Health Center

About FOCUS + Pittsburgh’s Free Health Center

Established as a Volunteer in Medicine (VIM) facility, the Free Health Center has a team of Volunteer Medical Professionals who provide skilled and compassionate care, while nonclinical volunteers provide help with answering patient phone calls and assisting with applications for care.  Our volunteers together with our staff care for patients according to the VIM’s “culture of caring” model that values how an individual is treated just as much as the treatment they receive.

For information on how you can support this initiative, please contact
Kristina Abernathy,
Clinic Administrator

Clinic Volunteers

Our list of volunteer healthcare professionals continues to grow.  We are blessed to have such an extraordinary group and are so thankful for their contributions.  Rocco Adams, MD, Medical Director; Irene Zervos, MD, Primary Care Physician; David Rottinghaus, MD, Primary Care Physician; Diane Karnavas, DMD, Dental Director; George Bellios, DMD, Dental Director; John Moraca, MD, OBGYN; Gregory Thorkelson, MD, Psychiatrist; Todd Hertzberg, MD, Consultant; Thomas McClure, MD; Consultant; Matthew Walsh, PhD, Counselor; Jessica Vannucci, BSN, RN, Registered Nurse; Katherine Pyros, BSN, MSN, RN, Registered Nurse; Deborah Fekos, OT, Occupational Therapist; Katherine Mitchell, RD, CSO, LDN, Dietician; Chris Antypas, PharmD, Consultant; Ken Glick, PharmD, Consultant; Terri Kroh, PharmD, Consultant; Valerie Watzlaf, PhD, Consultant.

The Need

FOCUS Pittsburgh Free Health Center has a patient list grows on a daily basis. There is an acute need for primary and mental health care in the neighborhood. In order to reduce the wait for patients, we are in need of volunteer doctors, nurses, and specialty health professionals (to help us complete the follow-up for our patients).

Available Services

FPFHC provides adult health care including:

* Primary care
* Diagnosis and management of chronic diseases of moderate severity
* Disease screening for hypertension and diabetes
* Medication reviews
* Mental Health care
* Dental care referrals

FPFHC does not provide pediatric care or emergency services.

Applying for Services

FOCUS + Pittsburgh’s Free Health Center provides free, quality primary medical and mental health services to uninsured individuals of greater Pittsburgh who meet eligibility requirements.

* FPFHC does not discriminate based on religious beliefs, race, gender, ethnicity, age, or physical disability.
* FPFHC provides only health services. It is not a form of health insurance coverage.
* FPFHC is not a walk-in clinic. Volunteer doctors are only available by scheduled appointment.
* We do not treat children under the age of 19.  In Pennsylvania, children are covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants may qualify for care if they meet the following three criteria. Eligibility is reevaluated annually.

1. They have no coverage under any other health insurance plan for the service for which they are applying, AND

2. Their household income does not exceed 200% of the poverty level, based on Federal Poverty Guidelines, AND

3. They do not qualify for Medicaid, Medicare or other government supported programs.


People who make the best FPFHC volunteers are ones who feel passionate about our mission.  FPFHC recruits and trains local volunteers in a variety of roles that may include:  receptionists, schedulers, greeters, pharmacists, assistants, eligibility screeners, interpreters, and others.

Medical Volunteers

Our medical volunteers tend to our patients, offering first-rate care. They sacrifice time out of their busy schedules to ensure that our patients are treated by trained professionals with the utmost care and respect. Our medical volunteers include:  Physicians and Registered Nurses.

Dental Volunteers

Similarly, our dental volunteers give back to the community by donating their time and talent to provide quality dental care for our patients. Our dental volunteers include: Dentists, Hygienists, and Oral Surgeons/Specialists.

Become a Volunteer

If you would like to volunteer at FPFHC, please contact Kristina Abermathy, Clinic Administrator, 412-502-5024 and

Become a Donor

Funding is also needed for equipment and medical supplies.  FPFHC receives some funding from foundations and other sources.  However, your support is needed to sustain existing services and to expand capacity to reach more and more people.  Please consider making a generous donation to FPFHC.