Victoria Klass is a board-certified family nurse practitioner specializing in vascular surgery. She is a member of the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State and Sigma Theta Tau, the nursing honor society. Victoria received her Master of Science in nursing-family nurse practitioner from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. She completed her Bachelor of Science in nursing at Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY, and began nursing studies at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, NY, earning her Associate of Science. Victoria cares for patients 18 years and older at all three Vascular Health Partners locations in Latham, Queensbury, and Amsterdam, NY. She believes the best treatment for vascular disease is prevention, so educating patients about their health and what implications their lifestyle choices have for their future is especially important. Victoria worked in vascular surgery and cardiovascular health for nearly her decade-long registered nursing career before receiving her advanced nursing degree. She is a fierce advocate of not smoking, so educating and supporting patients through smoking cessation is an interest of hers.
Victoria has wanted to be a medical provider for as long as she can remember. Her mom can even vouch that she wanted to be a provider from the moment she could talk! Victoria was very ill as an infant and young child, so growing up around incredible healthcare providers had a lasting impact on her. She has always loved science and has been a curious and empathetic person, so pursuing a career in the medical field has been a perfect fit. Victoria’s favorite part of her job is seeing how much patients’ symptoms improve after interventions for peripheral vascular disease. Whether it is seeing a venous stasis ulcer heal or having claudication or rest pain resolve, she believes it is incredible to see such an improvement in patients’ lives and quality of life.
Victoria believes that the greatest gift that you can give anyone is the gift of time. Whether it is by listening to the patient, being prepared ahead of time and reviewing their medical/life history, and thoroughly explaining their treatment options so that patients understand are some of the best ways to truly give patients your undivided attention and time. Victoria also believes there is no such thing as a foolish question. If there is something patients do not understand, she wants them to speak up and ask. Victoria is a judgment-free zone that will always work to put her patients’ best interests first.
Victoria is originally from the Capital Region, born and raised in Whitehall, NY. She has volunteered for V-Healthy day through the Center for Vascular Awareness since their first year. Every year, she is astonished to see how much the high school students learn and appreciate learning about the importance of cardiovascular health. Outside work, Victoria enjoys boating on Lake George, riding around with her husband on their Willys Jeeps, exploring and kayaking in the Adirondacks, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling in the Winter. Traveling the world with her husband is Victoria’s favorite thing on Earth, but only second to spending time with their cats, Sophie and Libby, and yellow lab, Violet.