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

serving Connecticut


patients treated

$83 million

in health services

More than 200

active volunteers

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.

Read Karen's Profile

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.

Clinic Staff


Terri McCartney, Director Clinic Operations and Volunteer Services

Mary Balkun, Associate Director Clinics Administration

Lorraine Larkin, Associate, Volunteer Services

Laura Galusha, Data Manager


Boehringer Ingelheim 
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

Board Members

Alma Jane (Leila) Macauley

Co-founder and Vice Chairman, Americares Foundation


Michael J. Nyenhuis

President and Chief Executive Officer


Jerry Leamon

Chairman of the Board, Americares Foundation Former Managing Director, Deloitte


Carol B. Bauer

Former Chairman, Norwalk Hospital Board of Trustees


Karen Gottlieb

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