HHFMC Staff

Parmanand J. Dawani, MD (Founder- retired)

Dr. Dawani is the founder of Helping Hands Free Medical Clinic. He is orginally from Pakistan and is a graduate of Dow Medical College- Karachi where he earned his doctorate degree in 1961, specializing in emergency medicine. In 1972, Dr. Dawani came to the United States and completed his residency in internal medicine in 1975. He was employed with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina from 1975 - 78 before coming to Mullins, SC where he worked with Advanced Medical Associates from 1978 - 2002. Upon retiring, he put his vision of a free clinic for our community into action and founded Helping Hands Free Medical Clinic in 2002, serving as a volunteer physician.

Tanya Hodge, Executive Director

Lenora J. Hewitt, LPN

Ms. Hewitt is also native to the community, homegrown in Marion, South Carolina. She earned her nursing degree at the Marion County School of Practical Nursing. She was employed with Marion Regional Healthcare System, now known as Carolinas Hospital System, for 20 years. She worked mainly in geriatrics but was also cross-trained in the emergency department and intensive care unit. Ms. Hewitt accepted the nursing position at Helping Hands Free Medical Clinic in May 2012. Over the years, Ms. Hewitt has developed positive relationships with our patients and has been honored during Nurses week in our local papers.

Ebony Murray, Receptionist (Marion)

Ms. Murray is from Marion, SC. She joinedthe HHFMC Team in January, 2017. Ms. Murray attended Miller-Motte Technical College located in Conway, SC. She studied Medical Office Assistant graduating in 2016. She is currently working on her next endeavor as a Medical Clinical Assistant. Speaking in her own words, "I am glad to be able to be working for Helping Hands Free Medical Clinic and helping people in need. It has been a wonderful experience helping others."

Terry Rowell, Receptionist (Mullins)

Ms. Rowell of Marion, SC of whom resides in Florence, SC has joined HHFMC as a volunteer in 2017. Ms. Rowell became a full-time employee February 2018. She has been a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) for six years and loves the career path she as chosen. "Helping people is my calling and my passion, it is a gift that God has given me. I heard somewhere that yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future and today's a gift which is why it's called the present." Ms. Rowell is also a member of the National Honor Society and has been for the past eight years where she has worked hard and believes her work is never in vain and hard work pays off.