Indiana Vein Specialists: Cutting-Edge Technology with First-Rate Care
Writer // Janelle Morrison Photography // Laura Arick
Do you or someone you know suffer from chronic issues associated with varicose vein disease or chronic venous insufficiency? Did you know that with the latest technological advancements in this field, a patient’s “down” time has decreased to only a matter of hours versus days? You can have your procedure completed in the morning and be back on your feet that afternoon.
Jeffery Schoonover, Diplomate, American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine with Indiana Vein Specialists and family medicine physician, opened Indiana Vein Specialists in Fishers in 2011 and his west Carmel location in 2014. His practice specializes in venous and lymphatic medicine. Dr. Schoonover is dedicated to treating varicose vein disease and related disorders with minimally invasive treatments, such as Endovenous Ablation Treatment, Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy, Surface Laser Treatment, Lymphatic Compression Pump Therapy and Compression Stocking Fitting as well as the latest in cutting-edge technologies, VenaSeal and Varithena. Indiana Vein Specialists is one of only a few practices that offer these two treatments.
Since our first visit, Dr. Schoonover’s staff has grown to 18 between the two locations. His staff is much like his extended family, and that level of care and respect carries over to the practices’ patients as well as the communities in which they serve. Indiana Vein Specialists proudly sponsors multiple community activities, such as the Carmel Marathon and other events.
Last fall, Indiana Vein Specialists welcomed Natalie Dereka, a certified lymphedema therapist, to the practice. This month, they welcomed Dr. Joseph Spahr, a hematologist.
While Indiana Vein Specialists works with a vast network of hematologists and lymphedema therapists, Dr. Schoonover recognized the advantage of having these services and treatments available in-house to better accommodate his patients’ needs, an advantage made possible by being an independent practice.
“There are multiple challenges being an independent practice,” Dr. Schoonover said. “There is the challenge of reimbursement and of having overhead like any business, but because we are still small, we can navigate those challenges more quickly than a larger organization. One thing that is very unique about our practice is our innovative way of providing detailed cost estimates for our patients prior to any procedures. There are so many different types of insurance plans, and with the Affordable Care Act, people are having to take on more financial responsibility and have higher deductibles. Our highly trained staff walks the patients through the process and helps them understand where they are from a deductible standpoint.”
Dr. Schoonover emphasized that not one patient is exactly like another, and not every patient that walks in his door is going to need Endovenous Laser Ablation, Varithena or VenaSeal.
“We custom-tailor to whatever needs the patient presents with,” Dr. Schoonover said. “We treat the patient’s conditions very respectfully and take the time to understand how they impact our patients.”
Another advantage for Dr. Schoonover’s patients that is rather unique is his background in family medicine. He can assess the entire picture and not just a snapshot of the patient’s overall health.
“This type of [holistic] approach is in the DNA of the practice as well,” he concluded. “For me, from an intellectual component, it’s been a lot of fun being a part of a new and growing specialty.”