MESSAGE TO OUR PATIENTS

Our Providers

The doctors at Empire Vein Specialists are committed to your long-term well-being. They will provide you with high quality, prompt, comprehensive, personalized, and proven vein care so you can return to a better quality of life.

  • Dr. Son Ha Yu, a board-certified general and vascular surgeon, was born in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Yu has over a decade of vein treatment experience. In addition to his work at Desert Vein & Vascular Institute, Dr. Yu is on staff at Eisenhower Medical Center, Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital. Dr. Yu came to the valley in 2007 upon completing his vascular surgery fellowship. He lives in Palm Desert with his wife and two children. Dr. Yu works hard to exceed the high expectations you have of a top-tier surgeon. By accepting nothing but high-quality, precise work from himself and his staff, Dr. Yu helps define Desert Vein and Vascular Institute as the top location in the Coachella Valley for vein treatment. In his spare time, Dr. Yu enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.

     

    Certification, Education and Professional Memberships
    Board-Certified:

    The American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery. General Surgery Resident Training at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Scripps Clinic/ University of California San Diego.

    Appointments:

    Eisenhower Medical Center, Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital

    Member:

    Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, Member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

  • Dr. Pushpinder Sivia was born in Oakland, California. He is board-certified in vascular surgery and moved to the Palm Springs area in 2012. Dr. Sivia treats disorders of circulation as well as venous disease. He has been a presenter at national vascular conferences and has published articles in medical journals about vascular disease. Upon completing his fellowship in vascular surgery in 2012, together with Dr. Yu, formed Desert Vein and Vascular Institute. He and his wife live with their two daughters in Rancho Mirage.

     

    Certification, Education and Professional Memberships
    Board-Certified:

    The American Board of Surgery specializing in Vascular Surgery. General Surgery and Vascular Surgery Resident at SUNY Upstate Medical Center. Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of South Florida.

    Appointments:

    Eisenhower Medical Center, Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital

    Member:

    American Medical Association, Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society, Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons and Society for Vascular Surgery

  • Dr. Nina Grewal and her team are committed to helping patients suffering from the effects of varicose veins enjoy a better quality of life.

    Dr. Grewal grew up in the Pacific Northwest and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington before completing medical school at the University of Utah. After completing her General Surgery and Vascular Surgery training, Dr. Grewal began practice in Orange County in 2010. Since that time, she has focused her practice on the evaluation and treatment of venous disease and has performed over a thousand vein procedures to date.

    Dr. Grewal joined the practice in 2016 and helped form Empire Vein Specialists, a subsidiary of DVVI. In her free time, Dr. Grewal enjoys spending time with her family, running, mountain climbing, and yoga.

     

    Certification, Education and Professional Memberships
    Board-Certified:

    General Surgery by American Board of Surgery, May 2009 and Vascular Surgery by American Board of Surgery, May 2011

  • Dr. John Lee is a board-certified general and vascular surgeon. Upon completing his vascular surgery fellowship, Dr. Lee joined Desert Vein and Vascular Institute in 2015. He was born in Seoul, South Korea. He graduated from medical school with high honors before specializing in vascular surgery. Dr. Lee chose this route because of the strong compassion he feels for patients with vascular diseases. In addition to his medical training, Dr. Lee has published articles in multiple national journals and presented research before vascular associations. When away from the office, he enjoys surfing and snowboarding, as well as watching movies. Now residing in Rancho Mirage with his wife and two children, Dr. Lee treats all of his patients like family and calls Palm Springs his home.

     

    Certification, Education and Professional Memberships
    Board-Certified:

    The American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery. General Surgery Resident training at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Medical Center in Pontiac, MI. Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the Jobst Vascular Institute.

    Appointments:

    Eisenhower Medical Center, Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial Hospital

    Member:

    Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, American Medical Association, Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society and Society for Vascular Surgery

  • Dr. Trevor DerDerian is a board-certified surgeon who grew up on the Gulf Coast in Tarpon Springs, Florida and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami. After finishing his general surgery training in New York City, Dr. DerDerian went on to specialize in Vascular and Endovascular surgery at West Virginia University. He has written numerous peer reviewed articles and presented his work at national conferences. Dr. DerDerian has a passion to bring comprehensive, cutting edge and minimally invasive vascular services to the East Valley. Dr. DerDerian resides with his family in the beautiful city of La Quinta and enjoys the outdoors, surfing, snowboarding and his newfound hobby of pickleball.

     

    Certification, Education and Professional Memberships
    Board-Certified:

    The American Board of Surgery in General Surgery, Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation, General Surgery Residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and Vascular Surgery Fellowship at West Virginia University in Charleston, WV

    Appointments:

    JFK Memorial Hospital and Eisenhower Medical Center

    Member:

    American College of Surgeons, Society of Vascular Surgery, Southern Vascular Society, Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society and American Medical Association

  • Vascular surgeon Dr. Neil Reddy completed his undergraduate education in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at the University of California, San Diego followed by performing cancer research for two years. He then earned his Doctor of Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He furthered his career and completed his surgical training in an Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. During this time, he learned the latest, most advanced minimally invasive endovascular treatments across a spectrum of vascular diseases. He has completed numerous clinical research projects on venous and arterial disease solutions, written peer-reviewed articles, and presented his work on innovative surgical solutions for vascular diseases at national conferences. He believes in treating patients like family and ensuring they receive the best, comprehensive care. Dr. Reddy is on staff at Desert Regional Medical Center, Eisenhower Medical Center, and John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital. Dr. Reddy lives in Palm Springs with his wife and dog. He enjoys traveling across the world, health and fitness, reading, cooking, music, and movies.

     

    Certification, Education and Professional Memberships
    Board-Certified:

    The American Board of Surgery in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery Residency at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA

    Appointments:

    Desert Regional Medical Center, Eisenhower Medical Center and John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital

    Member:

    Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society, Society for Vascular Surgery

Our

Nurse Practitioners

Jessica Montoya, MS, RN, AGNP-BC, CCRN

Jessica Montoya, MS, RN, AGNP-BC, CCRN

Jessica Montoya, MS, RN, AGNP-BC, CCRN, enjoyed being born and raised in San Diego, California. Her passionate caring for others compelled her in 2010 to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from San Diego State University. Her studies continued at SDSU through 2019 where Jessica earned the advanced degrees of Masters of Science in Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, and Acute-Care Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Concurrent with graduate school, Jessica worked in hospitals focusing mainly on Critical Care, including two years at Scripps Mercy Hillcrest Definitive Observation Unit, four years at Scripps Hospital La Jolla Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, and four years at Kaiser Permanente SDMC Post-Anesthesia Recovery Unit. As a result of her early training in critical care, she treats each of her patients as if they were her family members.

Jessica joined Empire Vein Specialists in 2019 where she manages and treats patients with symptomatic venous insufficiency, pre- and post- vein treatment. She also performs ambulatory surgical phlebectomy for patients with symptomatic varicose veins and sclerotherapy for patients with spider veins.

Jessica enjoys traveling, swimming, and doing yoga. In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband and daughter.

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: San Diego State University, 2010
Masters of Science in Nursing/Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner/Acute-Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist: San Diego State University, 2019

MEDICAL ASSISTANTS

Yolanda Espinoza

Yolanda Espinoza

Jessica Parra

Jessica Parra

Jessica Salas

Jessica Salas

Kim Escobedo

Kim Escobedo

Patricia Munguia

Patricia Munguia

ADMINISTRATION

Rocio Gonzalez

Rocio Gonzalez

Patient Coordinator

VASCULAR LAB

Melissa Paine

Melissa Paine

RVT, RDMS

William Park

William Park

RVS

Lindsey Walsh

Lindsey Walsh

RVT

PHYSICIAN LIAISON

Michelle Becerra

Michelle Becerra

Michelle comes to Empire Vein Specialists with more than thirteen years of healthcare experience including business development management, physician relations management and laboratory services management. Michelle achieved her Bachelor of Science in Communications and is currently studying to obtain a Master’s Degree in Health Administration. Michelle is also a community leader who has completed more than 200 hours of community service for the City of Beaumont, advocates for local small businesses, provides community outreach and support for the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, and hosts community healthcare events and health-related charity affairs.

Accredited Facility Vascular Testing

Maintaining the Gold Standard.

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