Vanessa Sifontes is an Oncology Rehabilitation Specialist who has dedicated the bulk of her career to massage therapy for Head & Neck Cancer Rehabilitation with hands on intervention, as well as significant research within Oncology. Her career started at Baylor University where she graduated with a Masters Degree for Communication Sciences and Disorders. During her first rotation in Houston she was exposed to the rehabilitation of oncology patients via a multimodal approach which she then adopted and improved. Highly trained in Myofascial release, trigger point release, lymphedema management, scar management, and TMJ management. Vanessa is able to address patients’ needs with a well-rounded approach and unique skillset.
In addition, Vanessa is a trained Burn Scar Massage Therapist (BSMT), qualified to handle full-body massage for 1-4 degree burns. This process promotes healing, releases scar bands to improve range of motion, improves blood circulation, decreases anxiety, and improves immunity by promoting lymphatic health among other benefits.
Manual lymphatic drainage
Scar tissue/fibrosis management
Trigger Point Release
Rejuvenating Facial Massage
Cancer Related Cognitive impairment evaluation and treatment available upon request.
Vanessa’s enthusiasm toward education, treatment, and contribution to development of protocols and strategies that maximize overall patient care is inspiring and contagious. Her passion for innovation, research and patient driven outcome is evident in every project she is involved in. With a long a history of leadership dedicated to excellence, creativity and innovation, Vanessa is excited to join the Colorado Natural Medicine Team.
Current Professional Memberships:
Fascia Research Society Member since 2018
European Head and Neck Society Member
American Speech Language and Hearing Association Member
Sifontes, Vanessa, Pori Certified, and Oncology Rehabilitation Specialist. “An Introduction to Oncology Rehabilitation and the Role of Manual Therapy, Part II” 2019, Issue II, Journal of Massage Science.
Sifontes, Vanessa, Pori Certified, and Oncology Rehabilitation Specialist. “An Introduction to Oncology Rehabilitation and the Role of Manual Therapy,” 2019, Issue I, Journal of Massage Science.
Westlake, Frannie, and Vanessa Sifontes. “Collaboration in an Oncology Rehabilitation Clinic.” Rehabilitation Oncology 36, no. 3 (2018): 9–10. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.REO.0000000000000130.