Vein Doctor, Dr. William Bowers MD, FACS, RPVI, RPhS and Our Staff
Vein Specialist William Bowers, MD,FACS, RPVI, RPhS is the founder and Medical Director of Bowers Vein Institute in Pinellas Park, Florida. The Bowers Vein Institute is a cutting edge, state-of-the-art center that provides comprehensive care for patients with reticular, spider, varicose veins, and other venous diseases. The facility offers the latest in minimally invasive procedures that effectively eradicate veins without the need for traditional surgery. Above all else, the team at Bowers Vein Institute puts patient care first. This not only means ensuring that patients receive the effective vein treatment they need, it also entails providing a comfortable, friendly, and professional environment for each and every patient. The staff takes pride in adhering to these extremely high standards of patient care.
Dr. Bowers and his staff take a multifaceted approach to vein diagnosis and treatment. In general, Dr. Bowers and his team prefer minimally invasive techniques that enable patients to receive the care they need without invasive surgical procedures. Individualized treatment programs are developed depending on the needs of the individual patient. These treatment programs may include conservative treatment techniques like compression stockings, or minimally invasive procedures such as Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), Sclerotherapy, or Ambulatory Phlebectomy, all performed in the office under local anesthesia.
The staff at Bowers Vein Institute also offers treatments for restless legs, dry itchy legs, leg discoloration and venous ulcerations.
The Bowers Vein Institute is particularly proud to offer Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) treatment for varicose veins. Over 100,000 EVLA treatments have been performed to date. This effective, safe alternative to traditional surgery is the gold standard in treatment for varicose veins. EVLA procedures are typically covered by Medicare and private health insurance carriers. Endovenous Laser Treatments (EVLA), usually take less than an hour to perform and require only local anesthesia. These procedures result in very little or no down time. After completion, many patients experience dramatic relief of aching, heaviness, swelling and leg cramps.
William Bowers, MD, FACS, RPVI, RPhS
Dr. Bowers has over 25 years of professional experience in vascular and general surgery; much of this experience was dedicated to treating venous disease and varicose veins. He is committed to providing the most innovative and newest vein treatments available for his patients. As such, Dr. Bowers utilizes the most innovative and latest treatment options including Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLA). Such treatment produces exceptional results in the reduction of varicose veins and painful vein symptoms.
Dr. Bowers is certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Phlebology. Dr. Bowers did his undergraduate work at Indiana University and received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He then completed his general surgery internship and general surgery residency at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. He practiced vascular and general surgery in Tennessee for over twenty years before relocating to the Tampa Bay metropolitan area. Dr. Bowers now fully devotes his practice to the treatment of venous disease.
Betsy DeMattos LPN, CST
Betsy received her LPN certificate in 1998 from North Country Community College in Saranac Lake, NY, and also graduated from Anthem College in Brookfield, Wisconsin in 2014 with an Associate’s Degree in Surgical Technology. She has been a part of the Bowers Vein Institute team since August 2014 being a strong advocate for her patients, and strives to make their visits to our clinic a positive one, trying to accommodate each ones individual needs. Betsy lives in Palm Harbor, FL, with her husband David, and her 3 children, Paige, McKenna and Jared.
Joy Wick RVS
Joy Wick has an associates in science degree in diagnostic medical sonography. Graduated in 2012 and has been working in the vascular and vein field ever since. Originally from Tampa FL. Graduate of Central Florida Institute with a degree in Medical Assistance with Cardiovascular Studies. MA and CPR certified.
Joy was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area. She went to Central Florida Institute for Diagnostic Medical Sonography and earned an Associates in Science degree. Joy is a Registered Vascular Specialist through the CCI and has been working in the vascular field for 4 years. Joy is married to a retired, wounded in combat, purple heart recipient, army airborne specialist with 1 daughter. They currently live in Pasco County and enjoy boating and traveling.
Kristi Pedersen has an Associate of Science degree in Medical Assisting and is certified in Phlebology and CPR. Graduated in 2003, Kristi is originally from Spokane, Washington, but has been in Florida since 1993 and has been working in the Vascular field since 2000. Kristi has 10 years of billing/coding experience and over 16 years in the Vascular field with expertise in varicose and spider vein related issues.
Kristi has been a part of Dr. Bowers team since June, 2014 and is devoted to patient care and satisfaction, helping patients resume a vein free, pain free, active Florida lifestyle. Kristi currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband and their two children.
Shannon Johnson completed her training as an Advanced Practice Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of South Florida, where she received her Master of Science in Nursing in 2009. Shannon is originally from Frankfort Kentucky, but has lived in Florida since 1986. Shannon has experience specializing in the management of venous disorders since 2013. She is proficient in Sclerotherapy Vein Injections after several years of specialized training and has performed thousands of spider vein removal procedures. Shannon has a keen interest in continuing education so that she may provide the best and most knowledgeable care available to her patients and is passionate about improving the health and appearance of her patients legs.
Her previous work experience in family practice and aesthetics provided her with extensive training in laser hair removal, IPL, microdermabrasion, chemical peels. She is also skilled in injectable treatments, including the application of BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® products. Above all, Shannon’s greatest joy is helping her patients look and feel their very best. Shannon’s dedication to her patients and profession makes her an outstanding addition to our team at Bowers Vein Centers. Shannon currently lives in Manatee County with her husband and their 5 children.