Frank Aviles Jr


Frank is currently the wound care service line director at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center (NRMC) overseeing and assisting with wound care practices across the continuum of care.  He received his physical therapy Bachelor’s Degree from Florida A & M.

Frank’s career and passion for wound care began 30 years ago.  His goal is to continue educating others and promoting wound care best practices.   His love for his profession has led him to teach at the academic, national and international level.

In 1993, Frank began helping organizations develop wound care programs.  In 2008, he originated and continues to host the Wound Healing Roundtables.  In 2015, as a team effort, he was instrumental in the startup of a successful and award-winning wound care program.  Since 2016, he leads an inpatient multidisciplinary group to eliminate hospital acquired pressure injuries at NRMC with proven success.  Recently, Frank started the Live Virtual Wound Rounds to help with clinical education for students during Covid-19 crisis.

In addition to his duties, Frank is a wound care consultant for Louisiana Extended Care Hospital Natchitoches and LHC group, wound care/lymphedema instructor & advisor for the Academy of Lymphatic Studies, and an educator/lymphedema therapist/consultant for Cane River Therapy Services.

He has been an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) member since 1990, is a board certified wound specialist, a fellow of the American College of Certified Wound Specialists, a certified lymphedema therapist, advanced wound care certified, currently serves as the practice chair for the Special Interest Group section of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management Section of the APTA, is on the Why Wound Care Advisory Board for HMP Global, is on the editorial board for Today’s Wound Clinic, has published various articles, has published a chapter in various textbooks, writes a column for Today’s Wound Clinic – “Let’s Be Frank”, poster presenter, is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC), serves on the AAWC educational steering committee, and co-chairs national wound care conferences.