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Healthy Steps Classes at SMH

M. Patricia Cook, RN, MSN, EdD, Senior Vice President of Clinical Services at Stephens Memorial Hospital (SMH) in Norway announced recently that Lead Mammography Technologist Dawn Derenburger, RTRM, CLM, has returned from a three day intensive training program where she became a Certified Lebed Method instructor of the Healthy Steps TM therapeutic exercise program.


Recognized by the National Lymphedema Network and Major Cancer Society's Healthy StepsTM is a medically-based therapeutic exercise program which is taught by certified instructors.  The program was developed by dancer Sherry Lebed Davis and her brothers who were physicians/surgeons in the early 1980s, in response to their mother's breast cancer diagnosis, and subsequent pain and depression.  The Lebed Method exercises are gentle and therapeutic and may be done sitting or standing.  The purpose of the exercises is to open and increase the flow of the lymphatic system which improves the overall health of the immune system.


Since its inception the program has grown to help not just breast cancer patients, but individuals with chronic illnesses such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and others, as well as people who simply wish to improve their immune systems.  Healthy Steps TM has a presence in over 14 countries worldwide. 


Classes at SMH will debut over the next several months.


Derenburger has been employed with SMH for 6 years, and earned her associate degree in Radiologic Technology at Southern Maine Community College.  She resides in Norway.


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