Clinic staff

Six (6) part-time staff supervise and coordinate volunteers delivering medical treatment, manage an on site dispensary, and provide lifestyle seminars geared toward better health outcomes. VIM contracts with a service that provides a part-time nurse practitioner to assist with managing patients with chronic diseases with the oversight of the clinic’s volunteer Medical Director, Dr. Robert E. Bowers.

Robert E. Bowers, MD FACS
VIM Medical Director

Dr. Bowers has a long history of service to the Chattanooga community. He is a past president of the Hamilton County Medical Society and the Tennessee Medical Society. In 2005 Dr. Bowers was named Tennessee Medical Association’s "Physician of the Year" and he received Memorial Hospital’s Humanitarian Award that same year. He received the 2011 Jack B. McConnell, MD award for Excellence in Volunteerism from the American Medical Association.


Ashley Wolfe Evans
Executive Director

Ashley is a graduate of the University of Georgia at Athens. She serves as Chair of the TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Region III Policy and Planning Council and participates on the Boards of the Tennessee Charitable Care Network and the Chattanooga Civitan Club. She is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Chattanooga, Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute and joined VIM in 2014.


Sharon Stewart
Clinic Manager

Sharon's entire career has been spent managing medical practices in the Chattanooga area. Her specialties  have included both surgical and primary care. She joined the VIM Chattanooga team in 2012. 


Judy Howard
Front Office Coordinator

Judy has a BS in Accounting from Kaplan University and an AA in Respiratory Therapy. Her first career was in pharmaceutical, lab and dental sales, but following that, she has had 14 years in Practice Management, both in Rome, Georgia and Chattanooga. She joined VIM in 2018.


Kristen Curtis Gortney
Back Office Coordinator

Kristen received her Pharmacy Tech training from Chattanooga State and obtained her national certification in 2007. Previously, Kristen had worked in a variety of customer contact positions prior to her graduation.


Laura S. Grody, RN, BSN
Director of Nursing

Laura has been a volunteer nurse with VIM Chattanooga since 2010. She has a BSN from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA where she specialized in in-patient obstetric nursing. In addition to her nursing volunteer work, she has also been very active serving The Bethlehem Center and McCallie School parent’s organization and the Arts community. She is fluent in Spanish.


Michelle Turner
Volunteer Coordinator

Michelle joined VIM August 2015. She received her BS in Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She spent 4 years as the Program Director for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.