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April 1, 2015

Faces of Fauquier: Health care for needy his mission

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“There is no question we have saved people’s lives here and changed people’s lives,” Rob Marino says.
About every primary care physician and dentist in Fauquier has volunteered here. We have great, hardworking people here.
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He works to help those without insurance coverage get high-quality medical, dental and mental health care.

Rob Marino, executive director of the Fauquier Free Clinic, has worked tirelessly for 15 years to address a tremendous need in the community.

Mr. Marino and his wife moved here from Richmond 16 years ago.

He enjoys running and coaching girls’ Warrenton Youth Soccer and describes Fauquier County as “generous, volunteer-oriented and friendly.

“The doctors in this community are exceptional, and we have world-class physicians for such a small town.”

For more than 21 years, the Fauquier Free Clinic has provided free medical, dental and mental health services to low-income people in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties.

Last year, the clinic saw about 2,100 patients, according to Mr. Marino.

“There is no question we have saved people’s lives here and changed people’s lives,” he said. “It’s gratifying every day.”

More than 250 volunteers, clinicians, nurses, dentists and administrators help run the non-profit health clinic.

“About every primary care physician and dentist in Fauquier has volunteered here,” said Mr. Marino. “We have great, hardworking people here.”

This week, the clinic opened at a new location, 35 Rock Pointe Lane in Warrenton, with updated technology and equipment. The move has allowed the clinic to expand, with the main floor devoted to medical and mental health services, and the second floor housing dentistry.

“All three services are now located together, so the doctors and dentists can coordinate for a patient if needed,” he said.

The Fauquier Free Clinic has raised almost $1.5 million in funds to move into the new building, which the Fauquier Health Foundation owns. The clinic pays $1 a year for rent.

A grand re-opening celebration will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the new location. The clinic’s volunteers see patients with appointments from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Patients seeking appointments and those interested in volunteering should call the clinic at 540-347-0394.

• Age

• Home
Town of Warrenton

• Work
Executive director of the Fauquier Free Clinic for 15 years. Helps with a variety of programs, manages staff and volunteers, among other duties.

The Fauquier Free Clinic serves low-income individuals without healthcare in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties — people who would otherwise go without medical, dental and mental health services.

• Why do you do the job?

For pretty much the reasons you would expect. It’s gratifying every day. It’s a pretty great thing to do, and I work with a fantastic group of people. We have great, hardworking people here. We have more than 250 volunteers and a few paid staff. About every primary care physician and dentist in Fauquier has volunteered here.

• Family
Wife, Diana Chalmeta; children, Drew, 15, Sofie, 13, and Abby, 11.

• Education
Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia, 1991. Master’s in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University, 1997.

• Civic and/or church involvement
Member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Coaches two Warrenton Youth Soccer girls’ teams. Volunteers with his son’s Boy Scout Troop 161. Mental Health Association of Fauquier County board member.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Sixteen years. We moved here from Richmond.

• Why do you live here?

I love Fauquier County. Diana got a job here as a physician after her residency and I got to come along. I love that you can go to the grocery store and meet lots of friends. We have a nice small town feeling.

I grew up in Virginia. I love Richmond, but this is a much nicer place to raise children. The doctors in this community are exceptional, and we have world-class physicians for such a small town. We were happy to come here, and it’s not far from D.C.

• How do you describe this county?
Generous, volunteer-oriented and friendly. It’s an amazing place, full of generous people. Even though some people are moving out, most people are oriented with their community. The clinic has never struggled to find help.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
Add more walking and running trails. I like Fauquier County the way it is. There’s not much else to change.

• What do you do for fun?
I’m an avid runner, snow skier and cyclist. Coaching girl’s soccer.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?

Whitney State Forest. It’s a great place to run.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
I hope it’s not much different. It will likely keep growing a bit. It has changed quite a bit in the last 10 years. I would hate to see more congestion and commercial growth. A lot of people have been here for a long time, so hopefully it won’t change much.

• Favorite TV show?

“The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart

• Favorite movie?


• Favorite book?

“The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger

• Favorite vacation spot?
Summit County, Colorado.

• Favorite food?
Any Indian food.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?

My mom always said, “If you are going to say no to someone, just say it politely and firmly and don’t give reasons, or they will just argue with your reasons.”

• Who’s your hero and why?

Erika Viccellio, director of the Charlottesville Free Clinic. She is retiring this summer. I admire what she has done with her clinic. She’s the first person I call when I have a problem I cannot solve here. She has made something amazing happen in her local community, with all the changes and growth of their volunteer services. I would love to do the same.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
I would give some of it to the Fauquier Free Clinic, for sure. We make a good use of everything that is donated. It would be a blast to share it with family. I would do something exciting like go on a big vacation.

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• Julia Trumbo grew up in the family grocery business.

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homeward611 · April 8, 2015 at 8:43 pm
>>Todd Lamonia - I thought Obamacare was supposed to make sure people aren't dying in the streets though. And hey, just think of all the extra government waste needed to support a new healthcare system that could be going to actually helping people, but at least we get to borrow $.40 of every dollar that we spend on it smile Well, as long as we have someone to blame when there's misery...
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