Meet Our Advanced Vein Center Team
How to Choose Your Doctor
Perhaps no aspect of your decision for cosmetic surgery is more critical than choosing the right surgeon to perform your procedure. The surgeon's credentials, training, experience and reproducibility of excellence in results are all important factors to take into consideration in making your choice.
Dr. Mauricio Giraldo, M.D.
Is a skilled, board certified surgeon with remarkable experience and multiple awards of distinction including Distinguished Best Student of Internal Medicine.
As an instructor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, he has trained many skilled physicians and played a vital role in shaping their professional lives. Dr. Giraldo did a General Surgery Residency at AGH and a three year fellowship at UPMC in Transplant Surgery. He is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. He is certified in the VNUS Closure Procedure. His work in Surgical Oncology and Minimally Invasive Surgery qualifies him as an expert in identifying venous problems that require medical attention while utilizing his aesthetic skills to treat such conditions with the utmost care for desired appearance.
- American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
- American College of Phlebology
- American Medical Association
- American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery
- American Society of Transplant Surgeons
- Collin-Fannin County Medical Society
- Harvard Medical School Postgraduate Association
- Resident Alumni Association, University of Pittsburgh
- Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
- Texas Medical Association
Jeff Houk, PA
I am now in my 24th year of practice. I began my career at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, in the Department of Surgery. While there I had extensive experience in general ENT, Head and Neck Surgery, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. I assisted in facelifts, blepharoplasties, brow lifts, nasal septo rhinoplasties, muscle plications, nerve grafts, and head and neck cancer surgery with reconstruction. In addition to Botox Cosmetic and Restylane injections, other expertise includes 6 years of pain management experience evaluating and treating pain from a wide variety of causes. As a result I have extensive experience with trigger point injections as well as a wide variety of bursa and joint injections.
Dr. Timothy Kavic, M.D., F.A.C.S.
At the Advanced Vein Center our accomplished team of doctors and technicians have over 60 combined years of experience treating Varicose veins. He is also the Director of the Cosmetic Professionals at Body Beautiful Laser Medical Spa, were spider veins are treated with a variety of methods, including sclerotherapy, Laser services, compression therapy and VNUS Closure.
Our staff is regarded as leaders in our field, we are never satisfied with simply walking through the motions and sticking to the status-quo. Since medical technology is constantly modernizing with new treatment options and medications, ultimately allowing patients to have less downtime and pain-free in shorter amounts of time. However, this involves much more than using the latest state-of-the-art equipment and technologies. In order to contend with the rapid medical advancements, we constantly enhance our skills and search for specialists with incomparable expertise in our treatment areas. Thus, we are elated with the newest addition, Dr. Timothy Kavic, joining us as our Medical Director. Specializing in general surgery for infections diseases and wounds, thrombophlebitis varicose vein excision, destruction of skin debridement of burns and peripheral vascular disease phlebitis (PAD and PVD). His aptitude for diagnosing and treating varicose veins with minimally-invasive interventional procedures is truly unparalleled.
Dr. Kavic has many decades of experience as a General Surgeon. He began practicing medicine in 1982 as an Associate in practice with Michael Kavic, his father. From there, Dr. Kavic held positions at several hospitals across Western Pennsylvania and Minnesota, including his most recent position as the owner of a private practice in Clearfield, PA for 21 years.
Dr. Kavic received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and went on to Meharry Medical College (Nashville, TN) where he became an M.D. He completed his internship and residency at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital where he discovered his passion for wound care. Additional education includes a Masters Degree in Healthcare Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) and Advanced Laparoscopic Training in General Surgery from Moet Institute (San Francisco, CA).
Dr. Kavic belongs to the American College of Surgeons and recently held a position on the Medical Executive Committee at Clearfield Hospital. He also has years of experience guest lecturing for HIPAA Compliance for Physicians and Healthcare Providers at St. Elizabeth Hospital (Youngstown, OH), Value Health Pho (Monongahela, PA), UPMC, Passavant Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA), and also conducted small business leaders lectures titled “Employers and HIPAA,” and for the Small Business Alliance (Pittsburgh, PA). Dr. Kavic was an adjunct professor in Occupational Therapy at Duquesne University from 1997-1999.
Dr. Kavic, a Pittsburgh native, Beaver County, Hopewell to be exact, now resides in Franklin Park, PA. He said he is excited to join the staff at the Advanced Vein Center and Body Beautiful Laser Medical Spa and bring his wealth of experience while offering offer high quality, compassionate care for his patients. He is certain that he and his team will deliver a unique experience for patients as he truly cares for the wellbeing of people.
Dr. Kavic enjoys interacting with patients and making sure they understand every step of their journey at our practice. As an example his compassion, Dr. Kavic is an active humanitarian and has been serving the people of the former Yugoslavia since 1993. For six years during the early 1990s, in the midst of the Yugoslav Wars, he aided hospitals and doctors with much needed medical supplies. Dr. Kavic wanted to help his native people of Serbia, so he dedicated his time, energy and money to ensure people were receiving proper medical attention during troubled wartimes. Today, Dr. Kavic is still involved and he has made several friends during his travels.
Kavic named Advanced Vein medical director
Christiana Marie Brevik RN
Christiana has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, and is a Registered Nurse. Starting her career in the medical field in 2003. Her background includes critical care, surgery, psychiatry and pediatrics - often in the capacity of Team Leader.
It was perhaps while assisting in laser eye surgery she developed her natural talent for meticulousness and detail. This combined with her natural inclination for beauty and desire to help people feel their best, lead Christiana to focus her talents towards aesthetics and skin care treatments. These include injectables, dermal fillers, body contouring, laser hair removal, tattoo removal, vein therapy and teeth-whitening.
Combining extensive knowledge, with her sensitive, observant nature and drive for perfection, Christiana specializes in providing honest, thorough and precise consultations and treatments. Her goal is to provide you with a proven and successful beauty plan… helping to give you a fresh new look and a better sense of confidence and self-esteem.
- Graduate of St. Ambrose University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Certified Advanced Injectable Technique and Medical Aesthetics from the National Laser Institute
- Certified Cosmetic Laser Technician from the National Laser Institute
- ACLS – Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certified
Jane Mercuri RVT
Beginning a new career after raising children has been an exciting adventure for Jane Mercuri. Graduating with high honors from Western School of Health and Business Careers in 2008, then working in a local hospital vascular lab and becoming a Registered Vascular Technologist by ARDMS in 2011, led her to specializing in vein care. Jane brings her natural interest in people and her desire to help others to the Advanced Vein Center with the intent of making your experience a pleasant one.