The Kimmel Institute Team

Boca Raton and South Florida’s Most Experienced Vein Care and Aesthetic Professionals

We continue to encourage you to EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE at the Kimmel Institute for all of your laser, vein and aesthetic needs.  Call us today at 561-477-0210 for a free evaluation, or to schedule an appointment with our professional staff.


Dr. Richard D. Kimmel

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.

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.

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.

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. Dr. Kimmel also works with Clara Lingerfeldt, RVT, and Melissa Briggs, RVT, both of whom are registered Vascular Ultrasound Lab 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.

In his practice, Dr. Kimmel uses the Dornier laser system, a highly effective and modern approach to treating all kinds of vein conditions. The Dornier laser allows for unparalleled precision and accuracy, eliminating the need for painful and invasive vein surgery and cutting procedure time down to 45 minutes or less. As a nationally recognized Boca Raton vein doctor, Dr. Richard Kimmel also routinely trains new physicians in the latest advanced vein treatment procedures including endovenous laser treatment, ambulatory phlebectomy and other techniques.

Dr. Kimmel has more than 20 years of experience performing both thoracic and vascular procedures 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 Boca Raton area and through more than 20 years of practice has been able to establish lasting relationships with his patients and with the community.

Julie Foster

Registered Nurse
Julie Foster

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.

Kayla Deka

Medical Aesthetician and Laser Technician
Julie Foster

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.

Clara Lingerfeldt

Ultrasound Technologist
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


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 and young child.

Claudia Ramos

Medical Assistant
Growing up in Cuba, Claudia’s dream of coming to the USA came true as a teenager. Her work ethic, interpersonal skills and positive attitude makes her a great asset to the KI. As our front desk receptionist she often provides our “first impression” with patients, either in person or on the phone. Her training as a medical assistant also provides her with the skills to positively interact with insurance companies on our patients’ behalf. Starting a family with her husband, cooking and being an animal lover help to round out her life.