Meet-a-Dad: Dr. Afshar, President and Founder Vein Institute - Newtown Moms

In honor of Father’s Day, I’m sharing a profile of Dr. Alex Afshar, Founder and President of Vein Institute. Since opening the doors in 2008 in Newtown, Vein Institute now offers services in Fairfield, Shelton, & Avon as well. Working with both women & men, the team provides patients with the most advanced out-patient treatments that diagnoses, treats, and eliminates the pain & embarrassment caused by spider and varicose veins. 

Dr. Afshar, thanks so much for taking the time to participate in this! Let’s start out by learning a little bit about you before we jump in to talking about Vein Institute…

Child(ren) and Age(s)? I have been blessed with three wonderful children. I am the proud dad to my daughters Riana (20) and Elina (4) and son Milan (18).

One thing people would be surprised to know about you…I am a bit of a thrill seeker and enjoy high-risk sports, such as Motocross.

What’s the one thing you wish someone would have told you about fatherhood? I don’t think anyone can be truly 100% prepared for fatherhood, but I wish I had been told to have more patience. The inevitable curveballs that come with parenthood are best handled when approached with patience and understanding.

Favorite things to do with your family? We enjoy boating on the lake. Connecticut is a great place for water sports. When the weather is nice, I love to go wakeboarding with my family. 

Favorite spot in our area? Best thing about working in Newtown and living in Connecticut? Newtown has a wonderful small-town feel. There is a tremendous sense of community. Candlewood Lake is a wonderful place to enjoy great weather with family and friends.

Best thing about being a dad? It is a privilege to watch your children learn and grow. I am honored to play a role in shaping the adults they will become. 

Now on to all things related to Vein Institute…

Can you share a bit about your background and what prompted you to specialize in the field of phlebology? I have always been passionate about helping people. I was drawn to the vascular aspect of surgical field in an outpatient setting. Phlebology has given me the opportunity to make people look and feel better.

Vein Institute opened in Newtown in 2008 (and now with 3 additional offices throughout the state). Can you tell us a little bit more about your business and why you started it? Vein Institute specializes in minimally invasive, in-office procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease. I started the practice in 2008 in response to a need for Phlebology services in the community. The technological advances led to the minimally invasive treatment of vein disease in a safe office environment that feels like home.

You treat both men and women for varicose and spider veins, in addition to a variety of other services. Can you tell us how someone would know they need to see someone at The Vein Institute? Most people are familiar with varicose and spider veins, which are the obvious signs of vein disease, but they may not realize that pain, cramping, and discomfort in the legs are also signs of the disease. Patient’s who experience Restless Leg Syndrome and swelling should also be evaluated by a vein specialist. If left untreated, vein disease can lead to more serious health problems like ulcers.

What as an appointment like at your office? I am fortunate to have a dedicated team of professionals working with me at Vein Institute. Our patient service team, nurses, and vascular technologists all play an important role in your care. We work together to evaluate your concerns, diagnosis utilizing ultrasound, and treat with state-of-the-art, minimally invasive technology. All our treatments are done in the office, and you can resume normal activities right away. 

Photos: Newtown Office, c/o Vein Institute

The Vein Institute is located at 33 Church Hill Road, Newtown Connecticut. Call 203-426-5554 to schedule your appointment today or visit us at to learn more about our services and our practice!

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