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  • Meet The Team - Milford Vascular Institute | Vascular Specialists

    Meet the Team Milford Vascular Institute's strongest asset if our team. Together we are able to provide state-of-the-art care to patients suffering from venous insufficiency and other forms of vascular disease. Nicole, RVT, RSMD Sonographer Nicole completed the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program for the Institute of Allied Medical Professions in 2013, addition to receiving an associates degree from Gateway Community College. Nicole holds credentials in Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonography and as a Registered Vascular Technologist. Nicole is the lead vascular sonographer at Milford Vascular Institute. Nicole has vast experience working in hospital and outpatient office settings. Prior to working at MVI, she was a sonographer at Milford Hospital and Diagnostic Imaging of Milford. TAYLOR, RVT Sonographer Taylor is a registered vascular sonographer at Milford Vascular Institute. She received her degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from the American Institute in West Hartford, CT. Prior to this, she lived in Boston, where she completed a Bachelors in Health Psychology as well as a graduate degree in Nutrition. Taylor is passionate about her role at Milford Vascular as she loves providing good care for patients. She lives locally with her husband and daughter. Chelsea Sonographer Chelsea is a part of the Milford Vascular Ultrasound team. She received her ultrasound degree from American Institute, in West Hartford, CT. She began her ultrasound career scanning Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound and then decided to fulfill her passion in vascular ultrasound at Milford Vascular. Prior to ultrasound she completed an undergraduate degree at Central Connecticut State University where she majored in Communications. Chelsea was born in Milford and remains a resident with her husband and children. Kaitlyn, RVT Sonographer Kaitlyn joined the Milford Vascular ultrasound team in 2022. She completed her ultrasound degree from American Institute in West Hartford, CT. She always excelled in Vascular Ultrasound and decided to make a career in the field. Previous to a degree in ultrasound, she received a Bachelors of Science in Public Health, from Southern Connecticut State University. Sheri, RN, BSN Registered Nurse Sheri received her associates in Nursing from Coastal Georgia Community College. A Connecticut native, she resides in West Haven. Sheri has over 20yrs of experience in the nursing field and went on to further her nursing education with a Bachelor's degree from Chamberlain University. Working for Milford hospital, gave her the tools to oversee a variety of patient population, including medical/surgical and cardiac care. Sheri's focus is on outpatient based surgical lab at MVI and takes pride in making every patient feel as comfortable as possible. KAYLA Medical Assistant Kayla is a graduate of Platt Technical High School. After graduating she wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. She attended Porter and Chester in Branford, CT where she graduated with her medical assistant certificate. She joined the team at Milford Vascular Institute in 2016 and works hands-on with the patients. Working at Milford Vascular Institute has inspired Kayla to continue her education. She is now attending school for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. PJ Medical Assistant Pasquale (PJ) graduated from East Haven High School in 2013. Following graduation, he attended Branford Hall Career Institute where he received his Medical Assistant License and Certification. Pasquale has prior Medical Assistant experience working for the Yale Health Plan assisting patients in the Student Health and Athletic Medicine fields. Pasquale jointed the Milford Vascular Institute team in October of 2016. He hopes to pursue a nursing career in the future. SHAUNA Medical Assistant Shauna is a registered medical assistant specializing in surgical assisting. She enjoys making sure patients feel comfortable and cared for during their procedures. STephanie Medical Assistant Stephanie is a graduate of Jonathan Law High School. She is currently enjoying her role as a medical assistant where she gets to put into action her passionate care for others and her goal is to always put a smile on someone's face. She's excited to explore the endless possibilities in the medical field. She lives locally in Milford, loves to travel and adventure! Ethan Medical Assistant Ethan graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2021 with a degree in physiology and neurobiology, with a minor in chemistry. He grew up in downtown Milford his entire life, and attended Joseph A. Foran High school before college. His intention is to attend medical school in the near future, but without plans of what specialty to go into yet. Ethan joined Milford Vascular in 2019 as a student intern and has worked as a Medical Assistant since Summer of 2021. Johnae Medical Assistant Johnae is a medical assistant for MVI. JADA Clinical & Admin Supervisor Jada is a graduate of Platt Technical High School and grew up in Bridgeport. Following graduation, she attended Gateway Community College where she received a degree in General Studies. She has a background knowledge in Emergency Medical Technician training and medical terminology. She is currently attending Gateway Community College nursing program. Her main roles at Milford Vascular include overseeing the Medical Assistants and Administrative staff on a day to day operation. EMMA Administrative Assistant Emma is a graduate of Platt Technical High School in Milford. She is also a graduate of the American Institute of Healthcare and Technology where she earned her certification in Medical Billing and Coding. Kassandra Administrative Assistant Kassandra is an administrative assistant at Milford Vascular Institute. MELODY Greeter Melody is one of our friendly greeters at Milford Vascular Institute. She is the first and last face you will see during your visit at Milford Vascular Institute. Melody strives to make every patient feel like they are a part of our family. SUE Greeter Sue is one of our friendly greeters at Milford Vascular Institute. She is the first and last face you will see during your visit at Milford Vascular Institute. Sue strives to make every patient feel like they are a part of our family. DANA Vein Coordinator Dana was born and raised here in Milford and is a Foran High School graduate. She attended Southern Connecticut State University. Dana worked for many years as a certified nursing assistant and greatly enjoys helping patients. She is looking forward to helping you have a great experience here at MVI! REBECCA Surgical Scheduler Rebecca graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a BS in Business Management. She brings years of experience from the Radiology and Vascular fields and coordinates the Office Based Lab schedule as well as obtains authorizations for our office procedures. She will be happy to assist scheduling your surgical procedure or help explain your insurance benefits! TINA Accounts Receivable Tina is the Accounts Receivable Manager at Milford Vascular Institute. MARY Insurance Coordinator Billing, collections and insurance have been Mary's areas of expertise for many years. She enjoys providing help to the patients and her team members how ever she can. Mary resides in the local area with her two wonderful children and ever supportive husband, Tim. Marie Insurance Coordinator Marie is an insurance coordinator for MVI. She graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a degree in Computer Science Programming. For the past 25 years, Marie has worked in various Front Desk and Administration Assistant roles in Milford where she raised her children with her husband. She is a people person who always puts the customer first. ASHLEY Operations Manager Ashley is the Operations Manager at Milford Vascular Institute. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2017 with a Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics. Ashley has been working at Milford Vascular Institute in various roles since 2010. She lives locally, in Milford, with her son, Thomas, and her fiancé, Jack.

  • Spider Vein Treatments - Milford Vascular Institute | Connecticut

    Spider Vein Treatments Milford Vascular Institute specializes in the treatment of small varicose and spider veins. Weeding the Garden Analogy: Long term treatment of varicose veins is similar to managing a garden. In a garden, we first spend a lot of time removing the large weeds. Often, once the larger weeds have been removed, we see smaller weeds that were not apparent in the beginning. We then take the time to remove even the smallest weeds so that they do not grow larger in time. If we ignore the small weeds, they will grow into large weeds and we will have to start all over again. ​ This is why we spend so much time in follow up performing ultrasound exams to find those small veins that were not apparent in the beginning. You may need injections of veins that you do not even see on the surface but that we can see on ultrasound. If we ignore these veins and wait for them to become visible, then we may need to start all over with larger procedures. ​ This is why it is important to continue to follow up with ultrasound exams on a regular basis even if your legs feel and look great. Consider it maintenance of your garden to keep it looking healthy and beautiful! FOAM vs Visual Sclerotherapy: A week after the venous ablation procedure, an ultrasound is done to assess the results of the procedure and to see if any smaller veins are present that could lead to recurrence of the insufficiency. If left untreated, these veins can enlarge over time and lead to a recurrence of the symptoms. Therefore, we recommend that these veins be treated immediately to ensure a long-lasting result. The treatment for these veins is called foam sclerotherapy. The veins are identified with ultrasound and a tiny needle is inserted into the vein. Medication is injected to the vein. The medication causes the veins to shrivel up and be absorbed by the body. This procedure is quick and relatively painless. Multiple sessions may be required if multiple veins are discovered on ultrasound. ​ The final step of the process is to address the spider veins visualized on the skin. This procedure is called visual sclerotherapy. During this procedure each individual vein is punctured with a tiny needle and medication is injected into the veins causing them to disappear. Initially there may be some redness as the veins naturally become inflamed in the process of resolving. Multiple sessions may be required. (203)882-VEIN What to expect following the treatment & after care instructions: Wear knee or thigh high stockings for two to three days during waking hours. You may resume normal activity the same day. Walking is encouraged! Do not perform any high impact activities for 24 hours after treatment. Do not soak in a bathtub, a jacuzzi, or pool for three days after treatment. You can fly the next day. ​ ​ You may notice minimal bruising or redness around the injection site. This is normal. ​ ​ After treatment you may have a slight tingling sensation. This is normal. ​ ​ ​ We recommend waiting 2-4 weeks between injections to aid in the healing process. ​ ​ If you experience any discomfort, you may take Vasculera, Ibuprofen, Aleve, or Motrin. If you are unable to take NSAIDs, you may take Tylenol. If you experience any bruising, apply Emla Cream. ​ ​ ​ Got veins? Schedule a new patient consultation. Call Now

  • VenaSeal Closure System - Milford Vascular | Varicose Veins CT

    VenaSeal Closure system Milford Vascular Institute specializes in the treatment and prevention of varicose veins using the VenaSeal Closure System. What is the VenaSeal™ Closure System? The VenaSeal™ is the only venous closure procedure that does not require injections to numb the entire leg, does not use heat to close the vein, and does not use a sclerosing solution. During this procedure, a medical “super glue” is delivered inside the vein to close it. How does the VenaSeal™ Closure System Work? In the office, the leg is cleansed and prepped with Betadine solution. Lidocaine is used as a local anesthetic so the patient will not feel the initial incision needed to access the vein. The abnormal vein is identified with ultrasound and punctured with a small needle. A catheter is then inserted in the vein and advanced under ultrasound guidance to the abnormal valve. The glue is then applied in multiple steps from the valve down to the mid-thigh or knee. Gentle compression is done to allow the glue to adhere to the walls of the vein. This completely seals the vein, closing off blood flow and instead diverting blood to a different series of veins. A massive advantage of this technique is that after the procedure, a compression stocking does NOT need to worn afterward. Patients should begin to see and feel results immediately, but some veins do take up to a year to disappear completely. What Are the Benefits of the VenaSeal™ Closure System? The VenaSeal™ is a more gentle mode of venous closure. The VenaSeal™ treatment also has a higher success rate than the radiofrequency ablation or laser vein treatments. Advantages of this technique include the avoidance of multiple injections of anesthetic solution. The only incision you will have is the one made to insert the tube. Because of this, no stitches are required. Patients can return to their normal routine right away with no downtime. Who Can Have the VenaSeal™ Closure System? The VenaSeal™ Closure System is covered by Medicaid, Cigna, Connecticare, Medicare, and Medicare Replacement plans. The only contradiction for VenaSeal™ is an adhesive allergy. (203)882-VEIN

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  • Linda Riso Needs a Liver Donor

    A member of Milford Medical & Aesthetic Care and Dr Paul Fischer's team needs our help. Linda Riso, Dr. Fischer's second in command for over 20 years, needs to be matched with a liver donor. MVI works very closely with this team and it breaks our heart to hear of the struggle Linda has endured over the last few years. If you or someone you know has ever considered being a living donor, please follow this link: LINDA NEEDS A LIVER DONOR. More About Live Liver Donation Liver transplantation has been accepted as a life-saving treatment and standard of care for many forms of end-stage liver disease since the early 1980s. Initially, all liver transplants used deceased donor livers. As the number of patients awaiting transplantation began to increase, the number of deceased donors could not meet the demand for livers across the United States. To meet these demands, living donor liver transplantation was developed. Technical advances in liver surgery, as well as the liver's tremendous ability to regenerate, have made this procedure a life-saving reality. Can I be a living donor? If a liver transplant candidate is eligible to receive from a living donor, then a family member, relative or close friend can be considered for donation. There are several requirements to becoming a living donor, which include: Donor must be in good physical and mental health Donor must be between the ages of 18 and 60 Donor must have a body mass index (BMI) that is less than 35 Donor must have a compatible blood type with the recipient Donor must be free from the following: Significant organ diseases (i.e., heart disease, kidney disease, etc.) Ongoing malignancy (cancer) Hepatitis Active or chronic infections Active substance abuse Living donors also need a strong support system to rely on for emotional and physical needs during recovery. SOURCE: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/transplant/programs/liver/living-donor-liver-transplant/

  • Heart Health & Vascular Disease

    February is Heart Month! ❤️ According to the Center for Disease Control, 647,000 Americans die from heart disease each year. That's 2% of the population! It is the leading cause of death in the United States. What's even scarier is heart disease is considered a silent killer; most people don't know they have heart disease until it is too late. So, what is heart disease? Heart disease is used to describe a range of conditions which effect the heart. The most common forms of heart disease fall under three main subcategories; diseases which effect the blood vessels, the heart's beating, or congenital heart defects. The term heart disease is often used interchangeably with the term cardiovascular disease. However, cardiovascular disease more accurately refers to narrowed or blocked vessels. This form of heart disease is what most frequently leads to heart attack. Cardiovascular disease is an atherosclerotic disease. Atherosclerosis can occur in any artery in the body. Typically, when a patient has been diagnosed with atherosclerosis in one area of the body, the disease will also be elsewhere, undiagnosed. This is why anti-platelet therapies and life style modifications are so important for people who have been diagnosed with vascular disease. Watch this video below for Dr. Esposito's explanation of how intertwined heart and vascular health can be: If you're interested in being screened for vascular disease, call us today to schedule an appointment: (203)882-VEIN(8346). cdc.gov, mayoclinic.org

  • Milford Vascular Institute: Responding to Covid-19

    UPDATED 5/4/2020 - At Milford Vascular Institute, our top concern is providing the highest quality care for our patients. Our team is committed to being your trusted and reliable vascular treatment facility during this crucial time. With ongoing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, the health and safety of our patients remain our top priority. We have been closely monitoring this evolving situation and putting precautionary measures in place to ensure the safety of our staff and facility, while keeping our services open and available for the patients in need of continuous treatments. We are truly committed to the safety and well-being of each of our patients and will make it our due diligence to ensure the absolute safest possible care is delivered. Our Precautionary Measures: - Effective May 4, 2020: we will return to normal office hours, 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. - There will be a provider available in the office every weekday. - While we will be open normal office hours, we will be seeing a significantly decreased patient volume in accordance with social distancing guidelines. Patient appointments will be spaced apart to limit the number of patients in the office. - There will be only 4 chairs in our waiting room, spaced 6 feet apart. - Only one family member will be allowed to accompany a patient, unless there are extenuating circumstances. If your office is scheduling an appointment for your patient and you are aware of such circumstances, please discuss this when scheduling the appointment with our staff. - Adults and older children should arrive wearing a mask. - All employees and providers will be wearing masks at all times. - Taking all necessary precautions to protect the health and well-being of our patients and staff. - Ensuring medical equipment is cleaned and disinfected thoroughly before, during, and after each patient visit. - Pre-screening our patients prior to their appointments. - Conducting on-site wellness checkups to verify the health of each patient before treatment. A clinician may take the temperature of patients and their family members prior to their appointment. - Increasing precautions at our clinics located in areas in state of emergency. - Increasing sanitation of high-traffic areas. Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself: - Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. - If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. - Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. - Avoid close contact with people who are sick. - Practice social distancing. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. Should you come in for your appointment? At this time, Milford Vascular Institute is discouraging patients with compromised immunity or over the age of 65 years old from keeping routine, follow-up visits. Due to the nature of vein and artery disease and the potential for the condition to become more complicated, we encourage our patients to continue with their current treatment plan to avoid developing any serious issues. As a surgical facility for all aspects of vascular and thoracic disease, we are continuing to see patients with an array of symptoms. If you are an existing patient seeing us for any of the below listed diagnoses and are experiencing any of the below outlined symptoms, please contact the office immediately to schedule an appointment. Milford Vascular Institute will continue to provide high level vascular care to our patients. If you or someone you know is suffering from any aspect of vascular disease, know we are making every effort to keep Milford Vascular Institute a safe environment for you to receive care. Call (203)882-VEIN (8346) if you have any further questions. Stay healthy and safe.

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