Our Health Clinic Team

Health Practitioners

George Damewood, MD

Dr. Damewood completed his undergraduate education at Virginia Tech, Grad School at Georgetown University, Med School at the Medical College of Virginia and his Residency at Blackstone Family Practice. He has been working in the medical field since 1995 doing everything from being a first responder/EMT to working at family practices and community health centers, but has been conducting medical research since 1983. He is American Board of Family Practice, ACLS, PALS and ATLS certified.

Joan Pino, D.D.S.

Dr. Pino has been in General Dentistry since 1999. He graduated from University of San Martin de Porres in Lima-Perú, worked with clinics and hospitals, and served as the head of Peru’s National Oral Health Program. He did his Residency at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine from 2008 – 2012, and has been working in the Shenandoah Valley since 2014. Dr. Pino’s favorite part of his job is seeing patients come back with a smile on their face and treating emergencies that allow patients to go home with pain relief. He also loves working with kids, endodontics, oral surgery, and esthetics.


Elisabeth Alger, LCSW

Behavioral Health Team Leader

Elisabeth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia. She earned her Master’s of Social Work from Radford University. Elisabeth is passionate about providing a safe place for her clients to explore their thoughts and feelings. She has extensive experience in social services, incarceration, mental health skill building, case management and crisis intervention. Elisabeth enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her family.

Clare Matthews, LCSW

Behavioral Health Team Leader

Clare is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing for over 30 years, and is certified in Integrated Behavioral Health. She values the clinical work she does with clients of all ages, believes in a strength based perspective, and emphasizes a humanistic approach. Clare’s specialty: Teaching clients techniques and skills to help them manage and navigate symptoms of stress, depression, anxiety and trauma.

Clinical Support Staff

Lizzy Calderon

Dental Receptionist

Lizzy has been working in our Dental Clinic as a bilingual receptionist since 2019. Her favorite part of working at the Shenandoah Community Health Clinic is helping people with their needs, specifically helping people who don’t speak English. Outside of work you can usually find Lizzy spending time with her family and friends.

Becky Campbell

Dental Receptionist and Dental Assistant

Becky has been with the Shenandoah Community Health Clinic since August of 2016. She graduated with a diploma in Dental Assisting in 2011 from Massanutten Technical Center in Harrisonburg. Becky loves her work at the clinic because she gets to help her patients to ‘smile’ again. When she isn’t at work, Becky likes to work on crafts and spend time with her family.

Peggy Davidson, RN

Women’s Health Coordinator

Peggy attended Triplett Tech and Shenandoah University, before starting work at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in 1977. Since then, Peggy has worked a variety of healthcare jobs throughout the Shenandoah Valley. She started the Every Woman’s Life program at the Health Department and has continued it at Shenandoah Community Health Clinic for the past 12 years. Peggy’s favorite part of working at the Clinic is helping women who otherwise might not be able to have their healthcare needs met. Outside of the Clinic, Peggy’s hobbies include painting, embroidery, crocheting, quilting, and caring for her blackberries.

Ashten Pitsenbarger

Dental Assistant

Ashten attended Massanutten Technical School where she received her Dental Assisting and Radiology certification. She has been a certified dental assistant for over a year. She loves working at the Clinic because of the people she is able to help and the staff that she gets to work with. Outside of work you can find Ashten playing with her husky, Zoe, or having fun with her family and friends.

Brenda Wunder, RN

Brenda is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years experience. Her nursing career began at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, but she found her calling as a Nurse Case Manager at the Shenandoah Community Health Clinic, where she began working in 2003. In 2012, Brenda left to work at Winchester Medical Center, but returned “home” to the Clinic in 2019. Brenda’s favorite thing about working at the Clinic is getting to know her patients. She views the daily challenges at the clinic as opportunities to see improvements in the health and lives of her patients. In her free time Brenda enjoys spending time with her family and going to the movies.

Genesis Villa

Medical Receptionist

Gensis joined the SCHC in March. She enjoys her work at the clinic because she likes helping people and making a difference in their lives, On her days off, Genesis likes to spend time with her family and friends. When the weather permits, she likes to go hiking with her boyfriend and 2 dogs, as well as go camping/ fishing.

Kim Williams

Medical Receptionist

Kim has worked in the healthcare field for 13 years, first in physical therapy for 10 years as a PTA, then as a medical receptionist. She enjoys her work at the clinic because it is very fulfilling and rewarding knowing she helped make a difference for a family or individual that otherwise may not have been able to get the medical care they need. Outside of the clinic, Kim loves to spend time with her family, work on DIY projects and read James Patterson suspense novels.

Administrative Staff

Pam Murphy

Executive Director

Pam has been with the Shenandoah Community Health Clinic since she was hired to start it in 2001. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills, and bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations from California State University Long Beach. Pam’s favorite thing about working at the Clinic is working alongside so many neat people and seeing miracles happen for our patients. In her freetime she loves playing with her horses and dogs and being outdoors.

Amanda Palmer

Acting Executive Director

Amanda is the Director of Operations at the Shenandoah Community Health Clinic, where she has been a part of the team for over 2 years. Amanda has worked in healthcare management for 20 years and has always had a passion for managing costs and improving the quality of services provided to patients. As a local, born and raised in Shenandoah County, she loves being able to serve her neighbors and community. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, fishing, hunting, and spending time with her family and boxer "Molly.”

Rebecca Sherfey

Administrative Support Specialist

Rebecca has over 40 years of administrative experience, with the last 12 of those years devoted to the mental health field. She also spent time at a rape crisis center and with a group for special needs adults and children. She recently began working at the Shenandoah Community Health Clinic, where she has taken on administrative supporting roles in all three of our programs - medical, dental and, primarily, counseling. Rebecca’s favorite thing about working at the Clinic is being in a position to help people help themselves. In her free time, Rebecca loves spending time with her family, camping, beach vacations, and music.

Ashley Miller

Public Relations Director

Ashley is a graduate of Old Dominion University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and Social Media. She is the newest addition to the team and looks forward to serving and seeing the impact of the Shenandoah Community Health Clinic on the community. In her free time, Ashley enjoys photography, reading, and playing with her dogs.

Laura Zimmerman

Business Manager

Laura has served as the Business Manager of Shenandoah Community Health Clinic for 11 years. She is responsible for the day to day financial operations and is always working to improve and implement policies and controls. She enjoys being part of an extraordinary team who are working hard to support the mission of bridging the gaps in healthcare. When Laura is “off duty,” she enjoys scouting out new areas while traveling with her husband and being Mimi to three amazing grandchildren.

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