Our Providers

John Verheul, MD, MPH

John Verheul, MD, MPH is a Board Certified Family Physician with over 28 years of experience in the greater Richmond, VA area. He completed his undergraduate training with honors at Hope College in Michigan, before returning to his native country to graduate summa cum laude from medical school at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in 1984. After obtaining certifications in primary care and occupational medicine in Europe, he completed his residency in Family Practice as Chief Resident of the Chesterfield Family Practice Residency Program in 1988. He subsequently went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Public Health at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1992.

Dr. Verheul was a physician with Family Practice Associates from 1988 until 2013. He then transitioned into his concierge practice with SignatureMD and is also co-owner of CompassMD, a firm specializing in occupational health needs. As such, he has been the Medical Director for the Virginia State Police for many years and provides health care to many local and regional police and firefighter organizations. He is also certified as a Medical Review Officer.

Besides his love of primary care and occupational medicine, he holds an appointment as Associate Clinical Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He regularly teaches the finer aspects of Family Medicine to both medical and nurse practitioner students through programs at both Virginia Commonwealth University and affiliated health programs at the University of Virginia and Eastern Virginia School of Medicine. He was voted a “TOP DOC” in Family Medicine by his peers as published in the RICHMOND MAGAZINE in April, 2010.

Dr. Verheul enjoys traveling and has done so extensively through his MPH training, having provided volunteer care in Brazil, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. He is fluent in Dutch, conversant in German and frequently returns to see his extended family in the Netherlands. He is a licensed pilot and has in the past been approved as an FAA Regional Flight Examiner. He has three wonderful children and is an accomplished jazz pianist. You may just hear him play locally at various clubs and social functions!


    Most recently awarded First Place
    Best Bedside Manner in Concierge Medicine

Cynthia Bettinger, MD

Dr. Bettinger was born in Richmond, VA and went to the College of William & Mary for a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She completed medical school at the Medical College of Virginia, now VCU, and completed her Family Practice residency at Chesterfield Family Practice. Dr. Bettinger is Board Certified in Family Medicine with special interests in women’s health, geriatrics and holistic care. Cynthia is married with three adult children, 2 dogs, 3 cats and 4 chickens. When she is not caring for patients, you can find her enjoying her animals, reading, gardening and traveling.

Sheri Payne Tignor, CFNP

Sheri Payne Tignor comes to our practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Sheri has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as her Masters in Nursing and received her certification as an FNP from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. With 17 years nursing experience, Sheri has worked as an Adult and Pediatric Emergency Department nurse, Hospice nurse and PICU nurse. Sheri was born in RVA and moved to multiple other states during her upbringing but returned to her original home of Richmond full time after attending James Madison University.

Sheri resides in Henrico County with her husband and family. Sheri has a daughter and claims three step children as her own as well as three dogs, a cat and multiple Koi in her pond. During her free time, Sheri enjoys snow skiing, boating, jet-skiing and riding 4-wheelers with her family.