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.
In 2015, she became employed by the Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Maryland and was appointed medical director of the Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Medicine in 2017.
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.
Evan Minior, MSN, FNP-BC, is the director of the Advanced Practice Nurse/Physician Assistant practice for the departments of Dermatology and Plastic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic is Cleveland, OH. He provides subject matter expertise for the health system and develops and implements policy, procedures, and practice standards for the safe delivery of care. He completed his Bachelor of Science, Nursing, at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and received his Master of Science, Nursing, at Emory University to become a Family Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse Practitioner.
Olivia Snodgrass is a certified physician assistant working with Drs. D. Brent Kerns and J. Blake Harrison at East Texas Vascular Associates. She earned her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and graduated with honors from Baylor College of Medicine in the Texas Medical Center. She is a proud, Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2012 and received her Bachelors of Science from the School of Veterinary Medicine in Biomedical Sciences. At East Texas Vascular Associates, she runs the outpatient vascular studies clinic, is responsible for the post-operative management and complex wound care, and serves as a surgical first assist in the operating room. Together with her supervising surgeons, Olivia provides care to vascular, colorectal, and general surgery patients. Olivia is passionate about wound care has obtained her Wound Care Certification through the National Alliance of Wound Care. She is an avid dog lover and enjoys finding new coffee shops. Olivia is married to her college sweetheart, Andrew, and is happy to call Tyler, TX her home!
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.