Eyecare Services Partners Names Dakon Montgomery as Chief Operating Officer

By Staff
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 12:21 AM DALLAS—Eyecare Services Partners (ESP), a leader in integrated eyecare services, has announced the appointment of Dakon H. Montgomery as chief operating officer, effective Monday (Nov. 11). Montgomery comes to ESP with 12 years of leadership experience in outpatient health care services. Most recently he was a senior vice president in the ambulatory surgery division (ASC) of HCA Healthcare in Dallas, where he was responsible for four divisions encompassing seven markets and 37 ambulatory surgery centers, according to the announcement.

Eyecare Services Partners’ Affiliate Sets Partnership With Howard Jacobson, MD, of Washington

By Staff
Monday, October 21, 2019 12:21 AM
DALLAS—Howard Jacobson, MD (Jacobson), has entered into a strategic partnership with an affiliate of Eyecare Services Partners Management (ESP).

EyeSouth Establishes Initial Presence in Louisiana With Two Separate Transactions

By Staff
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 12:21 AM ATLANTA—EyeSouth Partners, a Shore Capital Partners-backed management services group, announced Tuesday that it has completed an affiliation with Eyecare Associates,  Outpatient Eye Surgery Center, Eye Laser Institute and The Looking Glass (collectively, grouped under the Eyecare Associates umbrella), and a separate transaction with Scott D. Lanoux, MD & Associates and L&L Optical.The affiliations represent EyeSouth’s first moves in Louisiana, which will be a strategic growth state for the company in the future, according to the announcement. The terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

Seeking Solutions

By Mark Tosh
Monday, August 12, 2019 12:30 AM In the world of optical retailing and eyecare, the arrival of the year 2020 might be seen as the best of times for the profession. Demographics, especially an aging population, higher incidence of diseases that may impact eye health (such as diabetes), and new areas of practice focus—namely myopia and blue light protection—are opening up avenues of opportunity for eyecare professionals.

MyEyeDr.: Valuing Doctor-Patient Loyalty

By Mark Tosh
Monday, August 12, 2019 12:28 AM

EyeCare Partners: A Doctor-First Approach

By Mark Tosh
Monday, August 12, 2019 12:27 AM Right behind MyEyeDr. in terms of size and scope is EyeCare Partners of St. Louis. The group has almost 300 locations where doctors see patients and is now in 11 states following a move into Alabama in March. EyeCare Partners launched in April 2015, when the private equity firm FFL Partners invested in St. Louis-based Clarkson Eyecare group, which had 63 locations at that time.

Acuity: Launched in 2017, but Growing Quickly

By Mark Tosh
Monday, August 12, 2019 12:26 AM Perhaps one of the newer PE-backed management groups in the eyecare sector is Acuity Eyecare Group, which was formed in early 2017 when Riata Capital acquired Crown Vision Center, Eyetique and International Eye Center and combined the practices under the Acuity management services umbrella. The group has now expanded to almost 125 locations following a pair of late July acquisitions that added 11 locations and marked the group’s entry into Texas. Acuity jumped four spots and ranked No. 17 in VM’s recent list of Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers.

Keplr: A Change of Name, But Not Philosophy

By Mark Tosh
Monday, August 12, 2019 12:25 AM Keplr, another private equity-backed firm, debuted in July as the management platform that rolled up two of the PE firm’s portfolio companies: Total ECP and optical retail company Visionary Partners. Under the new name and combined businesses, Keplr currently has about 80 eyecare clinics across 19 states under its corporate umbrella. It seeks to provide “exceptional levels of clinical, operational and marketing support with its more than decade-old and highly successful business services platform,” the company announced at its launch.

Vision Source Next: Building a Community of Support for Independent ODs

By Mark Tosh
Monday, August 12, 2019 12:24 AM Even as its member practices have compiled several successive years of above-average growth, Vision Source leadership has made it a priority to stay abreast of the fast-changing health care landscape, particularly as its relates to value-based care and even industry consolidation. The impact of the latter already has been felt across the independent pharmacy sector, and that experience has not gone unnoticed by the Vision Source management team.

VSP Ventures: Care-Focused Alternative for ECPs in Transition

By Mark Tosh
Monday, August 12, 2019 12:23 AM As private equity-driven deals in the eyecare sector seem to occur with more frequency, options for eyecare professionals who are seeking other means to address their ownership or financial structure are increasing, also. Pearle Vision launched an “Ignite” franchise option last year, and VSP Global introduced VSP Ventures this past spring as a way to facilitate practice transitions for eyecare professionals—to name just two of the transition alternatives.

Pearle Vision’s Ignite: Providing a ‘Strategic Conversion’ Program

By Mark Tosh
Monday, August 12, 2019 12:22 AM Another option for ECPs seeking to transition practice ownership is Pearle Vision’s Ignite program. Pearle launched “Ignite” as a way to offer “a strategic independent optometrist conversion program,” which Pearle said was tied to its commitment to growing the Pearle brand in new communities. The announcement noted that the Ignite program would provide “an attractive opportunity for independent eyecare practice owners” looking for options to manage their own business.

‘Demystifying Private Equity’ Seminars Launched by Review of Optometric Business

By Mark Tosh
Monday, August 12, 2019 12:21 AM DALLAS—“Demystifying Private Equity and Its Role in Optometry,” a seminar series for OD-owners, was launched with a premier event in Dallas on July 20, 2019. The event, which was attended by about 40 OD-owners as well as about 15 representatives from PE-backed companies, was developed by Review of Optometric Business. Sponsoring the event was Acuity Eyecare Group, EyeCare Partners, Kavanagh Consulting, MyEyeDr., Total ECP (now Keplr Vision) and VSP Ventures.

EyeSouth Establishes Presence in Alabama with Montgomery Eye Physicians Partnership

By Staff
Monday, July 8, 2019 12:18 AM ATLANTA—EyeSouth Partners has completed an affiliation with Montgomery Eye Physicians and Prescription Eyewear, which marks the firm’s first partnership in Alabama, according to an announcement late last week. EyeSouth also noted that Alabama “will be a priority growth state for the company in the future.” Montgomery Eye Physicians will continue to operate under its brand, with no changes to its staff, physicians or locations, according to the announcement. EyeSouth, an eyecare-focused management services organization committed to partnering with leading physicians in the Southeast, is backed by Shore Capital Partners, a lower middle-market health care private equity firm.

Acuity Eyecare Group Continues Acquisition Momentum With Deal for Pediatric & Adult Vision Care

By Staff
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:24 AM DALLAS—Riata Capital Group said its portfolio company Acuity Eyecare Group has acquired Pediatric & Adult Vision Care, a single location eyecare practice in Wexford, Pa. The practice also operates a Vision Therapy-only location in Fox Chapel, Pa. Both offices are located near Pittsburgh. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Pediatric & Adult Vision Care is known for quality, comprehensive eyecare treatment for the whole family, as well as its efforts to serve as partner in the community, according to the announcement.