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Meet Joseph Cangas of Allies4Health

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joseph Cangas.

Hi Joseph, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I’mI’m a pediatrician who started a private practice in Columbia, IL, in 2006 and Creve Coeur in 2018. With the changing landscape of healthcare and insurance, I realized I could not spend the time I wanted with my patients. So this year, I transitioned to Direct Primary Care. Where we skip the hassles of insurance, and you dictate the care you receive for your children. I also founded Helmets First in 2005. We provide free bicycle helmets for STL area children and partner with about 30 police departments to reward kids seen wearing helmets.

We all face challenges, but would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Insurance reimbursement has decreased almost annually; lately, finding employees has been a big struggle.

We’ve been impressed with Allies4Health, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
In pediatrics, I give advice; parents decide what’s best for their children. We focus on lifestyle modification before prescribing medication, especially for ADHD and Anxiety.

We’d love to hear what you think about risk-taking.
Going into the Direct Primary Care model has been a huge risk. (as was starting a private practice in the first place). But I had to do it to get the time back with the patients they need and deserve.

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