who we are

About Us

Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires – locally known as VIM – is a health care center with a big heart.  Our doctors, nurses, dentists and other clinical volunteers are here because they care deeply about our patients.  Our receptionists, translators, drivers and other administrative volunteers value our mission and share a passion for helping patients heal and thrive.

VIM treats patients with chronic illness as well as those in need of acute, life-saving procedures. VIM negotiates world medical class care at no cost, including transportation to leading hospitals.

VIM is a leader in innovative healthcare in the Berkshires. We offer comprehensive care and creative programs, including Shared Medical Appointments, non-opioid pain management, group exercise and community outreach.

VIM supports the business community by keeping farm workers, landscapers, restaurant worker and others healthy and on the job.

VIM is grateful to the many individuals, foundations, and businesses that invest in their neighbors by providing 100% of its operating funds, over $1 Million. 

We envision a society in which all members of our community have an equal opportunity to achieve good health.

Volunteer Stories

The atmosphere in the clinic radiates hope and compassion. The patients sense this, that their needs are being addressed.

Jeff Blake, MD

what we do

Take a quick tour of our health care facility to learn about VIM’s comprehensive services and compassionate care.


Gail Belmuth

Director of Development and Communications

Shari Cavalier

Development Assistant

Robert Davenport, MD

Medical Director

Natalia DeRuzzio

Patient Services Coordinator

Gary Igleburger, DDS, MS

Dental Director

Pat Levine

Grants Coordinator

Robert Olsen

Operations Manager

Gladis Rave

Medical Assistant

Margot Rockefeller

Dental Services Coordinator

Mauricio Romero

Head of Reception

Michele McAuley Shalaby

Human Resources Manager/
Volunteer Coordinator

Whitney Smith, RDH, MSDH

Dental Practice Manager

Ilana Steinhauer, FNP

Executive Director

Marcela Urrea


Katie Wavieris, RN

Clinical Care Coordinator

Board of Trustees

Denyse Adler

Otis, MA

Steven T. Bernstein

Sheffield, MA

Daniel Burke

Sheffield, MA

Michael Citrin, JD

Great Barrington, MA

Robert C. Davenport, MD

Lenox Dale, MA

Lawrence S. Hazzard

Hinsdale, MA

Patricia Hubbard

Southfield, MA

Peter F. Levin

Lenox, MA

Alice Cooper Lustig

Sheffield, MA

Matthew B. Mandel, MD

Stockbridge, MA

Robert L.W. McGraw

Sheffield, MA

Arthur M. Peisner

Mill River, MA

Ian Rasch

Egremont, MA

W. Scott Rogers

Windsor, MA

Thomas J. Sakshaug, DDS

Pittsfield, MA

Jane L. Salamon

Monterey, MA

Susan Shoval

Great Barrington, MA

Board Members Emeritus

Jeffrey Blake, MD, FACC

Sheffield, MA

The Rev. Elizabeth Goodman

Lenox, MA

Nancy Fernandez Mills

Stockbridge, MA

Steven Picheny

Great Barrington, MA

Ellen B. Rowntree, MD

Sheffield, MA

Jessie Schoonmaker

Pittsfield, MA

Paul Smilow, MD

Lee, MA