Our Health Clinic Team

Health Practitioners

Joan Pino, D.D.S.

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.

Patty Arcos-Velastegui, D.D.S.

Patty Arcos-Velastegui, D.D.S.

Born and raised in a small town in Ecuador, Dr. Arcos received her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 2011. She completed a year of residency in General Dentistry where she provided care to underserved communities in rural areas of her hometown. In order to further her professional career, Dr. Arcos moved to the United States, where she completed her post-doctoral training in a rigorous 2 year, Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at The University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Arcos has a passion for general and cosmetic dentistry. She strongly believes that continuing her education and staying up to date with the latest dental technology and techniques is the best way to provide excellent dental care to her patients. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, where she is working towards her AGD Fellowship Award, and is also certified in the use of dental lasers. When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Arcos enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and husband, who is also a dentist. She is also passionate about giving back to her community. Dr. Arcos has participated in numerous mission trips to different countries, including Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras.


Clare Matthews, LCSW

Behavioral Health Team Lead

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.

Elisabeth Alger, LCSW

Behavioral Health Counselor

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.

Clinical Support Staff

Regina Wardwell, FNP-BC

Regina Wardwell, FNP-BC


Regina attended Catholic University Family Nurse Practicioner in 2002. Regina has been a NP since 1985. Her work experience is in family medicine and specializes in mental health and addiction. Regina joined SCHC in 2016 to 2019 and returned to us last year in 2021. "Native Washingtonian where I still return often but I love my life here in beautiful Shenandoah County, where I enjoy kayaking, gardening on my 3 acres, being with my family and my 2 hound dogs."

Brenda Wunder, RN

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.

Peggy Davidson, RN

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.

Natalie Gazzara

Natalie Gazzara

Health Medical Manager

Natalie has worked in healthcare for 20 years and has a degree in respiratory therapy. She has spent a majority of her healthcare career in a clinical role employed in hospitals and most recently as an allergy technician administering allergy tests, immunotherapy treatment, and educating patients. She likes working at SCHC for many reasons including getting to know the patients, helping the community, and making sure everyone receives quality healthcare regardless of insurance status or income. When not at work, Natalie likes to spend time with her wife, son, and two dogs.

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.

Bethany Earls

Bethany Earls

Dental Office Manager/ Lead Dental Assistant

Bethany graduated from MTC for Dental Assisting with Dental Radiology. Bethany has competed in several dental competitions and placed top 10 at nationals two years in a row. "I was always self-conscious about my own smile and it inspired me to want to help others in finding their confidence in a healthy smile. It makes me so happy to be able to give back to our community" Bethany loves spending all her free time with her fur-baby Daisy and her husband finding new and exciting places to eat.

Emily Helsley

Dental Assistant

Emily recently joined our team 7 months ago. "My mother really inspired me to give back to the community. Growing up I never truly knew what it meant to take care of your teeth and knowing all I’ve learned here, I am so excited to help others learn the importance of maintaining a healthy smile." Emily has an ever-growing family, she loves to spend all her free time being a mom and just surrounded by family.

Briana Jovel

Dental Receptionist / Interpreter

Briana is a Certified Spanish Medical Interpreter through Bridging Community Communications since 2020. "Growing up I was inspired by my family when I noticed the language barrier for so many. I worked as a freelance interpreter for a few years before having the opportunity to come to SCHC and to truly help the Hispanic community in Shenandoah County." Briana loves spending her free time finding new foods and traveling for fun concerts.

Administrative Staff

Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer

Interim 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.

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.