State-Of-The-Art Accredited Vascular Ultrasound Lab At All Five Of The Vein and Vascular Institute Locations
Our state-of-the-art accredited Vascular Ultrasound Lab will provide a painless, non-invasive experience during your ultrasound appointment. All of our vascular ultrasounds are performed in office by one of our registered vascular ultrasound technicians. Each of our five Florida offices (Tampa, Lutz, Spring Hill, Riverview, New Port Richey) have state-of-the-art ultrasound imaging equipment to aid in getting precise images for accurate analysis and diagnosis. Our high-quality imaging may often be used to determine an appropriate method of treatment, without further testing required.
The First IAC Accredited Vascular Lab In The Tampa Bay Area
Our accreditation through the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) ensures quality patient care through high standards and set methods for the evaluation of vascular testing. This means that unlike other non-accredited vascular labs, you can count on your test results being accurate. We are proud to offer one of the first IAC accredited vascular lab in the Tampa Bay area.
Registered Vascular Ultrasound Technologists
Our staff consists of Registered Vascular Technologists (RVT) with over 50 years of combined scanning and patient care experience in both hospital and outpatient settings. Our Registered Vascular Ultrasound Technologists all hold credentials specializing in vascular ultrasound and work closely with our vascular surgeons in a clinical setting. By operating our own laboratory with technologists on staff allows us to be extremely responsive and precise with diagnosis and treatment. Our board certified vascular surgeons also hold credentials called RPVI (Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation). The American Board believes that only a qualified physician should be interpreting a non-invasive vascular study. Make sure a Vascular Surgeon is interpreting your non-invasive Vascular Ultrasound!
Allyson Snyder RDMS RVT
Vascular Lab Director
Allyson graduated from Hillsborough Community College’s accredited ultrasound program and became a Registered Ultrasound Technologist in 1999 through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. She holds multiple ultrasound registries including Vascular, and has over 20 years of full time vascular ultrasound experience including 7 years in trauma and emergency medicine. She has been with The Vein and Vascular Institute since 2011 helping our Vascular Lab grow and continue a standard of excellence.
Becky Sheehan RDMS RVT
Becky has been with The Vein and Vascular Institute since 2014. She earned her degree in ultrasound in 2003 and became a registered Sonographer through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography in 2009 obtaining multiple registries including Vascular. She is a member of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography where she continues her education by earning continuing education credits. In her free time, Becky likes to spend time with her family and coaches her daughter’s soccer team.
Joy Lutz RVS
Joy graduated from Central Florida Institute with a degree in diagnostic medical sonography in 2012. She chose vascular as her specialty and has been working in the field ever since. She obtained her Registered Vascular Sonographer credentials through the Cardiovascular Credentialing International. She has 8 years of vascular experience and joined The Vein and Vascular Institute in 2019. Joy likes to travel and enjoys the beach in her spare time.
Amy Garcia MHSc RVT
Amy graduated from University of South Florida with her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine, and Nova Southeastern University with her Master’s in Health Care Science. She is a Registered Vascular Technologist with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and has nearly 10 years’ experience in arterial and venous diagnostic testing and procedures. She has been with The Vein and Vascular Institute since 2019. Amy is an avid sports fan and Tampa Bay sports enthusiast. Being a native, she loves spending time outdoors hiking, camping and enjoying Florida.
Chelsea Zellner RVT
Chelsea graduated from Northern Illinois University with her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, and from Rush University with her second Bachelor’s degree in Vascular Sonography. She is a Registered Vascular Technologist with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography since 2015. She has been with The Vein and Vascular Institute since 2019. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys doing anything active and outside including kayaking, run/biking, exploring new beaches, and sporting events.
Tracey Livingston RVS
Tracey graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders. She continued on to Ultrasound school where she earned her Specialized Associates degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Choosing vascular as her specialty, Tracey obtained her Registered Vascular Specialist Registry in 2011 through Cardiac Credentialing International. Tracey has over 20 years of vascular experience including Venous and Arterial diagnostic testing and procedures. Tracey started at The Vein and Vascular Institute in 2021. On any given Saturday you’ll find Tracey volunteering to build and distribute beds to kids in need with her local nonprofit, Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
Amanda Falgoust RDMS RVT
Amanda is a graduate of Hillsborough Community College’s accredited ultrasound program and became a Registered Ultrasound Technologist with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography in 2018. She holds multiple ultrasound registries including vascular, and became a staff member of the Vein and Vascular Institute’s vascular lab in early 2021. In her spare time, she is an avid kite surfer who also enjoys ballroom dancing.
Kristen Holts RDMS RVT
Kristen is a graduate of The Florida Institute of Ultrasound’s accredited ultrasound program in Pensacola. She became a Registered Ultrasound Technologist with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography in 2017. She has 8 years’ experience in Cardiac, Vascular, General, and OB/GYN Sonography. In her spare time she likes to go boating, fishing, paddle boarding and ride her motorcycle with her club. She is also a huge Cleveland Browns and NFL fan.
Crystal Garcia RDMS RVT
Crystal graduated from Nova Southwest University with a Bachelors in Health Sciences and a degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She has been a Registered Vascular Technologist with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography for 7 years with prior vascular experience at the University of Florida’s Shands Hospital. As a native of Tampa Crystal likes to spend her free time traveling with her family and pets.
Megan Sell RDMS RVT
Megan Graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s in Pre-Medical Sciences in 2013 and then from South Hills School of Business and Technology for ultrasound in 2016. She is registered through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and holds registries in Vascular, Abdomen, OB/GYN and Breast. Megan joined The Vein and Vascular Institute in 2021. In her free time she enjoys being active and outside by going to the gym, walks with her dog, hiking, golfing, the beach, football games, and paddle boarding.
What Is A Diagnostic Ultrasound Exam?
Ultrasound is an effective diagnostic and visualization tool that produces live images of the internal structures using high-frequency sound waves. This visualization allows the doctor to target the location and precise nature of the problem area. Ultrasound is a top choice in vascular diagnosis because of its convenience, safety, and effectiveness.
Some of the tests we offer include:
- Peripheral Arterial Ultrasound
- Bypass Graft Examination
- Carotid/Vertebral Duplex Ultrasound
- Transcranial Doppler (TCD) Ultrasound
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Ultrasound
- Renal Artery Ultrasound
- Mesenteric Ultrasound
- Rule Out Deep Vein Thrombosis Ultrasound
- Venous Insufficiency Examination
- Inferior Vena Cava Ultrasound
Laboratory hours are 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday at all of our convenient locations, with some limited Saturday hours.