Our Lady of Guadalupe Free Clinic started as a simple dream between two friends to reach out to those in need and provide medical care for a few people who were concerned about their health care. Over the past years, OLGFC has grown and is currently serving the needs of the uninsured in southwestern Minnesota. Our clinic is operating approximately every two-three months at the office of Worthington Chiropractic Center in Worthington, MN. We also have an office located in Worthington which handles our appointment scheduling and follow-up care for weekly visits.
Dr. Dave Plevak & Fr. Jim Callahan
MEET OUR STAFF
Sue Salzwedel | Staff: Executive Director
Master of Science degree in Education, Winona State University
MS courses in ESL from Hamline University
The Worthington area is my lifetime home! Maybe you are stranger (but not for long), an acquaintance, classmate, student, friend, or family member, I will use my passion and caring for my community to continue the mission of OLGFC! Thank you for compassion in volunteering! Thank you for your generous, heartfelt donations! Feel free to reach out to me!
Mariana Gutierrez | Staff: Clinic Director
Working with the volunteers and patients of OLGFC has been wonderful for me. One of the greatest pleasures in my work is being able to assist those people in my community who were unable to access health care. The relationships and trust that is developing is incredible and grows with each clinic.
MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS
Dave Plevak, MD. | OLGFC Co-Medical Director
Graduate of Marquette University and The Medical College of Wisconsin
Board Certified in Internal Medicine Anesthesiology, and Critical Care Medicine
Roman Catholic Deacon, Diocese of Winona
I have known Father Jim for almost 20 years. When he moved to Worthington, he was impressed that many of his parishioners had little or no access to healthcare. He asked me to come to Worthington to see for myself. I did. I saw a great need. I also met a great community of people who continue to give to me as much or more than I give to them.
Margaret Gill, MD. | OLGFC Co-Medical Director
Department of Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Sidna Tulledge-Scheitel, MD. | OLGFC Associate Medical Director
Department Chair, Primary Care Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Fr. James Callahan | OLGFC Spiritual Director & Board President
Senior Pastor, St. Mary's Church - Worthington, MN
Not long ago, a man asked me to describe in one word the OLG Free Clinic. The first word that came to my mind was CORAZON, or HEART. I see the heart as the center of life and the place of ultimate understanding. Love has the spiritual power that truly heals, liberates and changes people.
The beginning of OLG Free Clinic is a love story of two friends who fell in love with the immigrant and the materially poor and welcomed every opportunity to enter into their lives and truly become one of them. Gradually we became incarnated into this culture as we experienced a gradual transformation of the Corazon Imigrante y Pobre into our own body and soul.
We saw in these communities of people a God infused wisdom and clarity that emerged from the radical simplicity of their lives, and their daily suffering and total dependence on God. Thus was born the Our Lady of Guadalupe Free Clinic.
Dr. Alan Ebbers | OLGFC Board Vice President
Worthington Chiropractic Clinic
Kathy Hayenga | OLGFC Board Treasurer
Co-Owner ReMax Premier Realty, Worthington, MN
The incredible people that give of their time and talents for the individuals who use the clinic are a joy to be around. The individuals that come to the clinic are so thankful and full of love. I feel very blessed to be a part of such a wonderful organization!
Brian Hagen | OLGFC Pharmacy Director & Board Member
Sterling Drug - Worthington
Maria del Rosario Barrera | OLGFC Board Member
Director of Faith Formation - St. Mary's Church - Worthington
Kathy Lesnar | OLGFC Director of Development
University of North Dakota: Bacholor of Science, Business Administration and Marketing
It is with great joy that I share my time and talents with OLGFC. What started as an attempt to serve and bless the poor and marginalized in my community, has turned into one of the great blessing in MY life. The warmth and love I feel each time I am with the staff, volunteers and patients of OLGFC is overwhelming! I am so grateful to the many people who have brought this much needed clinic to Worthington!
Catherine Marrs Fuchsel | OLGFC Director of Domestic Counseling
Associate Professor, Director of Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Program
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) University of St. Thomas
MSW; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
PhD; (Social Work) Arizona State University; Area of research; Prevention of domestic violence and sexual abuse
I became involved in OLGFC because I saw the need for counseling among individuals, couples, and families in the community. A mental health component was added to the services offered at OLGFC because often times patients need to talk to someone about their life situation and challenges. Every person living in a community is important and their needs matter - regardless of where they come from and how they got here. Patient centered quality health care and counseling services is for all of us.
Maria Willrich, PhD | OLGFC Director of Laboratory Services
Clinical Chemistry Fellow - Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
PhD in Clinical Chemistry;
I am involved in OLGFC because I am from Brazil, a Latin American country, and have always wanted to make a difference in people's lives with my work in laboratory medicine. I love all the lab work and have been involved in the past year managing lab activities. I am really passionate about the cause and I truly believe that OLGFC truly makes a difference for the community.
Kelli Borrero | OLGFC Director of Language Interpretation, Consultation Recording and Patient Advocacy (Clinic Operations)
Kristina Tiedje | Language Interpretation
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Université Lumiére Lyon II (France), currently on leave for research in the U.S.
Education: MA (Ethnology), PhD (Anthropology)
As an anthropologist, I have lived and worked with rural and indigenous peoples in Latin America and with immigrants and refugees in the United States. My volunteer work and research with migrant workers and community health clinics across Minnesota has made me aware of the health inequities in our communities. New immigrants and other vulnerable populations face obstacles to gain access to affordable healthcare. I hope that my work with OLGFC makes a difference to effect change in our commmunities and take action against a cycle of poverty and disease.
Lynn Farrell | OLGFC Advisory Board Member/Development
MA Philanthropy and Development, St. Mary's University
Clinical Assistant - Mayo Clinic
The people this clinic serves have witnessed to me repeatedly how their deep and rich faith has helped them overcome so many obstacles. The patients are so appreciative of the life-giving care provided. It is my honor and privilege to be able to share the gifts I have and be part of a team that works together to forward the mission of Our Lady of Guadalupe Free Clinic.
Fr. Luis Vargas | OLGFC Advisory Board Member
St Francis, Rochester MN- Parochial Vicar
Fr. Cathal Gallagher | OLGFC Advisory Board Member
Pastor, St Pauls Catholic Church - Armour, SD
Missionary Priest in Japan 1974-1996
Pastoral Work in US 1996-Present
I am involved in OLGFC because I like Hispanic people and I care for their plight. Through this work I have developed a greater realization that life is a struggle and that we are here for one another.
Luz Cazares | OLGFC Advisory Board Member
Fr. Jose Lizardo Morales | OLGFC Latino Faith & Culture Advisor
Chaplain, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Education: Philosophy, Theology and Psychology
I had the opportunity to be a part of the birth of OLG Free Clinic. As a pastor we visited homes and encountered the harsh reality of people without health insurance. OLGFC is a ray of hope and is a great blessing in the midst of physical and emotional pain. I will continue to support this clinic that has brought much relief and rest to many people.