Meet the Team

 Dr. Raza - trained interventional radiologist

Meet Dr. Raza

Dr. Raza is a fellowship trained interventional radiologist who is certified by the American Board of Radiology, as well as the Royal College of Radiologists in the United Kingdom. In the past, he has served on the faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston as an assistant professor and Chief of Interventional Radiology, where he taught residents and fellows the skills of minimally invasive procedures under imaging guidance.

After more than 15 years of practicing interventional radiology, Dr. Syed A. Raza has gained extensive experience in treating vein disease, including varicose veins and venous reflux, peripheral arterial disease and oncological interventions. He is also highly experienced in the treatment of occluded dialysis grafts or fistulas and venous access procedures.

During his academic career, Dr. Raza authored several papers in interventional radiology that have been published in the most respected peer review journals of Radiology in America. His pioneering work in modified percutaneous approach to TIPPS and transtracheal stenting of airways received particular attention from his medical colleagues and have been subsequently quoted in several papers in the field of interventional radiology.

In 2006, Dr. Raza moved to the Memorial Hermann Memorial City hospital in Houston, Texas and worked as Chief of Interventional Radiology for several years. Dr. Raza is a member of Radiological Society of North America and the Society of Interventional Radiology.

Dr. Raza is the founder of Premier Vein & Vascular Center in Houston, where he provides consultation and treatment services to his patients. He has established his practice to provide minimally invasive treatments in a state of the art, office based procedure suite.

Fun Facts

  1. What did you want to be when you grew up? Soccer player
  2. What was your first job? Office clerk
  3. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate all the way
  4. What is your favorite quote? "Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means." (Albert Einstein)
  5. What makes you unique? My personality
  6. What is the best thing since sliced bread? Pizza
  7. If there was a movie made about your life, who would play you and why? Russell Crowe, because he is my favorite actor.
  8. If you could have a superpower, what would it be? To make the whole world happy
  9. If you were a medical instrument at premier vein, which would you be and why? An angiography wire so I could glide through all tortuous blood vessels.
  10. If you were a vein, would you be a pulmonary, systematic, superficial or deep vein, and why? Pulmonary vein, because it carries the most pure blood in the whole body.

Kathy Sanford, MS, PA-C - certified physician assistant

Kathy Sanford, MS, PA-C

Kathy is a certified physician assistant that works closely with Dr. Syed A. Raza to see new patients, formulate treatment plans, and perform in-office procedures.

Kathy graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas with a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition. She later earned her Master's degree, with honors, in Physician Assistant studies from Baylor College of Medicine in 2004. She has spent the last six years working in vein clinics and has vast experience with venous ultrasound and vein procedures. Like Dr. Raza, she has a passion for delivering excellent care to patients through both her compassion and integrity.

When Kathy is not helping to improve the quality of life of patients, she enjoys spending time with her two young children. She is also a nationally ranked triathlete and has competed in events, such as Ironman Coeur d'Alene and the Boston marathon.

Fun Facts

  1. In what city were you born? Amman, Jordan
  2. What was your favorite television show when you were a kid? Punky Brewster
  3. What did you want to be when you grew up? An olympic gymnast like Mary Lou Retton
  4. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla
  5. What is your favorite quote? “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
  6. What song makes you happy every time you hear it? “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid
  7. What is the best thing since sliced bread? Disposable diapers
  8. If you could sing one song on American Idol or X Factor, what would it be? “Alone” by Heart
  9. If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Never forgetting anything

Jennifer Clark

Jennifer Clark, PA-C, MPAS

PA Jennifer Clark joined the Premier Vein and Vascular team in 2015 after relocating to the Houston area from Florida. She has a passion for taking care of vein and vascular patients and has been working within the specialty since early 2011.

She served almost eleven years in the United States Air Force. She earned both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Physician Assistant Studies while on active duty through the Interservice Physician Assistant Program with the University of Nebraska Medical Center. PA Clark has worked in Family Medicine while stationed at Tyndall AFB, Florida, as well as in a combat setting while in Afghanistan in 2008.

Since 2007, PA Clark has been certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, American College of Phlebology, and the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants. She was honored as the Physician Assistant of the Year for the Air Education Training Command during her time in the Air Force in 2008.

PA Clark’s business philosophy is striving to provide the best care possible for patients in order to help them improve their quality of life.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, running, biking, and blogging.

Fun Facts

  1. In what city were you born? Grants, NM
  2. What did you want to be when you grew up? TV news anchor (I was going to be the next Barbara Walters)
  3. What is your favorite quote? “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” ~Melville
  4. If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Mind reading
  5. What is the best thing since sliced bread? FaceTime
  6. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Strawberry
  7. What makes you unique? I’ve written and published a book
  8. What song makes you happy every time you hear it? You are my sunshine because it reminds me of my kiddos
  9. What are three things you can’t live without? My family, laughter, music
  10. What was your favorite television show as a kid? It’s a toss-up between MacGyver and Saved by the Bell

Nora Rezaie

Nora Rezaie

Nora Rezaie is the Practice Manager for Premier Vein & Vascular Center. Nora is a Radiologic Technologist certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and has over 10 years of experience working in the areas of diagnostic radiology and special procedures.

After completing her education in Houston, Texas, Nora began her career at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital, under the mentorship of Dr. Syed Raza, where she managed the Interventional Radiology Department. Nora successfully trained and supervised a team of nursing and technical staff in a high volume inpatient and outpatient setting, consistently providing excellent care and customer service to their patients. This commitment to excellence continued throughout her career at Memorial Hermann where Nora coordinated and personally oversaw education and training for Associate Degree Program candidates in Radiologic Technology for more than 100 student technologists.

In addition to providing excellent patient care, Nora enjoys spending time with her family in Katy, which includes teaching Martial Arts classes at the academy where she received her training to become a 1st degree Black Belt.

Fun Facts

  1. In what city were you born? Shiraz, Iran
  2. What was your favorite television show as a child? Tom & Jerry
  3. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla Caramel Fudge
  4. What is your favorite quote? "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
  5. If you could have a super power, what would it be? Time travel

Jennilyn Quiambao

Jennilyn Quiambao

Jennilyn is a registered nurse at Premier Vein & Vascular Center, where she manages and cares for patients that receive conscious sedation during therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

Jennilyn received an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Cy-Fair College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arlington. Before coming to Premier Vein & Vascular Center, she accumulated experience working in Interventional Radiology/Special Procedures (2012-2014), Cath Lab Recovery (2010-2012), and in a Cardiology Unit (2008-2010). She uses her critical nursing skills and protocols to deal with potential complications or emergency situations.

In 2014, Jennilyn married her husband, who she has traveled to Japan with three times and who shares her love of Japanese Animation. Jennilyn is also as serious lover of coffee.

Fun Facts

  1. What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a super nurse. I'm halfway there!
  2. What was your first job? I worked for Starbucks for my first job. It was very similar to nursing in the aspect of medication administration.
  3. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? I love Ube flavored ice cream.
  4. What makes you unique? I'm unique because of my fingerprint and because I am me.
  5. If you could have a super power, what would it be? I would like the ability to fly, because I have a fear of heights. With such ability, the factor falling from being so high is negated. Or maybe I can just be a cotton ball so I wouldn't fall so hard.

Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle is the Medical Receptionist at Premier Vein & Vascular Center, and is the first and last person you will see when visiting the center in Katy. Michelle is responsible for checking in and out patients, along with accommodating all patient needs and communicating them appropriately with all of the office staff.

Michelle is in the process of completing her Bachelor of Science in Health Administration and will be attending the University of Houston. Michelle has worked in the administration field for the past 4 years.

Like her parents, Michelle met her husband at a salsa club. In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family. Some of Michelle’s hobbies include singing and dancing.

Fun Facts

  1. In what city were you born? Houston, Texas
  2. What was your favorite television show as a child? Full House
  3. What did you want to be when you grew up? A doctor
  4. What was your first job? Retail Associate
  5. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you in your life? I was named after my older sister’s doll.
  6. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Vanilla
  7. What song makes you happy every time you hear it? “Making Memories” by Keith Urban, which was the song my husband and I danced to at our wedding.
  8. What makes you unique? My mom is Mexican-American and my father is from Uruguay.

Marleen Boomer

Marleen Boomer

I was born in Houston, Texas and have lived here all of my life. I enjoy spending time with family - particularly my granddaughters. I also love to travel with my twin sister to historic cities such as Boston, Savannah and New Orleans. In addition, I take great pleasure in collecting antique paperweights and mourning jewelry.

I began my career with a large group of radiologists at Memorial City in 1984 as a medical transcriptionist and have spent the bulk of my career in medical billing management. I am CPC certified and am currently working on two additional certifications to insure that laws, rules and regulations regarding medical billing and coding are maintained to the highest standard.

I’ve known and worked with Dr. Raza for 10 years and appreciate the atmosphere of compassion and superior medical care that he cultivates by his own example as well as the gathering of the finest staff in the universe.

Fun Facts

  1. Favorite ice cream: Butter pecan – Blue Bell of course
  2. Cannot live without: My kids, grandkids and sister – they are the best
  3. Celeb for a day: Ava Gardner – she led such a glamorous and exciting life
  4. First job: Car hop at Sonic
  5. Favorite TV show: Dark Shadows
  6. Born: Houston

Natalie Martin

Natalie Martin

As Medical Assistant at Premier Vein & vascular center, Natalie provides administrative and clinical assistance to Dr. Raza. She supports the team by registering patients, scheduling appointments and managing patient accounts and records. She also takes patient medical history information and vital signs, prepares patients, and helps with procedures.

While born in Richmond, Texas, Natalie lived in San Diego, California for eight years and moved back to her home town in 2012 to further her education and work toward becoming a nurse. She loves taking care of patients and making them feel more relaxed and comfortable.

Fun facts

  1. In what city were you born? Richmond, Texas
  2. What was your favorite TV show when you were a kid? Full house
  3. What did you want to be when you grew up? A veterinarian
  4. What is your favorite flavor ice cream? Chocolate
  5. What is your favorite quote? It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. -Chinese proverb
  6. What song makes you happy every time you hear it? Are you gonna be my girl -jet
  7. What is the best thing since sliced bread? GPS systems
  8. If you could have a super power what would it be? To fly

Cindy PatinoCindy Patino

I am a certified Medical Assistant graduated from Eastwick College, I also have a major in Cardiovascular sonography. As a Medical Assistant at Premier Vein and Vascular, I assist Dr. Raza on the vein procedures, I also register patients, answer phones, schedule patients, as well as taking medical history and patient's vitals . I am currently pursuing certification as a registered vascular technologist as well as cardiovascular ultrasound.

Fun Facts

  1. In what city were you born? Medellin, Colombia
  2. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Rum raising
  3. What are 3 things you cannot live without? My family, Coffee and Water
  4. What did you want to be when you grew up? Pediatrician
  5. What was your first job? Retail Associate

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