Parmanand J. Dawani, MD (Founder- retired)

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

Ms. Tanya M. Hodge joined Helping Hands Free Medical Clinic August 2016 as the 3rd Executive Director. Previously, she spent numerous years serving in the non-profit sector. She has a passion for serving the underserved. Tanya has a compassionate heart for the disabled. She believes this is where she belongs, and this is exactly what she should be doing as her contribution to this line of work. As a young child, she watched her mother care for so many and following in her Mother’s footsteps, she has been a care-giver to many in need. Ms. Hodge is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has been residing in South Carolina for the past 19 years. Ms. Hodge holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Coker College and has expanded her education at Webster University with completing her studies by earning a Master’s in Management Leadership coupled with Human Resource Development. Ms. Hodge has (2) adult sons and (3) grandchildren. She loves travelling to spend time with her children and grandchildren that currently reside throughout various states.

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.

Ms. Schinitra T. Swinney, AGNP-BC

Ms. Schinitra T. Swinney is a Marion native. She is a 1997 graduate of Marion High School. Following high school, she pursued and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Francis Marion University in 2001. In 2009, she earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Horry-Georgetown Tech while working at Marion County Medical Center. After working for a few years, she returned to Francis Marion University and in 2012 earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The passion of caring for others and traveling combined and she continued her career as a Travel RN. This experience allowed her to work in Fayetteville, Morganton and Lumberton North Carolina; as well as Richmond, Virginia. Her last Registered Nursing position was at McLeod Regional Medical Center-Dillon. In 2015, she embarked on yet another professional goal and obtained her Master of Science in Nursing, obtaining her Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner-Cardiology degree from Duke University in 2017. After, traveling and talking with God a decision was made. Schinitra decided to remain at home (Marion) and make a difference in the lives of others.

Dr. Tracy George, DNP, APRN-BC

Mrs. Tracy George, DNP, APRN-BC graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and then completed her undergraduate nursing coursework as well as a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Her Doctor of Nursing, (DNP) degree was from the Medical University of South Carolina. She is an assistant professor of nursing at Francis Marion University. She has published and presented nationally on nursing topics. Tracy has worked as a nurse practitioner for 19 years in various settings including internal medicine, the emergency department, and public health. She has a special interest in women’s health, including pap smears, breast exams, and contraception, including contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs). She will be working as a Nurse Practitioner at the Helping Hands Free Medical Clinic. She is excited to provide health care services to the residence of Marion County and its surrounding areas. She is married and has two children. She has lived in Latta for the past 16 years.