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A small clinic’s big task

Dr. Dimitri Sirakoff is less harried these days. The general medicine doctor and founder of the aptly named Serve the People Community Health Center still dons his white lab coat 90 hours a week.

But thanks to small foundation grants and local business support, the industrious physician has been able to hire a small staff to help him as he whips around his clinic providing services for a flood of poor, uninsured Santa Ana residents making their way to his waiting room. The clinic, which opened its doors in 2009 and became a certified health center in 2010, offers the gamut of clinic services — all for about $15.