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ARE YOU PROUD OF YOUR LIFE'S WORK?

Last weekend I lost three people through three different circumstances – my uncle, a friend and my mother’s closest friend. In moments like this, all the important work is put on hold and the emotional work begins. It’s sometimes impossible to hit the pause button in the work-life juggle, but the shocking permanence of death certainly puts into perspective what is truly important in living – all those days that lead up to the last one.

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HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED WHEN MY COMPANY FELL VICTIM TO A PHISHING SCAM.

spear phish·ing

noun: the fraudulent practice of sending emails ostensibly from a known or trusted sender in order to induce targeted individuals to reveal confidential information.

As a leader, it’s hard to admit poor judgment and corporate weakness. But here I am, confessing that we fell victim to a “spear phishing” scam resulting in a $50,000 loss to our company, despite having IT security measures and staff training in place.

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At the company my husband and I founded, American Vein & Vascular Institute, our vision is: “Expertise in vein and vascular health care delivered with gratitude and grace toward the patients we serve and the colleagues with whom we work.”

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While most patients whom I treat are satisfied with the initial results of vein ablations, there are some patients who return with recurrent leg symptoms — sometimes months, but usually years after the initial treatment. I also have patients with recurrent symptoms previously treated by other surgeons.

These patients are often frustrated because they had no prior knowledge (or forgot) about the risk of recurrent chronic venous insufficiency. They sometimes come to see me, believing that the other surgeon made a mistake.

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The early years of founding and growing our healthcare management company, network of multi-site specialty clinics, and an independent retail company within those clinics felt like a circus. I put up the tent, hired the help, and ran the three rings—along with my physician husband. Thankfully, “Ringleader” is no longer an apropos job title because we are now a second-stage company with deep roots and a visionary plan.

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I hate to admit it, but it feels good to get the laundry done. We joke that on Friday night, I open the Gibbs’s 24-hour “weekend laundromat” for business. It’s one of the only tasks in my week that is repeatable and expected. It has a clear beginning, middle, and end. When the fresh scent of clean laundry fills our house, there are endless thank yous from my family for getting the stains out, folding the scrubs, and having the soccer uniforms ready to go for the week. It’s simple, and it feels good.

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Vein Therapy News | October/November 2015

It was not until I was five years into my career as a nurse that I heard the word, "phlebology." You mean phlebotomy? No. It is, indeed, phlebology. Now, with phlebology clinic management under my belt and almost a decade in the traditional business environment, I recognize a gap of information in this industry. And 1 have a solution. Lee's call it, "Phlebology 2.0."

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Vein Therapy News | August - September 2014

A 75-year-old male presented to the American Vein & Vascular Institute for an evaluation of bilateral lower extremity edema. For a few years, the patient complained of bilateral lower extremity edema and itching of the skin around the ankles and calves. As of late it appeared to be worsening...

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Vein Therapy News | April - May 2014

Venous Disease is an extremely common problem that is easily diagnosed and readily treated with contemporary technology. Good clinical outcomes are expected. When you take a common problem and apply a good solution, demand for your services tends to increase...

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Vein Magazine | Spring 2014

A common scenario at our clinic is for a physically fit male patient to be accompanied by his spouse. She is insistent that he address the large ropey varicosities in his legs: "They're ugly and are getting worse!"...

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Mansfield Magazine | November 3, 2013

In this article, Dr. Gibbs and Dr. Eidson discuss specific efforts that can be made by health-care institutions to help Spanish-speaking Hispanics in the United States better access the health-care system...

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Mansfield Magazine | October 7, 2013

In this article, Dr. Gibbs and Dr. Eidson explain how the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission ensures high quality patient care, and discuss what the ideal in vein treatment can mean to patients and their quality of life...

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Mansfield Magazine | September 11, 2013

Dr. Gordon F. Gibbs is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Trinity Vein Institute in Arlington, Texas, and Rocky Mountain Vein Institute’s Colorado facilities. Dr. Thomas E. Eidson is the Associate Medical Director and Phlebologist at Trinity Vein Institute, and is Board-Certified in Family Medicine...

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Vein Therapy News | August - September 2013

At the 2012 ACP Congress, I had the fortune of attending Dr. Joseph Caprini's lecture on the importance of assessing. DVT risk prior to endovenous ablation. I found this assessment tool extremely useful and I still use it consistently during my initial consultations...

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Vein Therapy News | August - September 2013

"Mr. C" is a 74-year-old with a pack-a-day smoking history for more that 40 years who presented to our vein clinic approximately one year ago with reproducible left calf pain after walking 150 feet...

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Mansfield Magazine | August 7, 2013

Recently, Dr. Gibbs sat down with Dr. Eidson to discuss innovations in health care and how they’ve impacted the treatment of vascular disease...

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InPueblo Blog | July 22, 2013

With the speed of advancement in patient care and medical business, the only way to keep up and remain an “employer of choice” and “health care provider of choice” is to remain committed to continuing education. At Rocky Mountain Vein Institute, a founding principle for our organization is education. We provide a stipend to employees to assist with furthering skills and career growth through professional organizations and certifications, and board certification for our physicians, the highest level of continuing education in the specialty area of vein disease...

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 Mansfield Magazine | July 9, 2013

Recently, Dr. Gibbs sat down with Dr. Eidson to discuss Restless Leg Syndrome, or RLS, and how screening for vein disease can eliminate restless leg symptoms...

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Vein Therapy News | June - July 2013

"Mr. H" is a 57-year-old non-diabetic, never-smoker with a BMI of 33 and known congenital antithrombin deficiency. He has a remote history of bilateral lower extremity DVTs and pulmonary emboli...

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Mansfield Magazine | June 5, 2013

Dr. Gordon F. Gibbs is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Trinity Vein Institute in Arlington, Texas, and Rocky Mountain Vein Institute’s Colorado facilities. Dr. Thomas E. Eidson is the Associate Medical Director and Phlebologist at Trinity Vein Institute, and is Board-Certified in Family Medicine...

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