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Faces of Michigan Health Centers: Selma Bryant
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Selma Bryant

Patient  |  Hackley Community Care Center  |  Muskegon, MI

I used to work for Michigan Works, but I was laid off. They closed the office I was working at, and I lost my insurance. Of course, after I lost my insurance, I started having some serious health issues. That's when I came to Hackley Community Care Center and met Callie, who is a lifestyle coach. Callie was so sweet and helpful. She saved my life. She enrolled me in the Wise Woman Program where I was able to start getting my health issues addressed. She also helped me sign up with the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program. Through the support of this program, I was able to get a mammogram and a pelvic exam which allowed me to get to the bottom of my health issues. I was offered a sliding fee scale so I could stay on as a patient at the Health Center and receive assistance with my medical expenses. This is how I met my new provider, Tessa.


In my eyes Tessa is a doctor, though I know she is a PA-C. She has treated me better than some doctors I have had over the years. She is very sweet and right on with her diagnosis every time I see her. One time I came in with severe knee pain. Back when I had insurance a specialist told me I would need to have both knees replaced. Tessa took over my care, including helping me with my pain management, and has provided me with excellent medical care.


Just recently I fell at home and broke my jaw. I had to go to the emergency room for treatment. They told me I would have to go see a dentist. I explained to them that I had no insurance, and they referred me to the dental facilities at Hackley Community Care Center. Tessa got me the referral I needed to the dental department, and I met Dr. Plambeck. He was wonderful. He said that even though they were not taking new patients at this time, he would take me as his patient. I signed up for their dental sliding fee scale, and he took care of me.

Hackley Community Care Center and all of their staff have been a blessing from God to me – Tessa for being spot on with her treatment plans, Callie for being so sweet and helping me to start getting care at the center, and Dr. Plambeck for sticking his neck out and taking me on as his patient. I am so grateful.

Since joining the Hackley Community Care Center team, I have stopped smoking, started exercising and have changed my eating habits as well. I appreciate everyone so much, and I'm now trying to teach my sister how to take better care of herself too.



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