Surgeons & Staff at Arizona Vein & Laser Institute

Dr. Kulbhushan K. Sharma, MD, FACS, RVT

Dr. Kulbhushan K. Sharma, MD, FACS, RVTFrom 1996-2005 Dr. Sharma worked at major valley hospitals as a well regarded general and vascular surgeon. He performed major vascular surgeries including aneurysms of the major arteries, aretheroclosis, and blockage of lower extremities. He treats these conditions with stents and bypasses of the lower extremities. After becoming medical director of Arizona Vein and Laser Institute in 2005, Dr. Sharma has performed over ten thousand thermal ablations for the treatment of varicose veins with great success. He routinely offers expert advice on Venous Disease on “Sonoran Living” and “Your Life A to Z”.

Dr. Sharma was nominated as the top vascular surgeon by the Consumer Research Council of America three times in a row. Dr. Sharma takes pride in the fact that he was one of the few vascular surgeons who were trained by the world famous cardiothoracic surgeons, Dr. Edward Diethrich, in endovascular procedure in 1995.

Education: Dr. Sharma obtained his MD Degree from a prestigious institution in India. He received his Masters in Surgery from Patna Medical University after completing his MD/MBBS Degree at Gaya Medical College.

Residency: Dr. Sharma completed residency in General Surgery from Bronx Lebanon Medical Center in Bronx, NY affiliated to Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1994. After completing his residency he proceeded to the State of Arizona to do his fellowship in vascular and endovascular surgery at Arizona Heart Institute under the world of renowned cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Edward Dietrich in 1995. After completing his vascular fellowship Dr. Sharma worked as one of the top vascular and general surgery in several valley hospitals. He performed major vascular surgeries in all these hospitals. He treated patients with aneurysms and claudifications in the lower extremities. He performed carotid stents and surgeries for aneurysms in the carotid arteries. He also performed several abdominal aorta aneurysms AAA surgeries; several bypass procedures in the legs to increase the blood flow due to claudication or atherosclerosis. He also performed several vein stripping procedures on patients with varicose vein symptoms. Dr. Sharma is the founder and medical director of the Arizona Vein and Laser Institute since 2005 where he has been treating patients with venous disorders and has performed over 10,000 endogenous laser ablations with great results. Dr. Sharma was nominated three times in a row in 2010, 2011 and 2012 as the top vascular surgeon of America by consumer research council of America. He has memberships in American College of Phlebology, Fellow of American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and Vascular Society of Dr. Edward Dietrich. Today, Dr. Sharma Is the original Founder and Medical Director of the Arizona Vein and Laser Institute, which he established in 2005. The Arizona Vein and Laser Institute began with its first location in Glendale, Arizona and has since grown to four locations: Glendale, Avondale, Surprise, Chandler and North Phoenix.

Dr. Charles Hecht

Dr. Charles Hecht Dr. Charles Hecht grew up in New York city. He graduated with Bachelor degree from New York university and an MD from State University of NY upstate Medical Center.

Dr. Hecht did his residency in General Surgery at Ohio State University including several rotations in vascular surgery. He has been practicing as a general surgeon in the valley at major hospitals since 1980.

Dr. Hecht joined Arizona Vein and Laser Institute in 2014 as a vein specialist and has since been treating patients with venous disorders at the institute.

Dale N. Payne MD, FACS, PhD

Dale N. Payne MD, FACS, PhDDr. Payne received his MD degree from Ohio State University of Medicine and Public Health in 1979. Then he proceeded to do internship in General Surgery from the prestigious UCLA school of medicine, Los Angeles, CA. He was at Cal UCLA for one year and then he decided to do his full residency in General Surgery from University of California at Davis school of medicine from 1981 through 1984.

Dr. Payne did his fellowship in Thoracic Surgery from University of Pittsburgh school of medicine, Pittsburgh, PA from 1984 through 1986.

After doing his fellowship, Dr. Payne has practiced in the field of thoracic and cardiovascular for over thirty years now at major hospitals in the valley.

Dr. Payne held a clinical professor post at University of Arizona for three years where he taught medical students cardiovascular subjects before joining the Arizona Vein and Laser Institute in 2013 as full time vein specialist.

Dr. Payne is a member of American College of Phlebology and Fellow of American College of Surgeons.

Frany M. – Lead Scheduler

Frany M. – Lead Scheduler at Arizona Vein and Laser Institute Frany M. has been with Arizona Vein and Laser now for more than six years. She has excellent communication skills over the phone and in person. She is a very compassionate person and never misses an opportunity to show that to everyone who visits the clinic. Her great sense of humor is very well received with everyone.

Mariah W. – Insurance Billing Dept.

Mariah W. – Insurance Billing Dept. at Arizona Vein and Laser Institute Mariah W. has been with Arizona Vein and Laser for more than a year now and continues to do excellent job with insurance billing as a whole. She is always eager to resolve billing issues and works diligently on daily basis with the insurance companies and our patients. She has a strong administrative background and excellent communication skills. She can be reached by calling (602) 298-8346 and asking for her in billing.

Misael V. – Ultrasound/Vascular Tech

Misael V. – Ultrasound/Vascular Tech at Arizona Vein And Laser InstituteMisael Valdez graduated from the West Coast Ultrasound Institute in 2013 and he has been one of the lead techs with Arizona Vein and Laser institute since then. He graduated with high marks and is a very caring individual and attentive listener. Misael V. will never miss a beat when it comes to performing the venous studies with accuracy. He is preparing for the RVT degree at this time.

Levinia M. – Ultrasound Tech

Levinia M. – Ultrasound Tech at Arizona Vein And Laser InstituteLeviania M. originally comes form Romania and she is one of recent addition to the Arizona Vein and Laser staff. She is bilingual and she brings with her the cultural diversity of her native place. Levinia is a very hard working individual and she is very caring with everyone.


Jessica A. – Ultrasound Tech

Jessica A. - Ultrasound Tech at Arizona Vein And Laser InstituteJessica A. originally comes from Portland, Oregon and she has been a great addition to the staff at Arizona Vein and Laser. She graduated from the West Coast Ultrasound Institute and she was highly recommended due to her great skills shown during her externship. Jessica is very thorough with everything she does and very compassionate with the patients.

Lisa D. – Billing and Insurance

Lisa D. at Arizona Vein And Laser InstituteLisa day is a very family oriented person. She plays a key role with our insurance authorizations so that our patients can be treated by our doctors. She has great communication skills and negotiates very well for our patients. She has grown children and is now a grandmother and loves spending time with her grandchildren.
She works out of our Glendale Corporate office but often travels to the other locations when needed.

Carlos – Ultrasound

Carlos at Arizona Vein And Laser InstituteCarlos Martinez came to us with a lot of radiology experience. He is bilingual, very thorough, and very kind-hearted.   He has joined our list of ultrasound technologists and is a wonderful addition to our team.


Wendy – Nurse Practitioner

wendy2Wendy comes to Arizona Vein & Laser Institute with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the treatment of vascular diseases.  She has over 10 years of experience treating severe venous insufficiencies.  Her passion for the treatment of varicose and spider vein disorders are evident when she is with patients.  Our patient’s well being is a priority for Wendy.  Wendy graduated from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix AZ in 2006 with honors and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She graduated from Georgetown University in Washington DC in 2013 with honors and her Master of Science and Family Nurse Practitioner Degree.

Her experiences include working at Phoenix St. Luke’s Medical Center in the wound center as the Nurse Educator and Manager treating sever Venous Stasis Diseases.  She also worked at the Scottsdale Abrazo Hospital and Wound Center, treating venous ulcers and manifestations of venous insufficiency since 2010.  She began working full time at Arizona Vein and Laser in August of 2016 and is available in all of our clinics across the valley.

At Arizona Vein and Laser Institute, patients from all over Arizona and neighboring states come to seek treatment for varicose veins and venous ulcers. Our clinic is equipped with state of the art technology and the latest techniques, including Varithena. Our clinic employs highly skilled cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons who are engaged in the treatment of advanced stages of venous disease with great success. All 5 valley locations are conveniently located off of major streets and highways. To date, thousands of satisfied patients have had access to our high quality care for the treatment of varicose veins, and continuously refer their family and friends. The clinic also actively educates the public on “Sonoran Living” and “Your Life A to Z” about the various aspects of venous disease including venous ulcers. Diagnostic services are provided on-site at our clinics which make less visits for our patients.

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