Meet a Member
Andréa Leiserowitz, PT, DPT, CLT, Board Certified Specialist in Oncologic PT
Meet Andréa, APTA Oncology’s Public Relations Chair!
A college friend’s diagnosis of recurrent nasopharyngeal cancer became the catapult into oncology before she even started PT school. Andréa watched her good friend struggle with functional problems, including ascites and B LE lymphedema, which created a determination to help prevent and reduce psychological and physical harm in oncology survivors and their families.
Andréa received her MPT from the University of Michigan-Flint, her DPT from the University of Montana, double lymphedema certification from Klose and Norton, and became board-certified in oncology. She trained with oncology PT legends like Charles McGarvey, Lucinda Pfalzer, Eileen Donovan, Elizabeth Augustine, Kathie Hummel Berry and Pam Massey. Clinical experience gained from the NIH, MD Anderson Cancer Center, the University of Washington’s (UW) inpatient PBSCT and general oncology program, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) outpatient PT department and her current outpatient practice in Eugene, Oregon, informs her clinical practice and teaching PT/PTA students, physician conferences and cancer survivor programs. Andréa was proud to serve on the committee to create ABPTS oncologic board certification.
She is passionate about teaching and writing to help increase oncologic rehab intervention and believes that the United States should move towards a standard model of automatic PT referral and care for the underserved populations of oncology, lymphedema, palliative care, and end of life. After creating the SCCA PT department, she worked with the UW to create automatic PT referrals for head and neck, melanoma, breast and PBSCT/BMT patients.
She believes that all PT/PTA programs should weave education throughout the curriculum, to better prepare and encourage students to help these underserved pediatric and adult cancer patients, encourage oncology PT program development nationally and internationally, and advocate for automatic rehab inclusion as part of the primary oncology team. One of the most interesting opportunities to teach oncology rehab for our Academy was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2012.
You can find her published Op-Eds online in The Seattle Times and Cure Today.
Andréa currently works with a variety of oncology patients in her Oregon-based clinic, Oncology Physical Therapy, and serves as adjunct clinical faculty at UW, George Fox, Pacific University and Lane Community College. In her spare time, she and family explore the Pacific Northwest through camping, hiking, biking, and skiing.