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Management Team

Virtual Vein Center was created with the goal of assembling the best physicians, sonographers, educators and scientists and to provide a method to disseminate that knowledge and materials to practitioners around the world. For decades, we have been exceedingly active in vascular ultrasound and phlebology including the American College of Phlebology ("ACP"), the Society for Vascular Ultrasound ("SVU"), the American Venous Forum ("AVF"), the Vascular Disease Foundation ("VDF"), the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission ("IAC") as well as others. We actively practice phlebology as well as lecture and teach throughout the USA and internationally. We have a special passion for venous disease and hope that you will find this site informative and valuable to your daily practice. Please contact us with any suggestions, concerns or feedback. No commercial financial support has been obtained for the production of this educational site and have nothing to pertinent disclose.

Ann Marie Kupinski, RVT, RDMS, FSVU, PhD,

Ann Marie Kupinski is the president and co-technical director of North Country Vascular Diagnostics located in Capital District Region of New York.  She is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology at Albany Medical College in Albany, New York.  Ann Marie is a member of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, a senior member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, and a fellow of the Society for Vascular Ultrasound.  She has served on the Society for Vascular Ultrasound’s board of directors.  She is a current member of board of directors for the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Vascular Testing.  She has published multiple journal articles and book chapters on vascular diagnostic techniques and has lectured extensively.   She is also the author of the textbook Diagnostic Medical Sonography: The Vascular System, published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. She has been a Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) since 1986 and became a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) in 2008. She received her Ph.D. in Physiology in 1996 from Albany Medical College.  

Jean Melendez (White), RVT, RPhS, FSVU

Jeannie is nationally recognized as one of the premier experts in venous disease, is a frequent lecturer nationally and internationally, and served as the Ultrasound Section chair for the 2014 American College of Phlebology Annual Congress. She served as Technical Director of the Vascular Laboratory at Cranley Surgical Associates in Cincinnati, Ohio for 10 years prior to relocating to Florida in 1999 and formed Quality Vascular Imaging in 2000. She brought with her a love for veins and has shared that passion with everyone she encounters.  In addition to a history of technical proficiency, she has extensive experience in vascular laboratory management. 

Jeannie was an application reviewer and site visitor for the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL), served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Vascular Ultrasound (SVU), and the Vascular Disease Foundation. More recently, she has worked with Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) on the Registered Phlebology Sonographer exam task force and is now the current chair of the RPhS. She also remains very active with the America College of Phlebology and the American Venous Forum and continues as program chair of the ultrasound section for ACP Annual Congress in 2015. She was honored as a Fellow of the SVU in 2014. Truly the heart and soul of QVI, Jeannie is also an avid triathlete and is an Ironman.

Bill Schroedter, BS, RVT, RPhS, FSVU

Bill has over 30 years’ experience in the field of ultrasound and teaches extensively throughout the country. He has authored dozens of publications, participated in numerous clinical trials, has been an invited speaker, nationally and internationally, and was honored as the International Keynote Speaker for the 2013 Australasian Sonographer Association Annual Conference in Sydney, Australia. Bill served on the Society of Vascular Ultrasound (“SVU”) Board of Directors and was SVU Vice President. He is past chair of the SVU Government Relations / Advocacy Committee,and was honored as a Fellow of SVU in 1998. He continues to serve on numerous committees for SVU as well as several committees for the America College of Phlebology (“ACP”). In addition to his teaching and research activities, Bill still continues to perform diagnostic ultrasound nearly every day. Venous insufficiency studies have become his favorite exam and he commonly remarks, "I don't care so much about finding reflux, I'm more interested in learning how veins actually work!" Given the strenuous sonographer career, he advocates daily yoga practice for all sonographers and is also an avid conga player. He has no financial disclosures.