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Dr.Richard D. Kimmel | TKI

Dr. Richard D. Kimmel


Dr. Richard Kimmel is the owner and founder of The Kimmel Institute, a premier vein treatment, laser and aesthetic practice located in Boca Raton.

A graduate of The Lawrenceville School, Emory University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr Kimmel has maintained his Thoracic and Vascular Surgical practice in Boca Raton since 1991. His credentials and experience have made The Kimmel Institute a designated training center for other physicians and staff in the use of the Dornier Laser System for vein treatment.

Dr. Kimmel served as the President of The American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS) in 2013 – 2014. The ACOS is committed to assuring excellence in osteopathic surgical care through education, advocacy, leadership development, and the fostering of professional and personal relationships. In addition, he remains actively involved, both locally and nationally, in promoting better healthcare policies and practices through the ACOS, FOMA and the AOA.

Dr. Kimmel has held previous positions with the ACOS including president-elect (2012 – 2013), Cardiothoracic-Vascular Discipline Chair (2004 – 2006) and ACA Program Chair (1999, 2000). In addition, Dr. Kimmel has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2006. Dr. Kimmel is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, a Clinical Investigator with the NIH, an Affiliate Member of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center of the University of South Florida, and an Assistant Clinical Instructor in Surgery at the Nova-Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Davie, Florida.

He and his exceptional staff provide the highest level of vein treatment knowledge, training, care and surgical experience available to the patients of South Florida.

Our Staff

Dr. Richard Kimmel’s staff includes Julie Foster, R.N., who has worked with him since 1994. She is directly involved with patient clinical care and currently serves as the office manager. Dr. Kimmel also works with Clara Lingerfeldt, RVT, and Melissa Briggs, RVT, both of whom are registered Vascular Ultrasound technologists who perform vascular ultrasound studies and assist with our office-based vein treatments. Dr. Kimmel and his staff, are all committed to providing the best quality of care possible, in a personalized and friendly setting.

Dr. Kimmel has more than 25 years of experience performing both thoracic and vascular surgeries and working with patients with a variety of vein disorders. He and his staff strive to provide effective, personal, and friendly vein care to all of their patients. As an established Boca vein doctor, Dr. Richard Kimmel is familiar with the South Florida area and through nearly three decades of practice has been able to establish lasting relationships with his patients and with the community.

Julie Foster

Julie Foster | Registered Nurse

Registered Nurse – RN

A native south Floridian, Julie has been Dr Kimmel’s nurse since 1994, and recently took over as the office manager of the Kimmel Institute. Her extensive understanding of vascular disease, as well as her experience dealing with insurance companies, adds tremendous value for our patients. She is highly respected by the staff, has been a nursing instructor and is always a patient advocate. Her interests include photography, gardening and quilting.

Clara Lingerfeldt

Kayla Deka | Medical Aesthetician and Laser Technician

Ultrasound Technologist – RVT, RVS

Originally from Colombia, Clara has the second longest tenure with Dr Kimmel, and is his lead ultrasound technologist. She has an unsurpassed work ethic, and is always looking out for the patient’s best interests. Her ultrasound skills are the result of many years of experience, and along with her understanding of the vascular system, provides excellent patient diagnostics. Clara has a strong sense of family and has a wonderful husband and two terrific children. She loves to bicycle ride, listen to all types of music and watch movies.

Melissa Briggs

Kayla Deka | Medical Aesthetician and Laser Technician

Ultrasonographer – RVT

Born and raised in Michigan, Melissa brings a cheerful Midwestern approach to the Kimmel Institute. Patients love her personality and find her very easy to talk to. But she also is a very experienced ultrasonographer and truly enjoys interacting with patients. These skills carry over into the procedures that she assists with the KI practitioners. She enjoys fitness, food and time with her husband, two young children and her goldendoodle.

Kayla Deka

Kayla Deka | Medical Aesthetician and Laser Technician

Medical Aesthetician and Laser Technician

Kayla Deka was born and raised in Florida, and joins the Kimmel Institute as a full time Medical Aesthetician and Laser Technician. With her Florida upbringing, she has a broad understanding of how the sun impacts our skin, and her years of experience in aesthetics has made her an expert in skin care and anti-aging techniques. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and three dogs.

Claudia Ramos

Kayla Deka | Medical Aesthetician and Laser Technician

Medical Assistant – MA

As our front desk receptionist Claudia often provides our “first impression” with patients, either in person or on the phone. She is fluent in Spanish and her training as a medical assistant also provides her with the skills to positively interact with insurance companies on our patients’ behalf. Spending time with her husband, daughter and cooking are just a few things she enjoys.

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