Thomas Martinage 33

Partner, Larson Financial

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About Thomas

Thomas Martin has dedicated his career to making doctors' financial lives easier so they can focus on patient care.

"If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing." -Edward DemingWednesday, Jul 30, 2014 2:05PM @DoctorsEyesOnly

Mr. Martin joined St. Louis-based Larson Financial Group in 2007, just one year after brothers Paul and Jeffrey Larson founded the advisory firm that focuses on financial planning for physicians and dentists.

Larson Financial, with $616 million in assets under management, has become one of the largest medical and dental financial services firms in the country. Now the third partner in the firm, Mr. Martin served a key role in Larson Financial's growth and is responsible for managing the firm's 300 employees and advisers nationwide from his home base of Fort Wayne, Ind.

To be sure, Mr. Martin's devotion to helping doctors took on extra weight when he and his wife adopted a 2-year-old girl from Moldova without knowing that she was a special needs child who would require the help of a neurosurgeon.

"That was one of the hardest days of my life when we were told," he said. "But we had amazing doctors who were so caring for our family. Their care took my passion for helping doctors to a whole new level."

With a dedication to educating doctors on how financial strategies lead to outcomes, Mr. Martin co-authored "Doctor's Eyes Only," a 240-page guide that lays out the specifics of cash flow, debt and risk management, investment accounts, tax planning and other topics.

Mr. Martin also was instrumental in creating the Larson Financial Foundation, which uses firm profits to donate food and clothing to the poor around the globe. His goal for the foundation's future is to make an even bigger difference by helping to build schools, orphanages and health clinics where his firm's doctor clients can get involved.

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Fast Facts

  • Skipped freshman year of high school
  • Works five to 100 hours per week
  • Wanted to be a physicist like TV hero MacGyver growing up