MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.
Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday on MBMom, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.
Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is the co-founder of our area’s fantastic pediatric concierge office and Boca Raton native, Ashley Rudnick!
Taking your kid(s) to the doctor is about as fun as…well…it’s NOT fun. A brand-new, local business concept aims to change the traditional pediatric recipe by taking a kind, personal approach, adding a dash of “Disney” and a big pinch of top quality pediatric care.
Introducing Boca VIPediatrics, a concierge-style pediatric practice, which opened officially on July 1, 2014!
Since then, they have been awarded “Best Pediatrician” in Forum Publishing/Sun-Sentinel’s Best of Boca awards for 2016, introduced several game-changing smart devices that moms go crazy for, and have capped out in nearly every age group. Ashley was recently awarded by Concierge Medicine Today as one of 21 “Top Women in the Business of Concierge Medicine” in the nation. With their slew 5 star reviews on Facebook, Boca moms and dads are consistently calling Boca VIPediatrics “the best decision” they ever made for their children!
Think of them as the “spoonful of sugar” to help your next visit to the pediatrician go down…amazingly well.
Modern Boca Mom had the chance to take a VIPediatrics “Backstage Tour” and #dailybocaavery and I certainly received the STAR treatment! Here’s how it works:
- Take a tour of the practice and meet pediatrician, Dr. Chad Rudnick (Ashley’s husband– gotta love a family business!)
- Check out their huge range of services HERE
- Join as a Boca VIPediatrics Member (there’s an annual fee)
- Fill out a survey outlining your personal tastes & preferences for your first office visit and get ready for the VIP treatment!
This is only a sampling of the personal “touches” that were put in place for our visit:
Let’s not forget that my favorite flowers were on display, favorite scented candle lit and favorite (non-alcoholic) drink options available on ice. Oh yes, I noticed and we definitely felt like VIP’s!
That led me to ask Ashley about what motivated her and Dr. Rudnick to start offering to treat Boca children like the STARS they (obviously) are…
What made you decide to turn the traditional pediatric concept on its head and launch Boca VIPediatrics?
“Our goal was to create the nation’s first pediatric smart office. Our membership model keeps things highly personalized, so we truly know every single child and their family. We like to call it our unique blend of old-fashioned service and the most modern medicine. You’ll experience no waits as we schedule just one family at a time in our office (that’s right, we close the whole place down so your child has no unnecessary exposure to germs!), house calls, and when you need to reach your pediatrician, you can always send a text, email, or give us a call…24/7.
Our VIP service is a product of my background working with The Walt Disney Company. ‘Once upon a time,’ I was actually a Disney princess! After working for several years for The Walt Disney Company as a singer and actress, I branched out into directing and entertainment marketing,” said Ashley. “At Disney, we’re all about one motto: “Be our guest!” We’ve implemented a style of pediatrics that incorporates the Disney hospitality standard with simply the best and most personalized care.”
Most families spend so much time and money on finding all the perfect baby products, nursery items, clothes, bottles, diapers, toys, gear, etc., when really what’s most important is your child’s care. Choosing your pediatrician is the most important decision you’ll make…cribs and bottles will be phased out, but your child’s doctor will be around at least 18 years and play a huge role in their upbringing and your journey as parents. We are so grateful to have connected with so many amazing VIP families who have the same philosophy about their child’s care, and won’t settle for anything less.
Well, thanks for choosing Boca Raton to launch this concept! How did you get started?
“We’re both Boca natives! Boca Raton is an incredible area for families, and we knew after living all over the state of Florida (Orlando, Tampa, Gainesville, and Miami), that we wanted to return home to raise our own family. We’re elated to bring this wave-of-the-future style care to Boca as the area’s only membership model of pediatrics.
My husband loves the throwback of the ‘”small town doctor with the black leather bag'” type care, where the doctor knew the whole family.
“Combine the small town feel with ultra modern medicine, using texting, FaceTime, and other telemedicine, plus our commitment to the highest level of service, and you’ve got Boca VIPediatrics! With a little Disney-style magic, too,” added Ashley.
Tell Modern Boca Mom readers a little more about the unique services Boca VIPedatrics offers…
“Our practice offers a level of personalized care that simply can’t be done anywhere else, due to our extremely limited patient base. We offer 24/7 access to reach the doctor by phone, text, email, or virtual video visits, plus no wait times at the office, house calls, and the highest level of service,” said Ashley.
Our “pediatric smart office” capabilities allow our VIPs to use the latest health tech products, like our Otohome, which clips on to your iphone to send secure video of your child’s inner ear directly to us anytime of the day or night to screen for ear infections. Our clinicloud digital stethoscope works with your smart phone by sending the heart and lung sounds securely to the doctor from anywhere in the world. So whether it’s late night, you’re up at Disney World, or you suspect an ear infection or croup, we can diagnose and treat digitally to get your children better, faster.
“All after hours calls ring directly to the doctor’s cell, so VIPs never have to wait around all day for an answer. Our newborn care is second to none! Newborn visits are always conducted in your home so you never have to worry about leaving the house days after you have a baby. We schedule just one family at a time in our office, so you’ll feel like movie stars having the whole place to yourself with no sick kids in our waiting room. All appointments last as long as you’d like, so you’ll never feel rushed and we can truly spend the time that you and your family deserve.
“Because we’re family owned and operated, there’s no such thing as anyone being ‘just a chart’ in the office. We, quite simply, have “the nicest staff in town! When you join our practice, you join our family,” explained Ashley.
Modern Boca Moms are very discerning when it comes to services for their children, but also practical. Why should they switch or start their pediatric care at Boca VIPediatrics?
“There is nothing more important than your child’s health. Your family deserves the most personalized, convenient, and accessible care for the most important people in your life. A membership with Boca VIPediatrics is the best investment a family can make for a healthy, happy child. There is simply no better option for care…but don’t take our word for it, check out our 5 star reviews on Facebook and see what our VIP families are saying!
For a busy mom or family “on-the-go,” it’s the peace of mind, convenience, access, and service that you won’t find at any other pediatric office. “
What do you love most about living and working in South Florida?
Ashley quickly answered, “That’s easy! The sunshine and close distance to Disney! :)”
Are you intrigued MBMoms? If so, be sure to book your Backstage Tour today!
We hope Boca VIPediatrics lives “happily ever after” in our fair city…