Board Members

Desmond Bell, DPM

Desmond Bell, DPM is the Founder and President of “The Save A Leg, Save A Life” Foundation, a multi-disciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to the reduction in lower extremity amputations and improving wound healing outcomes through evidence based methodology and community outreach. He is a Board Certified Wound Specialist (CWS)-(American Board of Wound Management).   He served six years on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Wound Management and presently serves as a Director of the American Board of Wound Management Foundation.  Dr. Bell was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2017.

Dr. Bell is a graduate of Tulane University and the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He is a frequent lecturer and author on the subject of wound care, peripheral arterial disease and diabetes, and is an editorial Board Member of “Today’s Wound Clinic”, as well as being a regular contributor to “Podiatry Today”.

Dr. Bell was awarded a Commendation by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia in 1996 and the Frist Humanitarian Award by Specialty Hospital Jacksonville for 2009.

He has been in private practice in Jacksonville, Florida since 1997 , and does consulting work within the wound care and limb preservation specialties. He is on staff at Memorial Hospital of Jacksonville and Specialty Hospital of Jacksonville. Dr. Bell served on the Medical Executive Committee at Specialty Hospital.

Paulita M. LaPlante

Ms. Paulita M. LaPlante has been the Chief Executive Officer of VASAMED, Inc. since December 1998 and its President since September 1998. Ms. LaPlante served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Marketing & Business Development of Optical Sensors Incorporated from June 1994 to September 1998 and Director of Marketing and Business Development from April 1992 to June 1994. She served as an Interim Vice President of Research and Development from January 1994 to September 1994. She has been a Director of VASAMED, Inc. since September 1998. She serves as Director of Qualigen, Inc. Ms. LaPlante served as a Director of Compex Technologies Inc. since July 1, 2005. She served as a Director of Medtronic VidaMed, Inc. from November 1999 to August 2002. Ms. LaPlante holds a B.S. in Biology from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn.

Charles A. Andersen MD, FACS

Charles A. Andersen MD, FACS is Co-Chair Chief, Vascular Surgery Madigan Army Medical Center. After Graduating from Utah State University, Charles Andersen, earned his medical degree at the University of Utah where he also completed an internship and one year of Surgical Training. He then entered the military where he completed his surgical residency at Madigan Army Medical Center and a Vascular Surgery fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He remained in the military where his positions included program director in General Surgery and Chief of the Department of Surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center for 20 years. After retirement from the Army he remained at Madigan Army Medical Center as a Civilian Physician. He has spoken nationally and internationally on Vascular Surgery and Wound Care. He has 95 peer reviewed publications. Currently he is Chief of the Vascular/Endovascular/Limb preservation Service and Medical Director of the Wound Care Clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma Washington.

Tay Sha Howell, MD

Tay Sha Howell, MD serves as the Medical Director for the Norman Regional Wound Care Program including the Oklahoma Wound Center and the Diabetic Limb Salvage Program. She is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.She had been an honoree in the Journal Record’s 50 Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma in 2012, 2015, and 2016 and now included in The Circle of Excellence. Dr. Howell is a co-founder and co-chapter leader of the OK Metro chapter of The Save A Leg Save A Life Foundation and was a speaker at the national SALSAL conference in 2013.  She served as the Wound Care Medical Director at Norman Specialty Hospital, which obtained JHACO Certification in Wound Care. She has participated in the Belknap proctorship mentoring pre-med students since 2010. Her outpatient Wound Care program has received awards including the Dr. Leu Healthcare Excellence award, Center of Distinction awards, and Center of Excellence awards.  Dr. Howell has chaired several wound care conferences at Norman Regional including a Diabetic Limb Salvage Conference. She serves on the Diabetic Advisory Board for the hospital. She has given numerous educational presentations/Grand Rounds in Norman and Oklahoma University College of Medicine as well as public presentations on wound care, hyperbaric medicine, and diabetic limb salvage.

Cynthia Fleck, Phd,MBA, BSN, RN, APN/CNS, ET/WOCN

Cynthia Fleck, Phd,MBA, BSN, RN, APN/CNS, ET/WOCN was recently crowned Mrs. Missouri and 5th Runner-up at Mrs. USA; promoting Diabetic Foot Care Awareness and Amputation Prevention as her platforms and launching her national campaign, “Show Me Your Sole #ShowMeYourSole!” Cynthia was formerly the Vice President, Clinical Marketing for Medline Industries, Inc. nearly 9 years where she was instrumental in launching the iconic REMEDY advanced skin care line taking it from 0% market share to 40% market share in less than 6 years and most recently Senior Director, Clinical Marketing at Advanced BioHealing and Chief Commercial Officer and Vice President, Clinical Sales & Marketing at Vomaris Wound Care where she developed national distribution and consistently grew sales by over 25% quarterly. She is currently the President & CEO of Cynthia Fleck & Associates, LLC providing primary patient consultation, management, sales, marketing, training and education, conference hosting and presentations and performing medical/legal review, deposition and expert witness testimony.  Dr. Fleck has presented over 600 seminars and programs throughout the world. A sought after speaker, key-note presenter, author/writer, researcher, creative thinker, conference chair, key opinion leader, executive level manager, leader, sales & marketing expert and consultant, and medical/surgical liaison, she has been an invited lecturer at university, national and international programs and symposia throughout the world. She has written over 300 articles and manuscripts for various peer reviewed and clinical publications including chapters in the classic wound care reference texts, Chronic Wound Care 3rd and 4th Editions, Wound Care Practice, and Chronic Wound Care: The Essentials as well as numerous other chapters in wound care and similar texts and has edited one book. Cynthia is an engaging and skilled presenter, interviewer, focus-group leader, host, and master of ceremonies, both live and recorded, in front of the camera, on stage or set. She served as Past President and Chairman of the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM), past two-term board member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) where she serves as Columnist and past Membership Chair, Scientific Co-Chair – The Desert Foot Diabetic Foot Conference, Director, The American College of Clinical Wound Specialists, where she serves on the Executive Committee as Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair, and Director, The Save a Leg, Save a Life Foundation.