Tucked snugly under a brownstone near the Hudson, I nearly missed the Lymphedema Alliance when I visited in June 2016. After guiding me through the tranquil massage and treatment rooms, the receptionist explained, “this is the only complete shop for someone with lymphedema in New York City. " One can find consultation, massage treatments, garment fitting, and wrapping techniques in one place. Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive swelling of a limb or body part, and few to no medical centers are dedicated entirely to the prevention, treatment, and maintenance of this disease. Although the Alliance is an out-of-network concierge clinic, meaning that they offer intensive care to a limited number of privately paying patients every year, the receptionist clarified that other patients and care givers are welcome to walk in and meet one of the therapists to learn more about Lymphedema Alliance’s unique top-to-bottom healthcare.
Established in 1982, the Roberto Clemente Family Guidance Program has three components: mental health, primary health care, and community health. Their programs provide family oriented, culturally sensitive primary health care, and psychotherapy. The Center also offers educational and training opportunities.