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Sonoma Vein Aesthetic & Laser Specialists, is a team of Cardiologists, nurses and professional support staff committed to helping patients with venous disease to obtain a better quality of life.  To find out if you have venous disease, and what are your therapeutic options, start with a medical evaluation at Sonoma Vein.

JoelJoel Erickson, MD

Joel Erickson loves what he does and he has a lot of fun doing it. Science and technology fascinate him, especially as they relate to human physiology. He appreciates being part of a profession that is on a quest is to improve the human condition. His role within the medical profession is that of a “clinician”, a doctor who interprets numerous data inputs in order to allow an individual, or a family, the opportunity to make educated decisions about their health. His natural abilities, enhanced with thoroughly practiced skills, are in communicating with people.

“I listen and try to understand.  Patients frequently thank me for taking the time to listen. I strive to help, whether through education, advice, or the offer of therapeutic action.  Vascular treatment procedures are part of what I do, and because the results bloom so quickly, this part of my work tends to bring me a joy that I can share with others.  All aspects of my work are dependent on the knowledge and skills and sacrifice of those who came before me, yet they also each allow me an artistic expression with my own style.  No wonder I feel so fortunate!”

Dr. Erickson has lived in California all of his life, initially in the East Bay (Oakland and Moraga), then, during college years, at Stanford.  He lived in Los Angeles for two years before starting medical school at U.C. San Diego, where he stayed for 10 years of medical education. When he settled in Santa Rosa in 1989 he was the first fellowship-trained interventional cardiologist in the North Bay. For many years he was the highest volume operator of coronary artery procedures at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. In recent years he has taken less heart emergency call than in the past, while keeping his office practice busy and thriving, including with the 2006 addition of state-of-the-art venous disease diagnosis and treatment and the 2009 addition of brain artery ultrasound imaging to the practice.

“I enjoy family life with my wife and three children,” says Dr. Erickson.  “We have traveled to many exotic places. I like swimming and biking and hiking and gym workouts. Team sports entertain me, as does reading, especially history.  Look for me at youth sporting events or swimming at Spring Lake!”

BallesterosJose Ballesteros, MD

Joe Ballesteros cares deeply about his patients and strives to bring them the best possible medical care.  He carries with him a depth and breadth of experience in the performance of interventional vascular procedures that is the largest among interventional cardiologists in Northern California.  Besides performing thousands of heart operations, he has delivered balloon, stent or roto-rooter technology to the carotid arteries, and the arteries of the arms, legs, kidneys, and bowels of his patients.  Since 2006 he has gained additional experience in treating venous disorders, using similar catheter-based techniques.  His fluency in Spanish and Tagalog make him an unmatched, well-rounded asset of the Sonoma County medical community.

Dr. Ballesteros gained his early interventional cardiology experience at the world famous Mid-America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri.  He subsequently trained at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, and then successfully completed board certification in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology.  Despite growing up in Manhattan, New York, and graduating from Fordham University in the Bronx, this “East Coaster” settled in the South.  He practiced in Texas for many years, working as a cardiovascular interventionalist in a large referral hospital, before moving to Santa Rosa in 2005.

“In my very little free time, I enjoy playing basketball and watching all types of sports,” says Dr. Ballesteros.  “I also enjoy reading, and I try to keep up with the medical literature.  My wife and I love living in Sonoma County because of its natural beauty and climate.  Look for me in green scrubs, enjoying a unique meal with my wife, at one of Sonoma County’s great restaurants!”


Carla Evans, FNP-BC

Carla Evans offers her patients a unique perspective gained from a wealth of experiences within the world of medicine.  She takes pride in listening to her patients and understanding their need and is passionate about patient education.  The advantages of her background in nursing cannot be overemphasized, especially when it comes to the skill sets involved in effective treatment of complex vein issues.  In addition, her recent extensive training received from national experts, allows her to bring to Sonoma County the most modern cosmetic vein treatment techniques.Carla grew up in Los Angeles, a sports fan who frequently attended Lakers and Dodgers games.  She worked as a fitness instructor and restaurant manager before going to nursing school at Sonoma State University.  Her nursing career included many years of work in Intensive Care Units, Cardiac Cath labs and Cardiac Electrophysiology labs, thus, it was a natural progression for her to specialize as a cardiology nurse practitioner.  She joined Santa Rosa Cardiology in 2009 and immediately became involved in the efforts of Sonoma Vein to raise the standards of care for patients with venous disease.

“There is no better place to live than in the rolling hills of West Sonoma County,” says Carla.  “My work is fun and rewarding, and my home-life is equally great.  I love spending time with my family and also enjoy bicycling.  Look for me pedaling on Harrison Grade, the Prince Greenway Parkway, or in Annadel!”

CarolynCarolyn C. Hruschka, ANP-BC

Carolyn, a new member of Sonoma Vein and Laser Aesthetics, has worked in Sonoma and Marin Counties as an adult nurse practitioner since 2005. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco and is board certified through the American Nurse Credentialing Center. She completed her aesthetic training with The National Laser Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona bringing her energy and experience with cutting-edge laser therapies and advanced injectables.
Carolyn prides herself in building relationships with her clients & is dedicated to compassionate patient care. She finds the art of aesthetics to be a very rewarding experience as she helps facilitate understanding of healthy skin care management while building individualized skin care plans. “The skin is your largest health organ and your first line of defense. Whether it is treating sun damage, rosacea or hair removal, it’s important to have a comprehensive skin care regime, balancing both health and well-being in that subtle and natural-appearing way that leaves my patients looking and feeling their best!”
A Northern California native, you can usually find Carolyn outside enjoying the many beauties of Sonoma County with her husband Tom, daughter, Zoë (3 ½ years) and faithful dog, Gus (14 years). Her hobbies include spending time with friends/family, cooking, EATING, gardening, hiking and yoga.

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