About Lymphedema

Lymphedema can be primary, which is a congenital malformation or decreased number of lymph nodes, or secondary, which is acquired oftentimes from surgery to remove lymph nodes, radiation and trauma. Both require extensive therapy and maintenance.

Certified Lymphedema Therapists

Williamson Medical Center’s Physical Therapy department is proud to introduce two of Middle Tennessee’s most highly trained Certified Lymphedema Therapists. Christi Ford and Mitzi Smith have both completed the comprehensive 135-hour certification course from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies and are practicing at our Tollgate Medical Plaza therapy center conveniently located just off I-840 in Thompson’s Station. Because Lymphedema is a lifelong, chronic condition, the appropriate therapy is crucial to minimizing the side effects, which include excessive swelling, tissue hardening, recurring infections, pain and loss of mobility.


The gold standard for lymphedema management is Complete Decongestive Therapy, which is a two-phase treatment that must be performed by a licensed therapist. Once certain benchmarks are achieved, we help the patient through their self-maintenance phase that includes skin care, compression garments and self-bandaging.

Conveniently located at Tollgate Medical Plaza

Our therapy clinic in Tollgate Medical Plaza is easily accessible from both I-840 and I-65 as well as the communities south of Franklin. We are on the ground floor of the facility and parking is conveniently located right at our front door. We know managing lymphedema is hard enough, so we’ve taken great measures to ensure the therapy process is easy and convenient. To make an appointment, please obtain an order from your physician.

If you or your physician have questions, call 615.435.5321.


With proper care, lymphedema can be managed and controlled. Our goal is to make sure each patient has the best possible experience and a long-term plan.

- Mitzi Smith

Physical Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist

Lymphedema is a lifelong condition, but our goal is to help patients manage it effectively and efficiently.

- Christi Ford

Physical Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist


Our Certified Lymphedema Therapists trained at The Academy of Lymphatic Studies.