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San Diego Magazine Top Docs Issue

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La Jolla Vein & Vascular

Sarah Lucas, MD, FACS, RPVI; Nisha Bunke, MD, FAVLS, RPhS; Amanda Steinberger, DO

What They Are Known For

Region’s No. 1 rated vein treatment center and first to earn accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)

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Celebrating their tenth consecutive year of participating in the San Diego Magazine Top Doctor’s issue, the vascular specialists at La Jolla Vein & Vascular (LJVV) continue to offer leading-edge care for vein conditions of the lower body.

More than 80 million Americans suffer from some type of vein disorder, with the most common being varicose veins and spider veins. These conditions often have an underlying cause called venous reflux disease. LJVV specializes in nonsurgical treatment of this root cause, using methods such as laser, radiofrequency, and chemical ablation. With locations in La Jolla and North County (Vista), LJVV features a full-service diagnostic laboratory for precise diagnosis with noninvasive ultrasound imaging of the blood vessels in the legs.

“Patients seek treatment for different reasons,” explains Dr. Nisha Bunke, medical director of LJVV. “We individualize treatment plans based on individual goals, whether it be relieving pain and discomfort, healing leg ulcers, or obtaining a cosmetic improvement. We address each patient’s unique concerns and use our expertise to guide them toward the best approach and optimal outcome.”

A patient-centered care approach and compassionate care are hallmarks of the patient experience at LJVV. “We empower and educate patients every day regarding treatment options, guidance on conservative care, and prevention.”

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Dr. Amanda Steinberger, vascular interventional radiologist, joins La Jolla Vein & Vascular physician staff

Vascular Specialist Dr. Amanda Steinberger Joins San Diego Vein Clinic

Dr. Steinberger Offers Specialized Care to San Diegans Affected by Leg Vein Disease

From Businesswire:

LA JOLLA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–La Jolla Vein & Vascular (LJVV), a leader in vein care serving the San Diego community for 14 years, announces the recent addition of Dr. Amanda Steinberger to their renowned team of physicians. As a vascular interventional radiologist, Dr. Steinberger is super-specialized in non-surgical treatment of varicose veins and its root cause, venous reflux disease and associated symptoms such as leg pain, fatigue, and swelling. Untreated venous reflux disease can lead to skin complications, blood clots and non-healing wounds. With varicose veins affecting more than 40 million Americans and the venous leg ulcer being the 7th leading cause of disability in the United States, access to specialized vein care can improve the quality of life for many in the community.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Steinberger to our vascular team. Her expertise will greatly benefit our patients who seek the most advanced, safe and effective vein treatments available. Patients know that when they come to our clinic, they will receive the best possible vein and vascular care, explains Dr. Nisha Bunke, Medical Director of La Jolla Vein & Vascular. Dr. Steinberger will see patients at both of LJVV locations, in La Jolla and Vista.

About Dr. Steinberger

Dr. Amanda Steinberger is board-certified in interventional radiology and diagnostic radiology. She is also certified by the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine. Dr. Steinberger completed her fellowship training in Vascular & Interventional Imaging at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. She earned her medical degree in 2012.

Dr. Steinberger Specializes in Treatment for the Following Conditions:

  • Varicose veins
  • Venous reflux disease
  • Cosmetic varicose veins and spider veins
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis
  • Venous thromboembolism (Deep vein thrombosis – DVT)
  • Venous leg ulceration
  • Venous malformations
  • Lymphedema
  • Leg pain, swelling and restless leg symptoms

About La Jolla Vein & Vascular:

La Jolla Vein & Vascular is San Diego’s comprehensive vascular center dedicated to the most advanced care for all superficial venous conditions and peripheral arterial disease. LJVV’s team of vascular specialists are highly trained in all facets of vein disease and provide expert consultation with state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatments. Learn more about La Jolla Vein and Vascular approach to vein care and what has driven its 14 years of success, at

La Jolla Vein & Vascular Celebrates Opening of New Clinic in North County San Diego

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Dr. Nisha Bunke (with scissors) kicks off the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of La Jolla Vein & Vascular’s new medical clinic in Vista, California on May 9th, 2023.

From Businesswire:

La Jolla Vein & Vascular Expands Services and Announces New Medical Staff

VISTA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–La Jolla Vein & Vascular held a ribbon cutting and open house this week to celebrate the newly opened Vein Clinic and Endovascular Center. The new space is located in the Sycamore Medical Plaza at 906 Sycamore Avenue in Vista, California. Members of the City Council, Vista Chamber of Commerce, physicians and hospital executives were on hand for the ceremonial ribbon cutting to open the new clinic. An open house and tours followed.

“This new clinic was created to offer greater support for patients who need specialized vascular care”

La Jolla Vein & Vascular specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular disorders affecting the legs, feet and pelvis- such as, varicose veins, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), leg ulcers, pelvic congestion, varicocele, lymphedema, and leg swelling. Peripheral vascular conditions range in severity from mild to more serious and even limb threatening. While, varicose veins can cause leg pain and swelling, leg ulcers and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can result in amputation if left untreated.

“This new clinic was created to offer greater support for patients who need specialized vascular care,” said Dr. Nisha Bunke, Medical Director of La Jolla Vein & Vascular. “Our first office in La Jolla was established in 2010, where many of our patients drive long distances to receive care. This can be challenging, especially for our aging patients. We want to make our expertise and technology accessible to more people,” explains Dr. Bunke.

The new location will be staffed by Dr. Elliot DeYoung as the lead physician. Dr. DeYoung is a board-certified Interventional Radiologist. Dr. DeYoung’s expertise includes interventional treatments for conditions such as peripheral arterial disease, pelvic congestion, May-Thurner, deep vein thrombosis, varicocele, and uterine fibroids. He also specializes in a novel treatment for osteoarthritis, called geniculate artery embolization (GAE). GAE is a minimally invasive intra-arterial intervention that selectively embolizes the geniculate branches for treatment of chronic knee pain from osteoarthritis.

The new location will serve residents in Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, La Costa, Leucadia, Oceanside, Olivenhain, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, Escondido, Vista, San Marcos and Poway, as well as numerous unincorporated areas. The new clinic will benefit residents by improving access to vascular care in the out-patient setting which can reduce healthcare costs, wait times and save limbs.

About La Jolla Vein & Vascular:

La Jolla Vein & Vascular (LJVV) is San Diego’s most comprehensive endovascular center, dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of vascular disorders. Vascular conditions permeate both women and men’s health. Vascular disorders treated include peripheral arterial disease, May-Thurner, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), varicocele, varicose veins, leg ulcers, pelvic congestion, labial varicose veins, and uterine fibroids. LJVV encourages San Diego residents to visit to learn more about risk factors for vascular disease and take an online assessment.


Business Women of The Year | San Diego Business Journal

Dr. Bunke Finalist for 2018 Business Women of the Year

Dr. Nisha Bunke is CEO of La Jolla Vein Care. Founded in 2010, the practice now employs 10 people. In August, Dr. Sarah Lucas joined La Jolla Vein Care, and bunke Lab 4x5 e1597694959197in September, the practice doubled its clinic space. Dr. Bunke’s other recent professional achievements include publishing research that made the cover of the “Journal for Vascular Ultrasound” and bringing a bruise recovery cream called Recova to the market. Dr. Bunke is a fellow of the American College of Phlebology and a registered phlebology sonographer. She serves as a volunteer clinical instructor of surgery at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. On the award: “There is a recurring theme of support in all of the acceptance speeches. We don’t do it alone. I’m honored to be in the company of such professional women.” Plans for 2019: “Continue to grow my practice and continue research in my field.”

finalists for San Diego Business Journal Women of the Year

The San Diego Business Journal has the longest-running recognition program in our area for women business leaders, and in honor of our 25th annual event, we celebrated 25 winners at the Business Women of the Year event December 13, 2018, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Finalists for 2018 San Diego Business Journal Women of the Year

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2018 SD Magazine Celebrating Women!

La Jolla Vein Care is proud to announce that Dr. Bunke is a finalist for San Diego Magazine’s 2018 Celebrating Women issue and event.
Along with Dr. Bunke and Dr. Lucas, La Jolla Vein Care features a staff of 10 dedicated and motivated women!

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La Jolla Vein Care’s Dr. Nisha Bunke has been featured on the cover of San Diego Woman Magazine’s Health, Wellness and Beauty Issue!
Dr. Bunke was previously featured in the SD Woman Magazine as a ‘Woman of Distinction’.

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SD Woman Magazine Names Dr. Bunke ‘A Woman of Distinction’!

San Diego Woman Magazine Features Dr. Nisha Bunke of La jolla Vein Care in their ‘Women of Distinction’ report.  This month’s issue of San Diego Magazine highlights other exceptional professionals and features Tracy Anderson, celebrity fitness trainer on its cover.



+ Preeminent San Diego Vein Doctor Launches RECOVA Post-Surgery Recovery Creams; Proprietary blends of all-natural plant and seed extracts relieves pain and heals bruising and swelling (4/15/18)

+ La Jolla Vein Care Earns Esteemed Vein Center Accreditation by Intersocietal Accreditation Commission; San Diego clinic is the first dedicated vein clinic in the region to earn this rigorously reviewed credential (7/28/18)

+ La Jolla Vein Care Expands In Medical Staff And Doubles Clinic Space; San Diego’s Only IAC Certified Vein Clinic responds to increasing demand in vein care (9/18/18)

San Diego Magazine Announces Dr. Bunke as a finalist for Woman of the Year!

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Dr. Bunke is a Finalist for San Diego Magazine 2016 “woman of the Year” Award

Dr. Nisha Bunke is Finalist for ‘Woman of the Year’

Recova Founder and CEO, and Medical Director of La Jolla Vein Care Dr. Nisha Bunke has been named a finalist for San Diego Magazine’s 2016 Woman of the Year Awards. All finalists are featured in San Diego Magazine’s Fall issue. San Diego Magazine’s 2016 Woman of the Year Award is given to one woman each year who has worked tirelessly to affect positive change and enhance the community. She is an unabashed leader, champion of helping others, and widely respected by her peers for her measureable success in business and outstanding character.


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La Jolla Vein Care

Dr. Nisha Bunke is the first physician in the U.S. to complete a fellowship program in Phlebology. Bunke trains and teaches other doctors and medical students and empowers and educates her patients everyday with knowledge and choices.

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From Businesswire:

La Jolla Vein & Vascular Expands Services and Announces New Medical Staff

Renowned Vein Clinic Expands Services and Adds New Interventional Radiologist to the Team

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–La Jolla Vein & Vascular (LJVV), the regional leader in vein treatment, is excited to announce expanded vascular services, including endovascular procedures that rely on advanced medical imaging in real-time. The new services are spearheaded by LJVV’s newest hire, Dr. Elliot DeYoung. Dr. DeYoung specializes in interventional radiology—and provides expertise in a variety of areas, including vascular disease, angioplasty, stenting, embolization, ablation, and more. “We’re excited to welcome Dr. DeYoung to LJVV’s team of doctors and vein specialists,” said Dr. Nisha Bunke, renowned vein expert and founder of LJVV.

“We’re proud to build our reputation on our innovative approach to advanced vein care”

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Now spanning four locations, LJVV is better positioned to provide expert care for increasingly complex vascular conditions throughout Southern California. With the hire of Dr. DeYoung, the LJVV team is able to offer a wider variety of advanced services to complement its famed non-surgical procedures for varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency. Dr. DeYoung’s expertise additionally includes interventional treatments for conditions such as peripheral arterial disease, pelvic congestion, May-Thurner, deep vein thrombosis, varicocele, and uterine fibroids. He also specializes in a novel treatment for osteoarthritis, called geniculate artery embolization (GAE). GAE is a minimally invasive intra-arterial intervention that selectively embolizes the geniculate branches for treatment of chronic knee pain from osteoarthritis.

Previously known as La Jolla Vein Care, the new LJVV name reflects the expanded service offering. “We’re proud to build our reputation on our innovative approach to advanced vein care,” said Dr. Bunke. ‘It’s always been our mission to offer the most comprehensive vein care possible—and now we’re able to offer even more comprehensive vein and vascular care to the entire region,” said Dr. Bunke.


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Vein specialist Dr. Armin Foghi joins La Jolla Vein Care Dr.Foghi

La Jolla Vein Care (LJVC) announced the hire of Dr. Armin Foghi, M.D., vein specialist and recognized invasive/non-invasive cardiologist. With approximately 50 percent of the population suffering from some sort of heart or blood vessel disease, this latest addition to LJVC’s team is designed to both accommodate growing demand and add an additional complementary layer of medical specialization to the practice.

With more than 15 years of experience in advanced circulatory system treatment, Foghi’s career trajectory has included prominent roles such as assistant professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, chief of cardiology at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center and founder and medical director of cardiology at the Myo Vein Clinic. During his tenure at Myo, the organization was recognized nationally as the Center of Excellence for complete and comprehensive vein treatment and served as a training center for physicians across the U.S.

Foghi has also served as the medical adviser for the New Mexico Athletic Commission, where he worked directly with professional athletes participating in competitive combat sports. With a passion for service to others through education, he is also an active cardiovascular disease educator and lecturer and has served in various residency training and clinical professor at physician assistant programs.

Dr. Bunke Featured at Thrive Global


Dr. Nisha Bunke of La Jolla Vein Care: “Know your patients”

Know your patients. You know your patients and what is in their best interest. Use this knowledge to your benefit and market your business and experience to the audience accordingly. If you have patient reviews and testimonials, for instance, learn from them to improve a future service or to boost your practice’s credibility and reputation. 

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As the first American physician to hold a fellowship in venous and lymphatic medicine, Dr. Nisha Bunke is renowned in her field, having coedited The Vein Book, medicine’s leading resource on venous disease. Dr. Bunke founded La Jolla Vein Care over a decade ago and is also the inventor of RECOVA, the first all-natural postsurgical bruise remedy. Under her leadership, La Jolla Vein Care became the first dedicated vein center in the region to earn accreditation by the prestigious Intersocietal Accreditation Commission in vein center and vascular testing. Driven by a passion for medicine and improving patients’ quality of life, Dr. Bunke also prides herself on developing the careers of her growing all-female staff. Dr. Bunke was named as one of 2019’s Women of the Year by San Diego Business Journal and a finalist for San Diego Magazine’s Woman of the Year.

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Dr. Bunke featured in – BESTLIFE

21 Foot Symptoms That Indicate Bigger Health Problems


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“Clusters of tiny blue and red blood vessels in the inner ankle may indicate an underlying problem [that’s] not visible to the naked eye,” says Nisha Bunke, MD, FACPh, RPhS, a vein specialist at La Jolla Vein Care in San Diego, California. She explains that these small veins are sometimes “the tip of the iceberg” and may be a sign of venous reflux, a condition that affects the circulation of blood in a person’s lower extremities.

If left untreated, venous reflux can lead to blood clots and hemorrhaging, so make sure to seek professional care if you have varicose pains coupled with any swelling or pain.

Darkening of the skin around the ankle: Chronic venous insufficiency


According to Bunke, the darkening of the skin around the ankle, also known as skin hyperpigmentation, is a sign of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).  This According to Bunke, the darkening of the skin around the ankle, also known as skin hyperpigmentation, is a sign of condition occurs when the valves in a person’s leg veins aren’t working effectively, causing blood to pool in the veins rather than return to the heart.

“This [symptom] usually occurs in the inner ankle and can worsen to involve the lower portion of the leg,” Bunke says. “Over time, the skin becomes firm, dry, eczema-like, and itchy and can even break open, causing a venous leg ulcer.”

Q & A with Dr. Nisha Bunke | Riviera Magazine

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Anna Martinez Practice Manager, La Jolla Vein Care

Anna M Badge 228x300 1As a medical assistant and now manager of a large, thriving medical practice I have experienced both being in the trenches as a medical assistant and mentoring others as their leader. I can’t emphasize enough to my students the tremendous responsibility and role they have in the medical field.


Not only do we have the responsibility of collecting the patient’s vitals and their PMH ( Personal Medical History), but we set and deliver the tone of the practice by being confident, polite and caring. Patients must feel confidence and trust going into a medical office.

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Dr. Bunke featured on discussing compression socks


When you’re struggling with minor aches brought on by travel, prolonged sitting and standing, or even pregnancy, the best socks for swollen feet are a game-changing addition to your wardrobe.

While these socks may be useful for easing discomfort, they should never be used as a treatment for a medical issue before consulting with your physician. And while many people experience the occasional sore feet, sudden swelling (aka edema) should never be ignored, “especially if the swelling involves only one leg,” notes Dr. Bunke.   Read More on




SparkpeopleStore employees who stand for several hours a day are at a higher risk of developing varicose veins, warns Dr. Nisha Bunke of La Jolla Vein Care. Not only are they unsightly, but bulging leg veins are also an indication of poor circulation, which can endanger your heart health.

“To keep legs healthy, consider wearing compression stockings to give the blood vessels in the legs external support,” Dr. Bunke suggests. “There are different strengths of compression stockings, from light, over-the-counter support to medical-grade, prescription-strength versions.”

She points out that compression stockings also help with other symptoms that can come from prolonged standing, such as leg fatigue, swelling, aching and feelings of heaviness.   Read More at Sparkpeople

Dr. Bunke featured Reader's Digest discussing compression socks

Venous Disease Specialist: Wear compression socks if you sit or stand often

readers digest logo“Compression socks are helpful for anyone to reduce swelling that may be associated with standing or sitting for long periods of time ( gravity dependent edema).
Compression socks are also important in healthy persons to reduce the risk of developing a deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in the leg veins during long periods of immobility, such as during air or car travel, or even working a desk job.

As a medical professional, I wear compression socks every day to work, underneath my scrubs.  I have done so for years, and so have my staff.  Even without an underlying medical issue, compression socks can help reduce leg fatigue, discomfort as well as swelling.” —Nisha Bunke, MD, FACPh, RPhS, Venous Disease Specialist, La Jolla Vein Care. 


Meet Dr. Nisha Bunke of La Jolla Vein Care

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Nisha Bunke.

Dr Bunke SD Womn clipboardDr. Bunke, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was the first physician in the U.S. to hold a fellowship specifically in venous and lymphatic medicine. What drew me in to this specialty was the misconception that varicosities were only a cosmetic issue, even though 1% of the population has or will have an active venous leg ulcer. And, the old mentality in medicine is that you don’t do anything until you need surgery. I saw a need in this field to educate both patients and physicians on the solutions.

The advances in technology also attracted me. Treatments are more effective; safer and recovery is faster. La Jolla Vein Care is now the leader in non-invasive treatments in Southern California.

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