General Information

THE KIMMEL INSTITUTE (formerly The Boca Vein Center) offers vein treatments to meet the community need for a dedicated and experienced vascular surgeon to help patients with various types of vein disorders. While many vein centers may offer similar services, The Kimmel Institute believes only Board-Certified CardioVascular Surgeons should personally direct all of your venous interventions. For over 20 years Dr. Kimmel has successfully treated patients in the Boca Raton area for all aspects of their vein treatment needs; he now applies his expertise as a Vascular Surgeon to the outpatient management of varicose and spider veins.  

The Kimmel Institute has also expanded its services to include advanced laser/IPL and injectable aesthetic treatments to meet their patients" needs. Don"t be fooled by other "specialists" who want to treat your veins. If you want an expert in Vascular problems, Dr. Kimmel and The KIMMEL INSTITUTE offer you a beautiful, comfortable, private and secure environment for all your vein care needs along with the experience of a true vascular specialist. Free Screening! Call today to see if you qualify for a free screening evaluation at our office. There is no obligation, so call today!  

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Physician Profile

Dr. Kimmel is a Board-Certified CardioThoracic and Vascular Surgeon who has been in private surgical practice in South Florida since 1991. After completing his training at the world renound Deborah Heart and Lung Center (Browns Mills, NJ), Dr Kimmel began his practice in Boca Raton where he remains today.
  • Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
  • Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians
Dr Kimmel is a recent past president of the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Division of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. He's also, served on the Board of Governors of the ACOS since 2005.

Dr. Kimmel is an active member of the medical staffs of Boca Raton Community Hospital, West Boca Medical Center and the North Broward Medical Center, and has held numerous committee appointments over the years. By always putting his patients first, Dr. Kimmel is filling a need in South Florida for an experienced, compassionate and highly qualified vascular specialist to manage your vein treatment.

Services Provided

Laser Ablation
Under local anesthesia, and after identifying the saphenous vein with ultrasound, a tiny laser fiber is advanced from an area near the knee up to the upper thigh. The laser is activated as the fiber is slowly withdrawn, closing the incompetent vein as the laser fiber is pulled out. The vein treatment procedure takes about an hour, and patients go home afterwards virtually pain free.

Using very tiny needles, a liquid or foam solution is injected into the reticular veins that feed the spider veins. This is virtually painless with excellent long term results.

Laser Therapy of Spider Veins
Using the laser to collapse very fine spider veins on any area of the body is a simple procedure using our advanced laser systems. For sensitive areas, a topical anesthetic can be used, and treatment can be combined with injection sclerotherapy for some patients.

Vascular Ultrasound
We have two full time Certified Vascular Ultrasonographer (RVTs) who perform all of our US studies and assist in various procedures.  With their extensive experience and Dr Kimmel"s training, we maintain a superior level of expertise to meet our patients" needs.  Face, arms, trunk and other areas
While most of our patients have lower extremity vein problems, we also treat any other area of the body where vascular abnormalities occur. Small hemangiomas, linear facial veins (around the nose) and red berry spots are but some of the additional treatments that we provide for our patients.

Support Hoses
Compression stockings can be a significant part of your treatment and recovery. We offer reduced rates on stockings that we custom fit for you in our office. Smoking Cessation: using a "cold laser" on numerous accupuncture sites, the cravings associated with nicotine addiction are treated.  This natural therapy without the use of drugs or nicotine replacement, is highly effective for patients who are motivated to quit smoking. Laser Hair Removal  can be performed on any area of the body. Other Aesthetic Treatments: as we have expanded into our new larger office space to meet the needs of our patients, we will also offer additional treatments including photo facials, non-ablative skin resurfacing, pigmented spot removal, treatment of skin staining after other treatments, and facial rosacia treatments.  In addition, with our new Starlux laser/IPL we are able to effectively treat stretch marks and reduce the size of most surgical scars!

The Kimmel Institute offers a wide variety of spider vein treatments and varicose vein treatments in Boca Raton, Florida.
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Dr. Richard Kimmel’s staff includes Julie Foster, R.N., who has worked with him since 1994. She is directly involved with patient clinical care. Dr. Kimmel also works with Clara Lingerfeldt, RVT, and Melissa Briggs, RVT, both of whom are registered Vascular Ultrasound Lab technologists who perform vascular ultrasound studies and assist with our office-based vein treatments. Dr. Kimmel and his staff, are all committed to providing the best quality of care possible, in a personalized and friendly setting.

In his practice, Dr. Kimmel uses the Dornier laser system, a highly effective and modern approach to treating all kinds of vein conditions. The Dornier laser allows for unparalleled precision and accuracy, eliminating the need for painful and invasive vein surgery and cutting procedure time down to 45 minutes or less. As a nationally recognized Boca Raton vein doctor, Dr. Richard Kimmel also routinely trains new physicians in the latest advanced vein treatment procedures including endovenous laser treatment, ambulatory phlebectomy and other techniques.

Dr. Kimmel has more than 20 years of experience performing both thoracic and vascular procedures and working with patients with a variety of vein disorders. He and his staff strive to provide effective, personal, and friendly vein care to all of their patients. As an established Boca vein doctor, Dr. Richard Kimmel is familiar with the Boca Raton area and through more than 20 years of practice has been able to establish lasting relationships with his patients and with the community.

Alice Rodriguez Brockwell

Board Certified Nurse Practitioner

Our own Jersey girl, Alice’s Hispanic heritage is the center of her vibrant lust for life. This enthusiasm is very evident in her work as she has the amazing ability to help those around her look and feel their best. She brings her extensive training and years of experience to the Kimmel Institute where she oversees the aesthetic division, including cosmetic lasers, injectables and skin care products. Alice is involved with vein care at the KI, focusing on cosmetic Sclerotherapy and ambulatory phlebectomies. As a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, Alice also has advanced training in functional medicine and a particular interest in anti-aging therapy. She is an avid supporter of the Florida Seminoles, as well as several professional sports teams, and enjoys golfing, travel, eating ice cream for breakfast and spending time with her two sons.

Julie Foster
Registered Nurse

A native south Floridian, Julie has been Dr Kimmel’s nurse since 1994, and recently took over as the office manager of the Kimmel Institute. Her extensive understanding of vascular disease, as well as her experience dealing with insurance companies, adds tremendous value for our patients. She is highly respected by the staff, has been a nursing instructor and is always a patient advocate. Her interests include photography, gardening and quilting.

Clara Lingerfeldt
Ultrasound Technologist

Originally from Colombia, Clara has the second longest tenure with Dr Kimmel, and is his lead ultrasound technologist. She has an unsurpassed work ethic, and is always looking out for the patient’s best interests. Her ultrasound skills are the result of many years of experience, and along with her understanding of the vascular system, provides excellent patient diagnostics. Clara has a strong sense of family and has a wonderful husband and two terrific children. She loves to bicycle ride, listen to all types of music and watch movies.

Melissa Briggs

Born and raised in Michigan, Melissa brings a cheerful Midwestern approach to the Kimmel Institute. Patients love her personality and find her very easy to talk to. But she also is a very experienced ultrasonographer and truly enjoys interacting with patients. These skills carry over into the procedures that she assists with the KI practitioners. She enjoys fitness, food and time with her husband and young child.

Janet Hudson
Medical Assistant / Trained Cosmetologist

One of the newer members of the KI family, Janet originally hails from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. She brings her experiences from various medical specialties, as well as being a trained cosmetologist. As a medical assistant, she is involved in many areas at the Kimmel Institute, from patient care to front desk reception to insurance pre-authorizations. Her personal interests include golf, tennis and home remodeling.

Claudia Ramos
Medical Assistant

Growing up in Cuba, Claudia’s dream of coming to the USA came true as a teenager. Her work ethic, interpersonal skills and positive attitude makes her a great asset to the KI. As our front desk receptionist she often provides our “first impression” with patients, either in person or on the phone. Her training as a medical assistant also provides her with the skills to positively interact with insurance companies on our patients’ behalf. Starting a family with her husband, cooking and being an animal lover help to round out her life.
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