A Tribute to Michele B. Martin, RN
Vascular Vein Center Marketing/Sales Director Michele Martin passed away after a tragic accident on January 17, 2017. Michele’s smile and warm, caring character is sorely missed by all who knew and worked with her here at VVC.
Community aware and oriented, Michele participated in various local events, was a member of the YMCA, and was often spotted walking and biking throughout her neighborhood. A spiritual person who embraced service and caring for others, she was called to a nursing career as an RN, including serving as a surgical nurse. She then used her medical expertise and deep commitment to patient health in her work managing the development of her husband Dr. Sam Martin’s practice at Vascular Centers of Orlando and as the Marketing/Sales Director for Vascular Vein Centers.
Michele was instrumental in the creation of the Vascular Vein Centers Medical Mission team, as well as our global outreach program, the Leg Health Relief Mission. This included several trips to the Dominican Republic, where she and our medical staff changed the lives of over 86 patients suffering from chronic vein disease that had gone untreated for years, forcing them to live in constant pain. Michele touched our hearts with her unfailing love and support, made us all strive to be better health professionals and human beings, and gave us an example we can only try to follow. As she used to say, “You only go around once—and this ain't no dress rehearsal.”
Michele’s uncanny ability to educate referral sources, various publications, organizations, and patients on the importance of leg health—and the improved lifestyle that goes with it—resulted in the practice growing to six locations and 60 employees across Central Florida. At the time of her passing she was promoting the development of a seventh location in the community of Viera in Brevard County, Florida, scheduled to open in April 2017.
The clinical practice she helped develop was a window for wonderful, personal patient care, and her warmth and deep compassion shone through that window. Our goal at VVC is to continue Michele’s legacy of delivering committed, excellent, personal care to our patients though the single practice provider that is VVC.