About Us

Primary Health Care is a nonprofit community health center dedicated to serving the medically insured, uninsured and underinsured with their health care needs.

About Us

About Us

Primary Health Care (PHC) has been providing medical and dental care to underserved individuals and families living in Des Moines since 1981. Today, we provide care and services in Ames, Marshalltown and Des Moines. PHC has three dental clinics, seven medical clinics and four satellite clinics across these communities. PHC also operates a mobile health unit, which provides care where needed in our service area.

Based on the needs of our communities, PHC offers a spectrum of medical and dental services including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB, Title X services, substance abuse, behavioral health, oral medicine, HIV care and services, pharmacy, lab and x-ray. Enabling services are available to help patients with entitlements, case management, transportation, translation and patient education.

PHC employs 52 full time physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dental hygienists and licensed social workers. PHC has 375 employees. In 2016, our clinics and programs served 36,898 patients and clients with over 145,988 encounters.

What is a CHC?

What is a Community Health Center?

Community health centers are located in areas where care is needed but scarce. They provide more than 24 million patients in the US with comprehensive care that is high quality, affordable and accessible.


Kelly Huntsman

Chief Executive Officer

Rachel Adams

Chief Operating Officer

Martin Watt

Chief Financial Officer

Sherry Gomis

Chief Human Resources Officer

Julie Raasch

Chief Quality Officer

Heidi Shreck, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Our Providers

Please visit each clinic’s page to view a list of providers for that location. Click here for the locations page.

Board of Directors

Ben Bellus
Juan Cadenillas
Samuel Carbajal
Scott Clair, Past Chair
Sandy Hansen, Chair
Sergio Hernandez

Janet Hicks
Ted Johnson, Treasurer
Roger Lacoy, Vice Chair
Carly Ross, Secretary
William Schoenenberger
Billie Wade