The CORE Institute Expands Michigan Providers and Locations with Merger

of  Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists


April 27, 2021  (Novi, MI) – Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists (AFAS), a leading podiatry practice in Eastern Michigan, with offices in Howell and Dexter, has announced their plans to become part of The CORE Institute, one of Michigan’s leading multi-specialty musculoskeletal practices, with locations in Novi, Brighton and Southfield.  Through this merger, Advanced Foot and Ankle will gain access to The CORE Institute’s platform for integrated musculoskeletal care as well as proprietary practice management and value-based care tools provided by The CORE Institute’s management company, Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo).

Advanced Foot and Ankle utilizes the expertise of three Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Dr. John Stevelinck, Dr. Marc Bonnani and Dr. Danielle Meyka-Blanchard.  Advanced Foot and Ankle will continue to provide care to all patients during the integration into The CORE Institute’s platform as well at The CORE Institute’s offices in Brighton.

“We have been providing foot and ankle care for the community for 30 years and we have seen significant growth over the years.  We have also seen a growing need for more comprehensive musculoskeletal care for many of our patients,” said Dr. John Stevelinck of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists.   “Becoming a part of The CORE Institute was a natural decision for us as they have always provided the best-in-class orthopedic care for patients in our area.”

“The quality of care provided by Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists is well known in our community,” said Dr. David Markel, the Michigan Market President of The CORE Institute.  “We are very excited to add these highly skilled providers to The CORE Institute team.  This integration will expand our footprints and our ability to provide the full complement of musculoskeletal care to our patients.”

The CORE Institute is managed by Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo), the leading provider of musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, health system service line management and musculoskeletal practice management.

About The CORE Institute

The CORE Institute was founded to fulfill a vision of excellence in patient care encompassing the entire spectrum of orthopedic and neurosciences care. The CORE Institute delivers integrated, comprehensive musculoskeletal and neurological care. It is built upon a foundation of pioneering research, academics, community service and a passion for excellence in patient care. The organization continues to be a leader in payor-reform initiatives, and it is at the forefront of systems-based quality programs, which drive value and improve the quality of patient care.

About Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company

Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo) is the leading provider of musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, service line management and practice management. This includes comprehensive management and optimization of specialties such as orthopedics, spine, hand, pain management, rehabilitation and neurology. HOPCo’s integrated care and analytics platform has proven to increase the quality of patient care and program revenue while reliably reducing the total cost of care across the care continuum for practices, health systems and payors alike.  For more information, visit


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