Our Team

DR Polly Kokinos


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 Kuznetsova (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.

Falguni Shah (RVT)

Registered Vascular Technologist

Falguni has been a registered vascular technologist for over 10 years. Having graduated from Maryland UMBC training center, Falguni specialies in all aspects of vascular ultrasongraphy and brings a wealth of experience to IVT. As a highly skilled vascular ultrasonographer, Falguni plays a crucial role in the accurate diagnosis of vascular related problems by producing high quality studies that allow South Bay Vascular surgeons to develop an appropriate treatment plan for their patients. Falguni brings an unmatched warmth and compassion to her patients setting them at ease to ensure the most accurate study possible. 

Damarcus Moon

Lead Radiology Technologist

Arnold (Damarcus) Moon joins us by way of Los Angeles, California. In the year 2000, Damarcus joined the Army, where he obtained his certification as a Radiology Technologist. After the Army he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Dominguez Hills in English Literature. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Clinical Psychology. In his spare time, Damarcus enjoys reading science fiction, writing and listening to music.

Ashley Duong

Patient Care Coordinator

Ashley graduated from San Francisco State with a degree in Nutrition. Her daily roles include checking in patients, scheduling appointments, and answering phone calls. She wants to further her studies and obtain her second bachelors in Nursing. Ashley enjoys spending her free time with her dog, traveling and eating at new restaurants with her boyfriend.

Jessica Phan

Patient Care Coordinator/Scrub Technician

Jessica is a recent graduate from UC Berkeley. Her roles include scheduling patient appointments and assisting in procedures as a scrub technician. She aspires to continue on to medical school, and especially values building meaningful relationships with patients. In her free time, Jessica loves rock climbing, reading at coffee shops, and taking her dog on hikes.

Fatma Taze (RN)

Ambulatory Surgery Center Nurse

Fatma has worked as an RN since 2002. She has deep experience in the care of general surgery patients and specializes in managing patients in the cardiac intensive care unit. Fatma brings an extensive resume of nursing expertise to South Bay Vascular and is licensed to work as an RN-4 in California, Washington and Oregon. In her spare time, Fatma enjoys spending time reading, studying, painting and camping. 

Willow Nelson

Authorizations/Scrub Technician

Willow has been with the practice since 2018. She is responsible for authorizing procedures and checking benefit information. She also handles back office roles of rooming patients, prepping and assisting doctors with surgeries, scrubbing for surgeries, and scheduling vascular procedures done in the office. In her free time, Willow has been studying for med school, and enjoys going to the gym, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.