Good Shepherd Clinic is grateful to all the volunteers who give so generously of their time and expertise to serve the needs of our patients. Recently, several people have joined the board or have volunteered their services in the clinic. We would like to welcome them to Good Shepherd and thank them for bringing their special talents to our growing staff of volunteers.
Joey Homans: Board member
Joey graduated cum laude from Washington State with a BA degree, and earned a JD degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law which included one year at UGA law school. Joey is a longstanding (1989 – present) member of the law firm of Fox, Chandler, Homans, Hicks & McKinnon, with offices in Dawsonville and Gainesville. Joey served as General Counsel for Etowah Water (1993-2004), Gilmer County Board of Tax Assessors (2008-2012), Hall County Board of Tax Assessors (2010-2016), Dawson County (1997-2016), and the City of Demorest (2014–Present). Joey is very active in the Dawson Community ranging from a youth sports coach, member of Kiwanis (former President) and member of the Dawson Chamber of Commerce.
Jo Brewer: Board member
Jo Brewer graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a BS degree in Clinical Laboratory Science and a Masters of Business Administration. She is currently the Executive Director of the Medical Plaza 400 and Laboratory Services for Northeast Georgia Health System where she has been employed for over 30 years. She serves as the 2017 Chairman of the Board of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce. She is also a board member of the Georgia Chapter of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association and an active member of the Dawson County Rotary Club. She is an active member of Grace Episcopal Church where she serves as Lay Eucharistic Minister and Lay Reader.
Brian Burke, DO: Board member
Dr. Burke was a medic in the 9th Infantry Division for 3 years after graduating from high school in Kettering, Ohio. After completing his enlistment, he attended Wright State University before graduating from The Ohio State University with a Doctorate in Optometry in 1990. He then completed a one year residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Chillicothe, Ohio. After 20 years in north metro Atlanta, he eventually opened Dawson Vision eye clinic in 2003. Locally, he has been awarded the ‘Outstanding Citizen of the Year’ in 2015 and ‘Business Leader of the Year’ in 2016. He has been an active member of the Dawson County Rotary Club since 2005 and a volunteer doctor at the Good Shepherd Clinic since 2015.
Pat Reed, DDS and Linda Reed, DDS: Clinic volunteers
Drs. Pat and Linda Reed both received their DDS degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. They established a family dental practice in Crystal Lake, Illinois where they practiced for 28 years. They moved to Dawson County (Big Canoe) in June 2016 and immediately began involving themselves in the community as volunteers. They both volunteer in Good Shepherd’s dental clinic.
Richard Allen Ryder, MD: Clinic volunteer
Dr. Ryder received his MD degree from Wake Forest University Medical School and cardiology training at Georgetown University. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He served two years in the Public Health Service, after which he practiced with Cardiology Associates in Binghamton, NY, and most recently, Piedmont Heart. He is the author of a medical novel.
Welcome back Dr. Anderson
Larry W. Anderson, DO, who served as Medical Director of Good Shepherd Clinic from its inception, has returned as a clinic volunteer after taking a leave of absence for one year. During that year he fulfilled his responsibilities as President of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, which included extensive travel, in addition to maintaining his private practice in Dawsonville. Dr. Anderson is Clinical Preceptor for the Georgia Campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He also serves as Chair of the County Board of Health in Dawson County, and is a member of Vietnam Veterans of America, Dawsonville chapter. He is board certified in osteopathic family medicine and was a reviewer for both the Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners and the Georgia Medical Care Foundation. All of the patients and staff of Good Shepherd Clinic are excited to welcome back Dr. Anderson, who will volunteer at the clinic on Thursdays from 8:45 – 11AM.