About Us

Precision Vein Therapeutics' Mission

Precision Vein Therapeutics is a medical practice that brings a truly patient centered approach to the treatment of symptomatic and cosmetic vein disorders. We employ a minimally invasive approach using advanced techniques and technologies, all in comfortable, office based setting.

Our primary focus is achieving a fantastic and long-lasting result for our patients where safety is paramount and their overall experience is world class.

Our staff is committed to caring for our patients in a friendly, professional and respectful manner and deeply appreciate the confidence they place in us. This commitment is rooted in the proven axiom that our results ARE our reputation. It’s personal.

The word that sums all of this up and how we strive every day to operate at every level is simply, precision. It’s what we demand of ourselves for our patients. It’s in our name.

Our Team

Michael R. Barlow


Dr. Michael Barlow is the founder and co-owner of Precision Vein Therapeutics, Inc.  Together with his wife, Dr. Polly Anna Barlow, they have created Precision Vein Therapeutics with the goal of providing Northport, Tuscaloosa and Alabama with a center of excellence for the treatment of varicose veins, spider veins and venous ulcerations.

Dr. Barlow is a member of The American College of Phlebology and holds Board Certification from both The American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and the American Board of Anesthesiology. Additionally, he holds Board Certification from the American Board of Echocardiography and has over 20 years of experience with cardiovascular surgery anesthesia. This extensive knowledge and experience using a very specialized form of cardiac ultrasound formed the perfect basis for his transition into the practice of Phlebology, the diagnosis, and management of venous and lymphatic disease.

After completing medical school and then a residency in Anesthesiology at The University of Mississippi, Dr. Barlow was in private practice at St. Dominic Memorial Hospital in Jackson, MS for 9 years. Since moving to Alabama in 2005, he has been in practice at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham. His leadership and commitment to quality and patient safety has been consistent, having served as the compliance officer of his group in Jackson, and then as chairman of Brookwood’s quality and performance improvement committee for many years.

Dr. Barlow was trained in Phlebology by Dr. Michael Manning, a recognized expert in the field of phlebology at Mississippi Vein Institute in Jackson, MS. An absolute commitment to excellence and a tradition of patient-centered treatment of venous disease has now come full circle, as Dr. Manning received his training from the late Dr. John Kingsley, who was previously in practice right here in Alabama. Dr. Barlow is a member of the Medical Association of Alabama and the Alabama State Society of Anesthesiologists.

Polly Anna Barlow


Dr. Polly Anna Barlow is a Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology and holds a Fellowship in Abdominal Imaging. After graduating from University of Mississippi Medical School Magna Cum Laude, she completed residency and fellowship there as well, serving as Assistant Professor of Radiology at both UMC in Jackson, MS and UAB Medical Center after moving to Birmingham in 2005. She also served as Interim Chief of Breast Imaging at UAB in 2011.

Since 2013, Dr. Barlow has worked in private practice at Women’s Imaging Associates in Birmingham. She has over 20 years of experience with diagnostic ultrasound imaging as well as numerous procedures requiring ultrasound guidance.

The Drs. Barlow see their combined expertise and many years of practice in numerous applications of ultrasonography as one of their great strengths in the diagnosis and management of venous disease. As truly a family business, they take tremendous pride in offering their patients a uniquely personal experience.

The Drs. Barlow have four accomplished daughters, the oldest of which, Arabella Barlow Schaeffer, RN, is also their clinic nurse! Anna Grace Barlow is a film, television and theater actress and Abigail Barlow is a singer/songwriter, both living in Los Angeles. Their youngest, Aliza Kate is a theater performer and singer.

Arabella Barlow Schaeffer


Arabella is a cardiovascular ICU trained nurse and is thrilled to bring her expertise in patient care to Precision Vein Therapeutics. She is Michael and Polly Anna’s oldest daughter and is married to Jim Schaeffer. Arabella is focused on providing a world class patient experience at every point.

If you are suffering from constant symptoms in your legs of heaviness, fatigue, aching, itching, swelling, and restlessness as a result of problem leg veins, you are not alone.