Corporate Medical Staff

Dr. Thomas M. Whitten

Medical Director, Phlebologist

vein doctor

Doctor Whitten graduated from Indiana School of Medicine and went on to complete a General Surgery residency at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) in Charlotte NC.  While at CMC Doctor Whitten participated in academic research as the Research Fellow and was active in the Southeastern Surgical Congress receiving acknowledgement as a Gold Medal Paper recipient.  After training, Doctors Thomas and Brooke Whitten spent two years providing Surgical/Medical care on the Navajo Reservation in Chinle, AZ.  After returning to Indiana, Doctor Whitten has been an active General Surgeon providing care at two Critical Access Hospitals in central Indiana.  Doctor Whitten joined the Decatur Vein Clinic team in 2008 and after treating thousands of patients with venous disease is now the Medical Director.

Why I Enjoy Phlebology

“One of the universal tenants of spirituality is to Love One’s neighbor as One’s self.  I can think of no better way to do this than to focus our strength to lift at least a portion of the burden of suffering from our fellow man.  I enjoy the practice of phlebology because every day our team has the opportunity to improve the quality of life and to ease pain and suffering for our patients.  I am always thankful when a patient comes in and tells me that, for the first time in years, they are without pain and feel good about their legs.”

Educational Experience:

  • Resident Physician, Department of General Surgery
    Carolinas Medical Center
  • Research Fellow, Department of General Surgery
    Carolinas Medical Center
  • Medical Degree, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Graduate Education, Department of Microbiology and Immunology,
    Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Purdue University

Current Affiliations:

  • Medical Director of Decatur Vein Clinics
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Member of the American College of Phlebology
  • Member of the American Medical Society
  • Member of the Indiana Medical Society
  • Surgeon Saint Vincent Mercy and North East Hospitals
  • Surgeon Indiana University Tipton Hospital

 

Our Nurse Practitioners

 


Lora Fortenberry RN, MSN, WHNP-BC, RPhS

Director of Clinical Services

Professional Memberships:

  • American College of Phlebology
  • CAPNI
  • Sigma Theta Tau – Honor Society of Nursing

Why I enjoy phlebology:

“The specialty of phlebology offers me the opportunity to help patients improve the quality of their lives. Watching them begin to enjoy life more due to having less discomfort is very satisfying to me as a care provider.”

 


Melissa Louthain, R.N.

Nurse Practitioner, Avon

Lawrence Markovitz

Why I enjoy phlebology:

I enjoy Phlebology because I can see a remarkable change in quality of life.  For the first times in years, patients says their legs feel and look better.  Since vein disorders are not always visible, many people do not realize that there is an underlying disorder causing their leg symptoms.  I am proud to be a part of a team of professionals at Decatur Vein Clinic that is recognizing the problem and providing help to our community.”

Education:

  • BSN, Indiana University School of Nursing
  • MSN, Indiana University School of Nursing
  • AANP Ceritifed Adult Nurse Practitioner

Honors and Achievements:

  • Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioner
  • American College of Phlebology

About me:

I am originally  from a small town in southern Indiana but have lived in Indianapolis since I finished my undergraduate degree.  I am married and enjoy spending time with my family and friends and traveling.  I am also a dog lover and have a Shar-Pei/Basset mix named Tucker.

 


Nina Cutrell ANP-C, MSN, RN, Phlebologist

Nurse Practitioner, Greenwood

Why I enjoy phlebology:

“As a lifelong resident of Greenwood, I really enjoy working in a field that allows me to make a major impact on the day-to-day lives of patients in my community.”

About Nina Cutrell

Education

  • BN: Indiana University School of Nursing
  • MD: IU School of Nursing

Professional Memberships:

  • American Nursing Credentialing Center
  • Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society for Nursing
  • American Geriactrics Society
  • American College of Phlebology

 


Ryan Pilkey FNP-BC, Phlebologist

Nurse Practitioner, Noblesville

Why I enjoy phlebology:

“I enjoy being a phlebologist because it allows me to be part of a team that educates and provides safe, effective treatment for venous disease. It is also rewarding to work within my community to help alleviate the pain that accompanies varicose veins.”

Education:

  • BSN, University of Windsor
  • MSN, University of Memphis

Additional Education:

  • ANCC Certified Nurse Practitioner

Professional Memberships:

  • American College of Phlebology