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Meet the Virtual Vein Center CME Course Authors

Our continuing medical education (CME) authors are nationally and internationally recognized as experts in all aspects of vascular ultrasound, and especially so in phlebology, including venous diagnosis, treatment and ultrasound guided procedures. All have extensive experience in education serving as invited speakers and consultants for the advancement of the ultrasound and phlebology professions.


Unless expressly stated otherwise, VVC authors have received no commercial financial support in the creation and production of these educational activities.    


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.

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.  

John Mauriello, MD, FACPh

Dr. Mauriello has been practicing Phlebology for more than 28 years and quite simply, is one of the founders of modern phlebology. He is internationally renowned for his expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of venous disease and has pioneered many of the treatments used today. He was past President of the American College of Phlebology ("ACP") from 2011-2012 and for decades he has lectured regularly throughout the United States and the world. Vein Magazine acknowledged him as one of the 25 most influential venous professionals in the world. A colleague had this to say: “John Mauriello is a Master; I consider him to be one of the pioneers in modern Phlebology. He cares about the profession and is dedicated and committed to its advancement.” John has no financial disclosures.

Linda Antonucci, RVT, RDCS, RPhS

Linda is a nationally recognized and respected vascular ultrasound consultant and educator. She currently serves as the program director for the American College of Phlebology (ACP) Ultrasound Course and served as the Ultrasound Allied Health Section Chair for the 2015 American Venous Forum (AVF) Annual Congress. Linda is credentialed by the ARDMS in vascular and cardiac ultrasound as well as Registered Phlebology Sonographer by CCI. Linda's 25+ years of experience in diagnostic ultrasound includes working at the New Jersey Vein Center since its inception in 1998, consulting for new vascular laboratories, and teaching ultrasound nationwide. Linda is the Technical Director for the New Jersey Vein Center and an independent consultant specializing in advanced venous diagnostics. She is a member of the American Venous Forum, The American College of Phlebology, and the Society for Vascular Ultrasound.