40 Clinicians Stories

Stories from the Field. 40 Clinicians in 40 Days

Week Forty

Kelly Love, Psychologist Lincoln, Nebraska

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The internship was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about adult psychopathology.

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Week Thirty Nine

J.B. Allen, Physician Assistant Eureka, Nevada

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The friendships and thank you's make the job worth it.

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Week Thirty Eight

Catherine Hier, Licensed Professional Counselor Littleton, New Hampshire

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I was amazed at the opportunities offered by the NHSC and wondered why I had never heard of the program before

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Week Thirty Seven

Bessie Burk, Family Nurse Practitioner Casa Grande, Arizona

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Making sure that I gave back to my community was just how I was raised

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Week Thirty Six

Sean Boynes, Dentist Florence, South Carolina

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I’m needed. And the rewards are bountiful.

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Week Thirty Five

Justin Clark, Students to Service Awardee Gainesville, Florida

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I chose to attend Meharry because their mission is serving the underserved

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Week Thirty Four

Dagoberto Heredia, Psychiatrist Onaga, Kansas

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I enjoy what I am doing so much, and feel blessed and fortunate to be able to do the work I’m doing.

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Week Thirty Three

Emmanuel Isaac, Family Practice Physician West Park, Florida

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I am very grateful that I can work with this community.

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Week Thirty Two

Rita Meadows, Family Practice Nurse Sussex County, Delaware

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Being creative and knowledgeable of the resources available for diabetic patients is essential.

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Week Thirty One

Beverly Rivard, MAC, Licensed Clinical Social Worker Sitka, Alaska

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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!

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Week Thirty

Christin Donnelly, Student to Service Awardee Baltimore, Maryland

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The opportunity to do hands-on work within underserved communities allowed me to see the kind of difference I could make.

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Week Twenty Nine

Roberto Beltran, Nurse Practitioner Dorchester, Massachusetts

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Getting to know patients and what their life is like allows you to treat them better.

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Week Twenty Eight

Matthew Pflieger, Family Practice Physician Denver, Colorado

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My family physician was my source of inspiration to pursue a career in medicine and help patients who struggle against barriers to health care

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Week Twenty Seven

Elizabeth Murray, Physician Assistant Chicago, Illinois

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I have the opportunity to live and work with this community, and I am so grateful I can afford to stay.

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Week Twenty Six

Silma Martinez, Pediatrician Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

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In Puerto Rico, family is everything. I take care of whole families – brothers and sisters, cousins, even extended families. It’s great!

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Week Twenty Five

Carlene Taylor, Licensed Counselor St. Mary's, Georgia

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My reward comes from watching my patients graduate from my therapy and no longer need me.

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Week Twenty Four

Tinka Barnes, Family Practice Physician Kansas City, Missouri

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Just because it is a community clinic does not mean that that you get sub-par service.

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Week Twenty Three

Ryan Smith, Physician Assistant Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

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We practice hope and reassurance first and medicine second.

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Week Twenty Two

Pauline Rolle, Pediatrician Jacksonville, Florida

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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.

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Week Twenty One

Amy Henke, Clinical Psychologist New Orleans, Louisiana

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The release in their eyes when I tell them that it will, ultimately, be ok is validation for the work that I do.

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Week Twenty

Will Samson, Dentist Havre, MT

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I see the same patients time and time again, which allows me to foster strong, trusting relationships.

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Week Ninteen

Susan Martin, Psychiatric Nurse Practioner Lewiston, ME

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Serving the underserved is rewarding.

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Week Eighteen

Patrick Carrillo, Health Service Psychologist Wenatchee, WA

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Having bilingual staff really makes all the difference in the world for all of the clients that we see.

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Week Seventeen

Emem Ekpenyong, Physician Assistant Fillmore, CA

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I love the community I serve.

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Week Sixteen

Janeice Wooten, Dentist Saginaw, MI

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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.

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Week Fourteen

Firoza Faruqui, Pediatrician Portsmouth, VA

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Every day brings more stories and experiences than I could ever imagine.

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Week Thirteen

Doede Donaugh, Family Practice The Big Island, HI

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I’ve built a trust with my patients...I’m here to help their health in whatever way I can.

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Week Twelve

Joel Hunt, Physician Assistant Salt Lake City, UT

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The NHSC has given me the tools to take my passion for reaching those who are most vulnerable and turn it into my job.

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Week Eleven

Hillary Homburg, DDS Dawes, WV

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I feel fortunate that I can make a difference each day.

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Week Ten

Everol M. Ennis, Nurse Practitioner Hartford, CT

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I take the most pride in seeing patients looking and feeling better.

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Week Nine

Kevin Mahoney, P.A. Utica, NY

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One of the biggest thrills…is seeing people get better.

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Week Eight

Susan Mix, Family Nurse Practitioner White City, OR

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I can point to the difference I am making.

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Week Seven

Darryl L. Adams, MSN, APN-BC Altamont, TN

I never considered rural work, but after taking this job I fell in love with it.

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Week Six

Ashley Landers, Marriage and Family Therapist Buffalo, MN

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I have the opportunity to provide healing to families that have been torn apart by abuse, mental illness, and substance abuse.

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Week Five

Sarah Baker, Family Nurse Practitioner McClusky, ND

Do what you love and love what you do.

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Week Four

Jamie Bell, Family Practice Physician Birmingham, AL

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I have the opportunity to work on all types of conditions, with people from all walks of life. 

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Week Three

Kim Espinoza, D.D.S. Albuquerque, NM

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I’ve always had an interest in public health and wanted to remain in the southwest.

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Week Two

Tommie Stanberry, Physician Assistant Tishomingo, OK

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This clinic is needed to treat those who have nowhere else to turn.

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Week One

Jonathan Leggett, Psychologist Cayuga, IN

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I feel like I’m having a much broader impact and I am more connected than I was in previous experiences.

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