I’m Dr. Mark Rayman and I’m here for you –
On the Home page, I provided quite a bit of information about how Beach Cities Vein and Laser Center helps our patients with vein conditions and aesthetic concerns. Now I’d like to share with you some specifics about my philosophy, educational background, and experience as a highly skilled vein specialist…
Philosophy – It’s not about me, it’s about you…
1. You’re #1 – Perhaps more important than any training or experience I have is how I feel about you – my patient. In my opinion, it is all about you. I feel that it is so important to listen to you, understand your needs and concerns, and treat you with respect. I do my best to answer all of your questions, provide a wide range of treatment options, and help create a treatment plan with you that satisfies your motivations.
2. Your time is important, and much like you, I hate waiting for a long time. Whether it’s on the phone or in our office, my staff and I always try to answer your phone calls promptly, get you an appointment as soon as possible, and run on time.
3. Your experience should be pleasant and comfortable. Doesn’t this make sense? I think that too often people are not attentive enough when it comes to how the patient is feeling. That is why I make it a point to assure that you are not only comfortable in our reception area, but that you experience little to no discomfort during your evaluation and treatment. My goal is for you to leave here feeling that you’ve received the best treatment possible. And that’s what I want for you – the best.
Things you might want to know about me:
Medical School: UCLA
Residency: Cedars Sinai Medical Center – Diagnostic Radiology
Fellowship: UCLA – Vascular and Interventional Radiology
American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Disease* – The field of venous disease is commonly referred to as Phlebology. Physicians from many fields practice in this specialty, but only a small number have actually passed the examination given by this board. I am one of a small group of physicians (currently 717) nationwide who has passed the examination administered by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Disease, demonstrating expertise in the understanding and treatment of venous conditions.
American Board of Radiology – Vascular and Interventional Radiology – A highly specialized branch of medicine which involves the performance of a wide range of minimally invasive procedures under imaging guidance. This rigorous certification requires passage of both written and oral examinations and requires re-certification every ten years.
American Board of Radiology – Diagnostic Radiology – This specialized branch of medicine involves training in the imaging of the human body through multiple modalities, including CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, X-Ray and Ultrasound. The examination, which has both oral and written components, is preceded by an intensive four year residency program.
I left UCLA in 1994 to become the first fellowship trained interventional radiologist to join Kaiser Permanente in southern California. Over nineteen years I helped build one of the premiere interventional radiology departments in the region. During that time, I performed thousands of minimally invasive procedures and became an expert in the treatment of venous disease. I was the first physician at Kaiser Permanente to perform endovenous laser ablation, the Clarivein procedure, and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy for varicose vein disease. I also provided training in these procedures to many other physicians.
In Case You Need to Know More:
I’m an Interventional Radiologist – Interventional radiologists are board certified physicians who specialize in minimally invasive treatments that are done non-surgically. These treatments offer less risk, less pain, and shorter recovery times than surgery. There are specific skills which I have acquired as a specialist in my field which makes me exceptionally qualified to perform minimally invasive treatments to help patients reach their goals for venous and aesthetic concerns.
Knowledge of Anatomy – Over the years I have studied anatomy in numerous ways, through ultrasound, CT, MRI and venography…as well as by taking an advanced certification cadaver course for facial anatomy. These many years of training and experience are important, as their are tremendous variations one can see from patient to patient. One must understand the anatomy in order to determine what needs to be treated, and how best to approach it. Over many years of interpreting studies and performing procedures on a wide range of patients, I have learned to appreciate and treat every patient as a unique individual, to help get them the very best care possible.
Technical skills – As an interventional radiologist, I have mastered a wide range of minimally invasive techniques, utilizing tiny needles, cannulas and catheters to perform treatments while leaving little to no trace that anything was ever done – with typically outstanding medical and cosmetic results. Many of these procedures can be very tricky and require considerable experience and expertise. These techniques are exactly what are utilized in the state of the art procedures used to treat the aesthetic and venous conditions seen in my practice today.
Ultrasound training and experience – Most varicose vein problems are diagnosed using ultrasound guidance. Prior to training in interventional radiology, I trained in diagnostic radiology where I spent many years personally performing and interpreting diagnostic ultrasound. In addition, during my many years as an interventional radiologist, I have performed thousands of procedures under ultrasound guidance. Such training and experience is not typical of doctors in other specialties in medicine.
In my current practice, I utilize my expertise to personally scan each of my patients, so that even the subtlest of problems is found and an accurate diagnosis is made. I also do my own scanning during the procedures, to assure the best possible outcomes in my patients. Over the years I have taught many ultrasound technologists and physicians the technique of scanning for varicose vein disease, and I continue to pass my knowledge on to others through various training programs.
If you’re still reading this, you’re done. It’s time to pick up the phone and contact Beach Cities Vein and Laser Center and Meet Dr. Rayman at (310) 986-6500 to make an appointment today. Come see me, and start yourself on the path to being vein and pain-free!
*Formerly The American Board of Phlebology, recently re-named the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Disease.
by Fred Herdt
Category: vein treatments
Ok so I know I left a review before, but I’m at the gym working out right now and I see my legs in the mirror, particularly the right leg, and all I can say is DAMN, MY LEG LOOKS SO GREAT! And all that vascular pain from standing and working behind a salon chair is GONE!!! Thank you again Dr. Raymond and everyone at Beach Cities Vein and Vascular Center! I’m so happy with everything you did and it was worth every penny. To me, you did the impossible, and I’m so not kidding. I had been to two other vein “specialists” over the last 15 years they didn’t even come close to what Dr. Raymond could do. So again thank you!
Category: vein treatments
My experience with Beach Cities Vein & Láser center was Outstanding. I got the results I wanted with my varicoise veins treatment. Dr. Rayman and Marisa were both professional, excellent , and caring . The office staff was always helpful and courteous. I would highly recommend Beach Cities Vein & Láser Center .
Look No Further than Doctor Rayman!
Category: vein treatments
At age 29, I had a growing varicose vein on my ankle that made me feel so insecure and like everyone was looking at my “monster vein” (lol). I was about to turn 30 in a few months so I started looking up places to help me get rid of my unsightly vein. When I found this site online I immediately made an appointment. I was excited, but also very nervous as I have never had any sort of medical procedure before. However, once i got to the office everyone is SO kind and quick to answer any questions, I felt like I really made the right choice with Dr. Rayman. Marlene was with me through a lot of my appointments, doing my ultrasounds and pictures-she does a great job and is so sweet! Dr. Rayman is one of the nicest doctors I have met. He immediately made me feel comfortable not only due to his extensive knowledge but also due to the fact that he really cared about me, my issue and how to fix it. We went with the Endovenous Laser Treatment to treat the core problem of my “monster vein”. The procedure itself was relatively quick and definitely painless as my leg was completely numb! For me, as someone who gets grossed out easily, it was a mental game of not thinking too much about the procedure as it was happening lol! My mom was allowed to be in the room with me, I got to pick my favorite music, and honestly we all chatted the whole time. I went back for my second procedure, which was the injections into my soon-to-be-gone monster vein. This was also pretty painless for me besides some mild burning sensations initially after the injections. I wore the compression socks as directed and personally had no trouble with them. I had a little bit of a numb sensation where we did the EVLT, but that faded with time and I feel totally normal again. I just went back for 6 month check up appointment, and my monster vein is gone!!! I’m so incredibly happy with the results. Dr. Rayman and his team are so good at what they do, so kind, and SO WORTH IT. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!
by Katherine O'Connor
Category: vein treatments
I had a wonderful experience at Beach Cities Vein & Laser Center. Everyone has a smile on their face and makes you feel welcome. I am so happy with the results. I highly recommend Dr. Rayman and his excellent team! Thank you for taking such great care of me!
Dr. Rayman, thank you for doing what you do!!!!
by Grace S.
Category: vein treatments
YOUR SEARCH IS OVER! This review will be helpful to those who have delayed doing something about their varicose veins because of fear. If you are scared of needles, traumatized from past surgical procedures, and burdened by years of daily reminders of having painful, bothersome, and tired legs due to varicose veins, you do not need to worry anymore, nor do you need to suffer any longer from the physical and emotional pains that come with varicose veins thanks to Dr. Rayman and his exceptional medical practice. A bit of background: I had surgery 8 years ago by a surgeon to address varicose veins in my right leg -- a "real" surgery in a hospital operating room, with full general anesthesia. Not only were the surgery and its after effects painful and long lasting (including nerve damage), even more varicose veins started popping up about a couple years later. Due to that bad experience, I decided I would NEVER do anything about my varicose veins again, and that I was destined to live with the pain, discomfort, and ugliness. Fast forward 8 years, and the discomfort/pain, heaviness/throbbing, etc. were really getting to be a daily issue. Even people were coming up to me asking if my legs were hurting, because they looked like they felt! So I decided to do my due diligence and started to do a lot of research online (medical conditions, procedures, and various doctors). Thanks to Yelp, I found Dr. Rayman!! Being a bit gun shy, I called his office twice with tons of questions, and then proceeded to see him for TWO consultations (with my notepad full of questions). Each time, and with every interaction I had with him and his staff , I felt more and more at ease. Dr. Rayman showed me with the ultrasound exactly what my veins were doing and not doing. (And low and behold, the vein that was supposedly tied off 8 years ago was still there, bad as ever.) He and each one of his staff received me and my zillion questions with such respect, patience, compassion, and professionalism. Three weeks after my consultations, I had my radiofrequency ablation (RFA) done! Dr. Rayman and his staff are great, but I think they are able to show their personal best when actually performing the procedure -- during the procedure, there was wonderful bedside manner, nice music playing, excellent communication between doctor and patient and assistants, and obvious skill and confidence. Being embarrassingly afraid of needles, I must say it was really fine! I wanted to hug him when it was over, he was that great and showed that much care! I also appreciate his practical tips on how to distract myself when he was administering the numbing medication!! And considering it's just 3 days after my procedure and I've already made my appointment for Dr. Rayman to do my left leg (same condition), you've got to know that I'm completely satisfied, comfortable, and grateful. I told him, "Dr. Rayman, thank you for doing what you do!!!!"
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