Meet Our Team

The entire South Bay Vascular Center & Vein Institute team is dedicated to connecting with patients on a personal level and providing compassionate care. Our diverse staff includes members who are fluent in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Hindi, Mandarin, Tagalog, Greek, and French.

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Dr. Polly Kokinos

General and Vascular Surgeon
Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI)

Dr. Polyxene (Polly) Kokinos founded South Bay Vascular Center & Vein Institute in 1997. She is Board Certified in both General Surgery and Vascular Surgery and has dedicated her entire career to serving the South Bay community as an independent physician—so she can deliver truly personalized, patient-centered care.

Dr. Kokinos has been recognized by her peers as one of the pre-eminent vascular surgeons in Northern California and an overall leader in her field. She has served as the chair of the Cardiovascular Surgery department at the Columbia Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose and as the medical director for the wound care centers at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose and Saint Louise Hospital in Gilroy.

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Yelena Bishop

Physician Assistant

Yelena is a certified Physician Assistant who works with Dr. Kokinos to deliver sophisticated medical care that addresses both the mind and body. Yelena’s qualifications exceed those of most physician assistants; she completed medical school and residency at Moscow Medical Academy (one of the most prestigious medical schools in Russia), and then relocated to the U.S., where she graduated from Stanford School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. Her extensive medical experience, coupled with a gentle and professional demeanor grounded in personal family values, make her a valuable addition to the South Bay Vascular team.

Debbie Hoover

Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)
Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS)

Debbie has been a Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) since 1992 and a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) since 1996. She has previously served as a clinical instructor at UC San Diego and Technical Director at Good Samaritan Hospital, where she helped obtain the prestigious Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) Accreditation in 5 specialties (Cerebrovascular, Peripheral Venous, Arterial, Visceral and Transcranial). She is currently the Technical Director for Vascular Associates of Northern California (AC accredited in 4 specialties) and the Institute for Vascular Testing, where she is overseeing the current accreditation.

Dolores Meehan

Registered Nurse (RN)

Dolores Meehan has been an RN for 8 years and is completing her graduate degree from UCSF as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She has worked with South Bay Vascular Center since April 2015, when we first opened our angiography suite. In addition to working as a nurse at SF General Hospital, Dolores travels regularly to Nigeria and Gabon as a medical missionary. She is looking forward to working with Dr. Kokinos as an Advanced Practice Nurse. She is a proud 4th generation San Franciscan and spends her free time open water swimming in the SF Bay.

Lindsay van der Bokke

Registered Nurse (RN), BSN

Lindsay received her BSN degree from the University of San Francisco and served as a nurse for over 12 years at Stanford Healthcare, working in the IICU with heart, lung and kidney transplant patients and also at the Stanford Cancer Center. In her free time she enjoys cycling, hiking, and spending time with her family. 

Sandra Ballestrasse

Registered Nurse (RN)

Sandra is a registered nurse with over 18 years experience in critical care, including neurosurgical intensive care and trauma. Sandra joined SBVC in 2019 and is focused on providing exceptional care to patients undergoing arterial and vascular surgery procedures.  When she is not at work, she coaches elementary/middle school robotics and enjoys playing tennis and spending time outdoors with her family.

Sally Moy

Registered Nurse (RN)

Damarcus Moon

Radiation Technologist

Arnold (Damarcus) Moon is originally from Los Angeles and obtained his  certification as a Radiology Technologist in the U.S. Army. He later earned a  B.A. degree in English Literature from CSU Dominguez Hills and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. In his spare time, Damarcus enjoys reading science fiction, writing, and listening to music. 

Dante Licup

Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)

Dante is a Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) and has been with South Bay Vascular since 2014. He is also licensed in General and OB/GYN sonography. On the weekends, he enjoys driving by the coast with his family.

Patrick Kim

Ultrasound Sonographer
Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)
Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (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.

Sandhya Sheth

Medical Assistant

Sandhya has been a certified Medical Assistant since 2012. She handles the back office role of taking patients to their room, preparing them for procedures, and assisting the medical team during procedures. Sandhya also discusses pre- and post-operative care and instructions with patients. In her spare time, Sandhya loves to read, garden, cook, and spend time with friends and family.

Sarah Cole

Medical Assistant / Medical Scribe

After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Integrative Biology, where she also played on the indoor and beach volleyball teams, Sarah spent 2 years at a genetics-based health technology startup and 2 years scribing in the ER at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, CA. She has been with South Bay Vascular for the past year and will be starting medical school at Florida Atlantic University in the fall. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys volunteering, coaching, competing in tournaments, and painting. 

What Sarah has to say about her experience at South Bay Vascular: 

“My time at South Bay Vascular has taught me so many invaluable lessons about how to provide innovative, patient-centered care, and I cannot imagine starting my journey into medicine without this experience. Dr. Kokinos, Yelena, and the entire team at South Bay Vascular are not only phenomenal clinicians but excellent mentors who are invested in the health of their patients and the success of their colleagues. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from the very best.”

Vicki McCartney

Office Manager

Vicki has over 13 years of experience working in vascular care and joined South Bay Vascular in 2014. She checks in all patients, answers phones, and schedules appointments. In her free time, she likes to be with her kids and her granddaughter and take long rides to the beach.

Amanda Nyam

Patient Care Coordinator

Amanda is a recent graduate from UC Irvine and works in the office answering phones and scheduling patients. In her free time, she loves traveling, reading, and spending time with her friends and family. A self-proclaimed milk tea connoisseur, she enjoys trying new tea shops all over the Bay Area.

Vi-Van Nguyen

Patient Care Coordinator

Vi-Van is a recent graduate from U.C. Berkeley, where she majored in Molecular Biology. She is currently applying to medical school. In her free time, Vi-Van likes to play tennis, go on hikes, and experiment with new recipes. She has recently been interested in finding creative ways to make coffee.

Claudia S.

Billing

Claudia has been doing medical billing for over 20 years. She enjoys spending her spare time with her husband, her two boys, and her two “fur babies.”

Tina Doan

Medical Assistant / Insurance Authorizations

Tina is a San Jose native who graduated from UC San Diego and is applying to medical school. Her daily roles at South Bay Vascular include rooming patients, assisting as a scrub technician during procedures and insurance authorizations. In her free time, Tina enjoys cooking new recipes, reading at coffee shops and hunting for mushrooms.

Tommy Seamen

Assistant Practice Coordinator

Tommy has worked South Bay Vascular since 2017 and currently manages a variety of office projects. He is a current junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Nursing and Business. In the future, Tommy hopes to combine his interests in clinical medicine with healthcare management. He is a Spinning Instructor at school and loves spending time outdoors.

Yoshi Cohn

Medical Gap Year Intern

Yoshi graduated from U.C. Berkeley in May 2020 with a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and we are thrilled to welcome her as an intern during her “gap year” before beginning medical school. Yoshi served as a teaching assistant at Cal and was also active in club badminton, the ski team, and various volunteer groups.

"I would highly recommend this office to anyone concerned about vascular issues, cosmetic or otherwise. Great staff all around."

– SBVC patient

"Dr. Kokinos is a great surgeon, and I trust her completely. The office personnel are always pleasant and helpful."

– SBVC patient