In 2000, Greg Gelburd had a short bout of a cardiac arrhythmia. This triggered a spiritual awakening which spired him to leave his medical practice and form a new one. Within a few days, Catherine Buck, CNM and Jackie Curtis, FNP formed Downtown Family Health Care, and within nine months birthed our office on the corner of Second Street SE and Garrett Street across from Friendship Court, a community we wanted to serve.
When banks refused to loan any money for the office build out, believing that we were in the wrong part of town and that serving uninsured people who would bring financial ruin, we found help from the Bridge Ministry, Martha Jefferson Hospital and many people from town who believed in our vision including Oliver Kuttner and Lisa Murphy, owners of the Glass Building.
We opened our offices a week before September 11, 2001 and have grown ever since, bringing on Dr. William Maloney within a few years and other wonderful practitioners and staff.
When it became evident that our little office couldn’t hold us anymore we found space down the street and opened our new doors in October 2012. Our office continues to serve people who have traditionally found health care out of reach. We offer services which draw patients from neighboring Belmont and surrounding areas in Charlottesville and central Virginia.