Vascular Vein Center opens first location in Brevard County


Published:

Dr. Hai H. Kenney and his wife Kimberly have loved Brevard County since moving to the area in 2007. Now, there’s even more of a reason to stay.

Kenney, who has worked for Health First Holmes Regional Center since coming to the area, now will channel most of his energy to the first Vascular Vein Center facility to be opened in Brevard County. Vascular Vein Center has six centers in the Orlando area.

The new facility will be located at Riverview Tower at Suntree, which is located at 6525 Third Street, Suite 208. Dr. Samuel Martin, who owns the other six VVC centers, will be his partner Shana Crovo, ARNP, will be the nurse. 

An open house will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 15. Kenney will meet and greet the public from noon to 1 p.m.

“When I left West Palm Beach, they had four new positions at Holmes,’’ said the 50-year-old Kenney, who will turn 51 in September. “We live in a nice neighborhood at Baytree on a cul-de-sac. This is a great place to raise a family with a beach-town mentality. We knew that this would be a place to put our roots down.’’

Kenney and his family left Vietnam in 1974 to live in the United States. They settled in Delaware, and he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Delaware. He thought about becoming a pharmacist before obtaining a master’s degree in veterinary pathology and molecular virology from Ohio State University.

After that, Kenney went to medical school at Ohio University. He served his residency in radiology with a sub-specialty in vascular and interventional radiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He served his fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Through his VVC center, Kenney hopes to enlighten Brevard County residents on the dangers of vascular vein disease.

“People think it’s all cosmetic and that you’re vain if you go for treatment,’’ Kenney said. “They feel what we do is not covered by insurance, but it is covered by insurance. Vascular vein disease can be debilitating and it can cause lifestyle limitations. We can treat and relieve people of their symptoms. We will treat patients cosmetically, but that’s not our main focus.’’

Most of the illnesses Kenney encounters are venous insufficient diseases complicated by incompetent valves, which affect the flow of blood through the veins and tributaries. If untreated, this can lead to venous stasis ulcers. Kenney said the average age of his patients ranges from 50 to 70.

“Unfortunately, most people don’t seek treatment,’’ Kenney said. “They just deal with the pain and swelling.’’

Kenney and his wife met as college students. She is a dietitian nutritionist. They have three children, Maddy, Avery and Luke, who attend Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy.