After serving the Healing Bridge Clinic for several years, first as a board member, then board President, then part-time Executive Director, Mike became the first full-time Executive Director on January 1, 2019. Under various phases of Mike’s leadership, the HBC has grown and increased the community impact. He is passionate about serving this faith-based organization and is excited to utilize his experience as an entrepreneur, pastor, and community connector to increase awareness and keep the HBC on mission.
Mike loves PTC and the surrounding area and wants to see the HBC touch as many people as possible while doing everything with excellence. Please contact Mike directly at 470.615.2839 or email@example.com to learn more about the clinic or to become a partner.
Prior to beginning my nursing career in 2014, I have had an active role serving others in my local community. My passion for outreach and service began at my church, Community Christian Church, in Sharpsburg. I was blessed with the opportunity to serve as a Sunday school teacher, which allowed me to connect with school aged children, and act as a mentor and guide on their spiritual journey. After graduating from the nursing program at West Georgia Technical College, and earning my LPN, I was offered a life changing position at Piedmont Fayette Hospital working in the ICU. Being immersed in such a fast paced environment offered the opportunity to expand my healthcare knowledge and training. Taking what I learned from this position, I transitioned into home health care in 2016 specializing in geriatrics. Being able to provide one-on-one healthcare to patients in their own home while ensuring dignity and maintaining independence made me fall in love with nursing all over again.
In 2018 I was blessed to gain the title “Mom.” As a first time mother I had the opportunity to take a step back from my career, and devote my time to my family. This role has taught me true care and endless patience.
I am overjoyed to now have the chance to reach my community in a new and exciting way through Healing Bridge Clinic. Connection, care, and support are key in a healthy lifestyle. I believe that I can deliver not only exceptional healthcare, but in a truly loving and positive environment.
Nursing has been such a blessing to my life. I think I have always wanted to be a nurse, even as a small child. After completing my BSN in 1990, I worked on a medical-surgical unit in a local hospital but knew that I wanted to do more with my career. I continued to grow and learn in the role of a registered nurse but decided to continue with my education and completed my master’s degree in nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 1996. Having the opportunity to care for patients independently has been a wonderful experience. I have worked most of my career in the family practice setting in both Kentucky as well as in Georgia. I have also had the wonderful opportunity to learn and grow as a nursing educator. While teaching at Georgia State University, I was given the opportunity to obtain my Doctoral of nursing practice degree from Georgia College and State University. Obtaining my DNP has allowed me to continue my career in academia. I am currently working full time teaching in the graduate program at Clayton State University began.
Once I began teaching full time, I realized how much I missed the patient interaction and caring for patients in the office. Being able to treat patients at the Healing Bridge clinic has been such a blessing. At the HBC, I can spend more time with each patient than I would be able to in a traditional doctor’s office. The patients feel cared about and cared for in a more personal way. I feel that I can treat each patient more holistically, in spirit, soul and body.
Ray B. Bennett, MD is board certified in family medicine and has over 15 years of experience in research and community health. Committed to serving the community, Dr. Bennett is director of the Healing Bridge Clinic, a non-profit that provides free, primary health care for the uninsured in Fayette, Coweta and South Fulton counties. He believes that everyone on earth has a gift. “The core of my gift is to help others,” he says. “I’ve had the fortune to learn from great educators who provided me a foundation to use that gift of helping others through medicine.”
Board of Directors
Kathy Ryland – President
Michelle Camper – Treasurer
Steve Hanes – Secretary
Dr. Mark Becknell
Dr. Tony Lawson