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The Vein Center at GBMC

The expertise and technology to address the entire spectrum of venous issues – from the diagnosis and treatment of serious conditions such as phlebitis to cosmetic procedures for the removal of spider veins

The Vein Center at GBMC performs multiple diagnostic studies and surgical treatments. With an on-site venous ultrasound to perform venous reflux exams and venous duplex comprehensive evaluation, there's no need to travel elsewhere for diagnosis and treatment for any venous disorder. Our experts use state-of-the-art treatments, all of which are minimally-invasive with low complications. Patients can typically expect to resume their regular activities within a day.

Our staff is trained to offer a variety of services including the following:
  • Endovenous ablation (radio frequency treatment of varicose veins)
  • Phlebectomy (removal of bumpy varicose veins)
  • Sclerotherapy (injection of solution to eliminate spider veins)

Our Team

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Cathleen Barenski, CRNP
Cathleen Barenski, CRNP
Nurse Practitioner
Jessica Kralec, RDMS, RVT
Jessica Kralec, RDMS, RVT
Registered Vascular Sonographer

Our Services

The Vein Center at GBMC offers a full range of services for patients suffering from venous insufficiency. The choice of treatment will depend upon the patient's symptoms, as well as the type, size, and location of the veins.

We offer solutions for the following conditions:
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Varicose veins
  • Venous ulcers
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis
  • Post thrombotic syndrome
  • Leg swelling
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Spider veins
The Vein Center at GBMC also offers the following cosmetic services:

Patient Testimonails

"For over 25 years, I experienced painful stasis ulcers on both of my legs from chronic venous insufficiency. I was referred to Dr. Heller by a relative 10 years ago. Dr. Heller has been able to heal one leg 100% and has made marked improvements on the other. The quality I like most about Dr. Heller is that she has always been very open and honest about what she felt she could do to identify and improve the problems in my legs.

I have been going to Dr. Heller for almost 10 years and am so grateful for the changes she has made in my legs, which in turn, has greatly improved my quality of life. She helped me to understand that having chronic venous insufficiency is a lifetime battle. She is supported by a physician’s assistant, Cathy Barenski, who is very supportive and always available to help.

You could call Dr. Heller my “family physician”. Due to genetic hereditary issues, she is now the Vascular doctor for my two sons and my sister as well."

Submitted by grateful patient K. E.

"I learned about Dr. Heller from a family friend who heard about the sores on my legs and the years of pain I have suffered. When I showed her my leg she informed me that Dr. Heller can help me.

I am retired but still work as a caterer and I live in the Caribbean. As a caterer I rely on my legs and being able to stand for long hours is required in the catering business. For more than 15 years I suffered from a sore on both of my ankles. I went to many doctors and they tried different treatments but non was able to permanently heal the sores. When my friend showed me her results and said that Dr. Heller operated on her leg I knew I had found a cure. Dr. Heller and her staff did an evaluation of my legs and scheduled a date for my surgery. The surgery took less than an hour. A few days after the surgery the constant pain I experienced was gone. After a few weeks I was able to walk normally as I should have been able to. I am back home and my quality of life is 100% better than it was before the operation. I would recommend Dr. Heller to anyone suffering with any vein related problem."

Submitted by grateful patient J. L.

Venous Disease

There are two types of tubes that carry blood in the body: arteries and veins. Arteries bring blood away from the heart while veins have the much more difficult responsibility of going against gravity to bring blood up to the heart. Special structures called valves propel blood to the heart and lungs, but most importantly, they close to prevent blood from pooling in the legs. When these valves are not functioning properly, patients will have extra blood sitting in their legs, especially when they are in dependent positions, such as when sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time.

Patients who have vein valve problems may experience symptoms such as aching, heaviness, tiredness, and swelling of the legs. Over time, as these problems progress, patients can experience more serious complications such as phlebitis, rashes, and ulcers.

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