Dr. Paul Ferraro, D.O.
His interest in wound care stemmed from a desire to follow his patients' well-being all the way from surgery through long-term care. He began visiting nursing homes himself, but demand out-grew his availability, so he started bringing in nursing staff.
All of the nursing staff at Surgical Wound Care Services have experienced backgrounds in wound care and a dedicated interest in seeing patients find genuine recovery. They make weekly visits to our nursing home partners to check up on patients and provide regular wound care maintenance. They have direct oversight from Dr. Ferraro, who is on-call whenever surgical services are required and who provides guidance should a patient need a change in direction in their wound care treatment. This level of staff experience and local oversight is unavailable from any of our competitors.
• Doctorate: University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Bachelor's: Southwest Missouri State University
• Internship and residency: Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital (now Western Reserve Hospital)
• Clinical assistant professor of surgery, Northeast Ohio Medical University
• Director of wound care, Select Specialty Hospital
• Medical Director at Summa Barberton Hospital Wound Care Center
• American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
• American Osteopathic Association
• American Medical Association
McKenzie Christie, MSN, FNP-C
Certified Nurse Practitioner
McKenzie has been a Nurse Practitioner with SWCS since December 2016. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Kent State University in 2012. Previously, she worked as a registered nurse at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus in the Heart Failure ICU and St. Thomas Summa Wound Care Center. McKenzie graduated from Malone University's Master of Science program as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a member of the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. When not at work, McKenzie enjoys spending time with her husband and family.
Emonica J. Faison
Emonica J. Faison joined SWCS in June 2017. She graduated from Kent State University's Master of Science Program as a Adult Nurse Practitioner in 2013. Prior Nurse Practitioner's experience in the Primary care/Community setting. Registered Nursing background in critical care & travel nursing. Member of the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses & the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Prior exposure to chronic wounds started at the beginning of her nursing career over 12 years ago and was intrigued by the overall healing process from initial presentation to complete closure. Outside of working, Emonica like to explore trails at national parks & travel with her 5 year old collie-shepherd mix pup.
MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN
Althea was born, raised, educated and spent most of her life in India. She is married with two daughters, both are nurses, married and have kids. Althea served in the Indian Military Nursing Services for about 15 years, traveled all over India. She has been a nurse for over 35 years and has loved each moment of the profession. Coming to this country opened up a lot of opportunities for her, not only for work but education as well. Althea got interested in wounds while working and saw a window of opportunity for career growth. She went back to school, working full time, graduated with BSN from Indiana Wesleyan University, so she could get into the Wound Ostomy Continence School, which required BSN. She completed WOCN certification and continued to obtain MSN and completion of APRN. Finally, after a very long struggle juggling between work, school and being a grandmother, Althea graduated with MSN from Kent State University. She obtained her CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist) certification. She joined SWCS with Dr. Ferraro in January 2016. Her specialty as an APRN is Adult Gerontology and her passion is wound ostomy care. Althea loves to see the wound heal and help patients in their time of need with ostomy care.