Podiatrist receives wound care certification

Feb 07, 2014
Dr. Gretchen A. Lawrence

Dr. Gretchen A. Lawrence, of Smoky Mountain Foot and Ankle Clinic, recently received board certification in wound care. The certification is obtained through a written exam which is offered to medical doctors, doctors of osteopathic medicine and doctors of podiatric medicine throughout the United States and abroad. Once an individual passes such an exam, they will receive fellowship status in the the Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing. This group is the very first physicians-only group dedicated to wound care.

The mission of the Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing is to enhance the treatment and decrease the pain, suffering and dysfunction of patients with complex wounds. These patients are treated by physicians involved in the care of all wounds, including acute, chronic, post surgical, post radiation, reconstructive, burns and other problematic wounds. The academy’s purpose is to improve the quality of life for those patients domestically and worldwide through physician and patient education and advocacy, as well as engaging in legislative initiatives involved with the delivery of healthcare.

Lawrence, who specializes in all aspects of foot and ankle medicine and surgery, is accepting new patients. Lawrence, as well as the Smoky Mountain Foot and Ankle Clinic, specializes in the treatment of diabetic wounds and ulcers of the foot and ankle. Lawrence has spent considerable time educating herself in the complex field of wound care.   She welcomes patients for an assessment or second opinion.

Smoky Mountain Foot Clinic currently serves the people of all of Western North Carolina in its Asheville, Waynesville, Sylva, Franklin and Murphy locations.  Please call 452-4343 for an appointment.