The Volunteers In Medicine 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. Mitchell Mutter.
VIM Medical Director
Dr. Mitchell Mutter is described by friends and colleagues as an outstanding professional, mentor, teacher, leader, and humanitarian.
Joel is a local graduate of Southern Adventist University. He began his career working for AdventHealth, a protestant health care system, followed by managing a community health access initiative serving the medically underserved, in Central Florida.
In his role as Vice President for Corporate Communications and Government Relations at NACS/Medical Services of Chattanooga, he was recognized for volunteer leadership service by the American Cancer Society as recipient of the 2017 Life Inspiration Award. Joel is a past Board Chair for the local American Cancer Society and Real Men Wear Pink Ambassador. Additional boards and recent community leadership service has included the PRSA Lookout Chapter as President, Hamilton County Medical Society's Denim & Diamonds Gala Committee, Erlanger Health System Foundation Dragon Boat Benefit, and 2015 Dancing with the Stars Chattanooga celebrity participant for the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults.
Also the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Circle, Membership Committee Chair and Ambassador Board President. His Chamber leadership experience led him to his most recent position where he led Marketing and Communications for the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce.
Joel is also a graduate and active alum of Leadership Chattanooga, Leadership Cleveland and Leadership Orlando.
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.
Kristen Curtis Gortney
Back Office Coordinator/Pharmacy Technician
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.
Front Desk and 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.