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Our Staff

At Vessel Health, we know that delivering comprehensive cardiovascular wellness starts with people. We assembled a team dedicated to taking care of clients as unique individuals with specialized needs.

 

HARVEY J. WHITE, MD, FACC: Founder and Executive Director

For the past 35 years, Dr. White has dedicated himself to direct patient care, clinical research initiatives, and leadership activities designed to improve the cardiovascular health care system. Dr. White considers Vessel Health to be the culmination of a career in cardiac medicine. Grounded in extensive training and experience in interventional cardiology (the technique of coronary angioplasty and stent placement), Dr. White has concluded that we, as individuals and as a society, need to enhance our focus on prevention and a proactive approach to circulation and personal wellness. Vessel Health is an expression of that philosophy.

 

CRISTI JURATA: Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Cristi received her BSN and MSN at the University of New Mexico.  She has been an RN and practitioner of holistic medicine for the last  30 years. Beginning her healthcare career in Southwestern
Colorado, Cristi was formally trained in massage therapy and blended these therapies with allopathic medicine. She has varied and extensive nursing experience, including 15 years of service as a Nurse Practitioner in family practice.  During her career, she has treated people with a wide range of health issues, emphasizing prevention and wellness along with disease management. Cristi was also a Clinical Professor for the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing.

 

 

JOHN JAIN JR: Sonographer

Originally from San Diego, John has been in the field of cardiovascular diagnostics for 27 years, with 22 of them in New Mexico. John is a graduate of both Grossmont College in San Diego and Oregon Institute of Technology. He holds degrees in Cardiovascular Technology, as well as Medical Imaging Technology. He is an active member of his professional society - Society of Vascular Ultrasound, as well as the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Previously, John was the Adminstrative Director of Radiology at Women's Hospital in Albuquerque, after having spent several years in the Lovelace Health Care System, managing the ultrasound and vascular lab departments.

 

DETRIA L. BRANCH, MS: Lifestyle Program Consultant

Detria was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and has been in the field of food and nutrition for over 14 years.   She holds undergraduate degrees in biology and nutrition from University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico State University, and a graduate degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College.  Detria’s experience ranges from food service and restaurant administration, to nutrition consultant, contributing editor, educator, and trainer for both small and major corporations, including time as a Nutritional Health Coach at Natural Grocers.  In the past, she has also enjoyed participating in national and local professional associations, including the Albuquerque Public School's SHAC Physical Activity and Nutrition Advisory Committee (PANAC), and the board for the Albuquerque District Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ADAND).  Food Philosophy:  One size fits all is out!  Eating based on individual biochemistry is in!

 

BEVERLY C. ARANDA: Lifestyle Fitness Consultant

Beverly is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Albuquerque. Beverly received her Personal Training certificate from UNM-WITS in 2009. She has worked at Curves and Snap Fitness, and is certified in the Healthways SilverSneakers program. In addition to her professional training, Beverly brings powerful credentials from her own life: She survived a very serious bout with encephalitis in 2002, after which, she was unable to walk or talk and struggled with memory loss. We are delighted to say that Beverly has recovered remarkably from this experience, and her own past struggles beautifully inform her work with clients today. She brings incredible heart and compassion to her work, and she is the perfect role model to demonstrate the benefits of consistent, determined, and long-term self-care. Beverly reflects, "It has been a long road through the recovery process. The most important lesson was learning to include my body, mind, and soul to get the maximum benefit from any exercise program." Since Beverly's illness, she has competed in various century cycle races and sprint triathlons. She is a very inspiring member of our team!

 

JULIE A. McGAHARAN, MA: Lifestyle Consultant

Julie McGaharan is a certified yoga instructor who has been a practitioner of various forms of yoga for over 35 years and she has taught in the area of Health and Wellness as a certified educator for 30 years.  Julie believes that balancing our wellness is a combination of harmonizing our emotions, our bodies, our spirits, our minds and our relationships to create and maintain our health and well-being.  It is in this that we find our true selves by utilizing our warrior strength to bring our balance to fruition. The practice of yoga helps to keep the mind, body and spirit youthful. Julie wishes to pass this practice and resulting benefits on to others through her teaching.  A concept that Julie has carried as an educator is that of always being a student first and foremost – in continual search of new learning and how to share that with others so that we can each find our own authentic states of balanced wellness. Julie looks forward to meeting and working with you.

Our partnerships in proactive care.

At Vessel Health, we also recognize the need for multiple resources in providing comprehensive, proactive health to clients. We maintain close alliances with like-minded healthcare institutions including: