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Dr. Polly Kokinos

Vascular Surgeon RPVI

Dr. Polly Kokinos was born in New York City and stayed there until she graduated medical school . She moved to San Francisco to train at world famous UCSF in general surgery. During her residency, she returned to New York to train in molecular carcinogenesis research and published several articles on breast and thyroid cancer pathogenesis. During her last year in San Francisco, a nurse from the hospital introduced her to a high school friend at a Greek Church Festival. She was married to Michael Kokinos the following year. She spent that year working at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in San Francisco as a Clinical Instructor and Attending Surgeon for UCSF. They then moved to Saint Louis to pursue a nationally acclaimed vascular fellowship at Washington University. Dr. Kokinos was recruited back to San Jose to work as the sole vascular surgeon for a large medical group. In 2016, Dr. Kokinos was selected to serve as chair of the Cardiovascular Surgery department at the Columbia Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose and is the medical director for the wound care centers at Verity's O'Connor Hospital in San Jose and Saint Louise Hospital in San Martin Ca. She is a sought after speaker and lectures on both a National and International level. Dr Kokinos is blessed to be the mother of 4 wonderful children and is thrilled that her eldest two college aged daughters were accepted into and currently attend Washington University in St. Louis.

Debbie Hoover (RVT RDMS)


Debbie Hoover has been a Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) since 1992 and a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) since 1996. Her professional experience includes holding the clinical instructor position for the Vascular US program from 1990-1996: General and Vascular Ultrasound at UC San Diego; Technical Director at Good Samaritan Hospital for 13 years where she assisted them in obtaining the prestigious Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) Accreditation in 5 specialties (Cerebrovascular, Peripheral Venous, Arterial, Visceral and Transcranial). Currently Technical Director for Vascular Associates of Northern California (AC accredited in 4 specialties) and has been since 2009, as well as the Institute for Vascular Testing since 4/2012, which she is overseeing its current accreditation process as well.

Yelena Bishop (PA-C)

Physician Assistant

Yelena is a certified Physician Assistant working with Dr. Kokinos to deliver medical care that is coherent with the spirit of mind and body so important to the practice of Dr. Kokinos. Her qualifications exceed that of most physician assistants in that she completed medical school and residency at Moscow Medical Academy, one of the most prestigious medical schools in Russia, and then relocated to the United States. In the U.S. she graduated from Stanford School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program and received credential for a certified physician assistant in February of 2010. She has been actively involved in delivering exceptional medical care to patients since that time. Since March of 2010, Yelena has practiced all spectrums of internal medicine and in 2015 has joined Dr. Kokinos' team, providing a complete spectrum of surgical solutions for vascular conditions coupled with comprehensive and sophisticated internal medicine that addresses the mind and body. Her extensive medical experience and training, coupled with a gentle and professional demeanor grounded in personal family values is a valuable addition to the medical care team

Vicki McCartney

Patient Care Coordinator

Vicki has been with the practice since 2014, she has had 13 years experience in vascular surgery. She handles checking in all patients, answering phones, scheduling appointments and vascular procedures at the hospital. In her free time she likes to be with her kids and her granddaughter. She likes to take long rides to the beach.

Niki Minarik (LVN)

Licensed Vocational Nurse

Niki has been with the practice since 2013. As an LVN Niki assists with pre and post-operative care, assists with procedures as a scrub tech and is responsible for patient education. Niki also works obtaining authorizations and benefit information. In her spare time, she enjoys taking long walks with her dog, reading in the backyard and playing slow pitch softball.

Dante Licup (RVT)

Register Vascular Technologist (RVT)

Dolores Meehan (RN)

Ambulatory Surgery Center Nurse

Linda Youngblood (RN)

Nursing Supervisor, Ambulatory Surgery Center

Sandhya Sheth

Medical Assistant

Sandhya has been a certified Medical Assistant since 2012. She handles the back office role of rooming patients, prepping patients and assisting the doctor in procedures. Sandhya also discusses pre and post operative care and instructions with patients. In her spare time Sandhya loves to read, garden, cook and to spend time with friends and family.

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Patrick Kim

Ultrasound Sonographer RVT, RDMS

Patrick received his RVT and RDMS certifications from Gurnick Academy of the Arts and works as a registered diagnostic medical sonographer. He enjoys spending time with his three children, going to the gym, and playing golf.

Tina Doan

Front Office

Tina is a recent graduate from UC San Diego and hopes to pursue medical school in the future. Her daily roles at the practice include answering phone calls, checking in patients and scheduling appointments. In her free time Tina enjoys going to the gym. baking and hunting for mushrooms.

Sarah Cole

Medical Assistant / Medical Scribe

After graduating from UC Berkeley with a bachelors degree in Integrative Biology, where she also played on and was on the leadership team of the indoor and beach volleyball teams, Sarah spent 2 years at a genetics based health technology startup. She has been a medical scribe at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, CA since then and is now applying to medical school. In her spare time Sarah enjoys volunteering, coaching, competing in tournaments and painting. 

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