Mel Leaman Free Clinic

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The strong collaboration and joint mission of the Mel Leaman Free Clinic and Emory & Henry represents an amazing opportunity as both a true civic engagement mission, improving access to high quality, compassionate, patient-centered care to underserved patients in Southwest Virginia, and remarkable interprofessional training opportunities for our health science students.

Complementing the great staff and volunteers of the MLFC, faculty from the School of Health Sciences Departments of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, & Athletic Training programs volunteer their time to provide clinical services to the patients of the Mel Leaman Free Clinic at Emory & Henry. 

In addition, through a collaboration with Wytheville Community College’s Dental Hygiene program, faculty from that program will also provide regular dental hygiene services for patients at our facility.

Together, the multiple staff, volunteers, and volunteer providers and their highly comprehensive services represent a unique collection of healthcare opportunities for some of the most underserved residents of the region, providing multiple primary and specialty care services right within our campus building. To our knowledge, the level of services is beyond what other free clinics in the Nation are able to offer. Just another example of how Emory & Henry and the Mel Leaman Free Clinic set and implement higher goals to live a mission of service towards Appalachian residents.


To enhance community well-being by providing free, compassionate, comprehensive, and high-quality health care services to the underserved of Smyth, Grayson, and Washington counties.

Mel Leaman Free Clinic operates as a private, not-for-profit medical facility and does not receive reimbursement from patients or insurers for services.
All operating funds come from donations and grants.