Dr. Barbara Baxter, Founder and Medical Director, envisioned a community clinic where people with limited or no access to healthcare could receive free medical services. The Agape Clinic (The Clinic) opened its doors on August 20, 1983 in a basement closet of the Grace United Methodist Church, providing free healthcare on Saturdays.
In 2000, The Clinic merged with Baylor Community Care, a clinic started by nursing professor Charles Kemp. This partnership allowed The Clinic to expand to two additional days per week. After Hurricane Katrina and the mass evacuations from Louisiana, The Agape Clinic expanded hours to provide care to evacuees.
At that time, partnerships grew with Dallas County Health, LabCorp, Americares and Direct Relief. These partnerships paved the way for the services provided. In 2005, in partnership with Dr. Carrie Kovarik, The Clinic launched the first specialty clinic providing dermatology services.
In 2010, Stephanie Bohan joined The Agape Clinic as the first Executive Director. to expand clinic programs and outreach within the community. At that time, The Clinic grew to include women and LGBTQIA+ health programs. In 2013, The Agape Clinic partnered with Texas A&M Dental School to provide a
full-service dental clinic with seven dental suites.
30 years after opening our doors, The Agape Clinic launched a $2.4 million capital campaign to purchase and renovate our current building. In 2015, The Agape Clinic opened it's new clinic with 13 medical exam rooms, 7 dental suites and counseling space; expanding healthcare services to six days per week.
Today, The Agape Clinic provides primary and urgent care, chronic disease management, women's health, mental health awareness, along with dental, ophthalmology and dermatology services.
From our humble beginnings over 37 years ago, The Agape Clinic has been able to maintain and provide high quality healthcare services to the underserved populations in North Texas.