About

Our 2008 Leadership and Staff
2006 Board of Directors
Greg Neal
Mary Margaret Denton
Russ Rogers
Gary Poe
Gary Mayes
Harold Naramore
Ellen Sewell
Roger Mowen
Dorothy Wallin
Craig Kilgore
Wally Boyd
Mary Ann Foster
Staff
Al Wargo- Executive Director
Nathan Ridgeway, MD – Medical Director
Eugene Archer, DDS- Dentist
Sonya Martin, DDS – Dentist
Melissa Davis- RN
Patricia Downs- RN
Gincy Hannah- RN
Ruth Manis- LPN
Shanan D. Smith – Pharmacy Technician
Pat Summers – RN
Mary Doran-Bleck – Dental Assistant
Linda Williams – Dental Assistant
Kristi Wallen – Administrative Assistant
Trish Litaker – Medical ReceptionistFRIENDS IN NEED Health Center Inc. opened its doors in 1995 when community leaders identified the need for healthcare services for the medically underserved people living and working in the greater Kingsport area. The community agencies involved included Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center, Junior League of Kingsport and several local churches. From those humble beginnings, the organization has grown from 500 patient visits in 1995 to over 4,000 in 2004

FRIENDS IN NEED provides on-site primary care and dental care as well as referrals to other volunteer physicians and professionals for specialized care.

We serve the working uninsured in Sullivan, Hawkins, Washington, and Greene counties in Tennessee, and Scott, Wise, and Lee counties in Virginia. These include working single-parent families; people who are working but do not have the income to purchase insurance, those who have jobs that don’t provide insurance (part time and full) and people who are becoming independent from government-assistance programs.

Friends In Need continually strives to offer the best on-site primary and dental care to those in our area who need it most. This work could not be done without the generosity of our volunteers and  donors throughout our community.