Our high-tech, Google-ready society has more knowledge available at its fingertips than ever before, yet there is always more to learn. For instance, did you know nearly 30 million people suffer from venous disease? Venous disease includes varicose veins, spider veins, leg swelling, aching, and cramping, and while some may assume correction is merely cosmetic, it is not. Venous disease can cause mild discomfort or even debilitating symptoms and is classified as a medical issue. Consequently, treatment for vein disease is covered by most insurance providers, including Medicare and Medicaid.
Dr. Gordon F. Gibbs at American Vein & Vascular Institute is acutely aware of the importance of healthy veins and is an expert in the field. He and his wife, Erin Gibbs, opened their first office in Colorado in 2009 and now have eight locations to serve patients, including the one in Arlington, Texas, which opened in 2012. Dr. Gibbs was initially trained as a vascular interventional radiologist to treat complex vascular problems including vein issues. Once he realized the consistently positive outcomes of patients undergoing vein treatments, he was hooked. He is passionate about his work and takes great pleasure in seeing the life of his patients permanently altered in a positive way. His desire to help others influenced his decision to open additional clinics. He says, “It may be selfish, but as a human being it makes me feel great to provide a better life for people, and as a physician it’s very interesting work to do.” Dr. Gibbs truly enjoys his work because simple procedures can bring profound relief and even life-changing results for his patients.
Dr. Gibbs’ love of his work and sincere care for his patients is clear. He believes the medical industry is decades behind contemporary business in its understanding of customer service and he has determined to be a forerunner in putting the patient first. He and his staff provide an unexpected experience—the atmosphere, educated staff, friendly environment, and attention to detail—which sets them apart from others. In addition, American Vein & Vascular Institute is unique in its approach to venous disease as they have a “deep bench.” They provide practitioners from a variety of medical backgrounds, giving them a broader approach to managing venous disease. They value team work, looking to experts within their organization to contribute to thorough patient care. Nurse Practitioner and Phlebologist, LaTasha Vines, works with Dr. Gibbs in order to expand the hours and availability of the clinic for their patients. The Arlington clinic offers convenient hours for working patients (some days 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.), and they are more than willing to make special arrangements for appointments as needed.
Not only does American Vein & Vascular Institute pride itself in exemplary patient care, Dr. Gibbs is among the top providers in his field. Though some practitioners have minimal training, his is extensive. He has over seven years of training in Vascular/Interventional Radiology, and his oversight of eight clinics has prepared him for everything from the most minimal of issues to those that can be life-threatening. Dr. Gibbs is sought out by others in the field as a great resource, and dozens visit his clinics to receive training from one of the best sources in the industry. He is part of the faculty for Medtronic which makes medical devices, and teaches aspiring doctors from around the world about vein care.
American Vein & Vascular Institute is on the cutting edge of technology providing minimally invasive procedures. Radiofrequency Ablation and Laser Ablation have made vein stripping a thing of the past. While both techniques provide the same results, the latest processes are far more elegant and recovery times are minimal. Venaseal Closure System is a highly coveted procedure offering optimal treatment for vein disease; according to Venaseal, it “is the only non-thermal, non-tumescent, non-sclerosant procedure approved for use in the U.S. that uses an advanced formulated medical adhesive that closes the diseased vein.” Venaseal will soon transform the venous disease industry and may be covered by insurance as soon as 2018.
In most cases, the benefits of vein treatment far outweigh the risks as the in-office procedures are quite safe and result in little discomfort. By identifying and treating the problem veins, Dr. Gibbs is able to maximize blood flow efficiency, giving the patient relief from aches, pains, and swelling as well as improving the surface appearance. Dr. Gibbs is hopeful that as the negative effects of vein disease are recognized and the positive outcomes of treatment are readily available, more and more people will utilize their insurance coverage and take advantage of this simple, but life-transforming treatment.
Meet Dr. Gordon F. Gibbs
Exceedingly knowledgeable, yet personable, Dr. Gibbs defines the meaning of “good bedside manner.” Patients take solace in his expertise but recognize his commitment to them is more than a job—it’s his passion. While venous disease may not always be debilitating, the positive results Dr. Gibbs has witnessed in his patients’ lives have encouraged him not only to continue practicing, but to teach others how to excel in their field, through both knowledge and excellent patient care. Dr. Gibbs says, “Our patients are our first priority and we will bend over backwards to exceed their expectations.” His desire to make things work better is seen not only in his medical procedures, but in everyday life, and has earned him the office nickname of “McGyver.” While not in the clinics, Dr. Gibbs enjoys the company of his wife and three children. He loves the great outdoors, spending time skiing, running, and mountain biking. He also likes to travel and cook and encourages his patients to ask him about a favorite locale or recipe during their visit.
Meet LaTasha Vines, CNP, APRN
LaTasha Vines, NP, is a board certified family nurse practitioner and phlebologist with a background in vascular and interventional radiology at American Vein & Vascular Institute. Vines received her training through the fellowship program developed and led by Dr. Gordon Gibbs, American Vein & Vascular Institute Founder and Chief Medical Executive. Completion of the fellowship ensures that doctors are trained in the American Vein & Vascular Institute treatment philosophy, which focuses on patient-centric, personalized care paired with compassion and expertise. Vines moved to Texas early last year and has really encompassed our ‘Southern charm’. She has made herself known to the local community and has great ambitions to further her care in DFW. You’re likely to see her jogging, biking, and hiking the local trails. LaTasha loves the outdoors and leads a healthy and active life style with her husband and son.
515 West Mayfield Road, Suite 407
Arlington, Texas 76014
Fax: (800) 276.7170
By Lisa Jenkins Moore
Photography by Guy T