About Us
The Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation Leadership

Dr. Desmond Bell, Executive Director

SALSAL is about partnering with Health advocates of diverse backgrounds.  Our Board members are an engaged and committed group of individuals who bring a significant level of expertise to SALSAL.

SALSAL Ambassadors

Dr. David Armstrong

Dr. William Marston

Dr. Robert McLafferty

Dr. Lee Rogers

Jill Sommerset, RVT

Dr. Amol Gupta

Carla Urff

Dr. Desmond Bell

Dr. Desmond Bell is the Founder and President of “The Save A Leg, Save A Life” Foundation, amulti-disciplinary non-profit organization dedicatedto the reduction in lower extremity amputations andimproving wound healing outcomes througheducation,evidence based methodology andcommunity outreach. His private practicein Jacksonville, FL, specializes in wound management and is dedicated to lower extremity preservation.

Dr. Bell was awarded the Frist Humanitarian Award by Specialty Hospital Jacksonville for 2009 nd Memorial Hospital Jacksonville in 2018. He is a Board Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) havingserved on the Board of Directors of the AmericanBoard of Wound Management for 6 years andpresently serving on the Board of the AmericanBoardof Wound Management Foundation. He has also been elected as aFellow of the RoyalCollege of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Dr. Bell has published numerous articles primarilypertaining to wound management and lower extremity amputation prevention and has served as an Editorial Board Member for the publication “Today’s Wound Clinic” since its inception. He is nationally recognized speaker, with regular faculty roles at AMP, ASCENT and Modern Wound Care Management.

Dr. Cynthia Fleck

Cynthia Fleck has presented over 600 seminars and programs throughout the world. She has written over 400 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. 

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 served as Columnist and past Membership Chair, Scientific Co-Chair–The Desert Foot Diabetic Foot Conference, Director, The American College of Clinical Wound Specialists, where sheservedon the Executive Committee as Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair, and Director at The Save a Leg, Save a Life Foundation where she donates her time and efforts presently.

Cynthia has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing with a minor in nutrition from Southeast Missouri State University where she graduated with high honors. She has her Master of Business Administration degree from Fontbonne University, her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Monterrey. She graduated with her Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse specialty through M.D. Anderson and the University of Texas and is a member of the prestigious nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau. She is certified through the American Board of Wound Management as a board certified wound specialist, the Dermatology Nurses Association as a Certified Dermatology Advanced Practice Nurse and the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Certification Board as a Certified Footand Nail Care Nurse.

Dr. Jayer Chung

Dr. Jayer Chung came to Houston from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where he was an Assistant Professor and most recently the Co-Medical Director at The University of Texas Southwestern Wound Center.

During his time in Dallas, Dr. Chung also served as the Chief of Vascular Surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital for 5 years prior to assuming the position at the University. He also received his Masters of Clinical Science from the Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences while in Dallas.

Dr. Chung's primary clinical focus is diabetic limb salvage and wound healing, though he practices the entire spectrum of Vascular Surgery.

Tracey Gardner Paulfrey

Tracey Gardner Paulfrey, a Graduate of University of Florida, with a Bachelors in Health Education, is all about building a community on a healthy foundation. Serving as a Health and Wellness professional  for over a decade, the mother of two is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to improve their lifestyle.

Business Owner and CEO of Moving Forward Health Care,Tracey is committed to reaching patients, providers and care takers outside the traditional healthcare setting. Tracey aims to develop a long-term partnership with various communities to improve overall health.

Thomas E. Gardner

Tom Gardner is founder and managing memberof Omeza, LLC (patent-pending omega oil for compromised skin), co-founder of KeyView Labs (cognitive health dietary supplements), former chairman of IntegriChain (marketing analytics platform or the pharmaceutical industry; old to Accel-KKR), and former chairman of MMIT (managed market insights and technology for the pharmaceuticals industry; sold to Welsh Carson). He is an investor in and board chairman of Florida Mobile Physicians (home care medicine) and co-founder of BRIDGE Angel Investors.

Prior to KeyView, Tom was CEO of several public and private companies including Nucryst Pharmaceuticals (sold to Smith & Nephew), Songbird Hearing (sold controlling interest to Procter & Gamble), Datamonitor (IPO on London Stock Exchange), Base Ten Systems (assets sold to Smiths Aerospace and ABB Group), and Access Health (sold to HBOC, now part of McKesson). Earlier, Tom held marketing and general management positions at Procter &Gamble and Johnson & Johnson. He earned a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) and has been a guest lecturer on marketing channels at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Julie Rhodovi

Ms. Julie Rhodovi, MBA, CWCA, FACCWS serves as Senior Vice President of Revenue CycleManagement at Gordian Medical, Inc. Ms. Rhodoviis responsible for a full range of provider relations andservice interactions within AMT. She organizes designs and implements programs to build and nurturepositive relationships with outside health plans and private revenue resources. Ms. Rhodovi has workedwith AMT since 2006.

She has worked in the long term care setting and the managedcare field for over18 years, with direct experience in the building and launching of a Medicare Advantage plan. She is aCertified Wound Care Associate (CWCA) with theAmerican Board of Wound Management (ABWM) andsits on the Board as the CWCA representative with the ABWM. She is also a fellow of the College ofClinical Wound Specialists and sits on the Panel of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP)as a representative with the College.

Dr. Charles Andersen

After Graduating from Utah State University, Dr. Charles Andersen earned his medical degree at the University of Utah where he also completed an internship and oneyear of Surgical Training. He then entered the military where he completed hissurgical residency at Madigan Army Medical Center and a Vascular Surgeryfellowship 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 SurgeryandWound 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.

Dr. Tay Sha Howell

Dr. Tay Sha Howell, MD Medical Director of the Oklahoma Wound Center and the Diabetic Limb Salvage Program Dr. Howell has served as the Wound Care Medical Director for Norman Regional Health System since 2008.

She is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Undersea Hyperbaric Medicine and has been practicing wound care since 2006. She was recognized as one of The Journal Record’s “50 Women Making A Difference” in 2012, 2015 and 2016 as well as named to The Journal Record’s Circle of Excellence in 2016.