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Pictured from left are new Community Care Clinic staff members Karen Williams, Mark Fanatico and Jenna Crawley. Anna Oakes | Watauga Democrat

Originally published: 2013-08-16 09:09:30
Last modified: 2013-08-16 09:24:44

Care Clinic welcomes three to staff

by Anna Oakes

Three new faces have joined the staff of the Community Care Clinic, which is now able to provide services to more patients than ever, executive director Melissa Selby said.

Founded in 2006 and located off of Bamboo Road in Boone, the nonprofit Community Care Clinic provides free health care to patients without health insurance.

Joining the staff as a part-time medical provider is Karen Williams, who previously volunteered at the clinic prior to obtaining her family nurse practitioner degree.

Her position is funded by the N.C. Office of Rural Health and Community Care.

"This is the first time we've had more than one paid medical provider ever," Selby said. "We adore our volunteer medical providers, but we needed even more."

Jenna Crawley joins the clinic as a mental health therapist.

Her full-time position, funded by a grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, is split between the clinic and the Hospitality House homeless shelter, which is located next door.

Crawley is licensed in counseling and clinical addiction and previously worked for Daymark Recovery Services and New River Behavioral Health.

Mark Fanatico, a former member of the Peace Corps and employee of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, is the new volunteer coordinator.

In his part-time position, Fanatico will help schedule more than 100 volunteers who serve the clinic's patients.

Selby said the clinic is accepting new patients, and currently the wait for an appointment is about two weeks.

"They just need to be uninsured," she noted.

"We are just so fortunate right now," she said. "This is the biggest and probably strongest staff we've ever had. It's a really exciting time for us."

For more information about the clinic, including appointments and free health education classes, visit or call (828) 265-8591.