Our Staff

Cynthia N. Steimle, MD, FACS

Dr. Steimle was born in Aurora, Illinois, and is a graduate of West Aurora High School. She then attended Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1982. She went to the University of Michigan Medical School, graduating cum laude in 1986. She completed residencies in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery and a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care and ECMO, all at the University of Michigan Hospitals. She has been practicing in the area since 1995.

She is the former Chief of Surgery at Sherman Hospital and is former Medical Staff President and an ongoing member of the Medical Executive Committee at Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. Dr. Steimle is triple Board Certified in Surgery, (Cardio) thoracic Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care. She has been performing open heart surgery, complex blood vessel surgery, and intricate chest surgery for over 20 years.

“I strive to provide the highest quality and most ethical health care to my patients. It is my goal to create an open environment where patients will feel comfortable to ask questions and to receive treatment. I pledge to provide my patients with honest information and options to enable them to make the best health choices.”


Jeff Arbotante, R.D.M.S, R.V.T., R.V.S

Jeff Arbotante is a Registered Vascular Specialist, a Registered Vascular Technologist and a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. Jeff was an adjunct instructor for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Triton College and was involved in the Vascular Sonography program at the College of DuPage prior to coming to The Vein and Laser Center of Elgin Cardiac Surgery. Jeff has his Master’s degree in Health Services Administration and is pursuing a Masters degree in Business Administrations from the University of St. Francis. He has worked since 2000 in sonography for many area hospitals and imaging centers.

“It is a feeling of satisfaction knowing that my skills, talent, and knowledge make a difference in providing every patient better treatment with their venous disorders.”


Luba Nikolova-Dundarova, R.V.T

Luba Nikolova-Dundarova is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer and a Registered Vascular Technologist. She received a BA/BS in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Sofia in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in 2005. She attended the College of DuPage where she received her Associates Degree in Sonography. She has trained at Roseland Community Hospital, the University of Illinois Hospital, and Presence Mercy Hospital. She continues to work at Holy Cross Hospital where she gains valuable sonography experience. She was hired by the Vein and Laser Center in 2014. Her primary responsibility is to provide ultrasound guidance to Dr. Steimle while she is performing Endovenous Ablation varicose vein procedures.

“Family is like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.”


Rebecca Hampton, BSN, RN

Rebecca “Bea” Hampton began working as a Registered Nurse since 1997. She started working part time for the Vein and Laser Center in 2008 doing cosmetic laser treatments. During this time she gained valuable nursing experience at area hospitals. She has a certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. She began working full time at our practice in 2015. She received her Bachelor’s in Science and Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing in 2016. Her main responsibilities are performing our laser aesthetics treatments and providing support to Dr. Steimle regarding our varicose/vascular patients.

“I like to interact with patients. All of them have a story to tell. I want to take care of others as I hope someone will take care of me when I need it.”


Angelyn Zenker, CSA

Angelyn Zenker is a Certified Surgical Assistant. She attended the College of DuPage studying Surgical Technology finishing in 1998. She worked for Advocate Sherman Hospital as a Surgical Tech from 1999 to 2005. She was hired by Elgin Cardiac Surgery as a Registered Surgical Assistant in 2005. Her primary responsibilities were to assist Dr. Steimle, Dr. Thatcher, and Dr. Choh in complex cardiothoracic and vascular surgery. When the Vein and Laser Center of Elgin Cardiac Surgery began in late 2006, Angelyn added responsibilities as the primary assistant on vein procedures.

“I take great pride in being the first person that patients communicate with when they enter the procedure room I am committed to make sure they are comfortable and well informed.”

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