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Local Clinic Flooded and in Temporary Shelter


THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Express Family Clinic was inundated with over 4 feet of water during Hurricane Harvey and lost everything except the spirit and drive of the owner and employees. The Clinic had been located at the Rayford Road Shopping Center for over 6 years, helping the entire area by providing low cost visits to uninsured and underinsured patients.

Express Family Clinic has a patient base that stretches far beyond the Spring area. Patients travel as far as Katy and Clear Lake to take advantage of the low cost services and exceptional customer service. To help combat the distance areas hardest hit have to travel for care, the clinic has launched a 'virtual' visit. The 'virtual' clinic visit works just like a regular office visit except that the interaction is done through a video call for medication refills and minor urgent care complaints like a sore throat or sinus infection.

Melissa Herpel, CEO and lead nurse practitioner, hopes to be back in her regular spot on Rayford Road soon, but the future is uncertain. Currently, Timer Lakes Baptist Church located at 1540 Sawdust Road in Spring has graciously offered to house the clinic until it can get up and running again. According to Herpel, there is a lot be rebuilt, including replacing equipment and supplies that were lost. Until then, she hopes that patients find her temporary location and continue to get the healthcare they need.

Express Family Clinic has an additional location in Conroe. The clinics offer family practice and urgent care services at a flat fee-for-service for uninusred and underinsured patients. Although the clinics do not bill traditional insurance, many patients who have insurance utilize the facilities because of convenience and comfort. For more information contact: Melissa Herpel at 281 685 4153.

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