11, 4, 2021

Dr. Bunke interviewed by Modeliste Magazine!

2021-04-11T23:28:39-07:00

 

Tell us about La Jolla Vein Care and what makes it so unique and such a leader in vein treatments.

La Jolla Vein Care is unique because we exclusively specialize in vein disorders. This means we are able to perform all ultrasound diagnostics in-office and offer all treatment options for vein conditions vs.a one-size-fits-all approach based on more limited treatment availability. Since we are skilled in all modern treatment modalities, we can truly customize a treatment plan to the unique needs of the patient. Our leading edge treatments are able to treat most vein conditions, including large varicose veins without surgery, using endovenous techniques.

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Dr. Bunke interviewed by Modeliste Magazine!2021-04-11T23:28:39-07:00

17, 3, 2021

Dr. Foghi in the News

2021-04-11T02:59:20-07:00

 

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Vein specialist Dr. Armin Foghi joins La Jolla Vein Care

La Jolla Vein Care (LJVC) announced the hire of Dr. Armin Foghi, M.D., vein specialist and recognized invasive/non-invasive cardiologist. With approximately 50 percent of the population suffering from some sort of heart or blood vessel disease, this latest addition to LJVC’s team is designed to both accommodate growing demand and add an additional complementary layer of medical specialization to the practice.

With more than 15 years of experience in advanced circulatory system treatment, Foghi’s career trajectory has included prominent roles such as assistant professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, chief of cardiology at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center and founder and medical director of cardiology at the Myo Vein Clinic. During his tenure at Myo, the organization was recognized nationally as the Center of Excellence for complete and comprehensive vein treatment and served as a training center for physicians across the U.S.

Foghi has also served as the medical adviser for the New Mexico Athletic Commission, where he worked directly with professional athletes participating in competitive combat sports. With a passion for service to others through education, he is also an active cardiovascular disease educator and lecturer and has served in various residency training and clinical professor at physician assistant programs.

Dr. Foghi in the News2021-04-11T02:59:20-07:00

13, 1, 2021

Dr. Bunke in Authority Magazine

2022-01-04T04:04:50-08:00

From an interview with Candice Georgiadis Candice Georgiadis 

ASa part of my interview series with prominent medical professionals about “How To Grow Your Private Practice” I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Nisha Bunke, MD, FAVLS, RPhS.

Dr. Nisha Bunke is a venous disease specialist, who founded La Jolla Vein Care, San Diego’s only accredited vein center in 2010. She was the first physician in the United States to complete fellowship training in this specialty supported by the American Vein and Lymphatic Society and is a diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. She is also the author of the medical textbook, The Vein Book (Oxford Univ. Press 2013), numerous scientific publications, and CEO of Recova, Inc.

am a venous disease specialist, meaning I treat the entire spectrum of superficial venous disease affecting the legs, including painful varicose veins, leg ulcers and blood clots. This is a niche specialty that has been growing over the past decade because vein conditions are so common. I was the first physician in the United States to complete fellowship training in this specialty, which is supported by the American Vein and Lymphatic Society. Venous disease is pervasive. During the early years of my private practice, I also served as a volunteer clinical instructor at UCSD, where I treated patients at UCSD Medical Center as well as the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center.

Earlier on, I did not plan on having a private practice. However, while working in university and government medical settings, I saw obstacles that prevented patients from getting fast and convenient access to vein care. I liked the idea of being able to control the patient experience and creating a concierge-style, individualized and patient-centered practice. Being a physician and business owner allows you to exercise both parts of the brain. The medical decision-making, science and data-driven part of the brain is ingrained in any physician, but the business owner side allows one to be creative, making creative decisions from areas ranging from website functionality and design to how to effectively market and grow the practice.

As a provider and business owner, I tried to do everything myself for many years. That is a quick way to experience burn out. For balance, I’ve learned to delegate things that can be delegated. As a physician, I can’t delegate patient care and my judgment, but I can delegate business-related roles, which is why it is valuable to surround yourself with a strong and supportive team. The right team members will make your job a lot easier.

When I’m seeing patients, I’m 100 percent dedicated to patient care, not considering business at all. With a heavy patient load, I used to find myself working on the business itself on the weekends and evenings, until I eventually hired other physicians and nurse practitioners to help with the patient load. This allowed me to have more administrative time, which is important for accomplishing work related to quality of patient care like quality assurance reviews, overseeing our facility accreditation and allowing time to have team meetings, staff training and other marketing and business administration tasks. If you really care about your practice, it makes sense to spend time on things that count — from the quality of care you provide to patients to the attention and training employees receive.

Ultimately, it is the practice owner’s responsibility for the quality of care delivered and upheld within the practice.

The biggest hurdle that is prominent in my mind is the financial hurdles medical practices tend to experience. I think you have to be open-minded that it can take several years to really become established, especially when your business is heavily reliant on word of mouth referrals. There is so much to prove, and it takes patience and, of course, time.

I had to learn it was all simply part of the process. Without failure, there are no learning curves to grow from. One of the most important things a person should keep in mind if they’re hoping to start their own practice is realizing there are going to be failures, just like any other business will experience.

Know your patients. You know your patients and what is in their best interest. Use this knowledge to your benefit and market your business and experience to the audience accordingly. If you have patient reviews and testimonials, for instance, learn from them to improve a future service or to boost your practice’s credibility and reputation. Knowledge is power. Take what you know about your patients and use that to reach future individuals who may not have even been aware they needed your service.

Be involved with the management of your team. Patients tend to compliment my staff often, and they say that employee attitudes trickle down from the top. I agree with this, and I have noticed if customer service is not on par, it usually is tied to the top. If there is a staff member who tends to be a little less friendly, maybe it’s because their boss isn’t too friendly themselves.

Research EMR options. This is a must! There are many different types of electronic medical record (EMR) options, some are specialty-specific. I have seen EMRs that are touted but would not be right for my practice because of my documentation preferences and need to incorporate ultrasound and leg images, or inability to utilize text and email appointment reminders, or lack of billing capabilities. All EMRs are very different. I recommend trying different EMRs out before committing to one.

Consider outsourcing billing. I outsourced billing for the first few years of my practice, which is a cost-efficient option for practices starting out. If you choose to do billing in-house, your billing expert needs to be experienced and detail-oriented.

Consider outsourcing HR. For small practices, it doesn’t make sense to hire a full-time HR professional. Instead, we use a professional employer organization (PEO) company to offer employee benefits, facilitate payroll processing, provide risk management resources, human resource consulting, employee training and more.

Yes, this was huge for me. I never wanted to charge people for my services. Most physicians go into medicine because it is an altruistic profession. At some point you realize that you have a special skill set that most people don’t have and that brings value. And while you want to make things affordable for patients, you will not be able to offer any services if you can’t pay the rent or pay employees. To mitigate this struggle, I have designated personnel to handle invoices and payments from customers.

If possible, I put my work down and start fresh at another time. I’ll choose to go for a walk, exercise when I am able to or pull my senior staff aside to talk or brainstorm ideas. Anything that will give me a mental break for a fresh, focused start.

My mentor was Dr. John Bergan, who I trained under during my fellowship. He was a world-famous vascular surgeon known not only for his academic brilliance, but also for his great bed-side manner. I had the opportunity to work with him at his private practice. I was able to observe his approach, how he treated people and made them feel important — from his staff to patients.

Every day, he had a pearl of wisdom I could learn, especially about giving presentations to other physicians.

He also taught me you can’t make everyone happy all of the time. As a physician, if one patient is upset or leaves a bad review, it can be taken to heart. You need to focus on the fact that you make most patients happy. The same with staff, there’s always someone who’s going to complain. You can’t make everyone happy all of the time.

I relied a lot on interfacing earlier on, from conferences and face-to-face instructional dinners to webinars educating physicians on what it is we do. It was a way to get to know people on a personal level, while also giving them a taste of your extensive knowledge and experience in the industry.

I can’t remember specifically any very bad advice. I can tell you that everything has been trial and error, so some people give you suggestions and you have to be open and know they might not work for your practice.

The classic, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t. Studying business failures is as important as understanding business successes.

Thank you for these great insights!

WRITTEN BY

Candice Georgiadis

Candice Georgiadis is an active mother of three as well as a designer, founder, social media expert, and philanthropist.

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Dr. Bunke in Authority Magazine2022-01-04T04:04:50-08:00

10, 6, 2020

LA JOLLA VEIN CARE EMBRACES TELEMEDICINE AND INTRODUCES REVOLUTIONARY MOBILE ULTRASOUND SERVICES AMID COVID-19 CRISIS

2020-09-18T01:57:11-07:00

Telemedicine and Mobile Ultrasound Services Made Available throughout Southern California in an Aim to Ensure Important Health Concerns Don’t Go Untreated While Many Continue to Shelter in Place

 LA JOLLA, CALIF. (June 9, 2020) La Jolla Vein Care (LJVC), a leader in vein treatment serving the Southern California community for more than a decade, is actively working to enhance its traditional service offerings to assist new and existing clients amid the unprecedented times brought forth by COVID-19. In a world of social distancing and self-quarantine, many individuals are postponing medical care in a bid to reduce virus exposure levels – a move many healthcare experts anticipate may lead to worsening symptoms and potentially dangerous complications down the line. To offset the concern that underlying vein diseases will go unchecked to the detriment of patient well-being while also addressing the public desire to avoid unnecessary outings; La Jolla Vein Care has deepened its commitment to best-in-class telemedicine offerings and has recently launched a new mobile ultrasound service.

“House calls are something many people see as a thing of the past, but with the inactivity of self-quarantine potentially exacerbating underlying vein diseases combined with an overall reluctance to venture out to visit a doctor, we knew something needed to be done,” said Dr. Nisha Bunke, MD, FACPh, RPhS, venous disease specialist and vein clinic medical director at La Jolla Vein Care. “We’re proud to roll out these new service offerings to meet patient needs and adapt to changing preferences during this difficult time.”

While varicose veins may be unsightly, they are not simply surface-level ailments and an ultrasound exam is required to diagnose the underlying venous diseases that cause these issues.

When left unchecked, the conditions can lead to chronic ailments like venous ulcers, but many people suffer from acute complications such as thrombophlebitis (blood clots within the veins), spontaneous vein hemorrhage, and disabling leg pain– so appropriate treatment should not be delayed, if at all avoidable.

As the first company of its kind to offer direct care to patients in their homes, La Jolla Vein Care has adopted the use of both telemedicine and state-of-the-art mobile ultrasound services via Terason uSmart 3300 NextGen technology. While telemedicine was quickly made available for consultations, pre-procedure assessments and post-procedure follow up appointments, the treatment center is advancing its accessibility initiative through new in-home mobile ultrasound diagnostics conducted by certified technicians – ushering in a new era of vein care.

Patient safety is at the forefront of LJVC’s new mobile service offerings – from the utilization of hospital-grade cloud storage systems, to cutting-edge technology that allows doctors to view results safely from a distance and adherence to all CDC guidelines including temperature checks and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Most assessments will begin with a telemedicine “visit,” followed by a mobile ultrasound screening in the patient’s home, spanning a wide radius of service area ranging from Chula Vista to San Juan Capistrano. If an in-office procedure is deemed necessary, temperature checks, ample PPE, and multiple hand-washing and sanitizing stations are available before coming into the building—and even then, only one patient will be allowed in the office at a time. Patients can conveniently wait in their cars until they are notified by text that their examination room is available.

Telemedicine and tele-radiology services are currently available to patients without additional convenience fees. LJVC accepts most PPO insurance types and considers itself now ready for the new normal of non-emergency medicine.

To book a telemedicine consultation with La Jolla Vein Care, visit https://ljvc.wpengine.com/or call (858) 550-0330.

 

LA JOLLA VEIN CARE EMBRACES TELEMEDICINE AND INTRODUCES REVOLUTIONARY MOBILE ULTRASOUND SERVICES AMID COVID-19 CRISIS2020-09-18T01:57:11-07:00

18, 4, 2020

Wendy Williams Show Kathy Bates Bring Light to Lymphedema

2021-11-15T11:03:12-08:00

Both Wendy Williams and Kathy Bates Suffer from Lymphedema.

This week’s Wendy Williams Show host, Wendy Williams discussed her struggles with lymphedema with guest, Kathy Bates who also has lymphedema. They both agreed that lymphedema is not given enough attention in medical education and in the medical community. We agree. Our medical speciality and society The American Vein & Lymphatic Society (AVLS) specializes in both vein and lymphatic disorders.

Lymphedema refers to swelling that generally occurs in one of your arms or legs. Sometimes both arms or both legs swell.  Lymphedema is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to your lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. It results from a blockage in your lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and the fluid buildup leads to swelling. In our field, we also see phlebolymphedema, which is lymphedema secondary to chronic venous insufficiency. Venous hypertension can overload the lymphatic transport system, slowing fluid removal and causing subsequent lymphatic edema, in addition to venous edema. The result is swelling in the legs that is greater than venous edema.

n 2016, Kathy Bates was a speaker at our annual congress.   The American Vein & Lymphatic Society (AVLS) hosted what has become the largest and most comprehensive meeting dedicated to venous and lymphatic disorders in the U.S. Bates outspokenly discussed surviving and managing lymphedema after she had breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy.

Lymphedema is not cured but can be managed. In our clinic, we may refer to one of our trusted lymphedema therapists for manual lymphatic drainage and prescribe compression therapy. We also offer lymphatic pump therapy in the office. It is also important to evaluate the deep and superficial venous system prior to initiating therapy.

 

Wendy Williams Show Kathy Bates Bring Light to Lymphedema2021-11-15T11:03:12-08:00

Ask a Vein Expert: Live Session

2021-11-04T13:52:03-07:00

Board-certified Vascular Surgeon Answers Your Questions April 24th at 10 AM on Instagram.

Live Question and Answer Session Live stream on Instagram La Jolla Vein Care

Live Question and Answer Session
Live stream on instagram

Please join us on April 24th at 10 AM on Instagram.  Dr. Sarah Lucas, vascular surgeon and specialist in varicose vein care, will be answering your questions and addressing your vein health concerns.  She will share some suggestions on measures you can take at home to care for your legs (@lajollaveincare).
Ask a Vein Expert: Live Session2021-11-04T13:52:03-07:00

La Jolla Vein Care on Telemundo NBC

2021-11-04T13:50:31-07:00

La Jolla Vein Care interviewed about innovative solutions for varicose veins on Telemundo’s Total Acceso.

La Jolla Vein Care was recently featured on Acceso Total, on Telemundo. Office Manager, Anna who is bilingual was interviewed in Spanish and talked about our clinic and what sets up apart from the rest. Patient stories were also given by actual La Jolla Vein Care patients. See our youtube channel to watch this feature.  We are proud to be selected for this feature and enjoyed working with this wonderful crew at Telemundo!

Dr. Bunke demonstrates saphenous vein on ultrasound to Access Total.

Office Manger, Anna is interviewed for Telemundo’s show

 

La Jolla Vein Care on Telemundo NBC2021-11-04T13:50:31-07:00

27, 12, 2018

Dr. Nisha Bunke Receives Business Journal Award

2020-12-19T04:05:48-08:00

La Jolla Vein Care’s Founder and Medical Director, Dr. Nisha Bunke was honored along with 24 other women, to receive the San Diego Business Journal’s, Business Women of the Year Awards 2018. Read more at the SDBJ website.

image of finalists for San Diego Business Journal Women of the Year

image of finalists for 2018 San Diego Business Journal Women of the Year

Dr. Nisha Bunke Receives Business Journal Award2020-12-19T04:05:48-08:00

11, 10, 2018

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