Health is an essential pillar to a life well lived and healthcare practitioners are the unsung heroes who help us live better each day. The American Vein & Vascular Institute provides vein care and vascular diagnosis through a network of seven vein clinics in Colorado. Founded in 2009 by Erin Gibbs, CEO, and her husband Dr. Gordon Gibbs, chief medical executive, the business has received such accolades as Top 250 privately-owned Colorado business; top 100 women-owned companies; top 50 family-owned companies; Colorado companies to watch; fastest growing company nominee and more.
In addition to being led by a female CEO, other top leadership roles in the organization are held by women as well. Seven of the nine in-clinic provider roles are held by women as well as nine out of 12 management roles. Just as veins bring blood to the heart, companies like these, pump life-giving energy into our community.
The American Vein & Vascular Institute prides itself on being a patient-first healthcare organization. “[We] are a customer service company who specializes in vein and vascular care,” it states on its website. Each step of the patient’s journey from scheduling an appointment through treatment is designed to put the client at ease.
Vascular disease affects nearly 30 million people annually and each individual responds differently. Those seeking vein health do so for a variety of reasons. What many people don’t know is that swollen, itchy, tight or restless legs, pain, cramps or ulcers in the legs and spider and varicose veins are all uncomfortable symptoms that could be tied to vein health. The best place to start is with a screening, consultation and diagnostic tests by vascular specialists who can explain the health implications of what you are experiencing in a friendly, solution-oriented way. A personalized plan is then developed for each patient that is minimally invasive, requires no downtime or hospitalization and results are typically felt in as little as six to 12 weeks.
Vascular disease is treatable and understanding options is the first step to healing. The American Vein & Vascular Institute focuses on quality of life and it isn’t just the veins that are being healed but individual patients’ ability to hike or sleep through the night.
One of the most conservative treatment options is simply wearing compression stocking, socks and sleeves. Compression wear is not a cure for vein disease; however, it does effectively manage the symptoms. Each vein clinic offers custom fitting in the in-house Compression Center, which has a boutique-style assortment of compression wear. When fitted properly, a solution as simple as a stocking can bring great relief to your legs by improving blood circulation. It is particularly helpful for those who spend long stretches of time sitting but can also be helpful for athletes to reduce lactic acid build-up after intense workouts. Results can be achieved in as little as two weeks.
Arterial disease, which is a blockage in a vessel that delivers blood from the heart to the rest of the body, is also treated by the American Vein & Vascular Institute. Blockages can happen throughout the body and are common in the legs, causing the amount of blood and nutrients to the legs to be reduced. An angiogram procedure is often the cure and results can be felt immediately following the procedure.
Because veins are such an important part of overall health, reducing the visibility of spider veins and varicose veins makes us look younger, healthier and more vibrant. For those who are not in pain and are simply aspiring to look and feel better about themselves, there is a Lovely Legs Beauty Treatment package that is strictly a cosmetic treatment. This involves a process called sclerotherapy which is best suited for surface veins.
The Gibbs family is celebrating 10 years of “healing with energy—to and from the heart.” From humble beginnings with one clinic (then the Rocky Mountain Vein and Vascular Institute) and just the husband-and- wife team of Erin and Dr. Gordon Gibbs to all of the patient intake, diagnosis, treatment, scheduling, marketing, billing and more at seven locations in Colorado, the American Vein & Vascular Institute has seen healthy success and has brought life to the patients they serve.
As such, the privately-held, woman led organization is an inspiration for aspiring female entrepreneurs. Erin Gibbs advises any women who are considering the path to becoming a CEO to “take business courses in college. Understand business accounting, understand the money side of marketing. Being creative is not enough. If you are going to own and run a business, learn and understand every job.”
This is truly a business that changes lives daily and provides value to each of the patients and employees it touches.
American Vein & Vascular Institute provides vein care and vascular diagnosis through a network of seven vein clinics in Colorado. For information and locations, visit americanvein.com.
Danielle Yuthas is a Denver native who is a marketing director for national franchise brand as well as a freelance journalist.
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