Don Ives, MD, DABVLM, RPVI, RVT
Experience: 30 Years
Credentials & Certifications
University of North Carolina
Boise Family Practice Medical Center
American Vein & Lymphatic Society, Alaska Academy of Family Practice, American Academy of Family Practice
Don Ives, MD has been an Alaskan Physician since 1993, where he practices out of Fairbanks and Anchorage. For most of his career, Dr. Ives focused on family medicine, proudly serving patients from “womb to tomb.” In 2007, he chose to focus exclusively on treating vein disease after realizing how much vein health impacted the rest of his patients’ wellbeing. He and his practice, Laser Vein Center of Alaska, became part of Center for Vein Restoration in 2019.
After completing his Medical Degree at University of North Carolina – School of Medicine, Dr. Ives went on to an internship and then residency at Boise Family Practice Medical Center. He completed a Fellowship in Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Rural Training also at Boise.
He then moved to Alaska in 1993 to take up a position at the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center. He fell in love with the area, staying to work at the Tanana Valley Clinic from 1999 to 2007.
To this day, he continues to serve the community not only as a vein specialist, but also in many volunteer and charitable capacities. In years past, he has been a Physician Sponsor for Warbelow’s Air Medevac Service and a Medical Director of TCC Community Health Aide Training Program, among other positions.
Dr. Ives is a member of the American Venous and Lymphatic Society, as well as the Alaska Academy of Family Practice and American Academy of Family Practice. He is also a Diplomat of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. In 2006 and 1998, he earned the Medical Director of the Year award from the Interior Region Emergency Medical Services Council. He is also a recipient of University of North Carolina – School of Medicine Dameron Award, which recognizes commitment to primary care medicine in underserved areas.
For Dr. Ives, the best part of his job is seeing a patient’s health and lifestyle improve after vein treatment. “It gives me great pleasure to take care of people’s pain, to make their lives better, to make them healthier because they can exercise… People will say, ‘my legs feel so much better, I have my life back.’ That to me is very gratifying.”