Tag Archives: transgender

Noedahn Copley-Woods, MD

7 Jun

*This review was given verbally during an event, thus its brevity.

Noedahn Copley-Woods, MD
Magee-Womens Hospital
300 Halket Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

copleywoodsn@mail.magee.edu
412-641-4222

Gynecologist. Respectful, good with pronoun usage, was able to address a trans-specific health problem, works well with trans men and older women.

Patty Delaney/Nuin Center

7 Jun

*This review was given verbally during an event, thus its brevity.

Patty Delaney
Therapist
Nuin Center
5655 Bryant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
773.865.3354
delaneyplcsw@gmail.com

Chill, gentle, nice gender therapist.

Dr. Xenia Borue, MD/Full Spectrum Psychiatry

7 Jun

*This review was given verbally during an event, thus its brevity.

Dr. Xenia Borue, MD
5877 Commerce St #216, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 345-1159

http://fspsychiatry.com/

Psychiatrist/Counselor. LGBT-friendly. Transitioning guidance, works with people on the autism spectrum. Moving to Millvale in June. Person had a good experience with this provider.

Mike Marshal

7 Jun

*This review was given verbally during an event, thus its brevity.

Mike Marshal
Gender Therapist
412-246-5663

Person had a good experience with Mike. Sees people under 21 free of charge.

Marie Engberg/Metro Family Practice

7 Jun

*This review was given verbally during an event, thus its brevity.

Marie Engberg
Metro Community Health Center
1789 S Braddock Ave #410
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
https://metrocommunityhealthcenter.org/
412-247-2310

“Super awesome!” Gave the person the informed consent form for hormone therapy so that they could take time and read it over. May be cutting her hours back.

 

Dr. Matthew Holtzman//Hillman Cancer Center

5 Apr

Dr. Matthew Holtzman
Hillman Cancer Center
UPMC Cancer Pavilion
Division of Surgical Oncology
Fourth Floor Suite 420
5150 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
412-692-2852

 

What type of medicine does the provider practice?        

 Surgical oncologist

Would you recommend this provider to others?              

Yes. Dr. Holtzman is very personable. He helped me understand my pathology report and the surgery I was going to have, and took time to answer me and my family’s many questions. I realize that if you need to see a surgical oncologist choices are pretty limited, so I’m mainly writing this to ease your fears around the doctor piece if you find yourself in that situation and are queer/trans.

When was your last visit with the provider          

 0-5 months ago

Why did/do you see this provider?         

 Melanoma

What was/is your experience making an appointment with this provider?           

 Everything was fast. My appointment was 4 days after I called.

Was/is the provider affordable?              

I don’t think any surgical oncologists are affordable, and I don’t know Hillman’s policies for low-income and uninsured folks. However, he did say that he would help me fight a weird anesthesia bill I got if needed.

Please describe your experience with the provider.       

I’m white, transmasculine though only read as male about 75% of the time, mid thirties, have a female partner, slim. He wasn’t weird about me being trans. We didn’t discuss it with that word but we did talk about me being on testosterone. He used male pronouns, and also ordered a pregnancy test (standard before any surgery for folks with a uterus and good care.) Nice to my partner and involved her in conversations.       

 What identities do you have?    

White, transmasculine though only read as male about 75% of the time, mid thirties, have a female partner, slim, middle class, able-bodied.          

What can you share about this provider’s identities and/or the practice’s affiliations that may be important to their clients?               

White, cis, straight male in his forties.

What did you observe or experience about the accessibility of the practice?       

Hillman is very accessible. Valet parking. Gender neutral bathrooms once you’re back where the exam rooms are.

 

Leah Helou//UPMC Mercy Voice Center

5 Apr

Leah Helou
UPMC Mercy Voice Center
UPMC Mercy Hospital Building D, Suite 2100
1400 Locust Street Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-232-3687
Fax: 412-232-8488

 

What type of medicine does the provider practice?        

Voice and Respiratory Therapy 

Would you recommend this provider to others?

Yes              

 When was your last visit with the provider          

0-5 months ago

Why did/do you see this provider?         

Voice and breathing issues stemming from nerve paralysis after thyroidectomy, but also other voice issues 

What was/is your experience making an appointment with this provider?           

I see two other doctors at this place so I usually make the appointments with the front desk or online at the myupmc.com portal

Was/is the provider affordable?              

UPMC type of Medicaid covers unlimited sessions, not sure about other insurances, I assume OOP is expensive but UPMC does have financial aid

Please describe your experience with the provider.       

Leah is very pleasant and knowledgeable. Vocal and respiratory coaching is really intimate and she is good at helping me feel at ease. She also is the founder of the UPMC transgender voice training program so- even though I was not seeking transgender vocal coaching- it was nice to have a provider I was more likely to be safe with as a trans person. She is good at tailoring things to work for you and good at understanding relationships between (what some cultures separate into) mind and body.  

 Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff (if applicable).            

Front desk at this place is always really nice and helpful towards me.

What identities do you have?    

Transgender, transmasculine, queer, white, (somewhat invisibly) disabled, medium to chubby in size, goth/punk looking, mid 30s, poverty line disability income

Tell us if the provider or practice is especially good with a certain community, has special skills or services.           

trans and queer people

What can you share about this provider’s identities and/or the practice’s affiliations that may be important to their clients?               

I think she is a white cisgender woman but I don’t know anything else about her. She seems to have lefty politics based on who she’s into creating spaces for.

What did you observe or experience about the accessibility of the practice?       

Mercy hospital has a garage that is free for the first 2 hours and paid after that. There are usually handicapped spots open on at least one of the levels (usually more). There is a walkway to the hospital on level D of the garage that I prefer because it is close to elevators. It has automated doors. The Voice center is right across from the purple elevator once you take it up to the 2nd floor. Many doors are automated but the door to the voice center itself is not I do not think. There are two single stall gender neutral restrooms in the waiting room. There is braille on some signage in the hospital. Mercy is about a block up from forbes and 5th where many buses run. There are always wheelchairs near the walkway from the garage and I assume it is ok to grab one and use one when needed. There is also a staff person at a desk when you first come in from the walkway if you have questions.

 

Dr. Michael Lucke/Lupus Center of Excellence

17 Feb

Dr. Michael Lucke

Lupus Center of Excellence

Located in West Penn Hospital in Bloomfield

(412) 578-1152 for Lupus Center of Excellence

 

What type of medicine does the provider practice?        

Rheumatologist

Would you recommend this provider to others?              

I would recommend Dr. Lucke wholeheartedly. He’s a very good listener which feels rare in a MD, he keeps up to date on current research in his field, and he’s generally pleasant and caring.

When was your last visit with the provider          

 0-5 months ago

Why did/do you see this provider?         

Pain, autoimmune disorder, ankylosing spondylitis

What was/is your experience making an appointment with this provider?           

They’re very busy, so appointments can take a while which was challenging when my health issues were still undiagnosed/untreated. It’s less of an issue now for regular maintenance appointments, since I can make them well in advance.

I’ve had some very poor experiences with the office in terms of timeliness and completion/communication of things like insurance authorizations, test results, and prescriptions, and actually filed a formal complaint at one point. Phone contact has been up and down; there have been periods where it has been extremely difficult to reach anyone or it’s taken days on end to get a response, and other periods where they’ve been more accessible. Hopefully this is improving, but it was extremely frustrating when I was still trying to get a diagnosis.

Was/is the provider affordable?              

My Highmark insurance made it very affordable, and the doctor has been helpful in suggesting ways to make my extremely-expensive maintenance medication more affordable.

Please describe your experience with the provider.       

I’m queer, white, and transmasculine/genderqueer. I read as male and use he/him pronouns, but I opted not to come out as trans to this provider as I didn’t consider it relevant. Dr. Lucke has always been perfectly respectful and appropriate, and he’s fully aware that I’m queer, but I think he probably doesn’t know that I’m trans, so I can’t really speak to that. That said, I think he’d probably be fine if I did come out to him. He’s very kind and conscientious compared to most docs I’ve experienced, he’s an excellent listener, he’s very patient and willing to answer all questions and concerns. I don’t ever feel brushed off, and he shows that he cares about his patients. Overall I’m extremely pleased with him as a doctor.

 Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff (if applicable).            

 They’ve all been very polite and friendly. No bad experiences.

What identities do you have?    

White, queer, young, transmasculine, college-educated. I am largely able-bodied, but experience occasional periods of disability when I have flare-ups of my autoimmune disease.

Tell us if the provider or practice is especially good with a certain community, has special skills or services.           

Unsure 

What can you share about this provider’s identities and/or the practice’s affiliations that may be important to their clients?               

Dr. Lucke is a white male, his staff is mostly white and Black women.

What did you observe or experience about the accessibility of the practice?       

The office is within a hospital, so the building is fairly accessible with ramps, elevators, etc. I believe there is braille on the placards, but I don’t recall for sure. The hospital is accessible via many bus lines (86, 87, 54, 64), and there’s a parking garage or street parking.

Dr. Ryan J. Soose/UPMC Mercy (UPMC Mercy – Division of Sinonasal Disorders and Allergy)

17 Feb

Dr. Ryan J. Soose

UPMC Mercy (UPMC Mercy – Division of Sinonasal Disorders and Allergy)

1400 Locust St. Bldg. D, Suite 2100

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Office Phone: (412) 232-3687

 

What type of medicine does the provider practice?        

Otolaryngology/Ear Nose & Throat Doctor specializing in Sleep Disorders

Would you recommend this provider to others?              

 Yes

When was your last visit with the provider          

0-5 months ago

Why did/do you see this provider?         

Multiple Sleep Problems

What was/is your experience making an appointment with this provider?           

It was difficult because I didn’t have a name at first and my rheumatologist told me to see any ENT, but each ENT has a specification, and I had to deal with UPMC central scheduling not understanding all of those specifications. I had to wait many months for an appointment with this guy because he sees a lot of patients and first appointments take more time. Now that I am in the system and have his name, appointments are easy to make on myupmc.com. 

Was/is the provider affordable?              

I am on medicaid UPMC so I do not pay anything for specialists. Uninsured or folks without insurance that covers UPMC would not find this affordable. Insured may depending on coverage.

Please describe your experience with the provider.       

This guy is extremely thorough, knowledgeable, and a good listener. He knows a lot about sleep disorders and neurological issues on top of ENT issues. I have had sleep problems since I was a child that have often been dismissed or ignored by doctors until recently. He not only took them seriously but was able to discover the (neurological) issue with sleep studies. He also went the extra mile- my sleep data was weird and he had something like 4 different specialists analyze the data to make sure they agreed with his finding. He gave me multiple options and multiple possible explanations for issues as well as ruled out apnea. Note for trans people: I never told him preferred pronouns (it is tiring and I often don’t have the energy) so he used pronouns matching my gender marker on my medical forms, not my gender. If pronouns are important to you, make sure you tell them or remind them if they don’t match your gender marker. Folks in this office have told me they welcome the correction. UPMC Mercy’s ENT department is my favorite doctors office for this and other reasons.

 Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff (if applicable).            

Staff was nice. He had a couple of students/residents in the room that he was teaching while he saw me. I don’t mind this because I like contributing to education and research so that my population is better represented. The staff at this place are always really nice to me. I see multiple providers here.

What identities do you have?    

white, 34 years old, trans masculine but my gender is read in different ways all the time by people, butch, queer, disabled, working class but not working, chubby, tattoos

Tell us if the provider or practice is especially good with a certain community, has special skills or services.           

I know this office does voice therapy and coaching for trans people so they are familiar with having trans people in their office and waiting room. And their doctors are highly specialized in various fields.

What can you share about this provider’s identities and/or the practice’s affiliations that may be important to their clients?               

White guy. Not sure of anything else.

What did you observe or experience about the accessibility of the practice?       

This hospital has free parking for 3 hours and is about 1 block away from Forbes where many buses stop. There is an elevator in the garage and a walkway into the hospital from one of the floors. Many doors are electronically operated in the hospital but the ENT office itself is not. The office waiting room has 2 gender neutral single stall restrooms and a water fountain. I think many signs at UPMC have braille. As far as some of my hospital experiences go, average amount of walking to get from my car to the office. The elevator is close to the garage walkway and the elevator opens right in front of the ENT office.

UPMC Presbyterian Radiology

5 Dec

UPMC Presbyterian Radiology Department        

Multiple Providers

UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Oakland.

Radiology department is near the main entrance and up an escalator/elevator.

What type of medicine does the provider practice?

Nuclear

Would you recommend the provider to others?

Yes, with a few comments- see below.

What can you share about this provider’s identities and/or the practice’s affiliations that may be important to their clients?

I read most as white except front desk woman who was Black and second physician I saw who was Asian. About even number of men and women. Variety of age ranges. That was the most I could gather.

Why did you see this provider?

Treatment and full body scans for radioiodine uptake for thyroid cancer.

What was your experience making an appointment with this provider?

My endocrinology nurse at Falk clinic got my availability and made the appointments for me since it was a 5 day ordeal and they do that for everyone.

Was the provider affordable?

UPMC so depends on your insurance unfortunately. (Note from PHB: you may be able to apply for UPMC financial assistance.)

Please describe your experience with the provider:

They were extremely thorough in explaining the procedures, precautions, and methodology and answered all my questions. It was nice to have things repeated because I have a bad memory.

There was some switching between providers of how they addressed my gender. I choose not to talk about being trans unless I have to because providers generally mess things up no matter what. So I was gendered male and (more often) female and no one checked in. This is 100% business as usual and not unique to this facility. Pretty much everywhere I go doesn’t notice all of the things in my chart. If misgendering is very stressful for someone, I can’t say good or bad how this facility would respond to corrections. If any of them disliked me for being queer looking, I didn’t notice.

My main gripe about this department was repeated statements of “”we don’t care about animals here. This is a human hospital.”” When I asked repeatedly how to protect the animals that live with me. Some folks did give me an answer but it was somewhat dusmissive even though they were wonderful and thorough with my personal needs. (Radioactive iodine requires isolation of all bodily fluids and contact within 6 feet for 5 days). I told them this in my review that I do not think it is too much to ask for a radiology department to read some of the veterinary literature out there about animals treated with radioactive iodine (which mammals are at least.) I read some and I’m sure they would be better equipped to understand it than I am. ”

Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff:

The waiting room has a fish tank and a bunch of loud TVs but the woman who was at the front desk all days was awesome. The nurses, techs, physicians, residents, and physicist were all very kind to me and answered all of my questions.

What identities do you have?

Transmasculine but non-passing much of the time esp in medical situations, butch, queer, (mostly invisibly) disabled, poor, chubby (“obese” according to my bmi and medical charts), white person.

Please describe the accessibility of the practice for you:

This hospital has valet parking otherwise parking in the garage involves a block or so walk with part of a hill. Parking is 5 dollars with validation. People who take a bus would have to walk up a steep hill from 5th ave or I think there is a shuttle in front of Falk clinic (on 5th across from a bus stop) that regularly drives people up the hill.

The inside of the hospital was fairly physically accessible. Most things were automated except I believe the bathroom doors had to be pulled/pushed open. The halls are wide but crowded. There are escalators and elevators.

There was a coffee/snack area right outside the radiology waiting room and bottled water available in the waiting room. Waiting room was loud with lots of TVs. Bathrooms were close to the waiting room and the scanner and radiation medication rooms. Hallway bathrooms were gendered and multi stall, inside the facility- all gender and single stall.

Especially good with certain a certain community, special skills, or services?

I think these folks are average and not specialized with any group. Proceed with caution.

When was your last visit with this provider?

0-5 months ago

Additional Information:

Full body scan requires laying still for 45+ minutes. Room is dark and has TV projecting a sky view on the ceiling.

Frances Southwick/East End Community Health

5 Sep

Frances Southwick         

East End Community Health Center       

117 N Negley Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

(412) 404-4000

(in East Liberty/Garfield, right at the corner of Penn & Negley)

 

What type of medicine does the provider practice?

Family Practice (Osteopath).

Would you recommend the provider to others?

Yes. She is very thorough and gentle and open-minded

What can you share about this provider’s identities and/or the practice’s affiliations that may be important to their clients?

She is a lesbian. And she’s also a writer. She wrote a book called “Prognosis: Poor,” a  memoir that addresses the medical training process in the U.S. (I haven’t read it!)

Why did you see this provider?

General health.

Was the provider affordable?

I have UPMC insurance, but I’m pretty sure they take everything. They are a community health center which means they focus on low-income folks.

What was your experience making an appointment with this provider?

The front desk staff are friendly and  appointments are usually available in the next week or two..

Please describe your experience with this provider:

I am a transman and she was very comfortable and knowledgeable about trans issues and didn’t make a big deal about it when that wasn’t why I was seeing her.

She was very helpful with finding me referrals to other providers who would be sensitive to gender stuff.

Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff:

They’ve always been great.

What identities do you have?

Gender queer, queer, white.

Especially good with certain a certain community, special skills, or services?

This particular dr is lgbtq friendly. I spotted at least one staff member who was family. Not sure about other drs or staff.

When was your last visit with this provider?

6-12 months ago

 

 

Michelle Griffith/UPMC Endocrinology

5 Sep

Michelle Griffith            

UPMC Endocrinology

Falk Medical Building

Pittsburgh, PA 15213     

412-586-9700

 

What type of medicine does the provider practice?

Endocrinology.

Would you recommend the provider to others?

Yes, I have seen Dr Griffith twice now regarding thyroid cancer and related management and treatment. The only con is how long it took to get an appointment.

She is really kind, a good listener, does not rush me, answers all of my questions, and was knowledgeable about everything.

What can you share about this provider’s identities and/or the practice’s affiliations that may be important to their clients?

I am guessing she is a white cis woman MD.

Why did you see this provider?

Thyroid cancer.

Was the provider affordable?

I am on medicaid with UPMC for you so I have no copay. It’s probably expensive with no insurance.

What was your experience making an appointment with this provider?

It took months to get in which was the only negative of my experience.

Please describe your experience with this provider:

I felt very comfortable with this doctor. I’m trans. She immediately asked if my legal name was what I preferred to be called. She also informed my surgeon ahead of time. I was treated well and patiently (I ask a ton of questions.) The office staff was also very nice to me.

I have a complicated medical history with lots of things going on and she was knowledgeable about how many things intersected even though it was not her specialty.

Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff:

My small amount of experiences with other staff were positive.

What identities do you have?

Trans masculine (usually I’m read as butch), queer, white, poor, disabled

Please describe the accessibility of the practice for you:

Falk clinic has valet parking, is accross the street from a bus stop that many buses stop at on 5th ave in oakland. There are wheelchairs inside the building so I assume one may request extra assistance. There are elevators and also stairs. Front and rear entrances have automatic doors but all offices and bathrooms do not. Some might, I can’t recall. Parking is 5 bucks at minimum if you drive.

Especially good with certain a certain community, special skills, or services?

This particular dr is lgbtq friendly. I spotted at least one staff member who was family. Not sure about other drs or staff.

When was your last visit with this provider?

0-5 months ago

 

 

Dr. Draion Burch

8 Jul

** UPDATE: Dr. Burch has moved away from Pittsburgh **

Dr Draion Burch               

Magee Womens Hospital

300 Halket Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

(412) 361-3132

Dr Burch has a lot of places he practices other than Magee. Magee is in Oakland but he’s also in East End and other locations.

What type of medicine does the provider practice?

OB/GYN and DO.

Would you recommend the provider to others?

Yes.

Why did you see this provider?

Trans care, chronic pelvic pain, hysterectomy consult, general preventative care.

Was the provider affordable?

I have had both Health America insurance and Medicaid and he accepted both. I’m not sure about uninsured.

Please describe your experience with the provider:

Dr Burch has helped me through really tough stuff with awful insurance companies. He advocates for you in appeals and does peer to peer stuff with insurance doctors author question. He is an extremely out gay man of color and he really cares about women and trans people. He’s easy to talk to and isan advocate for trans people and women so you can let him know your needs if he’s not meeting them.

He is very busy running everything from suboxone clinics to delivering babies at Allegheny county jail and advocating for trans women downtown. Thus he can be hard to get a hold of. But if you stay on him he will do whatever he can to make sure got get what you need.

Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff:

His staff was really well educated and kind. I didn’t have to give them a 101.

Please describe the accessibility of the practice for you:

Magees hospital is physically accessible and they have valet. East end less so but they have an elevator.

Especially good with certain a certain community, special skills, or services?

Trans, working class and poor, women, people of color, recovering addicts, sex workers, disadvantaged folks, he respects and serves all passionately.  He’s a character. And he cares and is humble.

Additional Information:

Persad Center

15 Aug

What is the name of the provider you saw?
Ashley

What is the name of the practice?
Persad Center

Where is the provider located?
Persad

What type of medicine does the provider practice?
Therapist

Would you recommend this provider to others?
Yes

Why did you see this provider?
Anxiety

Was the provider affordable?
Yes, I’m uninsured and make <$20,000/yr, so services are comped by the county.

Please describe your experience with the provider named above:
She’s great, and has particular strength working with family issues.

Please describe the accessibility of the practice for you:
The front door is accessible–I always take the stairs up to the second floor. So I’m not sure. It’s super-accessible by public transit, though–you can take the 88, 87, or even 86 to get there. Gender-neutral bathrooms.

Good with certain populations?
LGBTQ-friendly

Dr. Martin Seltman

15 Aug

Provider name

Dr. Martin Seltman

Practice name

Metro Family Practice

Practice location/contact info

1789 S. Braddock Ave. #410 Pittsburgh PA 15218 412-247-2310 http://www.metrofamilypractice.org/

What type of medicine does the provider practice?

Family Practice

Would you recommend the provider to others?

Yes

Why did you see this provider?

Provides hormones for trans-people

Was the provider affordable?

Yes. They have a sliding scale that is very affordable.

Please describe your experience with the provider named above:

Amazing doctor- very kind, respectful, and helpful.

Please describe your experience with the provider’s support staff:

Queer-friendly, and usually very helpful and polite.

Please describe the accessibility of the practice for you:

A lot of buses run nearby, not sure about wheelchair accessibility. The hours can be a little hard to navigate.

Tell us if the provider or practice is especially good with a certain community, has special skills or services:

LGBTQ-friendly, provides low cost care and hormones