Our Team 2019-09-06T15:12:41-04:00

Meet Our Management Team

At Metro Vein Centers, our team is dedicated to providing patients with the absolute best care from scheduling, through treatment and beyond.

Alessio Baraldi

Chief Executive Officer

Alessio has spent his career working with physicians and medical businesses ranging from individual practices to large healthcare organizations.

Prior to joining Metro Vein Centers, he was a venture capital and private equity executive at Warburg Pincus, Blackstone and Morgan Stanley. In these roles, he steered the strategic direction and supported the growth plans of a several companies in the healthcare services sector. Alessio earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BSc in Finance and Management from Cass Business School in London and Bocconi University in Milan.

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Dmitri Ivanov

President

Dmitri brings decades of experience in leadership roles in operations, business development and management consulting.

Prior to joining Metro Vein Centers, Dmitri worked in asset management and operations for Hersha Group, a family owned hospitality management company where he was responsible for a portfolio of over twenty hotels. At Starwood, he headed finance and strategic planning for Le Meridien Hotels Group and ran Bliss, a chain of 40 spas across the North East. He started his career as a management consultant with Marakon Associates. Dmitri earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Paul Green Scholar, and a BSc in Computer Science and Economics from Odessa Polytechnic University.

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Art Golden

Chief Operating Officer

Art brings decades of experience in operations, strategic growth, and leadership roles in the healthcare industry.

Prior to joining Metro Vein Centers, Art was Director of the Northeast Operations for Stericycle (NASDAQ: SRCL). He joined Stericycle in 1993, when the Company had $2M in revenue and 65 employees and was part of the team that helped it grow into a company with $2.9Bm in revenue and 15,000+ employees, where he personally oversaw a staff of 1,100. Art’s expertise includes sales, proactive organizational building and continuous process improvement. Art led operations for regulated medical waste disposal and pharmaceutical waste services along with hazardous and solid waste in 12 states. He led the team that contained the U.S. EBOLA crisis risk by managing the waste at the New York hospital where one of country’s first cases was treated, and mitigated public health contamination risk (e.g., EBOLA, AIDS, mad cow disease and hepatitis) by maintaining compliance in multiple jurisdictions and states.

Art has been a member of the Blauvelt Volunteer Fire Company since 1982 (former Department Chief and Board Director). He received his Bachelor of Science in Business from Dominican College, Blauvelt, NY.

agolden(at)metroveincenters(dot)com

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Max Hutton

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Max Hutton, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer at Metro Vein Centers and Metro Vascular.

Dr. Hutton is a board-certified diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners with over 25 years of experience.

Dr. Hutton completed his residency in General Surgery at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, and continued with a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Hutton has been the Director of Vascular Surgery at Allegiance Health Systems, the Director of the Center for Vascular Health, as well as the Medical Director of Vascular Laboratories. For 22 years he was the Attending Vascular Surgeon at the University Hospitals of Cleveland in Ohio. He is the former Associate Director for the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative.

Dr. Hutton completed his undergraduate studies at Case Western Reserve University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Post graduate, he completed a dual track certificate program in management and medicine. He then completed his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is currently based at the Metro Vein’s Canton office.

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Ashley DeSantis

Manager of Billing Operations

Ashley has been a member of the Metro Vein Centers team for the past five years and has played an integral role in the growth and development of our Billing Department.

As the Manager of Billing Operations, she is responsible for strategic planning, revenue and collections management, month-end closing, quality assurance and the professional development of our rapidly growing billing team, while continuously collaborating with other departments to ensure a seamless workflow.

Prior to her current role, Ashley served as our Lead Biller, where she was responsible for the billing and coding of our five original centers. During that time, she was also the leading force behind the creation and implementation of the billing protocols utilized today, focusing on accuracy and efficiency in all aspects of the billing process.

A native to Michigan, she graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelors of Science in Education. She has successfully earned her Certified Outpatient Coder certificate and specializes in the billing requirements of vascular disease and venous insufficiency.

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Patrick Daley

Corporate Sales and Physician Liaison Manager

Patrick brings more than 25 years of experience and success in managing national sales organizations in the healthcare industry.

Most recently, Patrick acted as Vice President of National Accounts for Daniels Health, a full-service provider of medical, sharps, biohazardous waste disposal and clinical product solutions to the healthcare industry with 600 employees nationwide. Previously, Patrick was the Director of National Accounts at Stericycle (NASDAQ: SRCL), a compliance company that specializes in collecting and disposing medical waste, sharps and pharmaceuticals. At Stericycle, Patrick was a member of the Leadership Team and managed a staff of 25 generating $150 million in annual revenue. Patrick is a graduate of Lewis University where he obtained a BA in Communication.

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Phillippia Shumate

Senior Controller

Phillippia brings over 20 years of extensive financial experience working as a Controller across multiple industries.

Her expertise covers a broad range of responsibilities including accounts payable, accounts receivable, asset protection, budget analysis, external/internal audits, and acquisition management. She has been instrumental in the development of financial policies and operational standards for the entire Metro Vein Centers organization.

Prior to her tenure with Metro Vein Centers, Phillippia served as the Controller for a non-profit organization, managing over 550 charitable funds, regularly reporting to the Board of Directors. In that role, she was responsible for the preparation and submission of grant proposals, ensured appropriate delegation of gifts and donations, monthly accounting, as well as seasonal work with auditors and tax preparers. She also led the administration of investment transactions for their complex portfolio of over 35 managers and performed monthly reconciliations of all financial activities and assets.

Phillippia is a graduate of Davenport University where she obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.  

pshumate(at)metroveincenters(dot)com

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Staci Medawar

Call Center Manager

Staci has been a member of the Metro Vein Centers team for the past three years.

She’s played a crucial role in the creation and development of our rapidly expanding call center. As the manager of the call center, she is responsible for the implementation and maintenance of policies and procedures, analyzing call volumes, identifying trends, preparing reports using our custom made call-tracking tools, while working hand-in-hand with our marketing team to ensure accurate representation of our company and services. She excels in educating and coaching her team members to maximize efficiency and achieve the highest quality of customer service for every Metro Vein Centers patient.

Prior to her current role, she served as our Lead Receptionist, where she was responsible for training and maintaining the daily flow of our Patient Service Representatives across the country. Staci’s first priority has and always will be quality customer service.

While successfully balancing her career and family, she’s currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management at South University. She’s looking forward to using the knowledge obtained to aid in the continued growth and development of our call centers.

smedawar(at)metroveincenters(dot)com

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Clinical Board

Dr. Max Hutton

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Max Hutton, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer at Metro Vein Centers and Metro Vascular.

Dr. Hutton is a board-certified diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners with over 25 years of experience.

Dr. Hutton completed his residency in General Surgery at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, and continued with a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Hutton has been the Director of Vascular Surgery at Allegiance Health Systems, the Director of the Center for Vascular Health, as well as the Medical Director of Vascular Laboratories. For 22 years he was the Attending Vascular Surgeon at the University Hospitals of Cleveland in Ohio. He is the former Associate Director for the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative.

Dr. Hutton completed his undergraduate studies at Case Western Reserve University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Post graduate, he completed a dual track certificate program in management and medicine. He then completed his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is currently based at the Metro Vein’s Canton office.

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Dr. Tonie Reincke

Interventional Radiologist

Dr. Tonie Reincke, M.D., is a board-certified Interventional Radiologist with over ten years of experience.

Dr. Reincke completed a Radiology Residency and an Accredited Interventional Radiology Fellowship at the Detroit Medical Center. She has personally performed thousands of venous procedures and trained several physicians in the vein field. During her tenure at Metro Vein Centers, she received the 2017 Best of Vein Doctor in Fort Bend, awarded by Living Magazine and voted for by her patients. Dr. Reincke was also named Top Doc for Fort Bend county for Living Magazine for 2017 and 2018. (Texas)

“Throughout my career, I have been a Registered Nurse, a Physician Assistant and a Doctor of Medicine. Patient care is my passion. It’s not just about treating the source and symptoms of venous disease. I also want each one of my patients to feel comfortable and well cared for.”

Dr. Reincke completed her undergraduate studies at Indiana University as a Registered Nurse. She then continued her education to become a Physician Assistant at Saint Francis University. Following that, Dr. Reincke completed her Medical School studies at Wayne State University where she graduated with the Academic Achievement Award.

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Dr. Jordan Garrison

General Surgeon

Dr. Garrison, M.D., FACS, FASMBS, is a board-certified General, Bariatric and Vascular Surgeon with over 25 years of experience.

Dr. Garrison graduated from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 1982 and completed his General Surgery Residency training at the UMDNJ/New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey in 1989.  In addition, he completed a Fellowship for Bariatric Surgery in 2007.

“As a Surgeon, I have always taken the approach of wanting for my patient exactly what I would want for myself.  When I encounter a patient I always accept that being in front of a surgeon leads to a tremendous amount of anxiety and fear.  In order to overcome that fear and anxiety I must empower the patient not only with the knowledge of their disease but also add in the pertinent medical information on the prescribed treatment process.  Empathy and compassion can then serve as the cornerstones of my treatment.”

Dr. Garrison completed his undergraduate studies at Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.  He still is actively involved with the University by participating in a Visiting Lecture series on The Ethics of Surgical Diseases and the Changing Economic Dynamic of Medicine.  Dr. Garrison serves as a mentor to students interested in pursuing a career in medicine and is extremely active in the recruitment and retention of students of color to the university.  He recently has published a primer on Bariatric Surgery in the American Journal of Family Physicians. In addition, in his free time Dr. Garrison has achieved a level of success by actively coaching a College level Pro-Am basketball team in the spring, summer and fall.

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Dr. Krista Bannon

General Surgeon

Krista Bannon, M.D. is a board certified general surgeon with five years of experience.

She completed a surgical residency at Providence Hospital and Health Systems in Southfield, Michigan. During her training as vascular resident and chief, she completed three times the required amount of open and endovascular operative vascular procedures inclusive of areas such as peripheral vascular disease, diagnostic and therapeutic endovascular intervention, venous disease, and vascular access. Dr. Bannon rounded out her operative training with several research publications and a surgical book chapter publication, as well as enjoying medical mission work during her time there.

“Patient care and surgical excellence are the most valued aspects of my work as a physician. To continuously challenge yourself and strive for unparalleled excellence is my personal philosophy and I will deliver meticulous, personalized, and compassionate surgical service to each and every patient that walks into my office for the most desirable cosmetic and clinically improved outcome.”

Dr. Bannon completed her undergraduate education at the University of Illinois and received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology/pre-med. She then continued her education at Meharry Medical College in Nashville Tennessee where she graduated medical school with honors and matriculated into General Surgery Residency.

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Dr. Mohammed Islam

Vascular Surgeon

Dr. Mohammed Islam, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a board-certified Vascular Surgeon who has been practicing Vascular, Endovascular, Venous, Endovenous and General Surgery for the last 25 years.

Dr. Islam completed his residency at New York Methodist Hospital. He then went on to complete a clinical fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  He received his Vascular training under pioneers of Cardiovascular Surgery Dr. Michael Debakey and Dr. Deithrich at Baylor College of Medicine and Arizona Heart Institute. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a Certified Member of International Society of Endovascular Surgery. Before joining Metro Vein Centers in 2018,  Dr. Islam was Chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the Indiana Regional Medical Center in Indiana and Pennsylvania from 2012 to 2017.

“I strongly believe that with today’s technologies vein and arterial patients are better served in an outpatient office rather than in a hospital. That’s why I left my hospital career to join Metro Vein Centers. I can provide my patients with the latest treatments for venous and arterial problems within the comfort and convenience of a beautiful private clinic. Patients go in and out within an hour and it’s a much better experience for everyone.”

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Dr. Sareh Rajaee

Vascular Surgeon

Sareh Rajaee, MD MPH, is a board-certified Vascular Surgeon with over 8 years of experience.  

Dr. Rajaee obtained her medical doctorate from the Alpert Medical School at Brown University. She also obtained a Masters in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. She then completed an integrated Vascular Surgery Residency at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Before joining Metro Vascular Centers, Dr. Rajaee had practiced Vascular surgery at a private practice in Brooklyn, NY, where she performed open vascular and endovascular procedures for the treatment of aneurysms, peripheral arterial disease, carotid disease, deep and superficial venous disease, and dialysis access.

“My undeniable excitement in the operating room, the enjoyment I attained from on-your-feet problem solving, and the challenges and rewards of dealing with complex management issues led me to pursue a career in vascular surgery.  Despite a career in surgery, throughout my years of practice in medicine I have made a point to maintain my humanity and have found ways to engage in my interests of preventative care, patient advocacy and health and human rights equality. “

Dr. Rajaee completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Rhode Island, where she double majored in Biomedical Engineering and German as part of the International Engineering program. She also minored in French and speaks Farsi.

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Dr. J. Gordon Wright

Vascular Surgeon

Dr. J. Gordon Wright is actively involved in helping to develop breakthrough technologies that continue to make vein care safer, less invasive and more effective.

Membership and leadership roles in a large number of professional associations keeps Dr. Wright in touch with his colleagues and helps to keep him up to date on the latest medical advancements. Dr. Wright is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He’s a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Phlebology. Dr. Wright has been a valued participant in dozens of FDA approved clinical trials and is published in all areas of vascular disorders. Dr. Wright is the founder of Midwest Vein Center. His special area of expertise in Phlebology is in the treatment of venous stasis ulcers and combined arterial and venous problems. Dr. Wright and his wife are enjoying their empty nest, but welcome frequent visits from their children. In their spare time, they enjoy reading and spending time with their grandchildren and extended family.

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