Who We Are

Devang Patel, CFP®

Wealth Manager

Personalized service is the professional approach that I extend to all my clients. I believe in understanding every clients individual situation before making any recommendations to them, as well as keeping my clients abreast of todays market conditions by informing them of the latest financial and insurance information. By frequent communications and personal interaction, I can provide the products and services that help assure my clients financial security.

Professional/Educational Qualifications:

  • CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, LUTCF
  • Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT)*
  • EMTM, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ
  • Masters in Computer Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Memberships:

  • National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), Middlesex County Chapter
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Stevens Alumni Association
  • USC Alumni Association

Personal:

  • Born in Ahmedabad, India
  • Residing in Edison, NJ
  • Son of Dr. M. A. Patel, brother of Dr. Sunil M. Patel and proud husband of Dipali Patel

*Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) is an independent membership organization of life insurance and financial service professionals. Membership levels are based on commissions, premiums, or fees generated within a year from investment and insurance products. Members must apply annually and pay a fee. Members must be in good standing of a Professional Association which has met the following criteria: in existence at least 2 years, have 100 or more members, must be a nonprofit organization, must have a code of ethics and an effective means of dealing with breaches of its code. Members must also adhere to the MDRT Code of Ethics. Working with this advisor is not a guarantee of future financial results. Investors should conduct their own evaluation. For more information, please visit https://www.mdrt.org/

Rachel M. Wood

Financial Planner

Rachel Wood, a Financial Planner began her career with MetLife Resources in 1997.   She has over two decades of AWARD-WINNING experience working with affluent individuals, families, business owners, and non-profit organizations. Her diverse background and training allows her to help clients pursue their long-term financial goals through goal oriented and financial planning.

A comprehensive, client-focused approach to financial planning ensures that the recommended portfolios encompass each client’s unique financial goals, time frames, and risk tolerance. She works closely with clients to develop customized strategies that incorporate asset allocation, financial management, retirement planning, college planning, and succession planning.  Each plan is continually reviewed to measure its achievements against stated aims, reconfirm goals, and adjust as economic and life situations change.

Starting her career, she was awarded MetLife Resources Rookie of the year. She was recognized several times by MetLife Resources and qualifying for the Golden Circle Award. After transitioning her career to MetLife Financial Service, she achieved various recognition including Leader’s Council, President’s Council and Chairman’s Council recognition. In 2006 Rachel was awarded Financial Planner Rookie of the year for MetLife. Then in 2014 she was awarded the MetLife Premier Client Group Advisor Leadership Award for her work in the not for profit community.

Rachel is 1993 graduate West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science. She currently holds Series 6, 63, 65 and 7 and securities licenses. In addition, she has her Life and Health insurance license, and is Financial Planner with Virtus Wealth Solutions.

She currently resides in Morgantown, WV with her husband, Todd, and her two children, Audrey and Noah. They enjoy spending time as a family boating, traveling and attending Mountaineer sporting events. She and her husband Todd are lifetime members of West Virginia University Alumni. Rachel is also a member of several organizations including Chestnut Ridge Church, Bonnie Bailey Dyslexia Awareness Foundation, Morgantown Rotary Club,  West Virginia Botanic Garden, Lifetime member of the Humane Society,  Lifetime member of West Virginia University Alumni,  Friends of the Arts and the Women’s Giving Circle which she is founding member. Currently she serves on the board of Your Community Foundation of Northern WV and the Bonnie Bailey Dyslexia Awareness Foundation.  She is passionate about protecting children, helping to strengthen the social fabric of her local community by helping break cycles of poverty and abuse, improving our education system for people with Dyslexia and caring for nature and animals.

In 2018 their son Noah was diagnosed with Dyslexia.  The lack of resources for providing the appropriate education for students with Dyslexia was shocking to the Wood Family. The second shock was that there were no Orton Gillingham trained teachers in their local public school system. The experience that Rachel and her family experienced dealing with the public schools leading up to and following the diagnosis has led she and her husband to start the Bonnie Bailey Dyslexia Advocacy Fund at YCF and the Bonnie Bailey Dyslexia Awareness, Inc a 501C3. Both organizations are named in honor of their close friend Bonnie Bailey who passed away from Gleoblastoma. Bonnie also has a son with Dyslexia. It is with high hopes that they pursue the goal of educating the public and providing change so that all children with Dyslexia are given the opportunity to maximize their gifts and talents.

Rachel’s core belief is that every client is a member of her VWS family and should be treated with the utmost care, respect and professionalism. Starting with a planning foundation with attention to detail Rachel’s goal is to build a long lasting relationship. The foundation for this relationship is based upon trust, education, advocacy and accountability for achievement of goals.

*Awards were based on annual production at prior firm.   These are not indicative of the advisor's future performance.  Your experience may vary.  

Hirbod Azmi, AIF®, FSCP®, LUTCF®

Wealth Manager

Hello, I’m Hirbod Azmi, a Wealth Management Advisor advisor with Virtus Wealth Solutions in, NJ. We as a team are in the business of helping our clients make successful financial-related decisions throughout their lives. We are driven by the quality, success, and longevity of our client relationships.

Our clients represent a cross-section of backgrounds, professions, and life-stages. We have particular expertise in serving Physicians, Dentists & executives, their families, and their companies. We provide the advice and services to help our clients build and maintain wealth: financial planning, portfolio management, risk management, lending, pre-and post-retirement planning, estate planning, and more.

What we believe sets us apart is that we deliver real, sustainable value by combining the right people, solutions, and services with the “intangibles” that drive successful client & advisor relationships.

Long-Term Focus: There are no shortcuts to earning our clients’ trust and advocacy. Our clients measure our performance on how effectively we help them achieve their long-term financial goals, across generations within their families.

We welcome the opportunity to explore whether our team might be a fit for you and your family.  

Thank you so much, call me with any questions directly (914)772-0184 or 

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Dorota Warchol, ChFC® CLU® LUTCF® JD

Financial Planner

After immigrating to the US I started my career in financial planning and have been in business for over 25 years. My experience is largely based on working with individual families, business owners and their employees. 

My philosophy and work style go beyond a holistic approach, that is customized for my clients’ lifestyle, their family’s financial needs as well as business owners whose personal finances often get blended with their business. 

I work hand in hand with a team of financial professionals, including my client’s accountants and attorneys, to ensure the highest quality of service, as well as providing them sound and actionable advice. 

There is no “one size fits all” product or way of planning. Each person is truly unique & deserves a very customized experience to help ensure that their plan of action is the very best for them.

With my in-depth knowledge of the products available, the market, and my years of experience,  I take a deep dive into my clients’ needs, wants, and goals, finetuning a plan of action that prioritizes these goals in order to benefit the client now, in the future and in case of emergency, as well as preserving their lifetime achievements and legacy. 

I am passionate about coaching people and businesses achieve their life goals, which often depend on having their financial goals on track.

I love to travel with my family, soaking up the history and culture of other countries. I have two children that I adore. Through my children I have become very involved in neuroscience, astronomy &

Qualifications and Personal Information

  • Over 20 years in the Financial Services Industry
  • Former Chair person for PSC Community Services
  •  & Blue Parasol LLC
  • Former Chair person for Elderly Law Committee of Women’s Bar Association
  • Former Director, Polish American Congress
  • Former Director, Polish-American Business Club
  • Recipient of National Quality Award from NAIFA

Tressa Wood

Financial Planner

Tressa Wood is a financial planner with Virtus Wealth Solutions. She was born and raised in Fairmont, West Virginia and graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in business management. She started working with for Rachel Wood in 2013. Tressa provides clients with integrated financial solutions and works with individuals, families and business owners as they look to build financial security through every stage of life.  As part of a specialized team, she can tap into a wide range of planning resources and provide clients with holistic planning and customized solutions to help them successfully fulfill their financial goals and objectives. Clients can benefit from Tressa’s sincerity, expertise and personal focus. Tressa’s goal for her clients is to enrich the quality of their lives by helping them achieve their financial goals, while protecting their income, family, and legacy at every stage of their lives. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, riding horses, spending time on water in the summer and on the slopes in the winter.

Susan Denison

Director of Business Development

Susan was born and raised in Liverpool, NY.  Susan is a graduate of Syracuse University, with a Bachelor of Science. She began working for Rachel Wood in 2010 and has since enjoyed being part of an evolving practice while working with an amazing team and a wonderful, diverse group of clients.  She currently resides in Morgantown, WV with her husband Jason and daughter Haley.  Outside of the office she likes to bake with her daughter and enjoys spending time with her family outdoors.

Racheal Wilson

Wealth Management Assistant

Racheal was born and raised in Rivesville, WV.  Racheal is a graduate of Fairmont State University, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She worked in the financial industry for two years prior to joining Virtus Wealth Solutions in 2016. Racheal enjoys assisting in meeting client needs, as well as working with the Virtus team.

Outside of the office she likes to cook and adores spending time with her husband Doug, daughter Mila, and dog Bentley.

Farah Noble

Director of Operations

Jayshree Desai

Client Relationship Manager

Patricia McPherson

Client Relationship Manager