Dr. Tay Sha Howell, MD
Medical Director of the Oklahoma Wound Center and the Diabetic Limb Salvage Program
Dr. Howell is trained in wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy and has been practicing wound care since 2006. She has served as the Wound Care Medical Director for Norman Regional Health System since 2008, covering the Oklahoma Wound Center and the inpatient wound program including the Diabetic Limb Salvage Program. Dr. Howell also served as Wound Care Medical Director for Norman Specialty Hospital for many years. She is the co-founder and chapter leader of the Oklahoma Metro Chapter of Save a Leg, Save a Life. This non-profit organization is dedicated to decreasing amputation rates.
Dr. Michael Kalcich, MD
Dr. Michael Kalcich has been a physician since 1994. In addition to his more than 20 years as an emergency medicine physician, he is trained in wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. He graduated medical school from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Gerry Palmer Holland, DO
Dr. Holland began her career practicing family medicine in Texas. She is trained in hyperbaric oxygen therapy and certified in wound care. She began her wound care practice in 2005 and has been practicing as a wound care specialist full time in Oklahoma since 2009.
Dr. Ester Elizabeth Walker, DO
Dr. Walker practiced emergency medicine for more than 35 years. She began her wound care practice in 2003 and is trained in both wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Dr. Walker is now a full-time wound care specialist.
Stephanie Bloomer, LSWA, MHR, Clinic Operations Manager
Stephanie Bloomer, LSWA, MHR, began her career as a Medical Social Worker before moving into hospital administration. She joins the Oklahoma Wound Center team with over 15 years of hospital leadership experience serving in roles such as Director of Human Resources and Assistant Administrator.
Stephanie attended the University of Oklahoma where she earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree and remains professionally licensed by the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers since 1995. She later returned to the University of Oklahoma where she went on to earn her Master of Human Relations degree with emphasis in organizational development.
Stephanie brings with her valuable experience in wound care program development and the process and requirements of The Joint Commission’s Disease Specific Certification in Wound Care having successfully led a previous Wound Care Program to this distinct certification.
Bill Mullen, RN, Inpatient Wound/Ostomy Specialist
Bill Mullen is a wound care nurse with more than 16 years of wound care experience. He has multiple certifications in wound care including ostomy care, VAC therapy, sharps debridement, and compression therapy. Bill is also a Certified Wound Specialist (CWS). Bill has worked at Norman Regional Health System since 1996.
Karen Ritchie, RN, Diabetic Limb Salvage Nurse Navigator
Karen Ritchie, RN, is Norman Regional Health System's Diabetic Limb Salvage (DLS) Nurse Navigator. Karen began her position in October 2013 and has become an integral member of the DLS program. She coordinates the treatment plan for patients suffering from a diabetic ulcer and serves as the key contact for patients, and is responsible for monitoring and guiding them through the recovery process. Karen provides emotional support and assurance of continuity of care for the patient and their family. She educates them on the healing process, ulcer prevention and how to live a healthy lifestyle. Karen also provides diabetic limb salvage education to Norman Regional Health System nurses and caregivers.
Karen has worked at the Oklahoma Wound Center for six years. She began her career at the Oklahoma Wound Center as a wound care technician before becoming a registered nurse. Prior to her position at Norman Regional, Karen worked as a home health aide for eleven years. She graduated from Oklahoma City Community College with a degree in nursing.
Karen is a member of the Save a Leg, Save a Life Foundation and the American Diabetes Association. She was awarded the Employee of the Year award from the Oklahoma Wound Center in 2012.
Arika Tate, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager
Arika Tate has been a registered nurse since 1999. She has worked at the Oklahoma Wound Center since 2010. Previously, she worked at Midwest Regional Medical Center Wound Care. Arika has also worked in both family and oncology practices
Jack G. Ames, HBO CHT Safety Director
Jack Ames is a certified Hyperbaric Technician and serves as the Safety Director of the Oklahoma Wound Center’s Hyperbaric Oxygen services.
Jack has worked at the Oklahoma Wound Center for the past five years and has worked with Healogics for the past 12 years. Before coming to Norman Regional’s Oklahoma Wound Center, Jack served as the Safety Director of Midwest City’s Wound Care Center.
Mr. Ames is also a retired Lieutenant from the Warr Acres Fire Department.