• Dr. Emily Iker Is Drinking Kangen Water

    Dr. Emily Iker is the founder of Lymphedema Center in Santa Monica and is a big fan of  Kangen Water. Ever since she started drinking it she has more energy. She has to have energy, she is a single mom with two kids and a demanding practice. Dr. Iker is always on the go and speaks…

  • LE&RN Lymphedema 5K Walk/Run in Santa Monica

    LE&RN and Emily Iker M.D. together with Kathy Bates and Y&R’s Larry Warton had a terrific turnout on Sunday! Over 200 people came from all over to celebrate this first ever event in Santa Monica to benefit Lymphedema patients and bring awareness.  

  • SGU Gazette with Dr. Emily Iker

    Dr. Emily Iker, a lymphologist and member of St. George’s University’s second graduating class, paid a week-long visit to SGU to host a series of activities focused on the management and care of lymphedema. Her schedule included a workshop for SGU nursing students on March 21; a workshop for massage therapists and physiotherapists and a…

  • 27th Annual American Venous Forum

      Dear Dr. Iker,   Thank you for taking your time to meet with us the other day. It was a great pleasure meeting with you.   I felt Your clinic was very clean and cozy. and I’m interested to your such a compact compression device. More than anything, I think that you are wonderful not…

  • Kathy Bates and Dr. Emily Iker on The Doctors

    Kathy Bates (LE&RN’s spokesperson) and Dr. Emily Iker (LE&RN’s CA Chapter vice-chair) on the broadcast of The Doctors. LE&RN web links are now on The Doctors webpage. http://www.thedoctorstv.com/videos/kathy-bates-secret-health-struggle In the taping, Kathy made three pleas for watchers to support LE&RN and donate. More people will hear LE&RN’s name in this one broadcast than in any…

  • LE&RN Launches California State Chapter

    Introducing: LE&RN’s California State Chapter We are thrilled to announce the formation of another LE&RN State Chapter, this time in California. The Chapter will bring patients, medical professionals, families, friends, and businesses together to work towards common goals on a more local level. This new Chapter follows closely on the heels of the New York…

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  • Thanks so much Dr Iker. I will see you next month. I can’t express my gratitude that you have helped me so much.

    You have helped to save my mobility. That is the greatest gift I have ever received.

    God Bless You and Your Family.

    Marlene S.

    The Greatest Gift I Have Ever Received!
  • Dr. Iker is knowledgeable. She is professional. She is a warm caring woman. She also has lymphedema. Dr iker understands our disease from the inside-out. The ladies on Dr. Iker’a staff are friendly, cooperative, courteous and smart! I recommend Dr. Iker and the Lymphedema Center.

    Lisa Wooldridge
    Dr. Iker is knowledgeable. She is professional. She is a warm caring woman.
  • Dr. Iker turned my life around.  I have had Lymphedema for more than 22 years and only she has made an improvement in my right arm.  Yes, It is up to me to take care of myself and not blame Dr Iker when I see little improvement, but that always changes because it does improve.  You have to do the work as a patient and follow what she says.  Very Knowledgeable is she!  I drive across Los Angeles to see her that should tell you something.  Also, remember Nancy Brinker who founded the Susan Komen Foundation for furthering research into Breast Cancer?  She wrote a book in the 90s and told her own story of having breast cancer after her sister Susan had passed away of the illness causing Nancy to be proactive and help other sufferers.  She commented that Lymphedema swelling was more disfigurative than breast cancer surgery.  And I have to agree with her.  LA is fortunate to have an expert like Dr. Iker.

    Cynthia C
    Pasadena, CA

    Dr. Iker Turned My Life Around!
  • Dear Dr. Iker,

    Thank you for my diagnosis and treatments.  My experience with you was and is excellent, beginning with your diagnosis, and then treatments for my Primary Lymphedema.

    It was a joy to meet you, and to learn a great deal about lymphedema.  I also appreciated the opportunity to learn a little about you, which was refreshing and something that I believe does not happen often today in medicine.  You spent considerable time answering my questions,  anatomical, physical, and treatments at your office and for me later at home. Your humor is a treat. Most important, and for which I am very grateful, your work was very successful in significantly reducing swelling in both my legs.  You have given me very good mobility, and likely freedom from any future leg skin infections.

    Your staff also was very professional, helpful and friendly, administering CDT and MLD.

    Your office and patient rooms are pleasant.  And your addition to the office of your flowers grown at home is a beautiful and welcoming touch.

    I wish I could have become your patient many, many years ago.  That we met now is thanks to my wife, Diana, and our son, Chris Jr. (Phd), and the internet and Google.

    It is a pleasure to relate my experiences as your patient, and to highly recommend you to future patients.  You have and will, I suspect, continue to provide great comfort and medical successes to some very fortunate patients in the future.

    I look forward to staying in touch, and again my deep thanks to you for all that you have done.

    With best wishes,

    Chris Houser
    Sierra Madre, CA (Adjacent to Pasadena)
    January/February 2015

    My Excellent Experience With Dr. Iker
  • ***** Emily Iker, MD. For Extraordinary Medical Care

    As a fellow professional, I am happy to report that I have had superb treatment from this lovely physician who specializes in the treatment of lymphatic disorders.  Most often found in one or two of the four extremities, lymphedema can be devastating for people who suffer from it and can become an incurable disability.  Dr Iker can inform you thoroughly and graciously everything  you didn’t know about this physical dilemma which can cause intense and immeasurable suffering.   Not only is she informative, but she is a talented and sensitive physician who understands and implements every modern strategy to control, decrease and remedy your pain and suffering.

    My experience in this office has been extremely helpful to my chronic dilemma of lower extremity lymphatic disease secondary to surgical removal of a lymph node years ago.   Having applied usual and customary care for such a problem myself, I only recently had a complication where I found it to be beyond my expertise to try to contain this myself.  Consequently I revisited Dr. Iker who I had seen years ago at which time she had taught me how to attend to my symptoms as a routine part of my own personal health care.  When I returned, just this fall, I was met with such warm and friendly office staff, new modern technology and the comfort  of  Dr. Iker herself whose breadth of knowledge and hands-on physical  therapy gave me tremendous relief.   It is with great admiration and appreciation I would highly recommend Dr. Iker to anyone suffering with this uncomfortable physical abnormality.

    Martha S.

    Martha S.
  • It is such a pleasure to have Dr. Emily Iker as my lymphedema specialist. For years and years I’ve had the chronic condition. It was not until I became her patient, this year, that I actually experienced increased mobility, less pain, and a noticeable decrease in swelling of the affected areas. It means so much to be able to perform daily activities that I struggled thru prior to being treated by Dr. Iker and her wonderful staff. I only wish I could have been in her care at the onset of my diagnosis.

    D. Aaron
    Playa Vista, CA

    D. Aaron
  • I had 16 lymph nodes removed. After chemo, I needed seven weeks of radiation. At week 5 the pain was unbearable. I went to one lymph therapist and got no relief. My Doctor suggested Dr. Iker. After one treatment, I immediately felt less pain and my entire body was relaxed. For the first time since surgery I was able to sleep through the night.

    Dr. Iker is a delight to meet and excellent in her profession. We are lucky she is practicing in Santa Monica.

    West Los Angeles

  • Emily,

    When I no longer had insurance and was living with Lymphedema, I knew I needed a check up and some help. I found Dr. Iker from doing some websearching and was very impressed with her. When I called the office to look into the costs and services, Dr. Iker talked to me and really made me feel like she would take care of me. As soon as Dr. Iker saw me the first thing she told me was that I do not have Lymphedema. After living with this condition for a handful of years, wrapping my leg up in an abundance of wraps and wearing a custom made Jobst that never really fit and took 6 months to get I found out I did not have it. Dr. Iker asked who told me and about taking the Lymphagraph. I had never actually been tested for it, just told I had it. She signed me up and although I had to pay nearly 1000 out of pocket with no insurance, the results came back that my Lymph system was clear. I was in tears of joy and anger and other emotions. I immediately signed up at the YMCA where I was living and tried to start swimming. At the time I was not emotionally ready to live with a new illness. Today I am ready.

    Thank you so much Dr. Iker. Now I am just still dealing with finding insurance event hough my records show a “pre existing medical condtion” that I never really had. Once I get a job again I will be back in. I am very grateful for you and your dedication to these conditions.

    Erin – the girl that does not have Lymphedema

  • Dr. Iker is tops in my book. Exceptionally knowedgeable (she is one of the few true experts in California and been taching, educating, and dealing w. lymphedema on an international scale for years – check out the bio on her website www.LymphedemaCenter.com).

    Numerous doctors  who claimed to be “experts” had diagnosed me with lymphedema simply because my lower legs swelled — a frustrating diagnosis that I seriously doubted, because even a lay read on article on the web showed that I did not meet the criteria. Dr. Iker saw me, took one look at me, examined my record and my body, and immediately negated a finding of lymphedema – instead, she told me I have early stage “lipedema” (lipoedema, as it’s known in Europe).

    Why is this important – getting a diagnosis from an expert?  Ye gads — if you don’t have it, don’t live with it!  Living with lymphedema means a lifetime of special precautions and worries that aren’t present with lipidema. (Mind you, Lipidema has its own problems and if unmanaged, can lead to lipo-lymphedema (e.g., BOTH diseases), but early stage can be managed, and Dr. Iker – bless her heart – gave me the right diagnosis at an early stage. I’ve since seen a lipedema expert who confirmed the diagnosis.  I am so very grateful to Dr. Iker for setting me on the right track to manage lipidema before it worsens & trust her w. questions I have re the functioning of my lymph vessels).

    She’s very down to earth – an honest straighforward doctor w a no-nonsense attitude (e.g., there’s a lot of education and self-management required for lymphedema, and she expects you to do it). If you’re looking for a babysitter, shes probably not the one. If you’re looking for answers and support re lymphedema, give her your trust and don’t settle for anyone else.

    Like most doctors, she’s busy, but It’s far easier to get into the office and to talk w. her than with a large corporate office, and she gives you the time of day. She has only a small office staff, and insurance coverage is limited. But, I’d far rather trust her opinion than many other docs who claims to know the area — she[ does! In this area of medicine – one that has been neglected and misunderstoord in the US for years, she knows her stuff – to me, she is a five-star plus.


    Lisa W.
    Austin, TX

    Dr. Iker Is Tops In My Book!
  • Thank goodness I found your website today. I’ve had my official diagnosis for lymphedema since May 15, but I’ve had the discomfort and inconvenience of it’s symptoms for almost as along as I can remember. I’ve sought out Dr. opinion as long as I was able to express how abnormal the swelling of my legs seemed to me.

    For more than 25 years I took 40 mg. of Laxis every day of my life, finally with my body so drained of Potassium my Dr. admitted he’d never see anyone still walking around with numbers so low. I now worry about kidney damage from taking so much Lasix. About 10 years ago I was diagnosed with Fibro-myalgia and that I probably had had it for the past 50 years, my pain level so extreme I was given Oxycontin for about 6 years until the big scare of that drug being used illegally and how harmful it is, so I asked to be taken off of it and was, only to be put on MS Contin for about 5 years now. After having 3 surgeries on my right leg and 1on my left, for knee replacement and complications, much of the pain is gone, but I realized then I had restless leg syndrome, and was given Myraplex which takes care of that pain. Compared to the past 25 years, I would consider myself pain free and was becoming so anxious to have a normal life again, but now I learn I have this terrible, life altering, disease, Lymphedema.  I have always experienced embarrassing edema, but nothing like what began after my last surgery in my right leg…the left is also affected, though not nearly as badly as the right.

    I am so anxious for my appt. with the lymphedema clinic yet a month down the road. This website has been of the most help I’ve had to date. There are as many as I can get round to reading, yet no help in understanding what is happening and that there may even be some glimmer of hope in my future. Any literature that you might have to send me on your methods or the special equipment, would be especialy appreciated as a good stop-gap measure.

    Thanks for your compassion and expertise in helping people who feel they are at the very end of their rope when they get this diagnosis…

    Carol K.

    Carol K.

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    Dr. Emily Iker

    Dr. Iker is the Director of Lymphedema Center in Santa Monica. She is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist focusing on diagnosis, management and treatment of lymphatic disorders. She received her Medical Degree at St. Georgia’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. After two years of surgical residency at Cabrini Medical Center in New York…


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