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Where Castle Connolly’s Top Doctor® and personalized, connected healthcare meet.

Where Castle Connolly’s Top Doctor(R) and personalized, connected healthcare meet.

The CCPHP Difference

CCPHP brings the excellence associated with the Castle Connolly brand to the discipline of concierge medicine. CCPHP provides the experienced leadership of Castle Connolly founders John K. Castle and Dr. John J. Connolly as well as national practice conversion expert Dr. Dean McElwain. When physicians partner with CCPHP, they have a unique opportunity to leverage the leadership, innovation, and longevity that is associated with Castle Connolly to transform their practices.

A fundamental element of the CCPHP offering is collaboration. Working closely with the physician is designed to preserve, protect, and optimize the patient-physician relationship. The pathway to achieve that partnership consists of robust conversion methodologies, flexible membership-model options that promote a sustainable practice model, and value-driven, member-focused programs including SENS Solution® Health Coaching, services and connectivity to more than 50,000 Castle Connolly Top Doctors®

CCPHP offers a customizable concierge practice model that provides tangible benefits for both Physicians and Members.

Our Process

The CCPHP program provides step-by-step, expert assistance to leading physicians as they convert their practices to a concierge (membership) model. The result will be enhanced patient relationships, opportunities for increased practice revenue, and a decreased administrative load. In short, our approach helps physicians bring back the joy of practicing medicine.

Our methodology blends two essential management components – physician practice conversion and practice development.

Practice Conversion includes:

  • In-depth practice analysis and detailed business planning, including customized program and pricing development
  • Establishment of a joint-venture Membership corporation, including all legal contracts
  • Creation of all documentation, Membership Agreements, and regulatory support
  • Comprehensive patient and provider messaging, communications, website, social media, and search marketing strategy, as well as turn-key communications development
  • Comprehensive staff training
  • An advanced telemedicine platform
  • Proven pre-implementation and conversion process

Practice Development includes:

  • Ongoing training of office staff regarding policies and procedures for best practices in a retainer-based environment
  • Comprehensive Member-support services, including billing
  • Incorporation of SENS Solution® Health Coaching support for members
  • Robust ongoing marketing and Membership promotional support and facilitate growth with additional providers if so desired
  • Negotiation of affinity arrangements, including discounts for wellness and related services
  • Retirement and wealth transfer planning of Membership LLC organization

Executive Team

John Connolly, Ed. D.

Co-Founder & CEO

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John Connolly, Ed. D – the nation’s foremost expert on identifying top physicians, is the President & CEO of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. publisher of America’s Top Doctors ® and other consumer guides to help people find the best healthcare. He is also Chairman of Castle Connolly Private Health Partners, LLC, a concierge medicine company.

Dr. Connolly served as President of New York Medical College, the nation’s second largest private medical college, for more than ten years. He is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, and a Director of the Northeast Business Group on Health. He was formerly a member of the President’s Council of the United Hospital Fund, and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.

Dr. Connolly has served as a trustee of two hospitals and as Chairman of the Board of one. He is extensively involved in healthcare and community activities and has served on a number of voluntary and corporate boards including the Board of the American Lyme Disease Foundation, of which he is a founder and past chairman, and the Culinary Institute of America for over 20 years where he is now Chairman Emeritus. He also served as a Director and Chairman of the Professional Examination Service and Chairman of Alpha Gene Inc. and is presently on the board of the American Swiss Foundation. His current corporate board service includes: Baker and Taylor; Dearborn Risk Management, Air Methods Inc., and the Advisory Board of the Hudson Group. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester State College, a Master’s degree from the University of Connecticut, and a Doctor of Education degree in College and University Administration from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. He as been awarded honorary doctorates from Mercy College (LHD), Worcester State University (LHD), and Daemen College.

Dr. Dean McElwain

Co-Founder, President & COO

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Dr. McElwain is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 30 years of progressive leadership in a variety of healthcare settings. Dr. McElwain has a professional doctorate (DPT) from Simmons College Graduate School for Health Studies, with a specialty in healthcare administration, having earned that program’s highest honor of academic distinction.

A recognized national thought leader in the area of concierge medicine, Dr. McElwain has lectured extensively, consulted with leading companies, and provided guidance, leadership, and innovation to hundreds of physicians, as well as regional and national corporate clients, over the last 13 years. Renowned organizations such as the Lown Cardiovascular Institute and leading academic medical institutions have relied on Dr. McElwain for strategic guidance and effective deployment when transitioning their organizations to the subscription-based or concierge membership model.

A lifelong endurance athlete, Dr. McElwain is also a respected leader in the areas of health coaching, wellness, and human performance. Dr. McElwain has completed undergraduate studies in sports medicine/exercise physiology, as well as extensive post-graduate studies in physical therapy and human performance. 

Dr. McElwain combines this passion and expertise in leading a robust set of initiatives that share the benefits of the wellness-centered lifestyle with all members of the Castle Connolly Private Health Partners family.

Daniel Nauheim


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Dan Nauheim is the Chief Financial Officer of Castle Connolly Private Health Partners, LLC. Prior to joining Castle Connolly Private Health Partners LLC, Dan was the Assistant Controller at a venture capital firm focused on sports & entertainment. Dan spent several years working in healthcare finance at prestigious hospitals in the New York City area, such as NYU Langone Medical Center, and Northwell Health. Dan is a CPA, and earned his MBA in Finance from Baruch College.

Sean Connolly

VP, Strategy & Engagement

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With over 25 years of experience in marketing and advertising, Sean joined Castle Connolly Private Health Partners, LLC in 2017. Prior to joining CCPHP, he served as the SVP, Chief Marketing Officer of The Trust for Public Land, a leading national nonprofit environmental organization and he oversaw marketing for Best Buy’s $14 billion computing business unit as the Senior Director of Marketing. Prior to Best Buy, Sean was a VP of Marketing at XM Satellite Radio in Washington DC, where he guided a rebranding and marketing campaign that helped draw millions of subscribers to XM and was named one of the best ad campaigns of 2006 (in a USA Today poll). Sean also oversaw corporate partnerships for XM, leading business development and co-marketing with leading companies such as Starbucks, JetBlue, Avis and United. He joined XM from Intel Corporation, where he worked in marketing for just over seven years, ultimately acting as the Worldwide Advertising Director and overseeing the development of all consumer and B@B campaigns, including the world renowned “Blue Man Group” campaign and the worldwide launch of Centrino wireless mobile technology.

Sean got his start in advertising, working for some of the top Agency brands in the 90s, including Grey in New York City and FCB in New York City, Hong Kong and San Francisco. Sean received his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and he now lives in Westchester, NY.

Ashley Antler

Vice President and General Counsel

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Ashley is an experienced healthcare attorney, with a background in advising healthcare clients on regulatory matters, including federal and state legal compliance and policy issues impacting client businesses. Prior to joining Castle Connolly Private Health Partners, Ashley was an associate in the healthcare group of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP and the litigation and healthcare regulatory practice groups at Hogan Lovells LLP. Before law school, Ashley worked at a non-profit organization in San Francisco, conducting research on improving quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries.

Ashley earned her Bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude from Brown University and her law degree, magna cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in New York State.

Ashley is pleased to be a part of the Castle Connolly Private Health Partners, LLC team, helping to innovate the way healthcare is delivered.

Joe King

Executive Vice President

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With over 20 years of experience, Joe is an accomplished executive focused in the B2B and B2C medical arena driving innovation, operational efficiencies and disruptive business development. Having held key Director roles at Ceridian and Quest Diagnostic and Executive leadership positions at MDVIP (a Procter & Gamble Co.) and EHE Health, Joe has a passion for the business-of-medicine.
Joe has worked across the US with some of the largest hospital systems, IPA’s, ACO’s, payor markets, employer health organizations, and concierge medical companies. He specializes in the concierge space developing retainer based practice models and executive & corporate health and wellness programs.
Joe‘s international experience working with physicians and hospitals in Europe, Dubai, India and Colombia has given him great insight with medical tourism and primary care services abroad.

Susan Greeley, MS, RDN

National Director of Wellness Services

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Susan is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) of more than 20 years and a graduate of the Tufts University Human Nutrition Masters program. During those 20 years, Susan has focused in the areas of disease prevention, lifestyle change, weight management, integrative nutrition, and culinary medicine.

Susan brings a wealth of experience to CCPHP including (recently) serving as Nutrition Consultant to the Executive Health Program at Atlantic Health System in Morristown, NJ. Susan has also authored a diet/cookbook entitled “Cooking with Trader Joe’s: Lighten Up!” Lastly, Susan is the creator of, and talent for two television cooking series: “Lighten Up with Susan Greeley” and “Simply Healthy.”

Lisa Wielgomas

Director of Business Development

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Lisa joins us as the Director of Business Development with over 17 years of sales, marketing and business development experience with a background in multiple industries.  Having worked in hospitality, event planning, education as well as the healthcare field, Lisa brings a unique customer service focus and perspective to Castle Connolly Private Health Partners, LLC.  Her focus has always been on building solid, lasting relationships with her clients and partners.  Most recently Lisa was the Community Partnership Manager for Hackensack Meridian’s Integrative Health and Medicine program in New Jersey.  There she worked on connecting and collaborating with not only with physicians but also employers, schools, civic organizations, and faith-based organizations. Lisa worked on projects and partnerships with the intent to educate and empower the community to take control of their health on multiple topics like nutrition, sleep, activity, purpose, and resilience.

Lisa graduated summa cum laude from Montclair State University with a BA in Speech Communication and has done graduate work at Monmouth University in Corporate and Public Communication.  Lisa is truly thrilled to be part of the team and collaborating on such exciting innovations in healthcare delivery.

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