About Americares Free Clinics
The mission of the Americares Free Clinics is to provide quality health care to low-income, uninsured patients in a setting where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.
Americares founder Bob Macauley opened our first clinic in 1994 to expand access to care for the working poor. Over the years, our program has grown to become the largest free clinic network in the state with four locations serving 3,000 patients annually. Today, our clinics in Bridgeport, Danbury, Norwalk and Stamford are a lifeline for low-income uninsured residents from across Fairfield County.
We care for patients with diabetes, hypertension, asthma and other chronic conditions, as well as provide treatment for minor injuries and sudden illnesses like the flu. Without our services, many would rely on emergency rooms for primary care services – or worse – delay care until they have a medical emergency. Over the years, 26,000 of our neighbors in need have received more than $75 million in free health care services.
Over 20 Years
Supported by local philanthropy, our clinics are an example of a community coming together to help patients in need.
Our clinics are staffed by volunteer doctors, nurses, interpreters and administrative help, and draw on the resources of community hospitals, laboratories, specialists and pharmacies to ensure comprehensive outpatient care. Patients receive essential prescription medications at little or no charge through Patient Assistance Programs, donated medicines and our relationships with local pharmacies.
Americares Free Clinics is a member of the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics and licensed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Karen Gottlieb is the Executive Director of Americares Free Clinics where she oversees and directs all activities including training, fundraising, program development and recruitment of staff and volunteers.
Terri McCartney, Director Clinic Operations and Volunteer Services
Mary Balkun, Associate Director Clinics Administration
Lorraine Larkin, Associate, Volunteer Services
Laura Galusha, Data Manager
Americares Free Clinic of Danbury
Dina Valenti, Clinic Director
Judy Hottle, Assistant Director
Anne Darby, Nurse Practitioner
Mary Beth Fessler, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Dvorkin, Nurse Practitioner
John Weggeman, Administrative Assistant
Christine Regan, Administrative Assistant
Karen Johnstone, Administrative Assistant
Katherine Kinasewicz, Administrative Assistant
Sonia Kieras, Staff Nurse
Juanita Castillo, Health Coach
Bob Macauley Americares Free Clinic of Norwalk
Barbara McCabe, Clinic Director
Caitlin Behrman, Assistant Director
Gail Banigan, Patient Care Coordinator
Camille Weis, Nurse Practitioner
Fred Weisman Americares Free Clinic of Bridgeport
Jennifer DaSilva, Director
Karina Rodriguez, Patient Care Coordinator
Diana Lindahl, Nurse Practitioner
Laura Burr, Nurse Practitioner
Americares Free Clinic of Stamford
Muguette Maignan, Clinic Director
Natalie Argueta, Assistant Director
Cindy Lozano, Patient Care Coordinator
Alma Jane (Leila) Macauley
Co-founder and Vice Chairman, Americares Foundation
Michael J. Nyenhuis
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chairman of the Board, Americares Foundation Former Managing Director, Deloitte
Carol B. Bauer
Former Chairman, Norwalk Hospital Board of Trustees
Executive Director, Americares Free Clinics
C. Dean Maglaris
CEO, Cytogel Pharma, LLC
Stephen Winter, M.D
Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Norwalk Hospital; Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale University
The Americares Free Clinics were established in 1994 to serve the medical needs of the working poor. We are a 501 (c)(3) organization, separate but affiliated with Americares Foundation.