Meet Our Wound Care Team
the tools and evidence-based wound management needed to accelerate wound healing.
We Are Wound Care Experts
From hospital-to-home, home care agencies, long term care and other care settings, our team of Wound care Specialists works in collaboration healthcare partners to improve wound healing and prevent limb amputation in Northwestern Ontario.
MEET OUR TEAM OF WOUND CARE CONSULTANTS
Ide Costa is a Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC). She has an extensive clinical practice in the management of complex and uncommon wounds including diabetic foot ulcers, pressure injuries, venous leg ulcers, surgical and traumatic wounds. Costa’s both master (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil) and doctoral program (Queen’s University, Canada) focused on improving wound healing while enhancing individuals’ engagement in every day self-management of chronic wounds. Ide Costa is an Associate Professor in the school of nursing at Lakehead University and a member of national (e.g., Wounds Canada, Nurse Specialized in Wound Ostomy and Continence-NSWOC) and international (e.g., WCET, WOCN) wound care societies. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and lectured nationally and internationally. Ide Costa has also been the recipient of multiple national and international awards in recognition of her outstanding work as a wound care nurse and researcher. Her passion to advance wound care outcomes by providing easy and timely access to Wound Care Specialists led her to launch ADVANCED in 2019. Ide Costa is the director of wound care and oversees all facets of the company from the design to operational aspects. When not at work, she enjoys snowshoeing, hiking, and going camping with her family.
Erin is a Registered Practical Nurse who graduated from Confederation College in 2011. She brings 12 years of clinical and wound care experience built through her career in medically complex extensive services, hospice palliative care, stroke and acquired brain injury and geriatric rehab. Her passion for wound management has led her to dedicate most of her working time to help delivering quality and person-centred care to individuals with chronic and hard to heal wounds. Driven by her passion to improve wound care in Thunder Bay and Region she completed her Foundations of Wound Management Course through the Wound Ostomy Continence Institute in Ottawa, which has allowed her to specialize in wound care in the community outpatient clinics. Working at various locations in healthcare has allowed for a holistic approach to care which Erin strives to provide to every patient she interacts with. When Erin isn’t working, she enjoys traveling, fishing, hiking and being on the golf course.
Norma is a nurse who has over 2 decades of experience in wound care, from surgical units in hospitals to home care and Long-Term Care. She took the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course while working at the North West Home and Community Care, which led her to a wound care caseload as well as being the medical supply coordinator for over 10 years. She keeps herself up to date by attending Wounds Canada conferences yearly and reading Best Practice Guidelines and Recommendations for wound care in Canada. She has been working at Advanced Wound Care Clinic since July 2022 and is thrilled to be able to do hands on wound care and help vulnerable population to navigate to achieve wound healing and improve quality of life at the end of her career. When not at work, she enjoys engaging in outdoor activities, visiting her grandchildren and planning their next trips.
Cathy has extensive clinical experience in providing care for patients and families in burn and intensive care units. She has always had an interest in wound healing and improving outcomes for those with acute and chronic wounds, which drove her to attend the wound care training series offered by Wounds Canada. She has been teaching the pathophysiology course to second-year BScN students at Lakehead University for the past five years and has kept her current in wound care management by attending wound care conferences, workshops, and webinars. Cathy brings her clinical experience from burns, intensive care, and medical/surgical units where she has provided care to patients with acute, traumatic, and chronic wounds. When not at work, Cathy spending time with her family, doing craft and trying new recipes.
RN, BScN, MScN, IIWCC
We believe in the power of collaborative care, that is why we have partner with: