Company Tuft created determined to keep growing |

Company Tuft created determined to keep growing

Kristy Bierhaus and Dr. Charles Tuft at last week’s Alpine Mobile Physicians and Vail Valley Medical Center reception at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek for hospitality professionals. Photo by Vail PM.

VAIL, Colorado – One of its founders has passed away, but Alpine Mobile Physicians is still seeing patients.

Dr. James Raniolo said he and Dr. Sean Devlin had already been working with the company – founded by doctors Stewart Greisman, Lawrence Brooks and Charles Tuft – to bring them in as partners. When Tuft died in a Nov. 18 ski accident at Vail Mountain, the process speeded up.

In an interview between seeing patients, Raniolo said the founding doctors have taken on more of an administrative role with the company over the last few seasons, with Raniolo and Devlin handling most of the patient load.

Moving on after Tuft’s death, Brooks and Greisman will remain the managing partners.

In a statement following Tuft’s death, Greisman wrote, “The best way to honor Dr. Charlie Tuft is to carry forward with the clinical excellence and genuine patient care Alpine Mobile Physicians has delivered so eloquently to guests and residents within the Vail Valley.”

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While known mostly for making house calls to patients visiting the valley, Raniolo said the doctors also have a core of local clients.

“That was Charlie’s vision,” Raniolo said.

And the practice is also looking to expand, to keep the doctors busy throughout the year.

Raniolo said he and Devlin are both certified in nutritional medicine, anti-aging and similar fields. Raniolo said he and Devlin want to establish a kind of “concierge” practice for patients in the valley focusing on those services. What that means, in short, is services that many insurance companies won’t cover.

But this winter, Alpine Mobile Physicians will work on the things it’s become known for.

“We know that model really well, and none of that’s going to change,” Raniolo said.

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