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Who We Are

Advisory Board:

Karen Schaefer - President

Greg Schaefer - VP, Treasurer, Tech Support

David Skatula - Clinic Manager

Mary Starkebaum - MD, Medical Director

Diane Strom, PharmD, Pharmacy Advisor

The all-volunteer staff includes medical practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, registrars and others.  Many of our registrars have been pre-med students. A number of these have gone on to medical school.

Our volunteer social worker sees all new patients, to help them obtain any medical coverage and direct them to other social servicesthey may qualify for. 

Our Partners:

-North Helpline, clinic landlord, also runs the Lake City Food Bank.

-Northwest Hospital does labs and imaging for our patients at no charge. It provides similar support to the Puget Sound Christian Clinic, another free clinic in North Seattle.

-Lake City Fred Meyer fills prescriptions for our patients, and bills us at a discounted price.

-SHIFA, an organization of medical school volunteers from the University of Washington School of Medicine, not only provides medical care at the clinic, but also donated funds from an auction in 2014 for construction of an exam room, consultation space, and storage area.

-Rotary Clubs of Lake Forest Park, Shoreline, NorthEast Seattle, and Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church provide major funding.

-RotaCare International Puget Sound Chapter provides us with our 501(c)(3) status, and insurance for our board. There are twoother local RotaCare Clinics: Bellevue and Renton.

-Washington Healthcare Access Alliance (WHAA) is a state organization for the 78 free clinics in the state. It sponsors a yearly conference in the fall, and serves as a resource for information.

UW Medical Student Volunteers:

Twice a month, medical students from the University of Washington come with a preceptor to see patients with us.

Their team usually includes 2nd and 4th year medical students, and a coordinator. They also offer a student "patient navigator," who guides patients through the process of obtaining care at hospitals or other clinics.

We especially value the students as partners because of their commitment to the patient access to care. Through SHIFA (Student Health Initiative for Access), they also volunteer at several other venues: Othello Station Clinic for Somalis, HIV testing on Capitol Hill, University District Street Medicine, Casa Latina Referral Clinic, Aloha Inn Clinic in Queen Ann,Mary's Place and in Pioneer Square. SHIFA means "heal" in Arabic.