40 Clinicians Stories
Kelly Love, Psychologist Lincoln, Nebraska
The internship was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about adult psychopathology.
J.B. Allen, Physician Assistant Eureka, Nevada
The friendships and thank you's make the job worth it.
Catherine Hier, Licensed Professional Counselor Littleton, New Hampshire
I was amazed at the opportunities offered by the NHSC and wondered why I had never heard of the program before
Bessie Burk, Family Nurse Practitioner Casa Grande, Arizona
Making sure that I gave back to my community was just how I was raised
Sean Boynes, Dentist Florence, South Carolina
I’m needed. And the rewards are bountiful.
Justin Clark, Students to Service Awardee Gainesville, Florida
I chose to attend Meharry because their mission is serving the underserved
Dagoberto Heredia, Psychiatrist Onaga, Kansas
I enjoy what I am doing so much, and feel blessed and fortunate to be able to do the work I’m doing.
Emmanuel Isaac, Family Practice Physician West Park, Florida
I am very grateful that I can work with this community.
Rita Meadows, Family Practice Nurse Sussex County, Delaware
Being creative and knowledgeable of the resources available for diabetic patients is essential.
Beverly Rivard, MAC, Licensed Clinical Social Worker Sitka, Alaska
In Alaska, there is a large population of Native Alaskans. There is also a high need for health care providers in this community. It was a perfect fit for me!
Christin Donnelly, Student to Service Awardee Baltimore, Maryland
The opportunity to do hands-on work within underserved communities allowed me to see the kind of difference I could make.
Roberto Beltran, Nurse Practitioner Dorchester, Massachusetts
Getting to know patients and what their life is like allows you to treat them better.
Matthew Pflieger, Family Practice Physician Denver, Colorado
My family physician was my source of inspiration to pursue a career in medicine and help patients who struggle against barriers to health care
Elizabeth Murray, Physician Assistant Chicago, Illinois
I have the opportunity to live and work with this community, and I am so grateful I can afford to stay.
Silma Martinez, Pediatrician Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
In Puerto Rico, family is everything. I take care of whole families – brothers and sisters, cousins, even extended families. It’s great!
Carlene Taylor, Licensed Counselor St. Mary's, Georgia
My reward comes from watching my patients graduate from my therapy and no longer need me.
Tinka Barnes, Family Practice Physician Kansas City, Missouri
Just because it is a community clinic does not mean that that you get sub-par service.
Ryan Smith, Physician Assistant Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
We practice hope and reassurance first and medicine second.
Pauline Rolle, Pediatrician Jacksonville, Florida
It’s easy to go and make a lot of money. It’s a lot more difficult to make an impact on someone’s life.
Amy Henke, Clinical Psychologist New Orleans, Louisiana
The release in their eyes when I tell them that it will, ultimately, be ok is validation for the work that I do.
Will Samson, Dentist Havre, MT
I see the same patients time and time again, which allows me to foster strong, trusting relationships.
Susan Martin, Psychiatric Nurse Practioner Lewiston, ME
Serving the underserved is rewarding.
Patrick Carrillo, Health Service Psychologist Wenatchee, WA
Having bilingual staff really makes all the difference in the world for all of the clients that we see.
Emem Ekpenyong, Physician Assistant Fillmore, CA
I love the community I serve.
Janeice Wooten, Dentist Saginaw, MI
It means a lot to me to talk to the teenagers and younger children and ask them what they want to be when they grow up.
Christina Wei, Nurse Practioner San Antonio, TX
You can see the relief on many of my patients’ faces when they hear that I can speak Spanish.
Firoza Faruqui, Pediatrician Portsmouth, VA
Every day brings more stories and experiences than I could ever imagine.
Doede Donaugh, Family Practice The Big Island, HI
I’ve built a trust with my patients...I’m here to help their health in whatever way I can.
Joel Hunt, Physician Assistant Salt Lake City, UT
The NHSC has given me the tools to take my passion for reaching those who are most vulnerable and turn it into my job.
Hillary Homburg, DDS Dawes, WV
I feel fortunate that I can make a difference each day.
Everol M. Ennis, Nurse Practitioner Hartford, CT
I take the most pride in seeing patients looking and feeling better.
Kevin Mahoney, P.A. Utica, NY
One of the biggest thrills…is seeing people get better.
Susan Mix, Family Nurse Practitioner White City, OR
I can point to the difference I am making.
Darryl L. Adams, MSN, APN-BC Altamont, TN
I never considered rural work, but after taking this job I fell in love with it.
Ashley Landers, Marriage and Family Therapist Buffalo, MN
I have the opportunity to provide healing to families that have been torn apart by abuse, mental illness, and substance abuse.
Sarah Baker, Family Nurse Practitioner McClusky, ND
Do what you love and love what you do.
Jamie Bell, Family Practice Physician Birmingham, AL
I have the opportunity to work on all types of conditions, with people from all walks of life.
Kim Espinoza, D.D.S. Albuquerque, NM
I’ve always had an interest in public health and wanted to remain in the southwest.
Tommie Stanberry, Physician Assistant Tishomingo, OK
This clinic is needed to treat those who have nowhere else to turn.
Jonathan Leggett, Psychologist Cayuga, IN
I feel like I’m having a much broader impact and I am more connected than I was in previous experiences.