Free, preventive medical care is the goal of a bevy of physicians at AsSalam Clinic. Nearly 25 medical professionals volunteer their weekends and medical expertise to attend to a growing community of immigrant families in Spring and Klein and other patients who need their services.
The nonprofit organization helps residents who otherwise might not get treated for health conditions because they have no health insurance, the physicians said.
“Our No. 1 goal is to provide primary care to the indigent population. Preventive health care will minimize the need for expensive and major treatments later on,” said Dr. Imran Nathani, whose focus is internal medicine. “Our clinic keeps electronic medical records and has a contract with an outside medical lab that charges minimal fees per test, such as for blood work,” Nathani said.
AsSalam Clinic started in 2006 in a trailer on the campus of the Masjid Al Salam mosque at 16700 Old Louetta Road, Spring, which helps to support the clinic.
Success in fulfilling the mosque families’ need for preventive care spurred the team to find a permanent site to expand service to the general community. The doctors picked a 1,800-square-foot facility on
Louetta Road that was more visible and accessible to Spring residents. Clinic physicians have been seeing patients there since October 2017.
The physicians bring a range of experience to the group and expect to offer more services in the future such as dental care, Nathani said.
Booking an appointment requires a deposit of $20 that is refunded to the patient at the appointment. Information about which medical specialties are available on specific dates can be found on AsSalam Clinic’s Facebook page. Volunteers can communicate in English and Spanish as well as the Indian languages Urdu and Gujarati.
The team said AsSalam Clinic’s next goal is to raise enough funds in steady donations to hire a full-time general physician and expand services to a seven-day clinic by early 2019.
9041 Louetta Road, Spring
Hours: Sat. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (by appointment), Sun. 2:30-5 p.m. (walk-in)
Several types of medical care are available at no cost to individuals who cannot pay. Donations are accepted, and medical students are invited to volunteer at the clinic during its operating hours.
- General medical care
- Preventive gynecological care
- Rheumatology clinic
- Chiropractic clinic