Ryan P. Dirks, MS, PA, CWS
Ryan P. Dirks, MS, PA, CWS

Ryan became interested in caring for patients as a Physician Assistant with the goal of extending the hands of physicians and providing care in underserved areas. His passion for sports as an NCAA athlete and Olympic hopeful made sports medicine a natural fit. In 2011, he was introduced to skilled nursing wound care and felt a unique calling to provide specialty care in an often underserved area.

The love for this work and increasing demand sparked the idea of starting United Wound Healing, and eventually his role as CEO led to full-time leadership and administration. He still volunteers at several local high schools providing sports medicine coverage.

Ryan’s interests include spending time with his wife and their twin sons, physical fitness & exercise.  He also enjoys spending time in the outdoors, hiking and fly fishing.


Pacific Lutheran UniversityBachelor of Science

Pre-Medicine and Exercise Science


Oregon State University 

Sports Medicine, Public Health


Arizona School of Health Sciences 

Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies