Byron Shier, MBA, B.Sc. O.T., CLT- LANA., CHE, CCLCP, graduated from University of Alberta Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine: Department of Occupational Therapy in 1996. Since graduating, Byron has clinical experience in hospital acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient clinics. In recent years, his practice has focused on offering home and community based clinical services: acquired and traumatic brain injury, orthopaedics, soft tissue injury, chronic pain, lymphedema management and oncology rehabilitation. Since 2012 he has completed continuing education and training in medical-legal cost of future care/life care plan assessments and became a Canadian Certified Life Care Planner (CCLCP) through International Commission on Health Care Certification in January 2014. He is a certified Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) provider, and a Certified Health Executive (CHE) with Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Byron completed Vodder-Foldi Lymphedema training in 1998, and became certified as a Lymphedema Therapist with the Lymphology Association of North America (CLT-LANA) in 2002. He is also a trained Lymphedema compression garment and stocking provider.
Byron has presented at conferences including: the National Lymphedema Network Conference (2000), the Capital Health Wound Care Prevention: Principles and Practice Conference (2003), Alberta Provincial Breast Cancer Program Retreat (2008), and Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy National Conference (2013). He delivered a workshop: Edema, Lymphedema and Leg Wounds: Improving Clinical Outcomes (2012) at The Canadian Association of Enterostomal Therapy 31st annual conference, in Vancouver, B.C., and a Webinar sponsored by the Canadian Occupational Therapy Association in 2014: "Opportunities for Occupational therapists in Lymphedema Management."
In 2007, Byron was a guest lecturer offering continuing education training to healthcare professionals in Palliser Health Region, Medicine Hat, Alberta, and Covenant Health Region, Camrose, Alberta. From 2005 to 2009, Byron developed and taught a credited course on Lymphedema management at the University of Alberta: Department of Occupational Therapy. Byron has authored: A shift to Chronic Disease Management (2012) and The Occupational Therapist’s Role in Lymphedema Self-Management (2012). He also co-authored: The Interdisciplinary Lower Leg Assessment Form (2006).
In 2003, he founded the Calgary Lymphedema Rehabilitation and Consulting Services, Inc., a Calgary, Alberta-based outpatient clinic that offered the first multidisciplinary, Lymphedema assessment and treatment services in Southern Alberta. The clinic provided Lymphedema, oncology and general rehabilitation services, as indicated, for referred clients. Byron also successfully developed and offered a monthly lecture for Tom Baker Cancer Centre’s patients and families on Lymphedema management associated with cancer care. The demonstrated clinical outcomes resulted in Tom Baker Cancer Centre and Alberta Health Services launching an internal Lymphedema rehabilitation program to serve patients in Calgary and Southern Alberta in 2009. Byron continues to advocate for chronic disease Lymphedema management services in Canada. While successfully completing the Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation with Canadian College of Health Leaders in 2011, Byron submitted an essay: “Population Health: The need for chronic disease Lymphedema care management in Canada,” to raise awareness of importance of Lymphedema management with Canadian healthcare leaders.
Since 2009, Byron has had the opportunity to continue his practice in British Columbia and recently relocated full-time to Vancouver Island. He continues to offer community based Occupational Therapy rehabilitation services primarily serving central Vancouver Island. Byron accepts referrals from family physicians, medical specialists, attorneys, insurance adjusters, coordinators, and disability managers. Byron welcomes inquiries from individual clients and family members. He is an approved ICBC Occupational Therapy rehabilitation provider.