UPSVIS: Specialized intervention

MARQUETTE – Upper Peninsula Superior Vascular Interventional Specialists (UPSVIS) was formed in 2001 by Dr. Christopher J. Mehall, the first trained Interventional Radiologist in the UP. It is a private practice that specializes in the field of vascular and interventional treatments. UPSVIS is operated under the direction of both Dr. Mehall and Dr. Michael Ouimette, both whom are Vascular & Interventional Radiologists/Specialists and on the staff of Marquette General Health System/Duke Like Point.

Interventional radiologists/specialists have additional training and experience to specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties.

They use X-rays, MRI and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, usually in an artery, to treat at the source of the disease internally. As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine. Today interventional radiologists can treat many conditions that once required surgery less invasively.

Dr. Mehall is a fellowship-trained and board-certified Vascular and Interventional radiologist who has been practicing for 19 years and in the UP for 17 years. Dr. Mehall has also attained certification in the specialty of Phlebology by the American Board of Phlebology. Phlebology is the branch of medicine that deals with veins and disease of veins. His certification reflects his knowledge and experience in providing patient care to Phlebology patients.

Dr. Ouimette has been diagnosing and treating vein disorders for 18 years and joined UPSVIS in the summer of 2008. He is a member of the American College of Phlebology and has much experience in caring for patients with vein disorders.

Dr. Ouimette has been a practicing interventional radiologist for over 20 years. Both physicians practice at Marquette General Hospital/Duke Lifepoint in Marquette along with other clinic locations throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Some conditions that Dr. Mehall and Dr. Ouimette treat include: vascular disease, cancer, varicose veins, chronic back pain, Achilles tendon pain, and plantar fasciitis. Together they have over 50 years of medical experience.

The Vein Clinic is a UPSVIS specialty clinic established in 2003 for the sole purpose of treatment of varicose veins, deep venous thrombosis and other venous diseases of the extremities. Continuing their pioneering ways, UPSVIS formed the first specialty vein center in Michigan under the direction of Dr. Mehall.

For years patients with varicose veins and other venous disease, which may or may not lead to bulging varicose veins, had been under-diagnosed or had been presented with limited, incomplete or undesirable treatment options.

The mission of The Vein Clinic is to utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options to present patients with a comprehensive treatment plan, which will offer the best possible outcome with minimal patient discomfort and short recovery time. Since its inception, the Vein Clinic has performed over 2,500 vein procedures making its physicians and staff the most experienced Vein Center in the Upper Peninsula and through out most of Michigan. They also are the only vein center in the UP with certification and membership with the American College of Phlebology. Experience Matters.

The Interventional Pain Center is another UPSVIS specialty clinic and was developed in conjunction with Marquette General Health System/Duke Life Point in 2011. Responding to the needs of the residents of Upper Michigan for focused and effective treatment options for patients with both recent-onset and chronic pain.

Our unique, multidisciplinary approach to the care and management of the pain patient focuses on the reduction and elimination of pain, restoration of normal activities of life, and the prevention of future pain recurrences.

UPSVIS utilizes state-of-the-art treatment options, combined with initial consultation, dedicated imaging techniques, patient education and follow-up care, to provide simpler alternatives to traditional surgical therapies.

This may allow patients to return to everyday activities with minimal recovery time and discomfort so important to patients in today’s modern world. Of course, not all patients will be candidates for minimally invasive therapies and consultation with Dr. Mehall and Dr. Ouimette may provide patients with peace of mind, knowing that the treatment option they decide upon is best suited for them.

If you would more information, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mehall or Dr. Ouimette, please call their office at 225-7808 or see their websites at or

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