Pokagon Band Expands Medical Services to Benton Harbor and Benton Township

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The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi is stepping up efforts to expand medical services in Benton Harbor and Benton Township through its Mshkiki Community Clinic in the township.

Mshkiki Community Clinic was established in 2021 to meet the primary medical and dental care needs of Medicaid-eligible, low-income residents living in Benton Harbor and Benton Township. Although Mshkiki is the Potawatomi word for medicine, the clinic is open to all members of the community.

“You don’t have to be Native American or a member of the Pokagon Band to apply for services,” said Priscilla Gatties, director of health services for Pokagon. “The Pokagon Band has many years of experience providing care to those who are part of a traditionally underserved community.”

The Mshkiki Community Clinic is located at 1986 Mall Place at Orchard’s Park Mall in Benton Harbor and operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, please call (269) 945-5854 or email [email protected] More information about Mshkiki Community Clinic can be found at www.MshkikiClinic.com.

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The clinic announced the addition of two new healthcare providers to increase service availability. Gregory Wallin, MD and Shanta Clark, PA, are accepting new patients at the Mshkiki Community Clinic in Benton Harbor.

Dr. Wallin is board certified in family medicine as well as obesity medicine. It treats patients of all ages, providing continuity of health care for the whole family, from infants to tweens, young adults and older generations. In 2011, Dr. Wallin received his MD from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California. Dr. Wallin completed his residency at Hinsdale Hospital Family Medicine Residency in Illinois.

An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Wallin enjoys spending time with his children camping, hiking, backpacking, fishing, kayaking, biking, and gardening. If the weather keeps it inside. Dr. Wallin appreciates a good book on history, religion and spirituality, biographies and autobiographies.

Shanta Clark has been a certified medical assistant for seven years. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Anderson University and received her master’s degree in medical science from Northwestern University in 2015. Shanta enjoys working in family medicine because it gives her the opportunity to build relationships with people over time. She enjoys focusing on ways to promote healthy lifestyles to prevent disease. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, swimming and spending time with her family.

Primary medical care services offered at the clinic include acute care, chronic disease management, immunizations, minor procedures, routine exams, back-to-school physicals, and healthy child visits. The clinic’s respiratory services include respiratory care for potential COVID-19 or other respiratory infections, COVID-19 testing, and COVID-19 vaccinations. Unlike other Medicaid-participating clinics, Tribal Health Centers do not collect copayments from Medicaid patients.

“We are excited to provide another health care choice for Medicaid-eligible, low-income residents of Benton Harbor and Benton Township,” Gatties said. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Wallin and Shanta Clark to the Mshkiki Community Clinic team. Together, they bring extensive medical experience and specialist skills that will provide a solid foundation of care for the clinic.

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