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Dr. Richard D. Kimmel | The Kimmel Institute

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 help previous positions with the ACOS including serving on the Board of Governors from 2006 through 2015. He was President-elect from 2012-13, President of the organization from 2013-2014, and Immediate Past President from 2014-15, when his term-limit expired. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians, and has held positions as a Clinical Investigator with the NIH, an Affiliate Member of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center of the University of South Florida and as an Assistant Clinical Instructor for Surgery at the Nova-Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Davie, FL. In addition, he has served on and held leadership positions at several local hospitals in committees such as Cancer Committee, Surgical Review Committee and Utilization Review Committee.

Our Staff

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.

Yesenia Rodriguez

Yesenia | Office Manager

Office Manager

Yesenia Rodriguez is the Office Manager for The Kimmel Institute and brings over 15 years of administrative experience in medical office and accounting roles. She assists in the development and implementation of office policies, as well as managing and overseeing the staff, programs and practices within the office.  She is available to assist patients with their insurance concerns and payment options.

Yesenia has been a resident of Palm Beach County since she moved from Newark, NJ in 1984. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her children, walking in the park with her fur-baby Meeko, traveling and exploring new countries.

Melissa Briggs

Melissa | 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.

Gloria Giaquinto

MC | Medical Aesthetician and Laser Technician

Ultrasonographer, RVT

Born and raised in South Florida, Gloria is licensed as an RVT/RDMS and brings several years of hospital experience with her to the Kimmel Institute. She also has her bachelor’s degree in Health Administration. With a passion for talking with and helping patients understand their ultrasound testing, she prides herself on providing kind and skilled care. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies and shows, and she loves getting lost in a story.

Claudia J. Lujan

Claudia | Medical Esthetician

Medical Esthetician

She graduated from the Florida College of Natural Health in 2015 with a Florida State-Licensed Aesthetician degree.

Claudia specializes in facials, skin conditions, and other advanced skincare treatments like Micro needling, Dermaplaning, Chemical Peels, HydraFacial and IPL/ Lasers. With her 10 year experience working as skincare teacher and at various medical spa’s in Florida, Ms. Lujan provides the opportunity to show you how easy is to have a hea I thy and beautiful skin complexion. Claudia also advises patients about the best skincare routine to follow at home with our ZO skincare products

Gwen Brower

MC | Medical Aesthetician and Laser Technician

Front Desk Receptionist

As our front desk receptionist, Gwen provides our “first impression” with patients, both in person and on the phone. She is fluent in Spanish and always provides exceptional customer service. Originally from El Salvador, she has lived in South Florida most of her life. She is a proud mother of two boys. Gwen loves to watch Family Feud with her husband and take long walks with her giant Labrador dog.

Close-Knit Group At The Kimmel Institute

2022 Staff Holiday Party

Continuing education is a priority at the Kimmel Institute! Dr. Kimmel and two of our registered vascular technologist attending the Venous Symposium in New York.

After 25 years we say goodbye to our favorite nurse.


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