lymphatic Yoga and Lymphatic Breath-work, and Naturopathic Coaching and Counseling. As a formally trained Prenatal and Postpartum Doula, Dr. Sylvia offers prenatal and postnatal massage (BCTMB, LMT) for moms experiencing pain, edema and swelling.
Dr. Sylvia is the editor in chief of the international environmental health journal Environmental Justice (Mary Ann Liebert Publishers). A former Research Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she is the published author of two books on environmental health disparities and over a dozen articles and chapters focused on the impacts of environmental pollution and climate change on public health. A highly regarded public speaker, she has been featured on both public radio (WBEZ) and public TV (WTTW).
A former award-winning journeyman Electronic Systems and Controls Engineer from NASA, Dr. Sylvia operates out of an environmentally healthy, registered LEED Gold building, The Green Buddha Sustainability Center.
Becoming a nationally certified lymphatic clinician was never her intention or her dream when she was sitting at her desk in the late 1980s as one of NASA’s first African American journeyman engineers in the Midwest. Sudden and abnormally intense swelling of her legs and feet, to twice their size in literally one day, would eventually change her life and the lives of her family and patients. Following a traumatic nine months of intense weight gain and medical issues, Sylvia’s swelling was formally diagnosed as primary lymphedema by the famous Cleveland Clinic shortly after the birth of her first daughter. Struggling with managing a chronically swollen body that she had inherited was a fight that made her stronger.