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Elmer Thomas

Counseling, Testing & Referral Services

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Elmer started as a volunteer with Palmetto Community Care before joining the staff as a HIV tester and counselor. He administers HIV and STI tests while also providing education on HIV, AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. Elmer said it does his heart good to know he’s making a difference in the community by being part of something greater than himself. Elmer is retired from the U.S. Air Force having served during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He also spent 20 years as a licensed practical nurse in Southern California, bringing to Palmetto Community Care his vast experience in patient care. When he’s not working, Elmer’s spending time with his family, including several nieces and nephews as well as reading, listening to music and traveling.
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Michael Luciano

Peer Adherence Educator

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Michael Luciano wears many hats but all his responsibilities have one goal: to bring about education and awareness of HIV/AIDS. Michael developed a HIV 101 course in early 2012 that has since grown into a detailed presentation – “HIV Self-Management & Self Advocacy” – that is presented monthly to new Palmetto Community Care clients. Michael works with other staff members as a peer-facilitator for the Healthy Relationships program as well as helping coordinate the Shanti LIFE (Learning Immune Function Enhancement) program, an intensive 12-week educational program that explores 26 different co-factors to health.
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Tearra Middleton

Medical Case Manager

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Tearra has been working in the field of human services and social work in Charleston for more than 10 years. As a medical case manager at Palmetto Community Care, Tearra meets with HIV-positive individuals to assess their overall needs and ultimately providing them with education about their disease, risk management, medical and medication compliance services. Tearra earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina in 2016 and has worked in a variety of positions, including as a mental health professional for Community Resource Solutions and a case manager at 180 Place. Tearra says she is the “first line of defense” in connecting clients with core services and her mission is to make an impact on each individual with the upmost respect, compassion and endless dignity. Tearra is a mom of three who loves to travel.
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