Breaking Down Barriers to Build Up a Community

Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown from Novant Health

Though decades have passed, Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown has never forgotten the look on some patients’ faces when she came in the room to treat them. For years, Garmon-Brown was the only black woman at her practice. Her experience in family medicine drove her to build Charlotte’s first free clinic — a clinic she still helps with today. But that was just part of her incredible journey, because the doctor has now become the patient.