Backbreaker

A half-kilo of blow, machine-gun blasts, and a millionaire chiropractor. Does this make sense?

During that first year in the field, Goroway and a partner opened a clinic in Hollywood, at NW 72nd Avenue and Taft. For his down payment on the building, Goroway got $25,000 from his mother. They called it Flamingo Chiropractic.

Six months after this venture, Goroway swooped back to gobble up the Pompano Beach clinic. In 1992, his first year as a practicing chiropractor, he already had two offices, where, according to his own estimates, he treated more than 350 patients per week. Goroway estimated he made $200,000 that year.

In his deposition, Goroway credited his rapid expansion to his work ethic and clinical skill. But his talents as a salesman no doubt helped too. According to critics of chiropractic, most minor back pain resolves itself within a few weeks even if untreated. The key for a chiropractor is to not only convince the patient that he owes his progress to chiropractic adjustments but that he will need to make regular visits to keep the condition from returning. Goroway must have been adept at this part of the job.

A few years after he graduated, Goroway was already closing in on his first million.
A few years after he graduated, Goroway was already closing in on his first million.
Markell Boulis is a cautionary tale about the dangers of chiropractors' dabbling in drugs.
Markell Boulis is a cautionary tale about the dangers of chiropractors' dabbling in drugs.

Despite his booming practice, Goroway grew frustrated with his patients. In his deposition, he estimated that 30 percent of his clientele had insurance "and the rest was — excuse the expression — crap. We didn't make money on them, you know? They were Medicare, and Medicare doesn't pay garbage."

His initial solution was to open more offices. In 1994, Goroway partnered with another chiropractor in an office in Coral Gables. The following year, he opened another office, this one in Deerfield Beach. And in 1996, he opened yet another in that city. All this came in addition to another job he'd assumed, as medical director for a Fort Lauderdale spa. Goroway screened patients and referred them to the spa's staff of chiropractors, massage therapists, and physicians.

By that year, he estimated his annual income to be around $400,000. Goroway had married a former model named Patricia, with whom he'd had two children. They lived in a 10,000-square-foot mansion in Southwest Ranches. Goroway drove a burgundy 1993 Corvette. At 30, the American dream had arrived early.

But somehow, it didn't feel like success to Goroway. His daily regimen — up at 5 a.m., in the gym by 6, at work by 8, and home at 8 p.m. — left little time to bask in the good life. Even when Goroway found time to take vacations, he had trouble forgetting about work. Once, while on a Cancun golf course with his brother, Goroway admitted that the pressure of maintaining the clinics had pushed him to the brink of a nervous breakdown. His brother suggested he walk away from his work entirely.

Instead, Goroway redirected his ambitions. "I was bored in clinic," he would say later. "Clinic was not mentally stimulating to me. I wanted to play bigger games in business, do bigger things."


Specifically, he began shifting his focus from acquiring more patients to earning more money per patient. This plan assumed a more concrete shape during a 1998 reunion with Markell Boulis and another college chum, Brad Goldstein. Goldstein had used his degree to launch a firm for performing electrodiagnostic tests, which purport to help chiropractors identify their patients' conditions. The tests had fancy names — "nerve conduction velocity tests," "dermatomal evoked potential tests," and "somatosensory evoked potentials." Although some medical experts question the diagnostic worth of such tests, they offered one obvious incentive to chiropractors: They could be billed under major medical and automobile insurance providers. The tests also required trained specialists, which is why many are performed by "mobile" diagnostic teams like the ones Goldstein employed in his Boca Raton firm, Premier Medical Group.

Goroway had used these four tests with his own patients. For each one tested, the chiropractor could bill the health-care provider about $1,000. At the same time, the mobile electrodiagnostic unit could bill the provider for the cost of performing the tests and interpreting the results at a rate of $1,100 to $3,700 per order, according to Goldstein. The more patients tested, the more money for everyone.

In his deposition, Goroway recalled a fateful dinner with Goldstein and Boulis that took place at Hobo's Fish House in Coral Springs. Goldstein boasted that his company performed 200 tests a month. Goroway told him he'd "smoke that." Goldstein invited him on board, and Goroway promised that within three months, Goldstein's team would be running 300 tests a month. In exchange, Goroway wanted a percentage of the profits Goldstein collected from patients Goroway recruited. Goldstein offered 50. Goroway wanted 60. Drunk from three bottles of wine, Goroway and Goldstein arm-wrestled for the extra 10 percent. Goroway won. (Goldstein remembers the dinner but not the arm-wrestling.)

Goroway had other big ideas. For one, he suspected his fellow chiropractors were not coding their treatments in a way that made it possible to fully bill insurance carriers. Having studied the billing codes carefully during his own clinical work, Goroway felt qualified to audit other chiropractors' books. Like a collections agency, he'd get paid by helping his clients get paid.

By that time, he had already invited Boulis into a venture he called Practice Mechanix.

Goroway's old roommate had fallen on hard times and had few other options. In 1991 — the same year that Goroway followed the sunshine to Florida — Boulis was busted for orchestrating the sale of cocaine to a stripper who happened to be an undercover cop. A search of Boulis' apartment turned up 12 grams of coke. The conviction would eventually cost Boulis his license to practice chiropractic in Pennsylvania, where he'd returned since graduating.

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fivestar1
fivestar1

It never ceases to amaze me how slanderous remarks can be made without even a shred of truth to substanciate them on the internet. You may want to consider having even a bit of truth in your comment  before you make them. First of all, he is not now nor has he ever been an owner or even affiliated or employed of Biovis . He simply utilized there billing services for a period of time. And another piece of misinformation, They are not a pharmacy!! Like the rest of the content in your posting, these are all false statements.

JohnW
JohnW

David Goroway is back at it. Somehow while still on parole he owns a pharmacy called Biovis with another felon John Bayliss. Please do not do business with these people. I was offered money to write prescriptions for diabetic patients which they were calling from telemarketing rooms for pain creams which I later found out were stored in 50 gallon containers from suspect ingredients. Then I find out that Goroway was arrested and sued in the past for this very same thing of bilking insurance companies out of millions of dollars. I asked to speak to his partner John Bayliss after learning this and never received call backs. Then I find out that John is a convicted felon as well as most of the company staff. How the hell do people like this keep taking advantage of us and earning millions of dollars in the process? Do yourself a favor and call the police if they approach you to write prescriptions.


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janetmansure
janetmansure

The girlfriend Suissa is a piece of work and works for the Broward County School System-nice, huh???

Jackie McKool
Jackie McKool

I would love to know what went on between 2008 and today, 1/18/2012, because David Goroway is still scamming people -- me for one.  I am a chiropractor in SC and his latest scam is to con $847 out of chiropractors under the guise of setting up hCG weight loss programs in their clinics.  They would do the marketing and provide the MD to prescribe the hCG.  Needless to say, his company formerly known as Nu Age Rejuvenation and now called Life Allure has never performed their end of the agreement -- and I am out $847.  I wish I had read this article before now, I might have stood a better chance of getting my money back.  He is smooth, I'll tell you that much.  He's disgusting.

Ed
Ed

"Medical fraud is a real problem, but the chiropractic portion of it is tiny." That's B.S. The chiropractors are wannabee doctors who never completed a fourth of what it takes to get an M.D. and go through residency. But they still want to make just as much money (or more). As the article states, they treat conditions that usually get better anyway with time, but the chiropracter takes the credit, and the ignorant public doesn't realize the difference! They constantly bring up the occasional deficiencies of real doctors to justify their actions. They are ok if they stick to the lower back and know when to refer if things don't inprove but their greed and ignorance in medicine often lead them to do inapropriate things. And on a much more frequent basis (per capita) than legitimate doctors.

wilfred
wilfred

I was a patient of Dr.Goroway at what was Flamingo Chiropractic. I was searching for my records for my VA claim, this is how I found this story.So where are the records from the now defunct "United Care Medical?"

bigsigh
bigsigh

This is about a bad doctor and human being vs. a bad chiropractor. You can sadly go to medical doctors who will spend five minutes with you as well. In practices (chiropractic) that I've been in, half and hour to fourty five minutes is closer to the norm. Medical fraud is a real problem, but the chiropractic portion of it is tiny. The electrodiagnostic tests you mention are medical tests, not chiropractic inventions. The vast majority of these are performed by MD's. I personally think they're overused, and never refer patients to them. Many legit MD's (and some Chiropractors) do have uses for them. Many MD's will order them automatically, even though they don't change treatment direction significantly. It is often considered medical "standard of care" to order them for pain down the arm or leg. The school he went to for chiropractic is one that the rest of the profession tried to strip it's license from, out of concern for the quality of teaching. He is not representative of the profession. While his goal may have been to have patients dependent, that's not a universal tenet of the profession. My goal is to get my patients better so they can fire me. It would have been nice if you'd bothered talking to a legit chiropractor, or contact the ACA for information of where he was different from the average chiro. Relying on the dregs and "critics of the profession" to discuss the profession is not accurate reporting. Also, just looking at the wikipedia article for the electrodiagnostic testing would tell you what it was for, instead of presenting it as a chiropractic scam.

Cari
Cari

I was once a patient, then employee of Dr. Goroway and he is one of the nicest guys that I have ever known. I remember him treating people for free and making people feel good about themselves who feel real crappy after accidents. He is an amazingly charismatic person and I was shocked to see this in the paper. I remember some of his struggles though and hope that everything works out for him. Happiness is only achievable when you are happy within David!

LB
LB

Is there a follow up coming soon?

sally
sally

so wheres the story?

janetmansure
janetmansure

She is a teacher, a teacher of elementary school children. Pretty scary stuff.

drdbiggs
drdbiggs

How many chiropractors cut out the wrong kidney or prescribe the wrong poison that kills you?

Drug glazed surgeons are not my idea of real doctors.

Ed
Ed

In the case of these chiropracters, it was being used as a scam.

Ed
Ed

He may have been a nice guy. I've known several people who were nice on casual meeting but were nevertheless dishonest.

 
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