About the Advanced Heart and Vascular Institute of Hunterdon

Our mission

The mission of Advanced Heart and Vascular Institute of Hunterdon is to provide state of the art cardiovascular care with integrity and compassion.

Our philosophy

We believe in fostering caring with compassion. This, combined with the most advanced technology in medicine to treat our patients, is the driving force behind the Advanced Heart and Vascular Institute. Medicine has evolved considerably over the past decade. Much has been lost in the physician-patient relationship as obstacles to direct physician contact have grown. The creation of AHVI is intended to “go against the grain” and attempt to re-establish patients’ trust in the system by providing a practice dedicated to “where patients come first”. We understand it is a lofty goal to strive for and one that is confronted with many challenges ahead but we are assembling a team with common beliefs unified by a strategic plan to make our dream come to fruition. We are hopeful that this brand, of what most would consider unconventional medicine in the 21st century, will resonate amongst not only our patients but also our colleagues to make medicine once again a field revered by all, with the cornerstone being a patient centric environment. We hope you will join us in our journey ahead.

Meet the Team

Dr. Andrey Espinoza

Dr. Andrey EspinozaMD, FACC, FSCAI
Interventional Cardiologist

Dr. Andrey Espinoza has been providing state of the art cardiovascular care in Hunterdon County since 2004. He arrived from Philadelphia after completing advanced training in a broad spectrum of cardiovascular disease states including carotid and peripheral arterial disease.

With a keen interest and expertise in the areas of cardiovascular genetics, sports cardiology, and cardio-oncology, Dr. Espinoza offers advanced services to his patients in their treatment of overlapping disease states and care across different specialties.

Dr. Espinoza is a husband, father, son, brother and humbled physician who is grateful for the opportunity to care for those in their time of need and to impact their lives and their families’ lives in a positive way. Read more…

Denise Kaczanowski

Denise Kaczanowski
Certified Medical Assistant

Denise Kaczanowski is a Certified Medical Assistant. Denise graduated from Raritan Valley Community College in 2015. While attending, she was fascinated learning about the heart and knew cardiovascular disease was her passion. Denise started her medical assistant career at a large cardiovascular practice where she learned a wealth of knowledge. She feels that with a more intimate practice, she will be able to really get to know her patients well. Denise strives to make each patient’s experience positive, with the patient leaving feeling understood and respected.

Denise is married and has one daughter in elementary school. She enjoys spending her free time with her family, fishing, and relaxing at the family home on Lake Champlain in Vermont.

Robin Enea

Robin Enea, LPN

Robin Enea is an LPN and has worked in the healthcare setting for the past 30 years, in areas ranging from nursing home care, hospital staff nursing, family practice nurse to cardiology clinical manager and procedure scheduling coordinator. Robin started as a nurse’s aide, a job she is thankful for as it opened her eyes to her passion. It had always been her childhood dream to become a nurse, one she finally achieved by attending evening classes at Somerset County Technical Institute while her daughter was very young. Meeting the needs of her patients and families is a priority she takes very seriously on a daily basis.

Robin and her husband John have a daughter Sara and two precious granddaughters Jordan and Reese. She enjoys spending her free time outside, listening to music, playing with her grandchildren and volunteering at her church.

Barbara Hubert

Barbara Hubert
Medical Receptionist

Barbara Hubert is a Medical Receptionist. Although not a clinician, Barbara has 36 years of experience in a variety of medical settings including several clinical areas in a hospital, a retail pharmacy, and several medical practices. Barbara believes that patients should come first. She has always enjoyed that part of her job and found the most rewarding aspect of her job is working with and getting to know so many patients over the years. Barbara feels a more intimate office environment will better enable her to meet more of the patients’ needs, have more time to get to know them, and have the opportunity to serve the patients with the highest levels of professionalism that they would come to expect from their health care provider.

Barbara is married. She enjoys her home and decorating, church involvement, her beloved golden doodle Bailey, long walks, the beach, and time spent with friends and family.

Julie Cardoso
Technical Director of Non-Invasive Ultrasound Testing

Julie Cardoso serves as the Technical Director of Non-Invasive Ultrasound Testing. She has been passionate about ultrasound for over a decade. After graduating ultrasound diagnostic school in 2005, she went on to obtain three registry credentials as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer, a Registered Vascular Technologist, and a Registered Phlebology Sonographer. Having assisted numerous ultrasound laboratories in echocardiograms and non-invasive vascular testing, she is knowledgeable in all aspects of laboratory function. Through the implementation of her unique, innovative system for laboratory function, Julie Cardoso not only performs ultrasounds but also supports her technical staff via modern education and advance imaging techniques, while simultaneously improving laboratory function and most importantly patient care.

Julie and her husband have four gorgeous children that inspire them every day. She enjoys exercising, hiking, boating, surfing, long walks on the beach, and spending quality time with her family.

Kathryn Minikus

Kathryn Minikus
Adult and geriatric acute care nurse practitioner

Kathryn Minikus is a board-certified adult and geriatric acute care nurse practitioner who specializes in critical care nursing and cardiology. Kathryn received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Maryville University. With certifications in both critical care and medical cardiology, Kathryn has spent her career focusing on the care of cardiovascular patients in the Coronary Care Unit and the Cardiac Catheterization Lab.

A strong provider-patient relationship based on honesty, confidentiality and empathy is central to Kathryn’s care practices. She believes in working with her patients to create a comprehensive plan designed to address theirindividual health needs and goals.

When not caring for patients, Kathryn enjoys spending time with her husband and family. Her hobbies include hiking and traveling

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