About Us

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The UKSAC was founded in 1986 by Dr. Abner Golden and Dr. David Cowen as a partnership between the UKCOM and Salvation Army of Central Kentucky. It began in a temporarily walled-off corner of the dining room at the Salvation Army and soon moved to a converted storage closet. In 1992, Dr. John Gurley took over. Under his tenure, medical students in the pre-clinical years became more involved, and the clinic moved to its present space in the W. Arnold Hanger Lodge of the Salvation Army. Dr. Wanda Gonsalves of UKFM assumed directorship in 1997, formalized the M2 officer corps, enhanced UKFM participation, and added an elective focused on the clinic. Beginning in 2003, the clinic directorship passed among several people including Dr. Mel Bennett, Dr. Paul Dassow, and Dr. Jennifer Joyce.

In 2009, a new COM course, Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM), was introduced by John Wilson, Ph.D., UK Behavioral Science. Through this course and service learning experience at the Salvation Army Clinic, COM students are exposed to active learning through placement in clinical sites focused on team-based and interprofessional learning. First-year medical students can fulfill their ICM selective requirement by completing all required orientation training activities, attending at least three clinic nights, keeping a portfolio log of experiences and thoughts for each visit, and completing a brief evaluation form after fulfilling the other mentioned requirements.

In 2010, a partnership with UK’s Good Samaritan Hospital provided the Salvation Army Clinic with access to laboratory services that would not have otherwise been available to patients. Due to the growth and expansion throughout the years, a Board of Directors comprised of physicians, UKCOM Student Affairs administrators, and students was established in 2011 for added clinic oversight and continuity. Throughout all the years, medical students have managed the UK Salvation Army Clinic operations by overseeing everything from procuring supplies to organizing the physician, resident, and student shifts. Today, the clinic occupies approximately 500 square feet with three curtained exam rooms, a basic onsite laboratory, pharmacy, and a separate area for weekly group smoking cessation classes.

Leadership 2020-2021

  • Issac Domenech-Gonzalez
    Issac Domenech-Gonzalez Clinic Manager
  • Daniel Cooper
    Daniel Cooper Clinic Manager
  • Logan Evans
    Logan Evans Financial Manager
  • Sami Abul-Khoudoud
    Sami Abul-Khoudoud Training Coordinator
  • Macey Johnson
    Macey Johnson Training Coordinator
  • Madi Ginn
    Madi Ginn Student Scheduler
  • Kayla Mattingly
    Kayla Mattingly Triage Manager
  • Stuart Jones
    Stuart Jones KYNECT/Insurance Officer
  • Curtis Bethel
    Curtis Bethel Physician Liaison
  • Payton Malone
    Payton Malone KYNECT/Insurance Officer
  • Katie Myers
    Katie Myers Supplies and Lab Manager
  • David Pottinger
    David Pottinger Dermatology Clinic Coordinator
  • Kiah Gledhill
    Kiah Gledhill Smoking Cessation Group Coordinator
  • Hanna Carr
    Hanna Carr Smoking Cessation Group Coordinator
  • Patrick Cordero
    Patrick Cordero Smoking Cessation Group Coordinator
  • Stephanie Strothkamp
    Stephanie Strothkamp Women's Health Clinic Coordinator
  • Meggie Lund
    Meggie Lund Quality Improvement Coordinator
  • Reagan Linton
    Reagan Linton Pediatric Clinic Coordinator
  • Lauren Williams
    Lauren Williams Pediatric Clinic Coordinator
  • Abby Isaacs
    Abby Isaacs Nutrition Clinic Coordinator
  • Jodi Llanora
    Jodi Llanora Nutrition Clinic Coordinator
  • Christina Pistilli
    Christina Pistilli Dermatology Clinic Coordinator
  • Chase Thornton
    Chase Thornton Dermatology Clinic Coordinator
  • Meredith Johnson
    Meredith Johnson Technology Officer
  • Tony Nesta
    Tony Nesta Technology Officer
  • Josie Willis
    Josie Willis MSW Ambassador
  • Emily-Anne Altman
    Emily-Anne Altman Ophthalmology Clinic Coordinator
  • Jack Laureano
    Jack Laureano Ophthalmology Clinic Coordinator
  • Tyler Shimfessel
    Tyler Shimfessel Technology Officer
  • Nicole Robinson
    Nicole Robinson Community Resource Manager
  • Kristin Meyer
    Kristin Meyer Pharmacy Coordinator
  • Millie Ronkainen
    Millie Ronkainen Quality Improvement Coordinator

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