Village Podiatry Centers

Dr. David Helfman, CEO

Dr. Helfman earned his doctorate at William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. His surgical residency was completed at Vencor Hospital, Georgia Podiatric Surgical Residency Program in Atlanta. Dr. Helfman is board certified in forefoot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and board certified in podiatric orthopedics by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics. As a foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Helfman began practicing in 1992 in Smyrna, Georgia when he founded Village Podiatry. His professional appointments include serving as a staff surgeon for Emory Adventist Hospital in Smyrna and as editor of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery Preferred Practice Guidelines. Dr. Helfman is an active board member for Signature Bank and Trust in Sandy Springs.

Dr. Mitchell Hilsen, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Mitchell Hilsen is a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens. His doctorate was earned at Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Independence. Dr. Hilsen completed a two-year surgical residency at St. Michael Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio where his training included comprehensive foot and ankle surgery, clinical and hospital patient care, and wound care. He furthered his training through an additional one-year Surgical Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery in Marietta, GA. Dr. Hilsen has a special interest in sports medicine, being an avid tennis player and golfer. His knowledge encompasses the newest technology and procedures including radio-frequency therapy for plantar fasciitis. In 2011, Dr. Hilsen was appointed to serve as Chief Medical Officer for Village Podiatry Centers and its holding company, Extremity Healthcare, Inc.

Peter J. Iacobell, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Iacobell received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hillsdale College and a Masters of Health Services Administration from The George Washington University’s School of Business and Government. He has been a senior level executive for over 30 years in a variety of healthcare settings that include single and multi-specialty physician group practices, primary care, Medical Services Organizations (MSOs), integrated health systems, and academic medical centers. His areas of expertise are in operations, physician practice management and billing, information systems, strategic planning, business development, including clinical collaborations and affiliations, and workflow process re-engineering.
Mr. Iacobell sees EHI as an “industry leader with a scalable business platform and team of professionals capable of creating value within podiatric physician practices, a catalyst for regional and national consolidation within the industry, and experts in the management of diabetic wounds and comprehensive lower extremity care.”

Jeff Couper, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Couper earned his B.S. in Accounting at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. He spent 12 years in public accounting including 7 with PWC audit services. While with PWC, Jeff spent 2 years in Eastern Europe performing capital market consulting work with Russian government officials. Jeff has served as Controller and CFO for multiple businesses in healthcare including PE backed portfolio companies. He is an active CPA whose core strengths include process improvement, risk management, tax strategies, M&A, and streamlining.