About Us

Our Vision

Our desire is to see our community transformed as we provide care that is:

Preventative

Countering disease before it's onset through diet, exercise and health education.

Relational

Walking with our patients toward healing through relationships built on trust and mutual respect.

Holistic

Seeking healing in all dimensions of life - physically, spiritually, emotionally and economically.

Culutrally Appropriate

Eliminating healthcare barriers and bridging cultural, racial and linguistic divides.

Empowering

Equipping our community to take ownership of their health, and realize their own health goals.

Our Financial Partners

Meet our Staff

Michele Pickett

Executive Director, M.D.

Michele Pickett
Michele Pickett
Executive Director, M.D.

Jill Fikkert

Director of Nursing, RN, BSN

Jill Fikkert
Jill Fikkert
Director of Nursing, RN, BSN

Becca L. Graham

Practice Manager

Becca L. Graham
Becca L. Graham
Practice Manager

Erika Stuart

Development Director

Erika Stuart
Erika Stuart
Development Director

Lolita Bryson

Community Outreach Director

Lolita Bryson
Lolita Bryson
Community Outreach Director

Anna Rose Carlson

M.D.

Education

Kansas City University of Medicine
Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine

Residency

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Background

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Anna Rose Carlson
Anna Rose Carlson
M.D.

Vanessa Pigg

M.D.

Vanessa Pigg
Vanessa Pigg
M.D.

Jennifer Hartline

FNP

Jennifer Hartline
Jennifer Hartline
FNP

Sadie McElrath

FNP

Sadie McElrath
Sadie McElrath
FNP

Lynn Smith

RN, BSN

Lynn Smith
Lynn Smith
RN, BSN

Karen Ramos

RN, BSN

Karen Ramos
Karen Ramos
RN, BSN

Delaney Driscoll

Community Health Worker, MA

Delaney Driscoll
Delaney Driscoll
Community Health Worker, MA

Faviana Gaspar

Community Health Worker

Faviana Gaspar
Faviana Gaspar
Community Health Worker

Emily Sanders

Front office Receptionist

Emily Sanders
Emily Sanders
Front office Receptionist

Our History

Origin
2006

Origin

LifeSpring Community Health began as the “Children’s Clinic at St. Andrew’s, a neighborhood center in urban Chattanooga.

An elementary school teacher contacted the Director of the St. Andrew’s Center concerned about her uninsured students who were not receiving medical care. The Director contacted Dr. Michele Pickett (MD, ED) with these concerns and offered to provide space for a free clinic to serve these families.

Dr. Pickett was quick to take action, forming a team of nurses and volunteers, opening a small after-school clinic, providing medical care more than just a clinic. Dr. Pickett, Jill Fikkert (RN, Director of Nursing), and their team were deeply involved in the community providing health education through partnerships with summer camps and advocating for patients and families.

2006
October: Highland Park

October: Highland Park

LifeSpring provides part-time pediatric medical services to Highland Park.

June: New City
2008

June: New City

The Children’s Clinic functioned as a ministry of New City Fellowship until June 30th, 2008.

2008
August: Joining an Incubator

August: Joining an Incubator

LifeSpring became an incubated ministry of Hope For the Inner City. This designation allowed the ministry to grow until it became a separate non-profit organization. LifeSpring continues to remain in partnership with HFIC and spiritually accountable to New City Fellowship.

"Good Choices - LifeSpring Clinic focuses on healthy living"
2009

"Good Choices - LifeSpring Clinic focuses on healthy living"

The Chattanooga Times Free Press publishes an article on LifeSpring! "Changing unhealthy behaviors is a great challenge, said Dr. Pickett, and education alone is not the answer.
“We need to build relationships with the community where we can work together to change those behaviors," she said.

Click HERE to read the full article!

2009
501(c)3 Status
2010

501(c)3 Status

LifeSpring Community Health became it's own 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

2010
Spring: Expanding Services
2011

Spring: Expanding Services

After retiring in 2010 as a community pediatrician at age 88, Dr. Minnie Vance generously invited LifeSpring to use the building in which she practiced for 58 years. So in the Spring of 2011, with the help of numerous volunteers, LifeSpring renovated the new clinic space and moved from the St. Andrews Center to its current location.

2011
August: Seeing New Patients

August: Seeing New Patients

In August of 2011, we began seeing patients at the new site. The building provided LifeSpring with room to see more patients and to expand services to those with TennCare and private insurance. By the end of 2011, we expanded our services from being an after-school clinic to seeing our patients 4 days a week.

"A lifeline for the uninsured"
2012

"A lifeline for the uninsured"

On June 13th, 2012 the Chattanooga Times Free Press published an article on LifeSpring titled " LifeSpring a lifeline for the uninsured". "The way we work with our uninsured patients is we raise support to cover the care we give them," said Life Spring Director of Nursing Jill Fikkert, an RN for the last 27 years. "That's why we are here. We started to be able to serve the underserved folks. We have people that can't give us anything and we don't turn them away."

Click HERE to read the full article.

2012
A permanent home
2016

A permanent home

LifeSpring purchased the 2507 building on McCallie Ave, ensuring a continued presence and commitment to the children and families of urban Chattanooga.

2016
Community Health Workers
2017

Community Health Workers

Funding was granted to hire 2 Community Health Workers. The Community Health Worker program expanded the past Promatora de Salud project, through which LifeSpring hired a community health worker who facilitated care for Latino patients at LifeSpring Pediatrics. This helped LifeSpring to extend health care beyond the clinic walls into the neighborhoods where patients, live, play, and attend school.

The Community Health Workers aim is to connect, educate and empower our entire community.

2017
Where are we now?
2018

Where are we now?

At LifeSpring, 4 new Staff Positions made 14 on our team. We have a full-time Nurse Practitioner, RN, and Development Director. We see about 1,346 patients at LifeSpring, and over 128 prayer requests have been prayed over this year.

In our Community Health Department, 370 families indicated a resource need, Community Health Workers completed 35 home visits, and 12 health education classes were held. 2018 has been a good one, but we look forward to all the Lord has in store for us in 2019!

2018