Meet Our Vein Doctors

Meet Our Providers

Our physicians are double board-certified vascular surgeons with expertise and training in venous disease. They have published scientific papers and book chapters and have presented at national and international meetings. They serve as proctors for physicians in training.

Our nurse practitioners are vein experts. They have decades of experience in surgical care and are passionate about patients. We care about what we do. So relax, you’re in good hands….

Dr. Yi Soo Robert Kim, MD FACS


Dr. Yi Soo Robert KimDr. Kim is the Medical Director of Northwest Vein & Aesthetic Center. He is a fellowship trained, board certified vascular surgeon with expertise in minimally invasive endovascular treatment. He studied medicine in the U.S. and England, completed a fellowship in Vascular & Endovascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, and finished General Surgery residency at the University of Southern California where he was Chief Resident of Los Angeles County General Hospital. Dr. Kim is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and certified in vascular ultrasound by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Society for Vascular Surgery. Prior to joining Northwest Vein & Aesthetic Center, he practiced vascular surgery in downtown Seattle.

Aksel G. Nordestgaard, MD FACS


Aksel G. Nordestgaard, MD FACSDr. Nordestgaard is the founder of Northwest Vein & Aesthetic Center. He has the training and credentials you want in a vein surgeon with over 20 years of experience as a vascular surgeon in the Puget Sound area. He has been board certified by the American Board of Surgery and was the first physician in Pierce County to accomplish Phlebology board certification. Dr. Nordestgaard studied medicine in the U.S. and Copenhagen and is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Phlebology, Washington State Medical Association as well as several European medical societies.

Linda DeCarlo, ARNP


Linda DeCarloLinda DeCarlo is a board certified Nurse Practitioner with a special interest in venous disease. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Master’s in Nursing. Her four decades of nursing experience, includes positions as a staff nurse in the operating room, Open-Heart Coordinator, Director of Surgical Services, RN First Assistant and Nurse Practitioner. When Linda is not at Northwest Vein & Aesthetic Center, she assists surgeons with procedures in operating rooms throughout the South Sound region. Outside of work, Linda's passions include big cat rescue (she is a board member and volunteer for a big cat rescue facility in Namibia), sailboat racing, mountain biking, kayaking, and golfing, but her family takes priority over everything.

Katie Zahour, ARNP


Katie ZahourKatie Zahour is a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner at Northwest Vein & Aesthetic Center. She brings nearly a decade experience in a wide breadth of disciplines including Cardiology, Bariatric Surgery, Urology, and Exercise Science. Katie is a practicing Exercise Physiologist who loves teaching fitness classes when she is out of the clinic. Katie is a native of Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin La-Crosse where she earned a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology. She also received an Adult Nurse Practitioner degree at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee. Katie has lived all over the U.S. but decided to live in the Pacific Northwest specifically for the rainy cooler climate. Prior to joining Northwest Vein & Aesthetic Center, Katie worked as a Nurse Practitioner in the surgical department at Multicare where her duties involved care for patients both in the operating theatre as well as in the outpatient clinic. Outside of work, Katie enjoys reading romance novels, spending time with friends, and, of course, exercising.