The First Online Wound Care Education.
We’re More Than a Wound Care School, We’re the Complete Online Resource Center for Wound Care Practitioners
WoundEducators.com is the authoritative resource center for health care practitioners looking to explore the fast-growing field of wound management. WoundEducators.com was developed following years of wound care research to bring you essential information from leading wound management practitioners, researchers, and educators. All information has been synthesized to form engaging, informative and truly effective online wound care programs and educational activities.
Meet Our Team of Wound Care Experts
WoundEducators.com Founder & President
Laurie Swezey, RN, BSN, CWCN, CWS
Laurie Swezey, founder, and president of WoundEducators.com, has been a Registered Nurse for more than a quarter-century, with most of those years dedicated to wound treatment. Ms. Swezey is a Certified Wound Care Nurse and a Certified Wound Specialist. In addition to her work as a Certified Wound Specialist, Laurie is a nurse informaticist and educator. She works collaboratively with leading organizations to improve their operations through innovative technology, information, and practice. Laurie has worked extensively in the home health care industry helping organizations meet the growing demand for wound management by combining the expertise of certified wound specialists with the availability of digital photography and computer technology.
Throughout her career, Ms. Swezey found that certified wound specialists dramatically improve patient outcomes and significantly reduce the overall cost of the care – a win-win for all. She also identified a significant shortage of qualified wound care professionals and available, accessible, and affordable wound care education and wound certification programs. As a result, she shifted her focus from educating a few to facilitating wound certification nationwide. Her goal, and WoundEducators.com’s mission, is to revolutionize wound care by delivering convenient, affordable wound care education, facilitating wound care certification, and enhancing practitioner expertise and patient care.
If you have taken one of our online wound care certification courses or have had questions about which wound certification program is right for you, chances are you have had the pleasure of chatting with Karen. Karen has helped support our students throughout the years to achieve their wound certification goals. Karen is also an integral part of our wound care program partner support. We couldn’t do it without her!
WoundEducators.com Contributors and Advisory Panel
Betsy Myers, PT, CWS, DHS, CSCS, CLT, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedics
Dr. Betsy Myers graduated from Northwestern University with a Masters of Physical Therapy. She went on to obtain both her Master’s and Doctorate of Health Sciences from the University of Indianapolis. Dr. Myers became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist in 2006, a Certified Wound Specialist in 2007, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2019. She has worked in various wound management settings including acute care, outpatient, burn units, and diabetic foot clinics. Dr. Myers is the author of Wound Management: Principles and Practice, the fourth edition of which was published in 2020. She also contributed two chapters to Integumentary Essentials: Preferred Physical Therapist Practice Patterns. Dr. Myers is an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and continues to practice at St. Francis Health System. She serves on the advisory board of Why Wound Care? Dr. Myers also teaches continuing education courses in wound management, lymphedema, and orthopedics.
Heather Hettrick, PT, Ph.D., CWS, AWCC, CLT-LANA, CLWT, CORE
Heather Hettrick is a Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. As a physical therapist, her expertise resides in integumentary dysfunction where she holds four board certifications/credentials.
Heather has diverse work experience in academia and the private sector. She is a key opinion leader and is actively involved in numerous professional organizations, conducts research and publishes, presents, and teaches, nationally and internationally on integumentary-related issues.
Dr. Hettrick is a Past President of the American Board of Wound Management and is a past Board and Executive Committee member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care. She is currently on the board of the World Alliance of Wound and Lymphedema Care, the advisory board for the Why Wound Care Campaign, and Editorial Board for Today’s Wound Clinic. Additionally, she is on the planning committee for the American Vein and Lymphatic Society and Faculty and Director of Wound Education for the International Lymphedema and Wound Training Institute.
Cynthia A. Fleck, RN, BSN, MBA, ET, WOCN, CWS, DNC, CFCN, DAPWCA, FACCWS
Cynthia Fleck has served as past president and chairman of the ABWM board. She has presented over 350 seminars and programs throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, author, and consultant, she has been an invited lecturer at university-held, national and international programs and symposiums. She has written over 150 articles for various peer-reviewed and clinical publications including chapters in the classic wound care reference texts, Chronic Wound Care 3rd and 4th and Wound Care Practice, as well as numerous other chapters in wound care and similar texts.
Cynthia serves as immediate past President of the American Academy of Wound Management (AAWM) and Board of Directors of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC). She is certified through the American Academy of Wound Management as a Board-Certified wound specialist, the Dermatology Nurses Association as a Certified Dermatology Nurse, and the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Certification Board as a Certified Foot and Nail Care Nurse. Cynthia is the Vice President of Clinical Marketing for Medline Industries, Inc. In addition to her full-time work with Medline, Cynthia is the sole proprietor of CAF Clinical Consultant, performing medical/legal chart review, deposition, and expert witness testimony.
How can our team of wound care experts help you achieve wound care certification?
The First Online Wound Care Education.