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Scientific Committee

Scientific Committee
At the LAQ, our recommendations, positions, educational materials, and training are based on science.
We are very fortunate to be able to count on the knowledge and wisdom of the country’s leading specialists.

Our scientific committee

Anna Towers, MD

Anna Towers, MD is Director of the Lymphedema Program and Palliative Care Support Services at the McGill University Health Centre. She is also Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology at McGill University, Montreal. Dr. Towers was instrumental in the founding of the LAQ. She serves as the association’s scientific advisor. She is also a strong advocate for lymphedema awareness.

Dr. Towers is actively involved in the programs organized by the LAQ. She continues to support our efforts with the Ministry of Health and Social Services to ensure that lymphedema prevention and treatment services are accessible.

Dr. Towers is the coordinator of the McGill Lymphedema Research Program. She is involved in scientific studies investigating the incidence and risk factors of lymphedema, as well as the efficacy of lymphedema treatments. Dr. Towers supports the development of lymphedema programs nationally through the Canadian Lymphedema Partnership, as well as participating in international projects.

Dr. Towers is an honorary life member of the LAQ.

Marie-Eve Letellier, PhD, MSC, BSC, KIN, KT, ORT, ALT, CDT (V)

Marie-Eve Letellier, PhD, bases her thoughts and interventions for lymphedema on a doctorate in physical rehabilitation from McGill University, as well as her training as a kinesiologist, therapist and instructor in both lymphedema theory (Vodder) and  aqualymphatic therapy (TAL) (Tidhar). A clinician-researcher and lymphedema specialist, Ms. Letellier is particularly interested in arm dysfunction during and after breast cancer treatment. She works in both hospital and private practice.

Dr. Towers, Ms. Letellier and Ms. Lapointe are supported by the rich community of lymphedema professionals that is Québec’s strength.

The LAQ is also affiliated with the Canadian Lymphedema Partnership, giving us access to the most up-to-date knowledge and position statements in the country.

Chantal Lapointe, PHT, M.Reha., TLC, TAL, ECSA, (CS)

Chantal Lapointe, PHT works at CHU Sainte-Justine with pediatric patients in a variety of settings: neurology, orthopedics, trauma, burns, oncology, rheumatology and lymphedema. In 2016, she graduated from the Université de Sherbrooke with a master’s degree in pediatric lymphedema. Ms. Lapointe has also authored numerous scientific publications in her field of expertise. In 2023, Ms. Lapointe received the Professional Career Award from the Multidisciplinary Committee as part of the Sainte-Justine UHC Gala of Recognition.