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Dr Abad
Jose Abad, MD
Medical Director

Sr. Kathy Wood, OSF
Clinical Director


Debbie Clingingsmith




The clinic is named Clara's House in honor of Sr.Clara Watts, OSF, who was Sister of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity. For many years, Sr. Clara taught first grade at St. Francis School in Sacramento. Throughout her life Sr. Clara would pray and encourage everyone to share, truly living the idea that ". . . love gives and does not measure," and always with an open heart. She also believed deeply, echoing the words of her congregation’s foundress, that "God would provide." Sr. Clara lived these beliefs and like Mother Teresa of Calcutta, shared them through action from the wellspring of her own deep faith. Clara's legacy for loving service and enduring faith live on through others at Clara's House.

For further information about Sr. Clara Watts, click here.


Clara’s House  addresses the health needs of the poor as a manifestation of the spiritual beliefs of the participants cherishing diversity of cultures and religious beliefs.


The clinic provides primary health care and education for those economically disadvantaged among us.  Nurse Practitioners operate the clinic in collaboration with volunteer MDs, NPs, RNs, and other health care professionals. They further extend care to those who do not have access to health care and are not aware of appropriate resources. The clinic staff works in coordination with existing services in the community and seeks to promote health maintenance through education, assessment and preventative health care. The staff coordinates ongoing care with professionals, agencies, schools, families, and  the larger community.

  1. The dignity of all persons will be honored, as well as recognizing the ability of all to progress and assist themselves, whenever possible.
  2. In the spirit of Magdalen Damen, the founders of the Sisters of St Francis whose motto was  “God will provide", funds, equipment and materials will be sought through donations, which allows the freedom to share with those in need of assistance.
  3. Whenever possible, services will be developed to address the needs of the whole person: physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological, social, and economic.
  4. Whenever possible no person will be turned away who is lacking in health care.



Peggy Desmond
Vice President

Robert Hutchings
Board Member

Betty Hutchings
Board Member

Sr. Camille Martinez, OSF
Board Member

Ana Miller

Sheri Patrick, FNP, PhD



(Last updated 5/9/2017)