Keplr Vision Continues Growth with 40 New Partnerships in 2020
(PRESS RELEASE) BLOOMINGTON, IL — Keplr Vision announced that it finished 2020 with an impressive 40 new partnerships. With 65 practices added last year, the business now boasts 185 total clinical locations. Keplr Vision primarily focused its expansion in the Midwest while taking stronger steps into Texas and the Pacific Northwest in 2020.
“We partner with the best private practices,” said Nick Williams, Chief Executive Officer. “This gave us a jump start in 2020 and allowed us to emerge from COVID-19 closures and restrictions with the ability to quickly rebound and continue growth.”
In 2020, Keplr Vision had several notable partners join their ranks, including Dr. David Cockrell, Dr. David Heitmeier, Dr. Jeff Kegarise, Dr. Heidi Pham-Murphy, Dr. Summy To, Dr. Russel Beach and Dr. David Wolf, and all chose to partner their practices with Keplr Vision.
In July, Keplr Vision announced Dr. David Cockrell as the head of Keplr Advocacy. Keplr Advocacy was created to address regulations that hinder the practice of the full-scope of optometry and other policy issues.
In the fourth quarter alone, Keplr Vision added 23 new locations across 14 partnerships. To add to their portfolio in Texas, Keplr Vision joined with some notable practices including Dr. Moes Nasser’s three Vision Centers of Houston clinics, joining Dr. Keith Manuel’s Space Center Eye Associates, NASA’s primary provider of optometric services.
“Understanding that my practices and doctors were joining a medically focused optometric group made my decision to join Keplr Vision an easy one,” said Dr. Nasser. Along with his broad clinical reputation, Nasser is a well-known advocate for Optometry Giving Sight and about to have three charity clinics in his hometown area of Tanzania, where he was born.
Dr. David Rosenblum of Eyesite Optometry and OC Eyecare Optometry in Southern California also partnered with Keplr in 2020.
“These guys are operators. I’m happy to have them run the front of the house while I can focus more heavily on the patient side,” Dr. Rosenblum said.
Keplr Vision also continued its expansion near its home base by partnering with Dr. Scott Pouyat in suburban Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Pouyat and his associate doctors focus heavily on co-management and the health of the eye.
“For my practice, there was no other partner than Keplr Vision,” Dr. Pouyat stated. “Our partnership has helped to streamline our day-to-day processes in the office, allowing the doctors and staff to spend more time with our patients.” His three offices are in Lake Zurich, Grayslake, and Antioch.
“Even in 2020, it was a busy year,” said Claude Labeeuw, Keplr Vision Chief Growth Officer. “We continue to exceed even our own expectations. We look forward to continuing to gain ground by only partnering with the best private optometry practices in the country.”
At the close of 2020, Keplr Vision partnerships are nearing 200 offices, across over 30 states, with more than 300 ODs within the organization. Keplr Vision works to bring together private practice optometrists who focus on pushing the practice of optometry forward, according to the company’s announcement. Through a collaborative partnership, Keplr Vision offers OD partners robust business support services and supply chain management, allowing doctors to focus on their practice and their patients while retaining their legacy.