SPRINGFIELD — Dr. Franklin Vogel will be stepping out of his podiatry office to walk into retirement life after 50 years at his Springfield practice.
Vogel and his wife, Lynn, have decided to step back from owning and running Podiatric Medicine and Surgery following decades of service to Springfield and surrounding communities.
Starting Jan. 1, Dr. Stephen Soondar will be taking over the private practice and providing care to hundreds of Vogel’s patients. The practice will keep its name and location on North Brookside Road in Springfield under the new ownership.
The Vogels agreed that now was the time to kick their own feet up and enjoy their time outside of work.
“It was just the right time for us,” said Franklin. “After 50 years, you just want to do things for the enjoyment of life.”
Lynn said that they will take the time to travel and enjoy spending time with their four grandchildren.
Dr. Vogel said he had been looking for someone to take over this business for about a year-and-a-half and interviewed over a dozen residents and doctors before settling on Soondar.
“One of the nicest compliments I got was Lynn saying, 'Dr. Steve reminds me of you when you were younger,'” he said. “He’s got a wonderful manner and the patients are going to be comfortable with him. He’s trained much better than me, the younger doctors are. He came highly recommended.”
Soondar graduated from the Temple University School of Medicine in 2005 and has been practicing in the Philadelphia region since. He is currently in private practice with Healthmark Foot & Ankle Associates in Media where he has been for well over a year.
He said he’s anxious and excited to be taking over this medical institution.
“I’m a little anxious to take over for someone who has been in the game that long who has that routine and (I’m) coming in from a completely different avenue for the patients,” said Soondar. “There’s anxiety there and getting a feel for how the practice runs and starting from scratch for me.”
“It affords more opportunity for myself and the practice that I'm with to grow in this area,” Soondar added. “The biggest thing is to treat everybody as you would want to be treated: Treat them as a family member or close friend. I’m here as a source of information, so I want to give you all of the options to be able to guide you to make the decision you’re comfortable making knowing that I’m here to help make you better.”
Dr. Vogel has been the source of information for thousands of patients over the past 50 years in his practice, including a number of prominent Springfield political figures and former police chiefs in the area.
As his patients have learned from him, Vogel said he, too, has learned a lot from them.
“It’s not the patient’s age, it’s the attitude,” he said of the medical profession.
Podiatric Medicine and Surgery is located at 3 N. Brookside Road.