SHORT GAP - A new women's health care and counseling service has opened in the Frankfort District.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
SHORT GAP - A new women’s health care and counseling service has opened in the Frankfort District.
Appalachian Women’s Health Care, under the direction of Tammy Hansford, MSN, WHNP-BC, is located at 41 Hunt Club Plaza in Short Gap.
Hansford is also affiliated with the Appalachian Mountain of Hope, a residential drug addiction recovery center which she has been working to open in the Fort Ashby area.
At her new practice in Hunt Club, she offers a wide variety of services for women, including annual exams, STD testing and treatment, breast health, family planning, menopause and other women’s issues.
In addition to Hansford, Maria Bechdel, LPC, is also at the new center, where she offers treatment for substance abuse, specializes in autism spectrum, trauma disorders and general counseling for adults, children and families.
With a background in the foster care system, Bechdel has been active as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and is still a member of the Mineral County CASA board.
Hansford will be accepting appointments or walk-ins during her regular hours, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., while Bechdel will be available Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hansford says her goal is to provide “a small medical practice that is personalized,” and both are happy to be offering that in the area in which they live.
They plan an open house on Saturday, Sept. 8, with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
To make an appointment, or for more information, call Hansford at 304-726-4253 or Bechdel at 304-790-5556.