Premier Heart and Vein Care

Premier Heart and Vein Care

Kenneth Stevens MD, FACC FACP FSCAI
Board Certified In Phlebology

3231 South Higuera Street

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (Get Directions)

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General Information

"Happy Veins Make Happy Hearts"
Premier Vein Care successfully marries the concept of small town care and high tech health care in this practice where “ahead of the curve” meets style, sophistication, and service. Dr. Kenneth Stevens and his staff pride themselves on a comprehensive and holistic approach to providing the latest in medical technology to care for the unique inter-relationship between coronary, arterial, and venous disease. A full service vein center, Premier Vein Care is an extension and compliment to Premier Heart Care, which provides full service cardiac care.

Premier Vein Care features the most innovative and advanced equipment on the Central Coast. In addition to providing full service cardiovascular care, Premier Vein Care offers VNUS ClosureFAST Radiofrequency Ablation and sclerotherapy to patients suffering from venous insufficiency, varicose veins and spider veins. The in office ultrasound lab used to evaluate patients has been certified for quality by the American College of Radiology as well.  Dr. Stevens" practice is located on the Central Coast in San Luis Obispo and provides radiofrequency ablation as an in-office service to those in the region suffering from varicose and spider vein issues.

Radiofrequency Vein Ablation is a same-day treatment that is virtually painless, treats the underlying pathology, minimally invasive, and gets you right back on your feet better than ever. Dr Stevens has been involved with teaching other physicians about phlebology and the VNUS procedure; he has performed over 1300 ablation procedures. He  has developed a high quality practice with patients travelling from as far away as Monterey, Bakersfield, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Los Angeles suburbs, as well as locally for care. 

Physician Profile

Dr. Ken Stevens is board certified in phlebology, cardiovascular diseases and internal medicine. He is a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. He is also a member of the American College of Phlebology and a Diplomat of the American Board of Phlebology. He also holds RPhS certification as a Registered Phlebology Sonographer. His educational background includes a BA degree from Colgate University, and MS degrees from both Georgetown University and University of Wisconsin/ Madison. His MD Degree is from Loyola Univeristy of Chicago.

Medical training included internship and residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami, cardiology fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and an interventional cardiology fellowship at University Hospital/SUNY Stony Brook. Previously, for 15 years, he had lived in Rockford, Illinois where he has served in a variety of positions: Managing Physician for Rockford Cardiology Associates, Chairman of the OSF/St Anthony Regional Heart Institute and Department of Medicine, and Medical Director of the Chest Pain Center. Lastly, he has worked as a Team Physician for the US Olympic Team and US Maccabiah team. For the last 5 years, he has lived in San Luis Obispo, California developing his new practice and has also served as medical director of cardiology at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.

Services Provided

Venous Duplex Scanning A venous duplex scan uses sound waves to assess the function of the veins. This exam assess all of the veins in the leg, both superficial and deep, from the groin to the ankle. During the exam, both legs will be examined. The test also helps to detect a blockage in blood flow (such as a blood clot) that may cause pain or swelling in the legs. The test measures any venous reflux that may occur, and helps generate a treatment roadmap. Our lab is certified by the American College of Radiology

The VNUS Closure Fast procedure is a minimally invasive treatment alternative with less pain and less bruising when compared to traditional vein stripping surgery and laser treatment. Using the Closure Fast system, Dr Stevens closes the diseased veins by inserting the Closure Fast catheter into a vein and heating the vein wall using temperature-controlled radiofrequency energy. Heating the vein wall causes collagen in the wall to shrink and the vein to close. After the vein is sealed shut, blood then naturally reroutes to healthy veins. Radiofrequncy ablation has been utilized for over ten years, in over 500,000 patients, with success rates greater than 90%.

Sclerotherapy involves the direct injection of an FDA approved sclerosing agent into the varicose vein using either a very fine needle or catheter. This chemical solution irritates the vein tissue, and causes the vein to close.   Wound care and lymphedema treatment   At times, patients with venous disease have more severe conditions such as non healing ulcers and lymphedema. The practice does have experience in dealing with these challenging patients; often, these have been long standing problems. Evaluation entails  a comprehensive approach assessing the heart, arteries and as well the veins to guide proper management and treatment. Dr. Stevens" background and training allows him to successfully address these complex cases  

Read Dr. Stevens' article in Vein Magazine!


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Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Maywood, Illinois 1981–1983  

Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico 1978 – 1981  

University of Wisconsin Department of Administrative Medicine/Population Health Madison, WI 2000 - 2002  

Georgetown University Department of Physiology Washington, D.C. 1976 – 1978  


Colgate University Hamilton, NY 1972 – 1976  

Postgraduate Training: Interventional Cardiology Fellowship University Hospital Stony Brook, NY 1988 - 1989  

Cardiology Fellowship Northwestern Memorial Hospital Chicago, IL 1986 – 1988   Internal Medicine Internship & Residency Jackson Memorial Hospital University of Miami Miami, FL 1983 – 1986

Board Certifications

American College of Phlebology

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Melissa Linter

Melissa Lintner

Melissa Lintner is a patient services representative at Premier Vein Care. Melissa began her career in 1996 as a health unit clerk on the medical/surgical unit at the San Luis Obispo General Hospital. After working within various units of the hospital, including labor and delivery in the emergency department, Melissa took some time off in order to stay at home full-time and raise her small children. Melissa is grateful to be back in the workforce, and being part of the wonderful team at Premier Vein Care has allowed her to put her strong communication skills to use. She enjoys assisting patients and making their day a little easier.

Irma Mejia

Irma Mejia is a medical assistant at Premier Heart and Vein Care. Irma holds a certificate in Medical Assisting. Irma has been a medical assistant for about 14 years.  Irma has served as a medical assistant in offices here in San Luis Obispo County. In her work at Premier Heart and Vein Care, she is truly committed to helping those in need; providing top-notch service to patients is her top priority. Irma is experienced with Holter monitor placements, treadmill stress tests, EKGs, prothrombin testing, Coumadin education, ICGs, and ankle brachial index testing.  Irma is happy to be a part of the Premier Heart and Vein Care team.

Ashley Origel

Ashley Origel is a Registered Nurse at Premier Heart and Vein Care. Ashley currently holds her nursing license in two states, California and Minnesota. Shortly after receiving her Associates Degree in Nursing in 2010, she relocated from Southern California to Minneapolis with her husband and began working as a RN for Volunteers of America. While spending several years in Minnesota, she grew an even greater passion and appreciation for helping others. Ashley is dedicated to providing exceptional hands-on care for each patient and continually strives to go above and beyond in her role at Premier Heart and Vein Care. Ashley is proud to be a member of the Premier Heart and Vein Care team and is dedicated to being an integral part of it’s success.

Jennifer Sheerin

Jennifer Sheerin is a certified vascular technician at Premier Vein Care. Her certification is through CCI (Cardiovascular Credentialing International).  She has expertise in multiple areas of vascular ultrasound. Jennifer received a degree in Social Science at College of the Canyons in her home town of Valencia CA. She then attended Kaplan College to earn a degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and completed her externship at Medical Diagnostic Imaging and Henry Mayo Hospital. Jennifer has just began her career at Premier Vein Care and looks forward to working with the team to provide quality care for its patients.
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