Care Free Medical provides quality and compassionate medical, dental, optometry, and behavioral health care to people with limited access to the healthcare system.

Medical Visits
40,000
We have provided over 40,000 visits to the uninsured or under-insured in our community. We have done this with dedicated staff, volunteers, and generous supporters.

Full Patient Care

Care Free has two locations that provide an impressive collection of primary care, dental care, optometry, and behavioral health care services. This comprehensive service offering provides a more complete pathway preventative care reducing the overall cost of care and increasing the patients quality of life.

Our Story

In 2004, after 28 years of providing medical care for families in the semi-rural community of Mason, Michigan, Dr. Barry Saltman and his Nurse Practitioner wife, Suzanne, thought they would like to pay back the community for the years of support they enjoyed during their careers. They thought perhaps they might identify 50 to 100 people who were without insurance. As word spread, they were overwhelmed with the community’s need and decided to forego retirement to address it.

5135 S Pennsylvania Ave,
Lansing, Michigan, 48911

3333 S Pennsylvania Ave,
Lansing, MI 48910

A Growing Need
10,000
We see nearly 10,000 office visits in our medical clinic each year. As much as these numbers showcase the great progress we have made, it underscores the tremendous need in our community. We are only scratching the surface.

Help us provide needed medical care to members of the Metro Lansing community

2004

Almost Retirment

After 28 years of providing medical care for families in the semi-rural community of Mason, Michigan, Dr. Barry Saltman and his Nurse Practitioner wife, Suzanne, retired…

They thought they would like to pay back the community for the years of support they enjoyed during their careers. Perhaps they might identify 50 to 100 people who were without insurance and open a “ma and pa” kind of clinic to address their health care needs a couple of nights a week.

2005

The Pressing Need

The Saltmans realized they would not be able to limit the patient numbers. After a lot of consideration and discussion, they decided to try to accommodate as many needy patients as they could. The Saltmans decided to forego retirement.

2007

Neighbor Helping Neighbor

From the early days of Care Free, the business plan has been to accommodate donations of time, services, supplies, and housing. For example, despite the fact that there was no intention to extend care from Mason to Lansing, it was impossible to say “no” to the generous offer of Dr. and Mrs. Pablo Quiroga to accept their donation of a comfortable and well-outfitted medical office in a well established and strategically located professional condominium in Lansing. In a very short time, the needs of large numbers of people in the Lansing community overwhelmed the space of this office and it became necessary to lease another office.

2009

Dental Clinic

The Dental Clinic grew out of an invitation for Dr. Saltman to become a member of an Oral Health Task Force. After receiving a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to explore the possibility of establishing a free dental clinic, we gained the support of a local dentist and the clinic became a reality. The clinic began with a $50,000 grant from Delta Dental of Michigan.

Today

40,000 Visits

The generosity of our community has made this venture a reality and has allowed us to provide over 40,000 visits to the uninsured or underinsured in our community.

2004

Lansing State Journal Article

John Schneider, a well respected feature writer in the Lansing community, got wind of our plans and conducted an interview that was reported in the Lansing State Journal. The next day, I answered over 150 phone calls. One third were from people looking for dental care, one third requesting medical care, and one third offering help, in one fashion or another; from physicians, nurses, and medical assistants to a grandmother asking if she might do Care Free’s laundry while baby-sitting her grand-children.

2006

Care Free Medical

Sharing care with a wide array of health care providers, for thousands of children, women, and men who would otherwise not have access to health care.

2008

Expansion to Two Locations

Care Free has two locations that provide an impressive collection of primary care, dental care, optometry, and behavioral health care services. This has been made possible by the compassion and generosity of an entire community, from practically every entity. Volunteer health care services and financial support has come from health care providers. A large number of private residents have also contributed anywhere from $1.00 to $36,000 to help with the mission.

2009

Free Optometry Clinic

The free Optometry Clinic exists because two local Optometrists, Dr Len Silverman and Dr Mitch Dobrzelewski, after accepting Care Free patients in their offices, decided that they would set up a free clinic on site, at Care Free. Patients are able to obtain free or affordable eye examinations and glasses, if needed.

2009

Mental Health Services

The Director of the Michigan State School of Social Work, moved by articles about Care Free in the local media, established a relationship with some of his graduate students and Care Free that enables us to provide 65-80 hours per week of on-site mental health counseling. This is further made possible by PhD candidates from the MSU Department of Psychology.

Care Free Medical 5135 S. Pennsylvania Avenue, Lansing, MI 48911
Phone: 517.887.5922       Fax: 517.887.5982