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FORT MYERS, Fla. – March 30, 2021 –  The Southwest Florida Free Pain Clinic is excited to welcome Joy Simpson to the team.  She will be instrumental in securing government and large foundation grants critical to moving the organization’s mission forward. The vision is to expand services to be the only full-time free pain clinic in the nation, right here in Fort Myers, and then reproduce into other cities around the country.  “It is a God-sized vision, but He is a big God, and He can do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think,” said Alan Gruning, DO, Executive and Medical Director of the clinic.

The mission of the organization is to provide effective holistic medical care to people suffering from injuries or painful conditions  who are unable to afford treatment and do not have insurance, at no cost, all without the use of opioids or other drugs.

A career development professional, Ms. Simpson has experience in all aspects of development, including strategic planning, board/volunteer recruitment and training, annual campaigns, capital campaigns, planned giving, special events, public relations, database analysis, and communications. She has more than 32 years of experience in grant writing.  A resident of Charleston, SC, she has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Charleston’s Master of Public Administration Program (Non-Profit Track), teaching graduate courses in Fundraising and Marketing for Non-Profits as well as Transparency and Accountability for Non-Profits.

“The mission of the Southwest Florida Free Pain Clinic is truly inspiring, as are its staff and volunteers,” Ms. Simpson states. “Their clients are an incredibly underserved population who urgently need our help.”


The Southwest Florida Free Pain Clinic is working to rewrite the paradigm for low-income, uninsured pain patients. It is the only facility of its kind in Florida, and possibly the nation. Utilizing physician and chiropractic care, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, nutrition and lifestyle education, counseling, essential oil therapy, and modalities such as electrical stimulation and ultrasound to alleviate pain at the source, patients are able to truly begin an effective healing process. No drugs are used in treatment. In fact, through the course of care, patients are helped to wean from opioids and other substances they have become dependent upon.


To learn more about the Southwest Florida Free Pain Clinic, visit


About the Southwest Florida Free Pain Clinic

The Southwest Florida Free Pain Clinic is a 501(c)3 organization, founded in 2010 by Alan Gruning, DO, to provide high quality holistic medical care at no charge to those without the ability to pay. The clinic is funded solely through grants, contributions, and corporate sponsorships. Services are rendered by appointment at 6831 Palisades Park Court, Unit 3 in Fort Myers. For more information about the organization’s mission, sponsorship opportunities, speaking engagements, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please contact or call 239.201.7877. The Southwest Florida Free Pain Clinic is a United Way Partner Agency.

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