Meet the Team
Manny is a registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer (RDCS) and registered vascular technologist (RVT) through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), the main accreditation organization for sonographers.
Manny’s role is to produce vein mappings that help the physician create a treatment plan and to provide ultrasound guidance for ablations and sclerotherapy. When working with patients, he listens closely to where their sources of discomfort are so he can perform a better vein mapping, which will result in a better outcome. He also tries to connect with patients and get to know them a bit more on a personal level, making for a more comfortable and less intimidating visit.
Prior to VHC, he worked as a Cardiovascular and Vein Lab Technical Director for 10 years. His background includes providing an array of diagnostic imaging tests, including stress testing, echocardiography, and general vascular and vein specialized procedures.
“Knowing that I make a difference in a patient’s health is very rewarding. I have seen patients that have chronic leg swelling, heavy legs with achiness, and even ulcerations. Providing the guidance required to treat the patient is rewarding since I have assisted in the patient’s overall treatment and quality of life.”
Registered Vascular Technologist , Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Sam has over 20 years of hospital and private practice vascular diagnostic ultrasound experience. He trained at Thomas Jefferson Hospital for Diagnostic Ultrasound and was previously the Program Director for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography at a school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Sam’s role is to evaluate patients for venous disease and assist with minimally invasive venous intervention procedures. He also makes patients feel welcome and explains the process before, during, and after evaluations. He strives to ensure that patients are relaxed, pain-free, and comfortable.
“There is an atmosphere of caring, professionalism, and competency at VHC. I enjoy working with such a well-educated team.”
Keila provides support to our providers and all staff in a variety of areas, including patient intake and scheduling, prior insurance authorizations, and following up on acute patient issues. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelors Degree in Athletic Training and holds a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from the Southern New Hampshire University.
Keila enjoys streamlining processes and workflows to help the team operate smoothly and efficiently while providing exceptional care. In everything she does, she always keeps the focus on doing what’s best for our patients.
“I value every patient interaction and want each individual to know that they are in good hands. I enjoy resolving issues and advocating for our patients however is needed.”
Emily received her Bachelor of Exercise Science from St. Joseph’s College in Maine, with a minor in Psychology. She is currently participating in VHC’s first Ultrasound Internship. As an Ultrasound Intern, Emily studies to be a registered phlebology sonographer and trains with the Ultrasound Technologists as they evaluate patients and perform endovenous treatments. Emily also continues to work part-time as a Patient Care Coordinator, assisting with administrative tasks and making patients feel welcome.
“I'm really enjoying working at VHC getting hands-on medical experience. I also like getting to know the patients better – they’ve been very open and encouraging while I'm learning! ”
With a Bachelors in Exercise Science and a Master’s in Education, Allison has experience in medical, classroom, and business settings. She works with patients, insurance companies, and our billing office to coordinate authorization for procedures and appointments, ensuring that treatment is covered.
Allison understands that navigating insurance coverage can be confusing, and she does her best to answer patients’ insurance-related questions and keep them informed about any correspondence with insurance companies so that the process is transparent.
“We are a close-knit team with one common goal: to give our patients the best experience possible.”
As a Patient Care Coordinator, Mishaela Favreau is often the first and last point of contact for patients. She has worked in a range of medical fields including internal medicine, urology, mental health, and dental health.
Mishaela does everything she can to help patients have a seamless and uplifting experience as they make their journey towards better leg health. To that end, she makes her interaction with every patient upbeat and pleasant.
“I love being part of a team where everyone is welcoming, supportive, and focused on exceptional patient care. It feels satisfying when I talk with a patient who is excited about the steps they’re taking to be more comfortable and confident in their skin!”
Shannon is one of our Patient Care Coordinators, helping to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible for our patients, whether she is scheduling appointments, answering questions, or listening to their concerns.
Prior to working at VHC, Shannon was an office manager for a physical therapy clinic for four years and the Director's Assistant for a rehab facility, which offered physical, occupational, respiratory, and speech therapy. She spent the last 10 years in retail management, and with her strong customer service background, patients’ needs are always her top priority.
“The team atmosphere at VHC is the best! Everyone always works together to make the best experience for each and every patient. It's so rewarding when a complex case is resolved, and the process was seamless for the patient.”
In Caroline’s role as a Patient Care Coordinator, she assists patients throughout their experience at VHC, checking them in and out, scheduling appointments and answering any questions along the way.
Caroline has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences, and worked as a Patient Service Representative in a primary care office before joining the VHC team. She strives to be a warm and kind presence in the office.
“I want every patient to know that I care about them and their experience at VHC, so I show each of them compassion and respect.”
Kobey Gillespie is a recent graduate from the University of Maine where he earned a degree in Biology with a concentration in Pre-Medicine. He is planning to attend medical school in the future. At VHC, he greets patients, prepares them for their visits and assists with procedures.
Kobey brings a personable, welcoming approach when meeting patients, answering any questions they may have about the process.
“I like to develop relationships with the patients because it can help make the treatment process easier for them.”
Casey graduated from the University of New England with a degree in Applied Exercise Science. She is registered as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic and worked as an EMT before joining the medical team at VHC.
Casey’s role is to help prepare patients for their treatment and to assist the providers with procedures. She strives to make patients’ visits as comfortable and easy as possible, from answering questions and providing reassurance to having a pleasant interaction to start their appointments.
“The most rewarding part of my work is seeing the difference a treatment can make in someone's life. Patients have been able to move forward without pain and new confidence after getting treatment here.”
Sydney graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a Minor in Chemistry. Her experience includes working as a rehab technician at the Goodwill Neurorehabilitation Center in Scarborough.
At VHC, Sydney works with patients, taking their vitals, preparing them for their visit, and assisting with venous procedures. She explains to every patient what to expect during their appointment, and she enjoys helping patients as they progress through treatment.
“I like to get to know every patient, and make it obvious that their health is our top priority. I try to be as friendly, helpful, and understanding as possible.”
Thomas recently graduated from Bowdoin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Anthropology. During his time at Bowdoin, Thomas volunteered at the Oasis Free Clinics as a Clinical Assistant. He is excited to be part of the VHC team and hopes to attend medical school to become a doctor specializing in primary care, emergency medicine, or a surgical specialty.
As an MA, Thomas greets patients, prepares them for their appointments, and assist providers during various procedures.
“My top priority is making patients feel comfortable throughout their whole experience at VHC!”
Emie will be entering her senior year at the University of Southern Maine where she will major in Human Biology. Her goal is to become a Physician's Assistant. She is a registered EMT and was the medical director at a summer camp in Nobleboro, Maine.
Her role at VHC is to greet patients and help them feel comfortable while taking their vitals and getting them prepped for a procedure. Emie strives to ensure that the patient knows that the VHC team is here for them on their vein treatment process every step of the way.
“My favorite part is making connections with patients and ensuring that they get the best patient care possible.”