5 Questions in 5 Minutes
An interview with Andrew
Belis, DPM, a double board-certified podiatrist / surgeon / owner at the Orthopedic Center of Florida in Fort Myers, www.ocfla.net/shw_team/andrew-m-belis-d-p-m
What are the services of your company and your practice in particular?
We have multiple specialists here that range from back specialists and pain management, shoulder orthopedic, shoulder specialists, orthopedic hand surgeons to nonsurgical hand services. We also have a full range of diagnostics at our fingertips such as X-ray, digital X-ray, ultrasound, EMG, and NCV. in addition, we also have foot and ankle services. I’m the lead foot and ankle surgeon and podiatrist.
We treat the full range of pediatrics and adults as well as geriatrics, so we kind of see the full gamut of different types of foot and ankle problems. In addition, I’m also a fellowship director. Each year we train a fellow, a podiatrist surgeon out of their residency who is looking for additional surgical training and experience. They work hand in hand with me in the operating room and other services that we provide. They also see patients preoperatively and postoperatively to help with patient flow and to experience how these patients do.
What’s the brief history of your association with this company?
I came out of school and went to
The Orthopedic Center of Florida, and the partners here at the time, expressed interest in me joining as their primary foot and ankle physician. It was good timing. I joined and subsequently became a partner here, part owner. Things have really taken off and we’re doing great.
How did you get into this line of work?
In the sixth grade, we had the opportunity to dissect a cow’s lung and heart. I remember everybody in my class did not want to go near it. I recall just going around the room and helping everybody in their dissection methods. And you know, even growing up I was always good with my hands and I like to fix things, to be hands-on from a spatial standpoint. So, since then I always wanted to be in the medical profession.
It was about the time when I was in college at Boston University, where I met a podiatrist. I never knew about podiatry before. And, this doctor had such a great life. He had a great personality. He did
So, I applied to podiatry schools and decided to go to the one that was closer to home in Pennsylvania at Temple University. Once I went into that school, I really loved it. It’s been a great ride ever since. I really love what I do.
What do you see as your firm’s competitive advantage?
The physicians, staff, and administration really have the patient’s best interests at heart. We’re all very experienced. We are really the top-notch in our field of what we do. We don’t hire people just to hire people. We hire people because they are the right fit for our organization.
Our primary goal is
We really care about our patients. And it shows, because patients refer us to their friends and their family.
Where do you see your company and your industry in five years?
We are embracing new technology. We have embraced some of
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