Hilsman Health Center

  • HHC staffSchool-based health centers make seeking medical and dental care as simple as walking down the hall in most cases. The Hilsman Health Center, the first school-based health clinic to open in northeast Georgia, is a partnership between the Clarke County School District and the Athens Neighborhood Health Center and is a comprehensive medical office. It is staffed by a nurse practitioner, dentist, and support staff.

    Located behind the Hilsman Middle School gymnasium, between Hilsman Middle and Gaines Elementary schools, the center provides a range of services to meet the needs of CCSD faculty, staff, and students:

    • check-ups and wellness checks
    • dental care
    • asthma care
    • diabetes care
    • high blood pressure management
    • immunizations
    • lab tests
    • prescriptions
    • COVID-19 testing and vaccinations
    • sports physicals
    • and more

    Address and Contact Information

    870 Gaines School Rd. (between Hilsman Middle and Gaines elementary schools) Athens, GA 30605
    Phone: 706-546-7463
    Fax: 706-613-4404

    Hours of Operation and How to Make an Appointment

    • Monday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
    • Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
    • Closed for staff lunch break (Monday through Thursday): 12-1 p.m.
    • Closed on most major holidays. Call the office at 706-546-7463 for more information.

    Advance appointments are preferred and greatly appreciated, but we do try to maintain space and accommodation for same-day appointments. Please call 706-546-7463 to schedule an appointment. The office is CLOSED Monday through Thursday from 12-1 p.m. for staff lunch.

Department Staff

  • T. Lawrence

    Tionya Lawrence, FNP-C
    Family Nurse Practitioner

    V. Romero

    Vianey Romero
    Medical Assistant

    M. Nelms

    Dr. Merissa Nelms, DDS, CCA
    General Dentist

    K. Bray

    Kathy Bray
    Dental Assistant

    L. Hopkins

    LaToya Hopkins
    Office Specialist/Referral Coordinator


    Kissey Gilham
    CCSD Liaison