Bradley hadn’t seen a doctor in seven years due to financial constraints and having no insurance. Despite being aware of medical and behavioral issues he should address, he believed it wasn’t financially responsible for him to seek a doctor until his wife told him about Phoenixville Free Clinic (PFC). Bradley wanted to get his mental health under control to then be able to tackle some of his other medical concerns. This decision marked a crucial step in his journey to better health and an improved quality of life.
Bradley met Dr. Sissy John, Medical Director at PFC. Dr. John diagnosed him with ADHD and prescribed appropriate medications. In subsequent appointments, she diligently explored cost-effective medication options, addressed various medical concerns, and encouraged healthier lifestyle choices.
Under Dr. John's guidance, Bradley successfully managed his weight, became more active, and confronted issues he had accepted as normal. "I am super comfortable asking Dr. John medical questions. She makes me feel like I am being taken care of, not just part of a system." The discovery and diagnosis of additional medical issues were a tremendous relief, dispelling Bradley's belief that he had to endure these challenges without support.
Dr. John referred Bradley to Ana Santoyo, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at PFC. Bradley emphasized the need for people, especially men, to overcome the stigma associated with therapy. He remarked, "Going to therapy is not just because of a problem but to take care of my mental health."
Bradley was so appreciative of PFC for its interactive and compassionate atmosphere. Even the volunteers at the front desk contributed to the welcoming environment. "I am at a good place right now with the help of PFC." His journey reflects the transformative impact of PFC, underscoring the importance of accessible and compassionate healthcare for all.