Hello - I’m Dr. Bardia Anvar,
Founder and CEO of Skilled Wound Care.
I’d like to take a few minutes to tell you about the founding of Skilled Wound Care, and why it’s such a passion: not just for me, but for our whole team.
It was 1994, in college at UCLA; when I woke up at 4 AM, to drive to a remote village in Mexico with some fellow students and faculty advisors to provide a rural health clinic. We drove across the border to a village in Baja California called La Rumarosa (about halfway between Tecate and Mexicali). This was a deeply powerful experience, and I volunteered throughout college with this group - the Flying Samaritans.
Helping people gain access to the care they needed (but couldn’t always get to themselves) became an early passion.
Fast forward 12 years later.
I was a staff general surgeon in a Los Angeles hospital, and I remember waiting in the operating lounge for my next laparoscopic cholecystectomy to begin. It occurred to me that there was a group of people in a nursing home right across the street who were, in their own way, underserved in the area of wound care. At that time - 2007 - nursing home wound care patients were an almost entirely unserved population, but I thought I might be able to help. I started helping out, and I remember my first major breakthrough: I had a patient named Mr “Rivera,” (name changed for privacy reasons) who had a large wound on his sacrum, but couldn’t leave the facility to get the treatment he needed. I figured, if he can’t leave the facility, maybe we can help him right here. I decided to try performing bedside debridements to clean and freshen his wound, and I was thrilled to see it respond. Every week, I came to check on Mr. Rivera, and before long, his wound had rapidly improved. I started getting calls to look at other patients, and at other facilities, to help with their wounds, and that’s how the Skilled Wound Care practice started.
We’ve grown tremendously in the past ten years, and now, instead of just me, we have an entire physician group that treats over a thousand patients a week in nursing homes throughout the United States.
Our practice is founded on a few core beliefs that lie at the heart of what we do.
Access to good care, and especially to wound healing services,
is a right that everyone should enjoy.
Those populations most affected by wounds - elderly patients in nursing facilities - deserve to be cared for in a dignified, honorable way. Healing can happen with basic resources and skilled, trained human touch, and we can track those outcomes even when the circumstances are difficult.
And so today, Skilled Wound Care is a large national surgical-based wound care practice that seeks the absolute best people in healthcare to help us change the way that care is delivered.
That’s our mission:
Over the years, we’ve grown from just me to an amazing team of dedicated people who are providing care to some of the most vulnerable and neglected segments of the population. We pride ourselves on having a unique healthcare practice that puts people first - it’s in our DNA.
Thanks for taking the time to hear our story. I hope it’s clearer why Skilled Wound Care is such a special place, and whether you’re a potential partner, provider, nurse teammate, or even patient,
I really look forward to seeing you soon.
Be well -
Dr. Bardia Anvar