Our Mission

The Knox Clinic is a volunteer based non-profit advocating for and providing free/low cost medical, dental, prescription assistance, and mental health and wellness services to the uninsured and underinsured in Knox County, plus our border towns. We believe everyone deserves access to quality care!

Our Story

The Knox County Health Clinic was founded in June of 1999 by Dr. Paul and Jeannie Klainer with significant community support to provide primary medical care to the working people of Knox County, Maine who cannot afford their own health insurance and do not qualify for Medicaid, Medicare or other programs. A Dental Program was added in April of 2001 that serves patients both without insurance and those on Medicaid as there are no dentists in the region accepting Medicaid. In 2003, the Clinic began assisting patients in obtaining free medications through a Prescription Assistance Program (PAP). In 2008, the Clinic expanded its services to include mental health and wellness services.

Over 50 volunteers and 10 part time staff provide approximately 1,300 dental visits, 450 mental health and wellness visits, 400 medical visits, and $1,400,000 dollars worth of free medication to the community every year.

After over twenty years in operation, we have grown, but we have not changed who we are: a grassroots, community supported network of over 50 volunteers. We are so proud of the incredible community support for our patients. Many of the volunteers have been helping at the Clinic for 10 to 15 years, primarily because the work is so rewarding. They can see what a difference their time and talents are making. Volunteers have helped diabetic patients regain control over their lives, brought back smiles to people who used to hide them in shame, and given essential care and vaccines to students now working as nurses and dentists in our community. For every success story, there is a person who is now able to live a healthy and productive life, the ripple effect this has in our community is immeasurable and tremendously valuable.

Our Funding

The Clinic currently receives no monies from government grants or subsidies, or insurance companies. Rather, we depend on the continued financial support from our community members and local organizations to sustain our operating budget. Thank you for making our work possible!

Our Staff

We are all part time and work hard to make our volunteers happy and efficient! To contact us please call 207-301-6996 or email us at info@knoxclinic.org

Administrative and Medical Assistant – Brittany Kirkham

Clinical Director – Matthew Turner, PA-C

Dental Hygienist – Ali Gaeth, RDH

Dentist – Robert Grassi, DMD

Dental Assisstant – Jillian Fitzpatrick

Development Director – Karen Brace

Executive Director – Meredith Batley

Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator – Justine Charbonneau, LMSW-cc

Prescription Assistance Coordinator – Lisa Mele

Special Projects and Wellness Coordinator – Jesse Lucas, MSW


Our Board of Directors

Amy Barnett, LADC

Sheri Dacso, JD DrPH

Ed Doudera, Esq, Vice President

Jack Gee, DMD

Jeri Holm, RN

Jeanne Klainer, Treasurer and Clerk

Paul Klainer, MD, President and Medical Director

Rebecca Laliberte, DMD

Steve Lindsay

Sharon McDermott, RN

Steve Mansfield

Jim Pacheco

Matthew Turner, PA-C, Clinical Director


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