Board Certified in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Dr. Ochoa grew up along the Texas-Mexico border in Mission, TX. As a senior in high school, she applied for the first class of a joint scholarship program between UT Pan American (now UT RGV) and Baylor College of Medicine, one of the country’s premier medical schools in Houston, TX. She continued with Surgery Residency and Vascular Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, completing her training in 2011. After training, Dr. Ochoa joined Peripheral Vascular Associates in San Antonio, TX as the first Hispanic female to join the practice of 20 surgeons. Focusing her practice in South San Antonio and surrounding towns, she quickly discovered how socioeconomic disparities translate directly into health outcome disparities.
In February of 2018, after 7 years practicing vascular surgery in San Antonio, Dr. Ochoa left the largest vascular surgery physician practice in Texas to start her own independent vascular practice with a new, passionate mission: to reduce the number of diabetic amputations in South Texas by collaborating with all stakeholders including public, private, non-profit, and academic entities along with the general population as a whole. The new practice, San Antonio Vascular or Endovascular Clinic (The SAVE Clinic for short; www.thesaveclinic.com) has already established strong collaborations with local managed care organizations, hospital systems, insurance companies, and academic centers.
Dr. Ochoa’s selection for and participation in Leadership San Antonio Class 42 increased her passion to make a healthy difference in the socioeconomically challenged areas that create entire communities of poorer health outcomes by increased pressure from Social Determinants of Health. Dr. Ochoa serves as Chairwoman of a local non-profit called Earn-A-Bike (www.earnabikecoop.org) which empowers socioeconomically challenged youth with the tools and inspiration to make healthier decisions through earning a bicycle. She gives community lectures throughout San Antonio and surrounding towns on the impact of diabetes and vascular disease, including methods of prevention and self-education. Dr. Ochoa has started multidisciplinary, collaborative Amputation Prevention Programs at local hospitals, creating a model that will be replicated in other hospitals as well as in completely outpatient settings. She continually mentors students from high school to medical school, particularly showing young women what it takes to become a surgeon and the gratification that comes from serving the community.
Dr. Ochoa and SAVE are partnering with VasCare in Corpus Christi to provide vascular care for patients throughout the Coastal Bend.