President, American Podiatric Medical Association
Joining Extremity Healthcare & Village Podiatry Group was one of the best moves I ever made in my 28 years in practice. I tried for many years trying to replicate the VPG model and found it very difficult to try to build such a large group by myself. EHI has the entire infrastructure, team and resources to scale to a level that I have never seen before in my career. I was invited to join EHI/VPG and since we closed on October 15, 2015 I have become a regional medical director and the director of business development which was an honor and allowed me to really focus on what I love to do, which is help physicians achieve success!
EHI delivers and I can say that it is a pleasure going to work everyday.
Having practiced over 28 years I continued to see my expenses increase and my revenue stay the same. When Village Podiatry approached me at first I was a little skeptical, but having been a part of the team for almost a year, my income increased significantly and it is a pleasure going to work every day. EHI and VPG, under the vision of Dr. David Helfman, its founder, has grown in a way that truly looks out for the providers. He has always kept his word and will always deliver what’s promised. The staff at VPG is very professional and the management team is top notch. EHI is not just a loosely affiliated group with the focus on one person. Everyone in EHI and VPG has an opportunity to thrive and the model created at EHI is a winning model and I am so happy to be a part of the Village Podiatry family. I should have done this years ago!
Our merger with VPC was one of the top highlights of my 23 years of practice. Simply conducting the business of our previous practice was an arduous task, one which none of us were prepared to fulfill effectively. We focused our time and attention on our patients, and our business suffered accordingly. Following our merger, I have found that my time at the office is far less stressful, and we have also become more profitable. I have seen both sides of the practice world, and our life with VPC has been a most rewarding experience. As the CEO of Village Podiatry Centers, David Helfman has shown great vision, and under his direction this group has become the largest podiatry practice in the country. The practice model that he has created has been a great success story, and our doctors are all the beneficiaries of his talents and abilities.
After 33 years in private practice I never expected to consider joining another group. After insidiously watching my patient population shift to other practices, due to insurance contracts and large hospital takeovers, I realized I needed help to compete. Village Podiatry Centers had all the necessary resources and personnel in place to promote my practice, manage my insurance contracts, and reach a wider population of patients. VPC’s model would allow me to remain successful. My biggest fear was losing personal income due to expenses that I couldn’t control. That has all now been laid to rest as the compensation model, along with ancillary bonuses have well exceeded my expectations. Prior to joining, I had major concerns because of the uncertainty and my only regret is not joining sooner.
To have vision is a gift; to implement it takes courage and extreme dedication. In the last 25 years I have watched Dr. Helfman carefully plot his course for the future. With the dramatic changes in our health care delivery system, he has managed to predict the future of medicine and stay ahead of the curve. I am excited about the direction he has chosen for our company and I am looking forward to many more successful years of practice under his guidance.
Dr. Helfman is an inspirational individual whose vision for growth is unmatched in our profession. He sees podiatry in so many different lights, and he is always looking to improve the way we do business. He is also very honest and trustworthy. Dr. Helfman maintains individual relationships with all of the physicians whether partner or associate. He truly wants all of his doctors to be successful financially, and to lead fulfilling lives both personally and professionally.
I think the VPC model is very unique. It affords all physicians the ability to advance in their careers while at the same time earn a great living. VPC holds all physicians to the same standards, and the expectations for each physician are clearly defined. VPC is very transparent and the opportunity to succeed is limitless!
I asked myself all these questions and made the decision to come to VPC, because I lived the other side and it can be very frustrating and demoralizing. I came to VPC to secure myself financially and to add value to the group.
Many of you know I worked for the competition and took more than a 10-20K pay cut to come here in my 5th year of practice and start as a first year associate at VPC where people are honest, straight forward and transparent. These were my motives for switching groups. My income had quadrupled after my second year with Village Podiatry Centers and both my personal and professional lives have improved dramatically.
David, I see these as your unique abilities that lead to all our success. It is not one thing but a compilation of factors that come together to work for you.
Tenacity: Pursuant to no end, you are constant in your efforts, and you believe that you will outlive your competition and through that tenacity, you will prevail.
Flexibility: When you do not find the way that you were seeking, you take detours to get there and don’t stop.
Optimism: Eternal in your outlook, nothing is bad except contempt from others. Destiny: You create your own world, and refuse to live in anyone else’s.
Compassion: You give others first-right-of-expression – what they do with it is up to them.
David: You have a unique ability to combine business with medicine. Most of us in the medical field do not have the ability to do both, nor do we desire to do both. You, on the other hand have the ability to combine both to your advantage. You use podiatry as a base to build all of your other interests; podiatry is a conduit to your other “real interests.” I, as all of the other partners in VPG will agree, depend on your keen business insights to run and manage our group and bring it to its next level. Everyone groans when you want to expand the group, but we all would not have it any other way; we depend on you for growth and guidance. The thing that impresses me the most about you is that you are not selfish; most of your “deals” usually include other people, giving them a chance at building wealth. Your goal with each deal is that you win and we win. It doesn’t get any better than that!