Meet Ellie


Nationally Certified Lymphedema Therapist

Registered Nurse with 30+ years of experience

Louise Tanswell (better known as Ellie) RN, CLT-LANA


Aloha! As a Registered Nurse I have over 30 years’ experience in cancer care and have been professionally trained in treating lymphedema. My practice is in Honolulu and I am one of the very few Nationally Trained (LANA) clinicians in the Pacific region.

I provide medically proven, safe procedures to treat lymphedema, chronic and post-surgical swelling. My primary modality is called Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) - it is a specialized massage technique which has been effective for treating lymphatic disorders for over 90 years. Combined with modern medical technology, MLD has been scientifically proven to be effective and is part of the gold standard to treat lymphedema . There are many "lymphatic massage services" available on the market, however, most are not provided by a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. If you have swelling, it is very important to receive treatment from a certified therapist who has completed at least 135 hours of specialist and advanced training to manage all types of lymphatic disorders.

I am passionate about my work and have become a trusted professional in lymphedema care over the past 10 years. Below are some of my testimonials. I look forward to helping you on your healing journey!

Forever Grateful

"Despite seeing many doctors, Nurse Louise was the only person to tell me I have lymphedema and cellulitis. With the right treatment she got the swelling down and I got my shoes back on! I am forever grateful to Nurse Louise".
Mr James 2019 Honolulu


"The pain I had been suffering in my arm which my doctors said was "post operative swelling", turned out to be lymphedema. Louise was able to give me immediate relief using specialist manual lymphatic drainage."
C.R. Breast cancer survivor 2020 Kailua


"Louise literally turned my life around. I was in pain and miserable with a swollen leg. Her treatments were personalized to my needs making me feel whole and healthy again".
M.S. Cancer survivor 2020 Honolulu


"People need to know about this serious disease and if left untreated it can cause serious infections putting you in the hospital. Thanks to Louise I have learned how to take care of my swollen arm and take back control of this disease. I am so thankful I met Louise."
R.L. Breast Cancer survivor 2022 Honolulu


"Having a swollen neck and throat and not being able to swallow is really scary. Ellie was there for me every step of the way and helped me get diagnosed and treated early. Thanks to her skill and knowledge and teaching me how to take care of myself, my swelling has completely gone"
M.W Throat cancer survivor 2017 Kailua


"Ellie is a godsend! Besides being a wonderful practitioner, she is an empathetic advocate for the lymphedema community. Thanks to her having the latest lymphatic device she was able to get my swelling down fast"
I.T. Breast cancer survivor 2018 Honolulu

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