Catholic Charities of Arkansas

Westside Free Medical Clinic

Provides free medical services to those unable to obtain basic family practice health care

Contact Us

The Westside Free Medical Clinic serves people 18 years and older who are unable to afford routine health care. Professional volunteers provide limited primary care, diabetic eye exams and ear, nose and throat, physical therapy, dermatology, pharmacy and chiropractic services. Screenings, health-related educational workshops and outside referrals for behavioral health and dental services are also offered. Spanish interpreters are available. (Leer en español) For more information, go to Clinic Services.

Make an Appointment

We DO NOT allow walk-ins. Services are by appointment only. Primary clinics are offered in the evening, once a week. Specialty clinics are offered monthly or bimonthly. For more information, go to Clinic ServicesTo schedule an appointment in English, contact Karen DiPippa at (501) 664-0340, ext. 356. To schedule an appointment in Spanish, contact Flor M. Lopez at (501) 664-0340, ext. 335.

Get Directions

Westside Free Medical Clinic is located in The McDonald Center at 2415 N. Tyler St., Little Rock, AR 72207. Click on the map below to get Google driving directions specific to your location.


Westside Free Medical Clinic Services

Westside Free Medical Clinic is the oldest free clinic in Arkansas. It was founded in 1970 and has adapted to changing health needs. In 2002, a clinic for Spanish-speaking patients was established with bilingual professionals and interpreters. Patients are treated with respect, love and care by volunteer medical professionals. In addition, the clinic frequently conducts prevention and awareness workshops to encourage patients to play an active role in their own health and well-being. See details about our services below.

Primary Care and Pharmacy Services

Primary care providers are available for weekly appointments, usually on Wednesdays. Pharmacy services are offered to established patients only. To get clinic dates or schedule an appointment, please contact Karen DiPippa (English) at (501) 664-0340, ext. 356, or Flor M. Lopez (Spanish) at (501) 664-0340, ext. 335.

Dermatology Clinic

Dr. Rene Bressinck, dermatologist, offers this bimonthly clinic is for established patients only. To get clinic dates or schedule an appointment, Contact Us.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapist Rachel Kennedy offers bimonthly appointments. To get clinic dates or schedule an appointment, Contact Us.

Diabetic Eye Exams

Dr. Tom Cannon, ophthalmologist, offers this monthly clinic specifically for diabetic patients. To get clinic dates or schedule an appointment, Contact Us.

ENT Services

Dr. Joe Colclasure offers ear, nose and throat exams monthly. To get clinic dates or schedule an appointment, Contact Us.

Chiropractic Services

Dr. Rick Riley offers chiropractic appointments monthly. To get clinic dates or schedule an appointment, Contact Us.


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