In 2006, after serving in the Army for 24 years, Rob Tomsett and his family moved to Franklin and began seeing Dr. Leichner as their primary care provider. Over the next five years, Rob and Dr. Leichner spoke several times of the possibility of working together but the timing never seemed quite right.
In early 2011, Dr. Leichner met with Rob and asked if he would consider taking over his practice. Having experienced three deployments overseas with the Reserves and the possibility of future deployments, it had become increasingly difficult for him to financially maintain a private practice and he had accepted a job with the Veterans Administration. Much prayer and consideration ensued and God began to open one door after another.
As Rob and his wife, Julie, began to talk about the vision of the future for the practice, Rob expressed the desire to spend time with his patients, see them the same day whenever possible with as little waiting as possible, and offer house calls like in the old days. After some research, they discovered that the traditional family practice requires seeing 30-40 patients a day and endless time and money spent on efforts to recoup insurance payments. And in addition, patients often have difficulty getting appointments within a day or two, and frequently do not get the personal care deserve. As this did not fit the vision Rob had for his practice, the self-pay concept was explored. It quickly became evident that once the complicated web of third party billing was kicked out of the exam room, Rob could concentrate on what he cared about the most: providing quality, no-rush care for his patients.
In keeping with Rob’s faith and his desire to acknowledge God’s blessings, the name GracePointe Healthcare (with the tag line “ Modern Medicine the Old Fashioned Way”) was chosen. On April 1st, 2011, Rob became the primary owner of GracePointe Healthcare with Dr. Leichner owning a small portion of the practice and acting as Rob’s supervising physician. Rob’s wife, Julie, has come on board as the office manager and his four children pitch in to help with various chores around the practice.
It is the desire of Rob, his family, Dr. Leichner and the staff to provide exceptional, simplified, patient-centered care as each and every one of our patients deserves nothing less.