The clinic treats persons from 19 through 64 years of age with no medical insurance and no primary care provider.  We provide primarily non-emergency maintenance care of chronic illness, do checkups, dispense generic medications, provide lab testing, enroll patients in the Prescription Assistance Program if needed, assist enrollment in the Affordable Care Act Insurance Exchange and Healthy Michigan and make specialist referrals for obstetric, dental care and sexually transmitted disease treatment and other care beyond our scope of service during medical clinic sessions.  In addition, we also offer in-depth counseling (6 – 12 sessions) for our patients, chair massage and accupuncture.

The pharmacy does not stock any controlled substance drugs, narcotics or any highly addictive drug of any sort.

We are open the 1st and 3rd Saturday (9 to noon) and the 2nd and 4th Thursday (6 – 8 pm) of every month for medical clinic with only a few date changes due to holidays or Ferndale city-wide events.  We are open the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evening for in-depth counseling. BUT occasionally we need to switch clinic dates because of Ferndale’s city wide events. See the 2017 clinic schedule on the Clinic page.

Appointments and Information at 248-677-2273. All calls are returned within 24 hours.

The clinic is volunteer driven and staffed.  If you are interested in volunteering, please go to the Volunteer page.


The mission of FernCare is to enhance lives and champion thriving communities by providing no-cost health services and advocacy for medically uninsured people.

The purpose is limited to those activities that are permissible for a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization as specified by the Internal Revenue Code.

A Brief History

We held our first Board Meeting in April, 2008.  We opened our first clinic in August, 2010 as a set up/tear down clinic at the Kulick Community Center in Ferndale.  We renovated and moved into 459 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale in September, 2011.  The move and renovations were made possible through Congressional Representative Sander Levin in the form of a Federal government Health and Human Services grant.  We completed a build out of the Pharmacy in 2014 with a generous grant from Judy Jones. We installed a Little Free Library in front of the clinic in August, 2015.  We moved to 751 Suite 2 E. Nine Mile Road in Ferndale on December 1, 2016 and yes, the Little Free Library came with us!

We are self funded, meaning we raise the money to operate the clinic through individual donations, corporate and foundation grants and fund-raisers.

We have seen over 1,000 patients since that Saturday, August 7, 2010. Given that we started with only two medical clinic sessions a month slowing moving to three and then four sessions in 2014, it is amazing.

Recognition and Awards

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  • Amy Davisson, Clinic Manager, was acknowledged as one of the“PA’s That Make A Difference” by the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants, 2017.
  • Diane Dengate, Co-Head Nurse, is the recipient of the National Award of Excellence in Nursing – Practical by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN), 2017.
  • Diane Dengate, Co-Head Nurse, is a recipient of the Oakland University Nightingale Award, 2017. This is the 3rd time she was nominated!
  • Bernstein Community clinic named Kate Baker, Board member and one our founding Board members as one of the 14 Esteemed Women of Michigan for 2016.
  • Pam Bellaver, Board member and one of the Counseling team was named the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year, 2016.
  • Bernstein Community Clinic named Ann Heler as one of the 15 Esteemed Women of Michigan for 2015.
  • Women Officials Network, WON Foundation, named Ann Heler as one of the five recipients of the WONder Woman Awards for 2015.
  • Citizens for a Fair Ferndale, Community Partner Award –  FernCare Clinic Volunteers, 2013.
  • Ferndale Downtown Development Authority’s Best New Independent Service Business 2011 Award, 2012
  • Heart of Detroit, Mitch Albom’s WDIV TV show chose Ann Heler as one of the Heart of Detroit Persons of Note, 2012
  • MichUHCAN awarded Ann Heler, President, Board of Directors one of the four Michigan Health Care Heroes Award, 2012
  • Ferndale Chamber of Commerce awarded FernCare Free Clinic, Inc. Special Service Award, 2011
  • Soroptimists of Royal Oak awarded Ann Heler, President, Board of Directors the Ruby Award, 2011
  • Ferndale 115 named Ann Heler, President, Board of Directors Person of the Year, 2010

Amazon Affiliate Programs Participation

FernCare is now a participant in the Amazon Services, LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.  Click on the Amazon.com button on the home page. Thank you!

We are also part of the AmazonSmile program. Simply go to the AmazonSmile website and order as usual.  You will be given a selection of non-profit organizations to donate a percentage of your sale…check FernCare, and that is it. Thank you!