Desiree De Spong
Desiree De Spong was born and raised in Dunedin, New Zealand and is in her second decade of working in complementary medicine and education. Initially trained in Zen Shiatsu, Desiree was introduced to Chapman Reflexes (an osteopathic view on lymphatics) while studying Ortho-Bionomy, this course lead her to a great interest in the lymphatic system. She began her quest for knowledge that would take her around the world. After travelling to the UnitedStates to train with Allen Mills at the Centre for Lymphatic Health, Santa Barbara, Desiree began to develop her proficiency in Lymphatic Decongestive Therapy and then returning to the US to study with Cory Carter from Alt Med Services, South Dakota. Desiree also trained in Manual Lymphatic Drainage with Jill Griffiths from the Weller Institute in Australia.
Desiree completed her studies in Adult Teaching and went on to develop courses in Lymphatic Enhancement Therapy in 2009, launching in 2010 and has been teaching in both New Zealand, Australia and the United States. These courses are also NCBTMB approved in the United States.
Desiree was awarded a research fellowship with Flinders University, Adelaide and completed a trial alongside Professor Neil Pillar, into the benefits of the mild frequency vibration to the chest, axilla and arm in patients with clinically diagnosed arm lymphoedema secondary to breast cancer surgery in November 2010.
Working in the lymphology field since 2004, Desiree has had the opportunity to work with many health conditions and has had successful results treating health issues ranging from lymphoedema, digestive issues to auto-immune conditions and has been working alongside health professionals to promote lymphatic therapy. Desiree has extended her role in the health field and became involved in research, which includes receiving a grant and obtaining ethics approval to study the effects of a technology on arthritis.
Desiree is passionate to continue her research in the area of lymphology, both in manual applications and technology so as to show its potential in managing often crippling conditions. Over the last two years Desiree has been involved in the development of a technology FLOWpresso which has recently launched into the United States, New Zealand and Europe. Desiree holds the position of Clinical Director for Medella Health Ltd
Desiree is based in Tauranga, New Zealand with her partner Steve and three children.