Meet The Symmetry Team
Dr. S. Scott Tapper
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Member, Society of Vascular Surgery, American Venous Forum, Southern Association of Vascular Surgery, and the Florida Vascular Society
Board Certified Vascular Surgeon, re-certified 2013
Board Certified General Surgeon, re-certified 2012
RPVI, Registered Physician for Vascular Interpretation
Dr.Tapper maintains a leadership role in endovascular surgery as a faculty member of the International Symposium of Endovascular Therapy (ISET) https://www.iset.org/ the International Vein Congress (IVC) https://ivcmiami.com/, and he was recently invited to the faculty of the Veith Symposium http://www.veithsymposium.org.
Dr. Tapper grew up in Baltimore, Maryland where is interest in biology was fostered at the Gilman School. He graduated from Brown University with Honors in Biology having published two research papers on oxygen transport. He then went to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where his passion for surgery flourished. He was mentored at Pitt by legendary surgeons Henry T. Bahnson MD and Mark Ravitch MD. He matched at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for his General Surgery residency, which is one of the preeminent surgical training grounds in America. While at Vanderbilt, Dr. Tapper was one of only two surgery residents in North America selected to spend a year training at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, Australia. It was on the Vascular Surgery service in Australia, that his extensive experience in venous disease began. After a year abroad, he returned to Vanderbilt to finish his General Surgery training. At that time he began a close association with renowned vascular surgeon, William H. Edwards MD with whom he published papers on aortic occlusion and subclavian artery disease. While he was a resident he worked with Johnson and Johnson Inc. to train surgeons to implant the first stents used in peripheral arteries. He served as General Surgery Chief Resident in 1992 and then completed the prestigious Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Vanderbilt in 1993.
Dr. Tapper and his family moved to Stuart, Florida in July 1993. He was the first Board Certified Vascular Surgeon on the Treasure Coast and continues to lead the region with innovative, state-of-the-art vascular care. His extensive experience and dedication ensures that you will receive the highest quality care at Symmetry Vascular Center.
When you meet Dr. Tapper, you will have a thorough vascular consultation, after which, he will prescribe a treatment plan for you based on your individual needs. He will describe to you the natural history and pathophysiology of your disease, and he will thoroughly explain the options and rationale for treatment.
The past few years have seen explosive growth in endovascular technology. Unfortunately, this technology is sometimes used inappropriately. Dr. Tapper is a vocal advocate for patient education, appropriate use of new devices, and ethical patient care.
Meet the Symmetry Team
Robyn Fore RN BSN CME
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Registered Nurse (RN)
Certified Medical Electrologist (CME)
Robyn has over 35 years of clinical experience as a registered nurse in the fields of pediatrics, obstetrics, and surgery. She spent 15 years at Martin Memorial Medical Center and in 2005 she joined the team at Symmetry Vascular Center. She specializes in sclerotherapy, a minimally invasive procedure that alleviates symptoms and improves the appearance of spider veins on the legs, chest, or face.
Robyn received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Tennessee State University and has continued her professional training in other health care fields. In 2008, Robyn completed her studies for certification in medical electrolysis. She is nationally certified through the Society of Clinical and Medical Hair Removal. At Symmetry, Robyn provides laser treatments for permanent hair reduction and brown spot removal.
Although Robyn enjoys all of her accomplishments at Symmetry, she singles out patient relationships as her chief satisfaction. She says, “As I get to know my patients, I enjoy using my skills to help them achieve their goals.”
COSMETIC OFFERINGS BY ROBYN:
Laser Hair Removal
Symmetry offers laser hair removal by Robyn Fore R.N., B.S.N. who is experienced and fully licensed. Laser therapy is a highly effective method of removing or reducing unwanted body hair. Highly focused, intense beams of light target dark pigments in the hair follicles, destroying them with heat and preventing future hair growth. Multiple treatments are required 6–8 weeks apart for maximum results. The procedure is needle‐free and requires no anesthesia. Most patients feel nothing more than a slight tingling sensation because Robyn uses the best laser available. Our Emvera Diolux laser uses the latest technology to provide painless effective hair reduction/removal. Our pricing is competitive and available at initial consultation.
Robyn is truly an expert at sclerotherapy for spider veins. Her fantastic needle skills mean less pain and bruising. Although spider veins are not as prominent as the larger varicose veins, we all know that they can be unsightly and symptomatic. Spider veins range in appearance from a thin, red line to purple clusters involving a large area of the leg. Injection sclerotherapy with Robyn is relatively painless and takes between 15–45 minutes depending on the extent of your veins. Using a very small needle, the vein is injected with dilute sodium tetradecyl solution. This irritates the lining of the spider vein and causes it to collapse. Improvement is usually visible within 6–8 weeks. There is no “down time” following treatment, however a few activities (aerobic exercise, hot showers, sunbathing) should be avoided for 4–5 days. The number of treatments depends on the extent of veins and your response to the injections.
Melody L. Zieres RVT
Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Registered Vascular Technologist
Since completing her training in 2000, Melody has become a very skilled vascular sonographer. Melody and Dr. Tapper perform 2000 non-invasive vascular studies each year. The close relationship that Melody has with Dr. Tapper and his patients means that she knows how to examine you. She is not just following an impersonal protocol. When she does your vascular studies, she can detect subtleties in your vascular system and can alert Dr. Tapper before a major problem occurs.
Her consistency and attention to detail is an advantage for patients at Symmetry. She and Dr. Tapper have obtained national accreditation and are certified by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). This certification takes years of work, dedication to technique, and verification of accuracy. Her services provide Dr. Tapper with the diagnostic information he needs to properly plan your care.
Melody enjoys seeing the positive outcomes that patients have after treatment from Dr. Tapper.
Tara Anderson CST
Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)
Registered Medical Coder (RMC)
Tara is a Florida Native, born and raised in Stuart, Florida. She graduated from Kaiser University in 2011 with an Associate Degree in Science. She then became a Nationally Board Certified Surgical Technologist (CST), and is also certified as a Registered Medical Coder (RMC). She started working with Dr. Tapper shortly after graduating from her CST training and learned how to assist him in the operating room. On days when she was not in the OR, she worked at the front desk greeting and registering patients, answering phone calls, scheduling appointments, and helping patients navigate the health system.
Her responsibilities have grown such that she is now in charge of insurance authorizations, patient billing, and accounts receivables. She works to verify your insurance benefits, obtain insurance authorizations, and helps to schedule your appointments and procedures.
Leslie “Les” Leibowitz CST
Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)
A native of New York, Les came to the Sunshine State with his family in 2009 after retiring from nearly thirty years of public service to New York City as Police Officer and Emergency Medical Technician. After a short break to enjoy retirement and settle in, he decided to return to school to pursue a new career where he could continue to serve others.
Les joined Dr. Tapper and Symmetry in 2012 after graduating from Keiser University with High Honors earning an Associate Degree in Science. As a Certified Surgical Tech, Les works alongside Dr. Tapper assisting in surgery and makes sure that you are comfortable the whole way. His focus is on your comfort and safety. After procedures, Les keeps a close eye on you in the recovery room and helps you understand the details of your post-operative care.
Les plays a large role behind the scenes at Symmetry Laser Vein Center working directly with vendors and suppliers to ensure that the equipment and supplies at Symmetry are kept well above industry standards. Les truly loves working at Symmetry because he feels that Dr. Tapper has created and nurtured the best TEAM in the business.
Billing and Coding
Born in Italy and raised in Syracuse, New York, Anna relocated to Florida in 2004. She graduated from Powelson Business Institute with an Administrative Assistant degree. Anna spent more than 13 years working with insurance companies in New York. Her expertise is in Medicare supplements, medical billing, and insurance verification.
Anna came to Symmetry Laser Vein Center in July 2011. She specializes in Accounts Receivable and is responsible for insurance billing and payment verification.
She works directly with Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans and handles correspondence to make sure that all accounts, billing, and coding are handled efficiently and in a timely manner. Anna is always willing to work with patients and answer any billing questions. Her goal at Symmetry is to help patients can concentrate on their health, not on their bills.
Kristina Baumiller MA
Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
Kris is a Florida Native, born and raised in Port Saint Lucie. She graduated from Lincoln Park Academy in 2002 and University of Phoenix in 2008 with an Associate’s Degree in Business Management and became a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) in 2014.
At Symmetry, Kris is one of the first and last people to greet you on the phone and in the office. She will help you schedule your appointment and obtain the necessary medical information prior to your visit. Kris will also schedule future appointments before you leave the office and any surgical procedures that may be necessary. She will schedule all of the necessary appointments for any preoperative clearances with your primary care physician or cardiologist and any testing that needs to be done prior to your procedure. She takes pride in knowing you are in good hands with Dr. Tapper.