Monique Lisa Abner, MD, CWSP, was born and raised in Springfield Massachusetts. She received her undergraduate training at Dartmouth College where she majored in biology with a minor in anthropology. Her medical degree was obtained from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. She completed her General Surgery training at The Ohio State University and then received her fellowship training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Wright State University. She then completed an Orthopaedic Hand Surgery Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Combined Hand Surgery Program. She moved to Charlotte in 1997 to establish her solo practice, and became the city’s first African American board–certified Plastic Surgeon. She served as the Chair of the Department of Surgery at the Carolina Medical Center-Pineville for a two-year term. She also served as Section Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery for four years. Dr. Abner has received certification in hyperbaric medicine, and also certification by the American Board of Wound Management.
Monique now works in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania with Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine, which is a part of Tower Health Medical Group.
Professional affiliations include life time member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, member of the Underseas Hyperbaric Medical Society , and member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care.
Suzie Ehmann, PT, DPT, CWS, CLT-LANA, is clinical specialist working at Atrium Health Stanly. Over the last 14 years, she has dedicated her practice to the evaluation and comprehensive treatment of patients with lymphatic disorders and chronic non-healing wounds. Dr. Ehmann has a focused interest on the science of compression and impact of edema management on functional ability and mobility. She has spoken nationally and internationally on this topic.
Dr. Ehmann is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist through the Lymphology Association of North American; a Certified Wound Specialist through the American Board of Wound Management. She is a proud member of the Lymphology Association of North America and the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care. She has been a featured speaker at national and international conferences, such as the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care, Wild On Wounds, National Lymphedema Network International Conference, European Wound Management Association, International Compression Club and numerous regional lymphedema and wound conferences. In addition, she has authored several articles published in peer reviewed journals.
Laura Swoboda, DNP, APNP, FNP-C, CWOCN, is a Nurse Practitioner and Wound Healing Coordinator for Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Community Hospital Division, where she advocates for nurse practitioners and nurse participation in research. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) with a thesis entitled “Decreasing hospital acquired pressure injuries through education in Braden sub-score based prevention interventions.” During her time at UWM she was able to study abroad in both Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand and Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Swoboda is a strong proponent of evidenced based practice, and enjoyed participating on an international research team in Amphur Muang, Thailand through the UWM College of Nursing. She is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound, the Wound Ostomy & Continence Nurses Society, and the Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin.
Martha Kelso, RN, LNC, HBOT is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Wound Care Plus, LLC, the largest mobile wound care provider in the Midwest.
With over 20 years’ experience in advanced wound care, Kelso is a visionary and entrepreneur in the field of mobile medicine. “We identified a pressing need for access to high quality wound management across the entire continuum of care.” This is what motivated her to establish Wound Care Plus. Their skilled and caring wound specialists use innovative products and cutting-edge technology to treat individuals with wound or skin issues at almost any site of care. They pride themselves on bringing advanced wound care and clinical excellence, supported by evidenced-based medicine, to clients and caregivers alike.
And they don’t stop at wound prevention and treatment. Kelso and her team have a relentless passion for education as a vehicle to elevate the art and science of wound healing. They have educated thousands of health care professionals and caregivers, not just on the practicalities of wound care, but also on federal regulations and national guidelines. “This pragmatic approach to wound care education paired with our holistic treatment methodology has positioned Wound Care Plus as an industry leader.”
Kelso is a published author and a member of several national advisory boards. She is frequently called upon as a legal expert witness and has been a featured speaker at more than 300 educational events. She is currently the Principal Investigator for a CMS funded Clinical Research study on the efficacy of Platelet Rich Plasma. Kelso is widely recognized as being a pioneer in the advanced wound care arena who works tirelessly to shape the future landscape of healthcare.