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Meet Sharon

Sharon directs the Healthcare for the Homeless Suitcase Clinic and teaches at James Madison University in the Physician Assistant program. She completed her physician assistant training at George Washington University and has been providing healthcare to medically underserved people for the past 35 years. This experience working with medically vulnerable people has shown her that, by bringing compassionate healthcare directly to the people who need it, most of the barriers faced by folks who lack resources are eliminated. Sharon believes everyone desires and deserves access to healthcare. 

Sharon and her family moved to the Shenandoah Valley in 1998, a move that brought her closer to her extended family and her home state of Maryland.  The Friendly City has given her many opportunities to participate in community efforts to improve healthcare access.  She has been a volunteer provider with the local free clinics since 1998, joined the Suitcase Clinic in 2016 and volunteered at the three Harrisonburg RAM clinics.  She has held two terms on the board of Our Community Place, one as vice president, and is currently on the board of the Blue Ridge Free Clinic.  Sharon is grateful for the chance to work with Open Doors and is excited about the new possibilities a year-round shelter and service center will bring to the community.

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