Meet and Greet Mixers, or MGM’s are an excellent way to build relationships and make lasting connections free of cost. Each meeting consists of a guest speaker that describes their journey to success. This month’s MGM speaker was none other than Dr. O’Neal, Founder of Cooperative Med, the first concierge medical practice starting from scratch and founded in 2002 with 450 clients nationwide!
Prior to his involvement with Concierge Medicine, Dr. O’Neal completed his residency at the University of South Florida while managing over 2,000 patients. While maintaining a large amount of patients, he realized that it wasn’t a practice he wanted to continue. Upon completing his residency, Dr. O’Neal began Cooperative Med, the very first Concierge Medical practice from scratch in the United States. In present day, there are now over 5,000 doctors using this method!
Because he started his practice from scratch it was absolutely vital for Dr. O’Neal to market his business in order to raise his visibility in the area. Due to his tenacious character, he visited the St. Petersburg Times (currently Tampa Bay Times) to speak with the editor about writing a front-page story. While at first hesitant, the St. Petersburg Times ran his story. The very following day, when Dr. O’Neal arrived to his office, potential patients were lined up at his door awaiting to join his practice.
Because Dr. O’Neal’s business model was so revolutionary, he gained much recognition. He was asked to become the team doctor for the Toronto Blue Jays. However, it is important to mention that his services are not solely provided for athletes, celebrities, or other wealthy individuals. Dr. O’Neal offers his services to the general public because he firmly believes all individuals should have access to excellent healthcare. With that being said, he maintains a client base of about 450 up to a maximum of 600. Dr. O’Neal upholds a strong knowledge of personal facts about each one of his patients. Furthermore, all of his clients have immediate access to Dr. O’Neal, which is why he provides his cell phone number to all clients. Now that’s what I call personal service!
Moreover, Dr. O’Neal is constantly present whenever and wherever his clients need him. He will travel with his patients to see specialists or other various doctor appointments to ensure they receive the upmost quality and care. This is a complete game-changer with respect to the dynamic of doctors appointments. You will never wait thirty minutes to see a doctor for five. This implies that a doctor’s appointment will allow for more attention for the patient’s needs rather than to quickly be referred to another physician.
With his practice at Cooperative Med, Dr. O’Neal is able to utilize his skills more efficiently. With his focus on Family medicine, he is able to hone in on these skills and use them in his everyday work rather than to refer to specialists leading to cost effectiveness. More good news! Some insurance companies are compatible with Concierge Medicine, making it easier for families to utilize this practice.
Concierge Medicine is a monthly fee that can become cheaper with more family members. It a great way to receive personalized medical attention for you and your family! Your health is never something to skimp-out on!
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