General Information

VeinCare Centers of Tennessee is one of only a few vein centers in Tennessee which can provide the sophisticated work-up and the broad range of modern, minimally-invasive options for management of vein disease.

EXPERIENCE COUNTS

We have been evaluating and treating venous disorders since 1979 and have been a leader in bringing new diagnostic and treatment technologies to our community as we have witnessed an incredible REVOLUTION in our ability to diagnose and treat venous diseases.
The revolution in technology and care continues, and we are very involved in that revolution on the national level. Our entire practice is devoted to venous disorders and this focus on veins allows us to keep up with the rapidly changing advances in the evaluation and treatment of venous disorders

Physician Profile

Stephen F. Daugherty, MD, FACS, RVT, RPhS, FACPh

Dr. Daugherty graduated Magna Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University in Nashville in 1975 and he earned graduated his Doctor of Medicine, Cum Laude, from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta in 1979. He completed his internship and residency in General Surgery at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas in 1984.  He began a practice of Vascular Surgery and General Surgery in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1994.


Dr. Daugherty began transitioning his venous practice to minimally-invasive procedures in 1997 as technology allowed such procedures and founded VeinCare Centers of Tennessee in 2004.  Since 2008, his practice has been limited to care of venous diseases including office vascular ultrasound, liquid and foam sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, endovenous thermal ablation, venous thrombolysis, and angioplasty/stenting for chronic venous obstruction.  He is a regular expert speaker at major national meetings of vein specialists and has been selected by the American College of Phlebology as its physician representative to the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission which is embarking upon developing an accreditation for vein centers, a process intended to improve the quality of venous care in vein treatment facilities. 

He is a contributing editor to the Phlebology Forum, a publication of the American College of Phlebology which reviews recent journal articles with expert commentary.  He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Phlebology Foundation, dedicated to raising funds for research and education in the medical specialty of Phlebology. 

Dr. Daugherty is a leader in expanding the scope of the practice of Phlebology to include complex venous diseases throughout the body. Dr. Daugherty began vascular ultrasound training in 1988 and earned the Registered Vascular Technologist certification in 1992. During 2009 and 2010, he served on the task force writing the new Registered Phlebology Sonographer certification exam administered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International..  He serves as a representative for Vascular Surgery on the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee for Tennessee where Medicare Local Coverage Directives are reviewed.

Dr. Daugherty was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1985 and he was one of the first group of diplomates of the new American Board of Phlebology in 2008.  He is an advisor to the Curriculum Task Force of the American Board of Phlebology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  He is a Premier Active Member of the American College of Phlebology, an Active Member of the American Venous Forum, and holds memberships in the International Society of Endovascular Specialists, Society for Vascular Ultrasound, American Medical Association, Tennessee Medical Association, and has long served on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County (Tennessee) Medical Society. 

Services Provided

Comprehensive Venous Diagnosis and Treatment

Problems due to vein disorders usually occur due to failure of one-way valves in the veins (venous insufficiency), clotting within the veins, or blockage of venous flow. A detailed review of symptoms, clinical history, a physical examination, and, often, venous color duplex ultrasound examination are necessary to determine the conditions present in order to develop a treatment plan specific to the unique needs of each patient. Pregnancy Spider Veins Varicose Veins Stasis Dermatitis Venous Ulcers Venous Insufficiency Chronic Venous Hypertension Venous Thrombosis (clotting) Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS) Edema (leg swelling) Lymphedema Labial Varicose Veins Pelvic / Abdominal Vein Obstruction Pelvic / Ovarian Vein Reflux / Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

Education

Stephen F. Daugherty, MD, FACS, FACPh, RVT, RPhS

  • Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of  American College of Phlebology

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

Photos from Stephen F. Daugherty, MD, FACS, RVT, RPhS, FACPh

Heidi Nussbaumer-Story, MSN, APRN

Heidi Nussbaumer-Story, MSN, APRN is a native of Clarksville. She graduated from Austin Peay State University in 1997 with a Bachelors Degree in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in healthcare management. She earned a Masters Degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2000.

She is a certified Advance Practice Nurse. Her specialty is in Women’s Health, but she has worked in OB/GYN, Urology, Gastroenterology, and Weight Loss since 2000. She brings a broad range of clinical experience which is valuable in the evaluation and management of venous disorders of the extremities and the abdomen and pelvis.

Heidi is an Allied Health Member of the American College of Phlebology.

Sandra French MSN, FNP-BC
Sandra French, MSN, FNP-BC is a graduate of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

She is board certified in family practice through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She brings years of experience in family practice and dermatology.

Sandra is an allied health member of The American College of Phlebology.
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