The clinic is primarily staffed with volunteers for both medical and non-medical positions. You can be a part of our volunteer staff. See the volunteer sections of the web site. A small full time staff coordinates the efforts of our volunteer staff. Currently they include:
Medical Director (Volunteer Part Time): Dr. Robert E. Bowers, MD FACS, who has a long history of service to the community, is serving as our Medical Director. Dr. Bowers is a past president of the Hamilton County Medical Society and the Tennessee Medical Society. He is highly respected by his peers. Dr. Bowers was named Tennessee Medical Association’s "Physician of the Year" in April, 2005 and he received Memorial Hospital’s Humanitarian Award in November of that same year. On February 8, 2011, Dr. Bowers received the 2011 Jack B. McConnell, MD award for Excellence in Volunteerism from the American Medical Association.
Clinic Director: Sharon Stewart has followed the VIM Chattanooga Clinic since January, 2004, when she heard Dr. Jack McConnell speak at Christ United Methodist Church. Sharon has extensive experience managing physician offices with the past 25 years spent at Mountain Management Services/Memorial Health Care System and Chattanooga Orthopedic Clinic, Inc.
Medical Personnel Trainer (Part Time): Laura S. Grody. Laura has been a volunteer nurse with VIM-Chattanooga since 2010. She has a BSN from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA. In addition to her nursing volunteer work, she has also been very active serving The Bethlehem Center and McCallie School parent’s organization. VIM is pleased to add this role to its staff to expedite the training of medical volunteers. Laura is married and a mother of three sons.
Volunteer Coordinator (Part Time): Toni Silverblatt is very well-organized and personable with our volunteers. A Cum Laude graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Toni has been varied being named National Territory Manager of the Year as well as teaching preschool where she is loved by both her students and parents. These careers have prepared Toni well for her role as Volunteer Coordinator.
Office Assistant: Jacqui Ricketson. She brings to VIM 27 years of healthcare and management experience. Her enthusiasm and patient centered values blend well with the VIM mission.
Nurse Practitioner: The role of nurse practitioner is being supplied by SON Superior Staffing. Four Nurse practitioners are job sharing this role. Their combined years of experience and their educational strength in this field have benefited VIM tremendously. Their commitment and organization have provided stability to this role.
Nurse (Part Time): Jennifer Thompson-Malone, R.N. has spent a career in the field of nursing. The past 21 years Jennifer has been at Erlanger Health Systems in areas of cardiac care, pre and post-operative care, EKG interpretation, and supervisory position. She has trained nurses in cardiac care including our own Denise Smith.
Dispensary Technician: Kristen Curtis, VIM’s first fulltime dispensary tech, joined the staff in January, 2008. She has worked in the Chattanooga area after receiving her Pharmacy Tech training from Chattanooga State and obtaining her national certification in 2007. Previously, Kristen had worked in a variety of customer contact positions prior to her graduation. She is a tremendous asset and complements the VIM staff and their duties very well.