Lupe Barragan-Moser | OFFICE MANAGER

Lupe Barragan-Moser joined The Shifa Free Clinic as Office Manager in April 2017. Prior to joining the Clinic she worked over 20 years in the public and private non-profit sector and social responsibility in Colombia, South America. She is a Bachelor of Science in Communications with the emphasis in Journalism, and a Master of Arts in Development, Management, and Policy. She enjoys helping people, to improve themselves, works to accomplish equality, plurality and diversity. Her life’s journey has always been linked to helping and serve other people and make a difference in the society. She moved to the United States – South Carolina since 2013, and is in a positive life transition with her husband Dietmar. She is the mother of Melissa and Antonio, who live in Colombia. “Being a part of the Shifa Clinic under the leadership of Dr. Khan, allows me to give and accept gratefully beyond my daily work. The kindness and professionalism you find in this organization and cause is a blessing. Is a wonderful compensation, when you try to help another, without expectation of anything in return.”

Khitam Dames | Food Pantry Co-ordinator

Khitam Dames originally from Jerusalem has been a resident of Charleston SC since last 20 years. She joined the clinic in June 2016 as Food pantry Co-ordinator. She loves helping people and considers joining Shifa clinic as one of her best decisions made in life. “The environment in the clinic includes kind patients, wonderful staff and Dr Khan as a leader who inspires me to help members of our community and make difference in their lives”

Rocio Manriquez | Office Assistant

Rocio Manriquez is originally from Mexico where she worked over 20 years in the private and public sector. Most of her professional experience is based on administrative field, organizational business, marketing and finances. She is a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Human Resources. She made the decision to move to The United States in December of 2014 after her marriage. She’s mother of three: Fernanda 23, Max 13, Nick 11, and proud grandma of a 3 year old girl, Luna.

She served as a volunteer at the Clinic in May of 2017, where she witnessed the passion and hard work of Dr. Khan. According to Rocio “Serving the needy in a foreign Country is a retribution to the heart. Dr. Khan is a great example of it”.

Erin Kosak | Nurse Practitioner

Erin Kosak has over 15  years of critical care nursing experience before  realizing her great passion was in the prevention of disease.  She first started at the Shifa Clinic as a Nurse practitioner student, where she found her niche.  She recalls, “ From the moment I stepped foot in the Shifa Clinic in 2015 It was love. I felt connected with the purpose, mission,  patients and the compassionate care.  My husband says I light up like he has never seen when I have been at the clinic.” Erin was hired as staff in 2016 as a board certified Nurse Practitioner in  adult and geriatric care.  She specializes in lifestyle and chronic disease management.  

Hoda Mabrouk | Volunteer and Food pantry Coordinator

In May 2017, she graduated from College of Charleston with her Bachelor’s in Science in public health and a minor in biology. Following graduation Hoda started her position as the volunteer coordinator at the shifa clinic
in August .

During her educational career Hoda has worked on maintaining a relationship with fellow students by being active  on campus and in her community in advocating for diversity and helping build bridges through interfaith work, as a member of The Muslim student Association as well as an ambassador in The religious life exchange at CofC . She is married with 3 beautiful children.

“Being part of The Shifa clinic team is a privilege and a blessing. Giving back to my community and seeing what a impact the work at Shifa Clinic makes in peoples lives makes work a pleasure.”

Volunteer Providers

Dr Betty Raney |  OB/Gyn

Betty R Raney is a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist. She is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine and completed both a rotating internship and a four year accredited OB/GYN residency program at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has 25 plus years of experience in the field.

Dr Swapna Omraju | Internist

Dr Swapna Omraju was born and raised in Chennai India. Completed MBBS from Rajah Muthairah Medical College. She completed DO in Opthalmology at Sankara Nethralay and Internal Medicine Residency at The Brooklyn hospital center in 2008. She has worked at an outpatient clinic in Southbury CT for 3 years. Moved to Charleston SC in January 2012 and joined Roper St Francis physician Partners. She has been working at Shifa since early 2017. She loves the outdoors enjoys paddleing , boating and spending time with family.

Mercedes Papharis | APRN

Mercedes Papaharis is a Family Nurse Practitioner. She and her husband relocated to Charleston South Carolina in 2013. Previously she worked in a large internal medicine practice in Connecticut. Since moving to Charleston she has joined the staff at the College of Charleston Student Health service where she is employed part-time. She also volunteers at the Dream Center clinic as well as at the Shifa Clinic. Mercedes enjoys helping individuals maintain their health. She enjoys teaching about health issues and helping patients when they face challenges both minor illnesses and chronic health conditions. She and her husband Basil have two grown children and one grandchild. They enjoy traveling, water sports, golf, tennis and being new grandparents is the best! Mercedes is fluent in Spanish.

Dr. Reshma Khan | OB/GYN

Dr. Reshma Khan is the founder and Executive Director of Shifa Free clinic. She was born and raised in India and came to the United States in 1998 to visit her brother. Here she met her husband Dr. Ahsan Khan and both decided to get married and she immigrated to the US. After completing her medical residency in OB/GYN at Saint Elizabeth Hospital 2003 Ohio she worked in private practices in Indiana and Maryland before moving to Charleston SC in 2007. The move to Charleston SC was due to her husband’s job offer at the Veterans hospital. In the meantime, they had 3 children.

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Dr Kristen Gayeski | Optometrist
  • C Licensed Clinical Optometrist
  • Undergraduate Education: Emory University (Atlanta, GA)
  • Optometry School: Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
  • Internship: W. G. Hefner VA Medical Center (Salisbury, NC)
  • Residency: Wm. Jennings Bryn Dorn VA Medical Center (Columbia, SC)

“It is very rewarding to give back to my community and provide eye care to those in need. I am grateful to Dr. Khan for her dedication to expanding the services the clinic offers. It is my pleasure to be a part of the Shifa Clinic!”

Dr Carolyn Theidke | Internist

Dr. C. Carolyn Thiedke is a board certified family physician. She trained at the Medical University of SC and was in private practice for 10 years. In 1998, she joined the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine, teaching medical students and residents. Her interests are global health, women and children’s health, and the doctor-patient relationship.

Nurse Mamie Rader | Diabetic Educator

Mamie Rader, RN, joined the Shifa Clinic in August 2017 as a Diabetes Educator.  She is a retired pediatric nurse whose work started in Pediatric Intensive Care and Oncology at MUSC.  In 2007, Mamie’s work moved into the Charleston County School District where she enjoyed concentrating more on preventing health issues more than caring for emergencies.  Her focus while working in Title 1 schools was on showing children how they can be responsible for their own health much of the time, particularly those children with Type 1 Diabetes.  Mamie has transitioned to educating adults in preventing or caring for their diabetes issues at the clinic and strives to make the process as simple and joyful as possible for her patients.  Outside of her work, Mamie is a passionate cook, gardener and Reiki practitioner.

Dr. Arlene Shawinsky | Pediatrician

Dr. Arlene Shawinsky was born and raised in South Africa and graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She practiced there, and in London, England, before locating to Charleston with her husband and sons in the fall of 1989. Then, she completed her residency in pediatrics at The Medical University of South Carolina.

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 Tracey Atherton,  APRN  | Pediatrics

Having grown up in a military family, Tracey Atherton has lived all over the country. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Then, Tracey received her Master’s in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina. She brings extensive experience as a pediatric nurse practitioner, having worked in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in both Phoenix, AZ, and the Pediatric Emergency Room at MUSC.

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