A single-story building on high-traffic Euclid Avenue has been home to several different Chinese restaurants over the years.
But after the Golden Dragon Mandarin Restaurant closed, the 912 S. Euclid Ave. building sat vacant. After a six-year hiatus, though, the building is seeing new life. Since Nov. 1, it's been home to Advanced Total Wound Care
. Inside, owners Tracy Robertson and Theresa Dore are offering state-of-the-art wound care to the community.
“It’s a passion of mine,” says Robertson, a Nurse Practitioner and Certified Wound Care Specialist. “I was doing wound care in another facility here in town. I opened and ran that for four years. In that year after I left, Teresa and I actually came up with this idea of opening up an independent wound care center.”
She and Dore previously worked together. Dore is also a Certified Wound Care Specialist and Registered Nurse.
Robertson says their purpose is to not just heal the wound, but to look at the whole person.
“People don’t understand that when they go to their primary care doctor, they have 15 minutes,” she says. “Our patients typically need more care than what a provider can give them. Not only that, but we look at the patient as a whole.”
Patients who have wounds that need extensive treatment typically have other issues, Robertson says, including unmanaged diabetes or circulation problems. The wounds Robertson and Dore treat usually haven’t healed after 30 days and are part of a chronic condition.
“Typically, there’s an underlying reason as to why this wound has stalled in the inflammatory phase. We look at the whole person and what is the reason for what’s going on with them. Is their sugar out of whack, do they have diabetic ulcers or an infection in the bone or something like that?”
Robertson and Dore also keep up with the latest research in order to make sure their patients get the most up-to-date treatments and individualized care.
She explains the care they provide is unique because they take a culture of the bacteria in the wound, culture it, and test it against at least 50,000 bacteria strains to find the right treatments.
“It’s a big science as to healing and wound care. You really have to look at the whole person and what’s going on with them.”
Along with treating wounds with topical and systemic antibiotics, Robertson says they also offer non-contact debridement, which uses ultrasound to clean the wound.
“A lot of wounds have nerve endings in them and contact is painful for the patient, but the non-contact ultrasound allows us to clean the wound without irritating the nerve endings.”
The treatment also helps kill bacteria behind the wound and circulate blood to the wound to help it heal faster.
Robertson and Dore take patients directly without referrals, depending on insurance. To learn more about the care they offer, visit online or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org