Where Patients Come First

The Advanced Heart and Vascular Institute of Hunterdon team is to dedicated to providing state of the art cardiovascular care with the utmost integrity and compassion. We truly care about about our patients’ well-being, both physical and emotional. This, combined with the most advanced technology in medicine to treat our patients, is the driving force behind the Advanced Heart and Vascular Institute.

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

Erin Hendershot

Erin Hendershot

Erin Hendershot is a seasoned member of the AHVI staff. Working side by side with Dr Espinoza for many years, her compassion for the nursing profession is felt by every patient she comes into contact with. Currently she is working towards her degree as a registered nurse with aspirations of taking further steps to advance her career. Erin possesses a unique ability to connect on a personal level with those she cares for, this talent has gone a long way in bringing ease and comfort to patients during times of serious illness and recovery.

Erin grew up in the Hunterdon county area and has settled in nearby Neshanic with her wonderful husband and two sons.

Jamie Gatto

Jamie Gatto
Certified Medical Assistant

Jamie Gatto is a Certified Medical Assistant who graduated from Anthem Institute in 2009. She has been working in the healthcare field for over 10 years providing care for patients in many different settings from a large hospital to an intimate family practice. Her true passion is helping people and providing sincere, empathetic care to patients and their families. “When I can make my patients feel comfortable and smile in the midst of whatever health crisis they are facing it is incredibly fulfilling … something I was born to do.”

Jamie and her husband recently bought their first home in Hunterdon County where they live with their two dogs, Charlie & Opie. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to country concerts & watching football on Sundays.

Kim Siani

Kim Siani
Medical Assistant

Kim Siani is a Medical Assistant. Kim graduated from Everest Insititute in 2009. She began her career as a Medical Assistant in 2010. Prior to joining our team, Kim exercised her professional skills in Family Medicine as well as Dermatology. Kim makes it her priority that each patient is given the medical attention they deserve and need.

Outside of work, Kim is known as “Mom” to her two sons. In her free time, she enjoys being with friends and family.

Margaret Herman

Margaret Herman
Insurance Precertification Coordinator and Medical Receptionist

Margaret Herman is an insurance precertification coordinator and medical receptionist. She has many years of experience working with patients/clients. She was a hairstylist for 38 years where she collaborated with her clients to achieve their desired personal look and has been working with medical patients for the last 8 years. This experience has given her the opportunity to become a compassionate, caring, honest team member who enjoys helping people receive the care and treatment they need. She enjoys working with insurance companies for the benefit of our patients.

Margaret is married with 5 children, 3 boys and 2 girls. Her favorite thing to do is to spent time with her grandchildren and niece. She enjoys gardening, hiking and spending time with her family, learning new things and interacting with patients.

Tara Breese

Tara Breese
Certified Medical Assistant

Tara Breese is a Certified Medical Assistant. Since she was young, she always had a passion for helping others, which has led her into the medical field. Tara graduated from Everest Institute. She believes that each patient teaches her something new whether medically-related or not. She enjoys being able to connect with patients on a level that makes them feel comfortable and cared for.

When she’s not working, Tara enjoys being around her family and friends. She loves the beach, being outdoors, country music and traveling. Her favorite vacation destination is Turks and Caicos where she goes once a year.