About Us

Our Goals

To have a freestanding, financially viable, community supported clinic staffed by employees and volunteers to provide health and pharmacy services to indigent patients.

Mission Statement

To improve healthcare access for low-income, uninsured residents of Carroll, Grayson, or City of Galax demonstrating the value of community collaboration in an accountable healthcare project that utilizes the charitable gifts of a network of voluntary providers.

History

Baptist Medical Clinic first opened August 3, 1992 and was incorporated June 1993.
Family physician, Ohlen R. Wilson, became convinced that a free clinic would be a worthwhile ministry in the Galax area. Pastor Carroll Golden and the deacons of the First Baptist Church joined him in his quest. The planning committee met for a year, and another year was spent preparing for it.

Who We Are

Providers

Dr. Leo Carter
Bonnie Taylor,  NP

Medical Director

Dr. Robert Pryor

Dr. Robert Pryor

Dr. Robert Pryor has been an internal medicine physician in Galax since 1989. He is currently employed by Carilion Internal Medicine of Galax and is Medical Director of the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties. Dr. Pryor and Dr. Ohlen Wilson started the Free Clinic in 1992 as a ministry of First Baptist Church of Galax. Since then, the Free Clinic has become a service of and to the entire Twin County area. Dr. Pryor was born in Texas and attended Baylor University, Baylor College of Medicine, and Duke University Medical Center Residency in Internal Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine, has served as president of the Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Internal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is a deacon at Skyview Missionary Baptist Church in Fancy Gap, VA, works as a consulting Physician Advisor for Twin County Hospital in Galax, and is on the Board of Directors of Twin County Duke Lifepoint Hospital. He and his wife, Susan, have three adult children.

El Dr. Robert Pryor ha sido médico de medicina interna en Galax desde 1989. Actualmente es empleado de Carilion Internal Medicine of Galax y es director médico de la Clínica gratuita de los condados gemelos. El Dr. Pryor y el Dr. Ohlen Wilson comenzaron la Clínica Gratuita en 1992 como un ministerio de la Primera Iglesia Bautista de Galax. Desde entonces, la Clínica Gratuita se ha convertido en un servicio de y para toda el área del Condado de Twin. El Dr. Pryor nació en Texas y asistió a la Universidad de Baylor, la Facultad de Medicina de Baylor y la Residencia en Medicina Interna del Centro Médico de la Universidad de Duke. Está certificado por la junta en medicina interna, se ha desempeñado como presidente del Capítulo de Virginia de la Sociedad Estadounidense de Medicina Interna y es miembro del Colegio Estadounidense de Médicos. Es diácono en Skyview Missionary Baptist Church en Fancy Gap, VA, trabaja como consultor médico asesor para Twin County Hospital en Galax y forma parte de la junta directiva de Twin County Duke Lifepoint Hospital. Él y su esposa, Susan, tienen tres hijos adultos.

Executive Director

Melissa deal executive director free clinic of the twin counties

Melissa Deal

Melissa Deal was born in Virginia. She is a graduate of Carroll County High School and Wytheville Community College holding an Associates Degree in Administrative Support Technology and Health Information Management. Melissa began working at the Free Clinic in 2015 as part of her college program and quickly realized that God wanted her here.

Melissa Deal nació en Virginia. Se graduó de la Escuela Secundaria del Condado de Carroll y del Colegio Comunitario de Wytheville con un título de asociado en Tecnología de Apoyo Administrativo y Gestión de Información de Salud. Melissa comenzó a trabajar en la Clínica Gratuita en 2015 como parte de su programa universitario y rápidamente se dio cuenta de que Dios la quería aquí.

President

Meagan Helmick

Meagan has lived in the Twin Counties full time since 2018, but has been a part time resident since 2012. She has been active in various non-profits in the area, including Grayson LandCare, Food Independence, and the Medical Reserve Corps. Her family includes her husband Ches, and their two mastiffs (Mya and Warren) and their great dane (Ida Mae). She enjoys hiking and traveling to different countries. She is a regional epidemiologist for the Virginia Department of Health. She has been a member of the Board for 3 years. After graduating from Liberty University with a BS in Health Promotion and an MPH in Nutrition she went on to earn a PhD in health promotion and disease prevention research at UNMC. In addition to working at VDH she also teaches as an adjunct at Old Dominion University.

Meagan ha vivido en los condados gemelos a tiempo completo desde 2018, pero ha sido residente a tiempo parcial desde 2012. Ha estado activa en varias organizaciones sin fines de lucro en el área, incluidas Grayson LandCare, Food Independence y Medical Reserve Corps. Su familia incluye a su esposo Ches y sus dos mastines (Mya y Warren) y su gran danés (Ida Mae). Le gusta hacer senderismo y viajar a diferentes países. Es epidemióloga regional del Departamento de Salud de Virginia. Ha sido miembro de la Junta durante 3 años. Después de graduarse de Liberty University con una licenciatura en Promoción de la Salud y un MPH en Nutrición, obtuvo un doctorado en promoción de la salud e investigación de prevención de enfermedades en UNMC. Además de trabajar en VDH, también enseña como adjunta en la Universidad Old Dominion.

Vice President

Evan Henck

Evan and his wife, Leah, live in the City of Galax with their 3 children. Evan serves as the Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for Grayson County and was elected to the Galax City Council in 2022. He enjoys contributing to the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties because he believes everyone should be able to access affordable healthcare.

Evan y su esposa, Leah, viven en la Ciudad de Galax con sus 3 hijos. Evan se desempeña como Fiscal Adjunto Jefe de la Commonwealth para el condado de Grayson y fue elegido miembro del Concejo Municipal de Galax en 2022. Le gusta contribuir a la Clínica gratuita de los condados gemelos porque cree que todos deberían poder acceder a una atención médica asequible.

Secretary & Treasurer

Vacant

Additional Board Members

 

Tracy Farmer

Tracy is a lifelong resident of the Twin Counties. After graduating from Galax High, she received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Wytheville Community College and her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Radford University. She is a Registered Nurse at Twin County Regional Hospital where she has been employed for 30 years. Her nursing experience includes medical-surgical nursing, home health care, diabetes education, case management and quality assurance. She currently serves as the Clinical Specialist for Quality and the Patient Safety Officer at TCRH. She has been married to Mark for 30 years and they have 2 grown children. She is a member of Blue Ridge Fellowship.

Tracy es una residente de toda la vida de los condados gemelos. Después de graduarse de Galax High, recibió su título de asociado en enfermería de Wytheville Community College y su licenciatura en enfermería de la Universidad de Radford. Ella es enfermera registrada en Twin County Regional Hospital, donde ha trabajado durante 30 años. Su experiencia en enfermería incluye enfermería médico-quirúrgica, atención médica domiciliaria, educación sobre diabetes, gestión de casos y control de calidad. Actualmente se desempeña como Especialista Clínica de Calidad y Oficial de Seguridad del Paciente en TCRH. Ha estado casada con Mark durante 30 años y tienen 2 hijos adultos. Es miembro de Blue Ridge Fellowship.

 

 

Kevin Kemp

Kevin is a lifelong resident of Carroll County. He is married to his wife, Sandra and has two adult children. They are active members of Sky View Baptist Church in Fancy Gap.He has been in the law enforcement field for twenty-four years and currently serves as Sheriff of Carroll County, Virginia. He has been honored to serve on the Twin County Free Clinic for several years.

Kevin es un residente de toda la vida del condado de Carroll. Está casado con su esposa Sandra y tiene dos hijos adultos. Son miembros activos de la Iglesia Bautista Sky View en Fancy Gap. Ha estado en el campo de la aplicación de la ley durante veinticuatro años y actualmente se desempeña como alguacil del condado de Carroll, Virginia. Ha tenido el honor de servir en la Clínica Gratuita del Condado de Twin durante varios años.

 

 

Sheila Key

Sheila Key is a Grayson County native and cares about the wellbeing of her community and fellow citizens. She joined the Free Clinic board in the early 2000’s and served as Secretary through 2021. She is employed by Vaughan-Bassett Furniture and attends Haven of Rest Bible Church. She served three terms on the Galax Foundation for Excellence in Education and currently sits on the Galax High School’s CTE/STEM committee. Sheila enjoys fitness and being outdoors.

Sheila Key es nativa del condado de Grayson y se preocupa por el bienestar de su comunidad y sus conciudadanos. Se unió a la junta de Free Clinic a principios de la década de 2000 y se desempeñó como secretaria hasta 2021. Trabaja en Vaughan-Bassett Furniture y asiste a Haven of Rest Bible Church. Sirvió tres períodos en la Fundación Galax para la Excelencia en la Educación y actualmente forma parte del comité CTE/STEM de Galax High School. A Sheila le gusta hacer ejercicio y estar al aire libre.

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