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Vascular Treatments: More Than Cosmetic

by Jennifer Gammons-Mujica

Coastal Vascular Center is a premier Vascular Surgery center serving Ventura County, Conejo Valley and surrounding areas, with offices in Camarillo, Oxnard and a newly opened office in Simi Valley.  In a field of predominantly male surgeons, vascular surgery has a new and growing number of women entering the profession.  This year Coastal Vascular Center welcomed Dr. Karen Quirk to their highly skilled team of caring and conscientious Vascular Surgeons.

Dr. Quirk brings knowledge of the most cutting edge techniques in vascular treatments and surgery.  She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California Berkeley and completed her medical degree from UC Irvine School of Medicine.  She completed her internship and residency in general surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.  Dr. Quirk combines compassion for her patients with outstanding technical skills — both are characteristics of the Coastal Vascular professional team.

“My goal is to always be personable and approachable.  As venous problems are getting more attention, more women are willing to enter this field.  The outcomes are getting better and better as well!” Dr. Quirk explains.

As her professional biography explains,

Dr. Quirk was initially drawn to medicine because she wanted to make a positive impact on people’s lives and their health.  She found vascular surgery fulfilling because of its technical complexity, and its medically challenging patients with whom she can build lifelong relationships.  She performs all aspects of vascular surgery and minimally invasive procedures.”  

Dr. Quirk is one of a highly skilled team of comprehensive Vascular Surgeons which includes Gregory K. Albaugh, D.O., FACS, FAPWCA and Kevin M. Major, M.D., FACS.  Vascular Surgeons treat a multitude of diseases within the vascular system. These diseases can be managed by medical therapy, minimally-invasive catheter procedures and/or surgical reconstruction.

Venous treatments are not only cosmetic – many times symptoms can reveal much more serious conditions.  An extensive number of services are available including treatment of Carotid Artery Occlusive Disease, Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair (EVAR), Arterial and Venous Disease.  Carotid occlusive disease, also called carotid stenosis, occurs when one or both of the carotid arteries in the neck, which supply blood to the brain, become narrowed or blocked.

Peripheral Artery Disease (also called PAD) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. Symptoms may include cramping or leg pain while walking, climbing stairs or during other physical activities.

To see a complete list of treatment services visit the Coastal Vascular Center website at

Coastal Vascular Center is currently offering the “Leg Makeover” package, which is a comprehensive treatment plan to address veins and venous related issues.  For both men and women, it is a great opportunity to improve your vascular health while enhancing your image and confidence to wear those summer dresses, shorts and swimwear.

Are you experiencing symptoms and would like to visit Coastal Vascular Center for a consultation?  Call today at 805-263-4202.   Or visit online at



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