While many American doctors live in McMansions in the suburbs, Leonid Isakov, A pediatrician with 16 years of experience in his home country, lives with his wife and two children in a $700-a-month apartment in Midwood.
After he arrived from Uzbekistan in 2001, Isakov studied night after night to become certified as a doctor in the United States, then scrimped and saved to open his clinic in Sheepshead Bay with another doctor eight years later.
“I don’t have a house, I don’t have a car even,” said Isakov, 47. “Whatever I had, I invested to this place… I have approximately half a day to spend with my kids…per week.”
But for Isakov — as for many other immigrant entrepreneurs — this sacrifice is the key to his business success.