Episode 76: Dr. Grace Torres-Hodges (She/Her) of Torres-Hodges Podiatry - Pensacola, FL

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Dr. Grace Torres-Hodges of Torres-Hodges Podiatry

Dr. Grace Torres-Hodges is a board certified podiatric physician and surgeon who started Torres Hodges Podiatry in 2001. She transitioned to a direct care specialty practice in 2017. She completed her undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University and was pursuing graduate studies in sports medicine at the US Sports Academy prior to medical school. Dr. Torres-Hodges received her medical degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and completed her post-graduate training in podiatric medicine and surgery at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida. She maintains surgical staff privileges at her local hospitals as well as the Andrews Institute for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.

She has shared her knowledge with the next generation of physicians teaching the medical students and residents at Florida State University College of Medicine and the USUHS programs at Eglin Air Force Base and Navy Hospital Pensacola as well as within the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Mentors Network (DPM Mentor Network). Dr. Torres-Hodges has been named a Top Doc by HealthTap Online and was named the 2020 recipient of the FPMA's Podiatric Physician of the Year.

Dr. Torres-Hodges holds an executive MBA from the Quantic School of Business & Technology and promotes physician entrepreneurship. She is co-founder of D2P Medicus Consulting and remains a staunch advocate of preserving the doctor-patient relationship and the independent private practice of medicine. She has been featured on podcasts for Lean Frontiers, Healthcare Americana and the Benjamin Rush Institute and has been an invited panel member to Women in Leadership conferences.

Locally, Dr. Grace is still remembered in her hometown as a musician and cellist with the Pensacola Symphony and remains active with volunteer organizations in her community. She is proud of her family heritage, especially the traditions and values her physician parents taught her. She was honored to share their immigrant story as part of the compilation book Filipinos in New York City. Above all, her most treasured time is spent with her husband, son and daughter.


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Welcome to the podcast Dr.

Torres Hodges. Hey, how

are ya?

Thank you so much for being here. And it is wonderful to start with such an impassioned opening statement. I just, I absolutely love that and I hope that the listeners are just ready, ready to hear your story. So you are a podiatrist, you are a specialist who has been opted out of Medicare since 2017, but I want to take a step back. And if you can give a little bit more about your history as to after you graduated podiatry school, what, what did your, what did your world look like at the.

So after podiatry school, I did my residency in podiatric medicine and surgery in Jacksonville, Florida at St.

Vincent's medical center. I had a great opportunity there to learn about all aspects of pediatric medicine and surgery, because number one, we ran our own clinic. So there was something there to be said about actually considering private practice. So I was exposed to that. And then also we were the only surgical residents at the hospital.

So we scrubbed every case. I mean, I was scrubbing gallbladders and heart and everything. Never again will I did do that. But it was nice because, you know, you got to meet all different types of specialists. You've got to learn different techniques from other people. You just interacted with the whole system at at the hospital.

When it came time after, after graduation, trying to figure out where to live. My husband and I actually were separated our first two years of marriage because he was still working in Washington DC. And I was in Florida. Um, We racked up a lot of frequent flyer, mileage back and forth, and a lot of calling card calls all the time.

But it was going to be either around the DC area or in Florida. I had an inkling of wanting to come back home to practice in Pensacola, both my parents practice there also. So I kind of had a little bit of a leg up to, to come back home. it wasn't that difficult to convince my husband to move to Florida.

So, I'm very grateful that he obliged and, and we did. So I started practicing in Pensacola. I actually joined a group first and was employed and. You know, I remember my parents saying, well, why don't you just open up by yourself? And then both of them, they have a general surgery and internal medicine, clinical cardiology background.

And they wanted me to join them. Like, no, no way. I'm not going to do that. I grew up being a doctor, Torres kid all the time, and it was bad enough that I come home. And even as a doctor already, they were always knew me as, oh, are you Dr. Adelaide or Dr. Dewey's kid. So you always had to be kind of building up your own reputation on that, which again, that's another thing altogether, but it was, I think it empowers me, it empowered me at the time and made me, I have to prove I have to do this right.

And do well, but I joined a group practice and I learned the intricacies of insurance. Capitation and contracting didn't realize that at the time when I signed away everything that I was in that practice, actually, I didn't realize I was the one being assigned all the capitation stuff. So here I am working my butt off and was not getting a return because I had a an associate to partnership agreement that was going to be based on the revenue that I was making.

But when you're cafeteria, you're not going to make the revenue on that. And I didn't know that long story short, the relationship there ended after a year. And then I opened up my own, my own practice and that's it did not have one HMO or competition plan in that, but one of the benefits of opening my own practice, I learned.