Why Does Atlanta Georgia Need A Spider Vein & Varicose Vein Specialist?
Up to 60% of all Americans suffer from a vein disorder such as spider veins or varicose veins.
The cause of spider veins is uncertain, but include factors that weaken vein valves include aging, obesity, leg injury, and prolonged standing. Spider veins on the face of a fair-skinned person can occur from exposure to the sun.
Varicose veins often cause discomfort and look unattractive. Left untreated, varicose veins usually enlarge and worsen over time. They can cause the legs and feet to swell. Leg muscles may feel fatigued or throb and cramp at night. The skin at or around the spider veins or varicose veins can itch or burn, and can occasionally lead to more serious problems.
VEININNOVATIONS is an organization formed exclusively to meet the treatment needs of patients with venous disease. Our center provides state-of-the-art technology ranging from laser vein removal to endovascular closure techniques. Our physicians are Board-certified and have many years of experience.
Meet Our Staff
Read a brief biography of a few of our VI physicians and staff below:
Patient Advocate (Sandy Springs)
David A. Martin, RN
David Martin, RN received his degree in Nursing in 1980, and since then has worked primarily in the field of cardiovascular medicine. After 10 years in Intensive Care Units and emergency rooms, he became board certified as a Registered Nurse First Assistant, and went to work with heart and chest surgeons as a first assistant both in the operating room and on the wards. One of his responsibilities was the harvesting of saphenous veins for use as conduit in coronary bypass surgery, and in 1994, he became the first in the State of GA to do this using a scope rather than the traditional open incision method. This method has become the standard of care in GA and is now used in virtually every operating room in the country.
In 2002, David founded VEININNOVATIONS as the first facility of its kind in Atlanta to offer every available technique for the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose/spider veins. A decade later, VeinInnovations is widely regarded as the leader in office-based treatment of venous disease.
Darrell Caudill, MD, FACS
Dr. Caudill graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed general surgery residence training at the University of Cincinnati Hospital Group. He then was on active duty with the United States Army in Republic Viet Nam serving in the central highlands at the 13th Field Hospital Ahn Khe with the rank of major.He returned to the University of Cincinnati and completed thoracic and cardiovascular residency in 1971.Dr. Caudill initiated the cardiac surgical program at Roanoke Memorial Hospital Roanoke,Virginia.In 1973, he came to Atlanta and Georgia Baptist Medical Center and initiated the use of the intra aortic balloon in the state of Georgia. He became chief of the cardiothoracic surgery section at Georgia Baptist Medical Center 1982-1991 and then again 1996-2000.In 1990 his practice expanded to Saint Joseph’s Hospital with Atlanta Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery Associates.
Dr. Caudill retired from cardiac surgery in 2006 to devote himself full time to the treatment of venous disease and opened OH2 Medical Spa in Alpharetta, Georgia. Dr. Caudill is board certified in both general and thoracic and cardiovascular surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology.
Frank L. Ferrier, MS, MD, FACS, FACPh
Dr. Ferrier graduated from the University of Virginia College of Medicine. He completed general surgery residence training at Emory University Hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital, Henrietta Egleston Hospital and Atlanta Veterans Hospital. He then completed thoracic, cardiovascular and cardiac surgery residency at Emory Affiliated Hospitals, 1970-1972.
Dr. Ferrier was in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia as a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon from 1972-2004. After retiring from cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, Dr. Ferrier was certified by the American Board of Phlebology and was appointed Director of Vein Clinics of America, Atlanta from 2005-2011. Dr. Ferrier is a fellow of the American College of Phlebology and a member of the American Venous Forum.
Dr. Ferrier was the editor in chief of the Atlanta Medicine Magazine from 1995-2001 and the President of the Medical Association of Atlanta, from 2001-2002. He joined the VeinInnovations team for exclusive practice of Phlebology in 2012.
Alexander Park, MD, FACS
Alexander Park MD, FACS graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine with a combined M.D./B.A. degree in 1991 at the age of 23. He graduated with honors and was vice president of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. He completed general surgery residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland in 1997. Since then, Dr. Park has been in private practice in the Atlanta area. Dr. Park is board certified in general surgery and is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). He is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Georgia Surgical Society, and Medical Association of Georgia among others. He is the chairman of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta, responsible for overseeing the numerous clinical research trials conducted by the Saint Joseph’s Research Institute.
Dr. Park has extensive experience in general surgery involving breast cancer, gastrointestinal surgery, laparoscopic surgery, hernia surgery, and endocrine surgery. He is now pleased to offer minimally invasive office based surgical procedures for varicose vein disease including Venefit, formally Closure procedure (radio frequency ablation of the greater saphenous vein), ambulatory phlebectomy, and sclerotherapy as a member of the VeinInnovations medical staff.
Dr. Park is married and lives in Atlanta with his wife and children.
Lisa Perez, MD
Lisa Perez, M.D., is a native of Staten Island, New York. She was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and earned her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Perez performed her residency in Emergency Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Perez moved to the Atlanta area in 2000, and has been an active member of the medical community since that time. She began treating veins in 2011, and became the medical director of Circulatory Centers. She joined the VeinInnovations medical staff in 2015, and will be working, primarily, out of the Sandy Springs clinic. Her passion for treating venous insufficiency comes, in large part, from the joy she receives in watching patients lives transform following treatment. “Overweight people come in and because they had not been exercising due to leg pain, begin to exercise and lose weight. This has such an overall positive impact on peoples lives. It is very gratifying.”
David Park, MD, FACS
Dr. David Park received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology and is Doctor of Medicine in an accelerated, combined BA/MD program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, graduating with Honors in 1988.
In 1987, Dr. Park received a fellowship at the Mid-America Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Hospital, where he conducted clinical cardiovascular research to be presented at the annual American College or Cardiology meeting in Spring of 1988.
Dr. Park completed his general surgery residency training at Emory University, serving as resident general surgeon from 1988 to 1992 and chief resident surgeon from 1992 to 1993. He has been in private practice in general surgery since 1993 with a special interest in hernias, advanced laparoscopic surgeries, thyroid and parathyroid diseases, and breast disorders.
Dr. Park also has a keen interest in various vein disorders and offers comprehensive office-based procedures for treatment of venous reflux disease as a member of the VeinInnovations medical staff.
Dr. Park is a staff member of Northside, St. Joseph Hospital, and Emory Johns Creek Hospital. He also served as a section chief of general and colorectal surgery at St. Joseph Hospital from 1999-2004.
Dr. Park lives in Peachtree Corners with his wife and five children. He is an active member of Perimeter Church.
Patty Dykema, PA-C
Front Office Supervisor, Atlanta
Michelle Merka, RVT
Clinic Manager, Atlanta
Michelle Merka is a Registered Vascular Technologist, (RVT), and joined the VeinInnovations Staff as their diagnostic sonographer in February, 2011. Michelle’s extensive healthcare background was obtained during her active duty service in the U.S. Air Force from 1986-1994. She initially was trained as a Medical Service Specialist by the USAF Comprehensive Allied Health Services Training Program in 1987, specializing in General and Vascular Surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. She then cross-trained into Vascular Sonography and became the first active duty enlisted Air Force member to be credentialed as a Registered Vascular Technologist by the ARDMS in 1993.
After military service, Michelle relocated to Greenville, SC in 1994 and was employed by 2 major academic healthcare institutions and 3 outpatient healthcare facilities, including the Greenville Hospital System and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. She was active in training resident physicians, medical students, and student technologists as both a vascular sonographer and a clinical specialist. She was involved in multiple medical and clinical research trials as well as achieving successful vascular lab accreditation at 2 separate healthcare facilities. Michelle holds over 10 years of dedicated diagnostic ultrasound and clinical experience in the field venous disease, including ultrasound-guidance for treatment procedures. She continues to be an active advocate for quality patient care and education.
Jane Dinnen, RN
Jane was a Registered Nurse who joined the staff at Vein Innovations as the sclerotherapist. Jane graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Following graduation she practiced in several disciplines including Medical-Surgical, Maternal-Child and Neonatal nursing as she accrued almost 15 years of experience. During that time she also worked for Norwich-Eaton Pharmaceutical Company as a Product Specialist. Jane took a respite from nursing when she and her husband opened an Antiques market in Roswell, Georgia where she helped manage the business. In 2009 she reentered the nursing field when she attended an internship program in Labor and Delivery at Northside Hospital here in Atlanta. Following the internship she was a Labor and Delivery nurse at Northside for three years. In 2011 Jane became a patient at Vein Innovations and was so impressed with her treatment and the staff that she became a member of the team in early 2012
Helen joined the team as a Registered Nurse (RN, BSN) at the Atlanta location. She grew up working in the local hospital and her father’s surgical office in south Georgia. After graduating from Furman University she enjoyed a successful Interior Design career for 10 years before returning to medicine. Helen graduated from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She was chosen as a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. She has worked as a medical-surgical nurse and a public health nurse before becoming a sclerotherapy nurse at Veininnovations.
She loves to travel (22 countries and counting), read, have fun with friends, and take naps with her puppy.
EHR/ Benefit Specialist
Front Office Supervisor, Johns Creek
Laura Egan, RN, APRN
Clinic Manager, Johns Creek
Laura Egan, RN, APRN, has joined Vein Innovations as Clinical Manager at the Johns Creek location.
She received her Nursing degree from the University of South Carolina in 1974, and her Certification in Nurse-Midwifery at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1978. Obstetrics was her primary focus for 18 years. She practiced office-gynecology for nine years.
From there, she worked at Atlanta Outpatient Surgery Center as manager of the Pain Center, and then manager of Pre-op for 8 years.
Laura and her husband have recently relocated to the area, so this was a perfect opportunity for Laura to work with the two highly skilled surgeons she had known at Atlanta Outpatient Surgery Center- Drs. David and Alex Park.
Laura enjoys playing golf, skiing, and hanging out with her family.
Ashley Sanford, RVT
Ashley joined the team as a Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) at the Johns Creek location. She graduated from Georgia Northwestern Technical College in 2011. Following graduation she worked for a Vascular Surgeon group performing various types of vascular ultrasounds before joining our team. Before going into ultrasound Ashley worked in the dental field managing and doing administrative work for several years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son and husband, being outside and taking vacations.
Front Office Supervisor, Midtown
Director of Operations
Director of Business Development
Business Development and Marketing Representative
Executive Business Coordinator
Financial Case Manager
N. Elyse Griffin
Billing / Collection Specalist