Chattanooga CARES Welcomes New Clinical Director

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Chattanooga CARES has named Casey Messer as the new clinical director. Mr. Messer joins the CARES team full-time and is set to assist Dr. James Sizemore with clients.

Mr. Messer graduated from the University of Kentucky in June of 2012 as a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. After completing his education Mr. Messer worked as the physician assistant at the University of Kentucky Bluegrass Care Clinic where he served a total of 1,100 HIV positive clients annually.  Mr. Messer has always had a passion for those affected by HIV, and comes to CARES with the hopes of better assisting those who still struggle with this disease.

Executive Director Matt McAdoo says, “Casey will play a critical role in the success and direction of Chattanooga CARES as we strive to provide a broader range of services to growing and changing patient population and as we look forward to the full implementation of Health Care Reform.  Casey’s passion and commitment to the mission of Chattanooga CARES combined with his experience in providing acute, primary and infectious disease care in a clinic environment will insure that those we serve continue to receive genuine compassion and outstanding medical care.” 

Chattanooga CARES is the Tennessee Valley’s resource for HIV/AIDS providing education, prevention and support to all those affected by the virus. The CARES facility offers free rapid HIV testing where results are available in 20 minutes. The on-site clinic provides primary health care, substance abuse and mental health services, adherence counseling, patient education, nutritional services, and specialty medical services. Chattanooga CARES also provides an array of client services which include one-on-one case management, support services, assistance with rent/mortgages, utilities, food, eye exams, medicine support groups, client education and job placement. For more information on Chattanooga CARES and upcoming events, call 648-9912 or send an email to davidm@chattanoogacares.org.


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