UMass Amherst Stonewall Center

The Stonewall Center at UMass Amherst
Photo - inside the Stonewall Center

Western Massachusetts Trans Resource Guide

Compiled by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Stonewall Center



Methodology

The following information about therapists, physicians and nurse practitioners, electrologists and laser hair removal professionals, cosmetologists, and attorneys was generated through a questionnaire sent to Western Massachusetts service providers. In addition to describing their practices, the providers were asked to indicate their level of training and experience with transgender clients/patients using these categories:

Transgender-Friendly: providers who have not worked much with transgender clients/patients, but are interested in and sensitive to the needs of transgender people.

Transgender-Aware: providers who have not worked much with transgender clients/patients, but are aware of the needs of transgender people and are able to understand, acknowledge, and address transgender-related issues.

Transgender-Experienced: providers who consider themselves to be experienced in the area of transgender care, based on their level of training and experience with transgender clients/patients.

Transgender Specialists: providers who consider themselves to be specialists in the area of transgender care, based on their level of training and experience with transgender clients/patients.

The questionnaire is available upon request.


Disclaimer and Usage

The listing of a provider in the Western Massachusetts Transgender Resource Guide should not be construed as an endorsement of that individual or their work. Recognizing that clients have various opinions about service providers and that a particular provider may not be the best match for every client, the guide lists all providers, regardless of reputation, who indicate an interest in being included and who identify themselves as "transgender friendly," "transgender aware," "transgender experienced," or "transgender specialists." Exceptions may be made for service providers who have been civilly or criminally convicted on charges that call their professionalism or ability to work with clients into question or about whom the Stonewall Center has received a formal complaint. Decisions about removal from the guide are determined by a committee of service providers who have worked extensively with transgender people. The UMass Stonewall Center assumes no responsibility regarding the accuracy of the information supplied by service providers.

The Western Massachusetts Transgender Resource Guide is intended for personal, non-commercial use. The guide may not be otherwise republished or re-disseminated in any manner or form without the prior written consent of the UMass Stonewall Center.


Table of Contents

How to Receive a Legal Name Change in Massachusetts


How to Change the Name and/or Gender on Massachusetts Driver's Licenses


Therapists
Transgender-Friendly Clinicians
Transgender-Aware Clinicians
Transgender-Experienced Clinicians
Transgender Therapy Specialists


Voice Therapists
Transgender-Friendly Voice Therapists
Transgender-Aware Voice Therapists
Transgender-Experienced Voice Therapists
Transgender Voice Therapy Specialists


Medical Providers

Primary Care Physicians and Nurse Practitioners
Transgender-Friendly Primary Care Providers
Transgender-Aware Primary Care Providers
Transgender-Experienced Primary Care Providers
Transgender Primary Care Specialists

Endocrinologists
Transgender-Friendly Endocrinologists
Transgender-Aware Endocrinologists
Transgender-Experienced Endocrinologists
Transgender Endocrine Specialists

Obstetricians/Gynecologists
Transgender-Friendly Obstetricians/Gynecologists
Transgender-Aware Obstetricians/Gynecologists
Transgender-Experienced Obstetricians/Gynecologists
Transgender Obstetrical/Gynecological Specialists

Plastic Surgeons
Transgender-Friendly Plastic Surgeons
Transgender-Aware Plastic Surgeons
Transgender-Experienced Plastic Surgeons
Transgender Plastic Surgery Specialists

Pediatricians
Transgender-Friendly Pediatricians
Transgender-Aware Pediatricians
Transgender-Experienced Pediatricians
Transgender Pediatric Specialists


Electrologists/Laser Hair Removal Professionals
Transgender-Friendly Hair Removal Professionals
Transgender-Aware Hair Removal Professionals
Transgender-Experienced Hair Removal Professionals
Transgender Hair Removal Specialists


Dermatologists
Transgender-Friendly Dermatologists
Transgender-Aware Dermatologists
Transgender-Experienced Dermatologists
Transgender Dermatology Specialists


Cosmetologists (Hairdressers, Manicurists, Makeup Specialists, etc.)
Transgender-Friendly Cosmetologists
Transgender-Aware Cosmetologists
Transgender-Experienced Cosmetologists
Transgender Cosmetology Specialists


Attorneys
Transgender-Friendly Attorneys
Transgender-Aware Attorneys
Transgender-Experienced Attorneys
Transgender Legal Specialists







How To Receive a Legal Name Change in Massachusetts



Where to Go
To file for a legal name change, you need to go to the office of the Register of Probate in the Probate and Family Court in the county in which you reside. In Hampden County, the court is at 50 State Street in Springfield. In Hampshire County, the court is at 33 King Street in Northampton. The hours for both courts are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


What You Will Need to Bring
1) A certified copy of your birth certificate
One can be ordered here. The cost for the birth certificate is $45, which includes shipping. After the online request form is sent in, instructions will be emailed to you about how to mail in a check or money order. Once payment is received, normal delivery time for the birth certificate is 10-14 business days. For an additional $45, the delivery time is 3-5 days.

2) Previous name change decrees (if any)
If your name has been previously changed by decree of court or at marriage, either a copy of record of birth so amended, a copy of such decree, or a copy of record of marriage must be filed with the application.

3) Name Change Petition Form
This form is available here.

The form asks why you are changing your name. You do not have to indicate that you are transgender/transsexual and do not need to be on hormones, to have had gender reassignment/confirmation surgery, or to have a letter from a doctor or therapist. Some people choose to write "common usage," "personal reason," or "it's the name that I use."

As long as you are not changing your name in order to commit fraud, you have the legal right to change your name. A criminal record check will be done for all name-change petitioners over the age of 7 years. If you are denied the right to change your name because of a criminal record, you may wish to contact a lawyer.


Cost
The cost to file for a name change is $150, plus a $15 surcharge. Fees may be paid with cash, money order, or personal check. If you receive public benefits, have an income below the poverty line, or otherwise cannot afford $165, you may request that the fee be waived by declaring indigence. The forms to do so are available here. An explanation of how to fill out the forms can be found here. The Clerk of the Court can also offer assistance.


The Process
All name change petitions are published in a local newspaper. There is a separate charge for the publication and you can usually choose the paper in which the notice is published. If you have a good reason that the notice should not be published, you can file a motion to waive publication and an affidavit (a sworn statement) stating why you do not wish to have this information published. You may have to appear before a judge to explain your reasons.

Each probate court has a different process for handling name changes. In some courts, you may go before a judge or before a judge's clerk. In other courts, the judge looks at the name change application outside of the petitioner's presence. You may be able to finish everything that day or you may be required to return in about two weeks.



Adapted from information provided by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition: www.masstpc.org/projects/namechange.shtml.



Top of page




How to Change the Name and/or Gender on Massachusetts Driver's Licenses


Changing the Name on Your License
To file for a name change on a Massachusetts Driver's License, you need to go to a Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) office. In Western Massachusetts, RMV offices are located in Easthampton (16 Pleasant Street), Greenfield (280 Main Street), Chicopee (1011 Chicopee Street), Springfield (165 Liberty Street), Pittsfield (333 East Street), and North Adams (33 Main Street). Hours, directions, and wait times are available on the RMV website: http://www.mass.gov/qrmv/map/RMVmap.shtm.


What You Will Need to Bring
1) A court order showing your legal name change (see "How To Receive a Legal Name Change in Massachusetts" above)

2) Your Social Security Card with your new legal name
After obtaining a name change court order, you need to go to a social security office to obtain a new Social Security Card before you can change your name with the RMV. In Western Massachusetts, Social Security offices are located in Holyoke (200 High Street), Springfield (70 Bond Street), Greenfield (1 Arch Place), Pittsfield (78 Center Street), and North Adams (37 Main Street). Hours and directions are available on the Social Security website: https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/fo001.jsp.

Cost
The cost to obtain a license with a new name is $25.

Although changing the names on driver's licenses is standard procedure for RMV employees, there have been some incidents where a clerk will try to deny a name change. As long as you have all of the necessary legal paperwork, you cannot be denied a name change. If an RMV clerk refuses to make the change, ask to speak with a supervisor. If the supervisor likewise refuses to honor your request, ask to speak with the RMV branch manager. Be sure to record the names of the people with whom you speak, the dates and times of the interactions, and the reasons you were given for the denial.


Changing the Gender on Your License

What You Will Need to Bring
1) A completed RMV License/ID Card Application, available at http://www.massrmv.com/rmv/forms/21042.pdf.

2) A completed Massachusetts Gender Designation Change Form, available at http://www.masstpc.org/pubs/gendermarker/MA_gender_change.pdf.
The form needs to be signed by you and a medical provider—a licensed physician, therapist or counselor, or psychiatric social worker—attesting to your gender identity.

The RMV no longer requires a person to submit an amended birth certificate or a letter from a doctor indicating that the individual has had gender-affirming surgery.


Adapted from information provided by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition:
http://www.masstpc.org/get-help/gender-marker-change/


Top of page





Transgender-Friendly Clinicians


The following person identified themselves as a transgender-friendly clinician:

Grace C. Gibson, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
206 State Street, #107, Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 587-0408

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: trauma, traumatic brain injury, learning disabilities, college students
--Population(s) treated: adults
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
--Insurance accepted: MBHP, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, United Behavioral Health, Tufts, Chickering

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: no specific training or experience



Transgender-Aware Clinicians


The following people identified themselves as transgender-aware clinicians:

Maury Abrams, M.S.W.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Provider's own gender: male

Contact Information
15 Conz St., Suite 3, Nothampton, MA 01060
(413) 387-5305

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: trauma, anxiety, grief
--Population(s) treated: adolescents, adults
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop
--Insurance accepted: Health New England, AETNA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Behavioral Health, Beacon, Fallon, Tufts, Medicare, in general UMass student insurance plans

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: clinical supervision of transgender cases, research

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? No
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? No

*******

Anthony D. Smith, M.S.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Provider's own gender: male

Contact Information
529 Main St., Suite 1, Room15
Indian Orchard, MA 01151
(413) 519-2212

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: anxiety, mood, anger management, stress management, couples, teens, life adjustment (including experience with transgender concerns, primarily FTM)
--Population(s) treated: adolescents, adults, couples/marriage therapy, family therapy
--Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offer evening and weekend appointments
--Insurance accepted: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Beacon/Fallon, BMC Healthnet, Neighborhood Health Plan, Multiplan, Wellness Corp (EAP), ESI (EAP). See my site on Psychology Today for complete listing.

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: graduate coursework
--Notable trainings or experience: "I first encountered transgender people working in adult forensic settings, where I became curious about the concern and developed therapeutic relationships with several inmates over the years. I have evaluated, but not treated, adolescent transgender issues."

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? No
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? No

*******

Alison Todd, M.S.W.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
151 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 584-6464

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: couple therapy, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, LGBT issues, college students, perinatal mood disorders, parenting issues
--Population(s) treated: adults, adolescents, couples/marriage therapy, family therapy
--Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offer evening appointments
--Insurance accepted: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health New England, Tufts, United Behavioral Health, all out-of-network plans, self-pay with sliding scale

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: undergraduate and graduate coursework
--Notable trainings or experience: Internal Family Systems Therapy Training, Yoga Teacher Training, four years adjunct faculty at Smith College School for Social Work

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? No
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? No



Transgender-Experienced Clinicians


The following people identified themselves as transgender-experienced clinicians:

Stephanie J. Abate, M.S.S.W.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
150 Fearing Street, #13, Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 887-8187

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: sex therapy, family therapy, couple therapy, trauma, LGBT issues, depression, anxiety, grief
--Population(s) treated: adults, couples/relationship therapy, family therapy
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers weekend and evening appointments for established clients
--Insurance accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Harvard, Pioneer, United Behavioral Health

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of transgender cases, research
---Notable training or experience: "I teach a human sexuality/sex therapy course at the University of New Hampshire in their Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program"

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? Yes
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? Yes

*******

Eunice Aviles, Psy.D.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
26 South Prospect Street, Suite # 19, Amherst, MA 01002 (also can arrange to see clients in Springfield)
(413) 657-6104; http://euniceaviles.com

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: depression, anxiety, trauma, substance related disorders, impulse control disorders, domestic violence, bullying, sexual trauma, sex therapy, LGBT issues
--Population(s) treated: adults, children, adolescents, couples/relationship therapy, family therapy
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
--Insurance accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Fallon Community Health Plan, Tufts, CIGNA, United Behavioral Health (out of network provider)
--Fluent and can provided treatment in Spanish

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: graduate coursework, post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of transgender cases
---Notable training or experience: "I offer educational presentation on the topic of 'Human Sexuality, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Issues in the Therapeutic Process'"

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? Yes
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? Yes

*******

Dana Blackburn, M.S.W.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
43 Center Street, Suite #204, Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 584-1766‎

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: trauma, eating disorders, LGBT issues
--Population(s) treated: adults, children, adolescents, couples/relationship therapy, family therapy
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
--Insurance accepted: nearly all

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of transgender cases

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? In certain circumstances
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? In certain circumstances

*******

Jane Harris, M.A.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
Clinical and Support Options, 1 Arch Place, Greenfield, MA 01301
(413) 774-1000, ext. 2037

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: "inner child therapy to accept the authentic self," adult survivors of past trauma
--Population(s) treated: Adults
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, offers weekend appointments
--Insurance accepted: Mass Health/Medicaid, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, United Behavioral Health, Tufts, Health New England

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of transgender cases
--Notable training or experience: attended several Transcending Boundaries Conferences and several Transgender Lives Conferences, attended a Brattleboro Retreat workshop on creating an LGBT-friendly practice, have sixteen years experience with support groups for straight spouses of LGBT partners, am president of the Franklin-Hampshire MA chapter of PFLAG

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? No
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? No

*******

Beth Tabor Lev, Ph.D.
Psychologist
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
13 Old South Street, Suite # 1B, Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 585-5180

Information About Practice
--Currently not accepting new clients
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: trauma, childhood sexual abuse, dissociation, sexual orientation, and gender issues
--Population(s) treated: adults, adolescents, couples/relationship therapy
--Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
--Insurance accepted: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts, Medicare, Mass Health(as a secondary insurance with Medicare), and most others as 'out-of-network'

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: workshops/seminars, community events, clinical supervision of transgender cases
--Notable training or experience: "workshop with Arlene Istar Lev, year-long consultation/seminar with Lisette Lahana, LICSW"

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? "I haven't been asked"
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? "I haven't been asked"

*******

Susan C. Loud, M.Ed.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
25 Main Street, Suite # 332, Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 585-0689

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: depression, substance abuse, and related issues; gender identity issues, especially related to transitioning and family involvement
--Population(s) treated: adults, couples/relationship therapy
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
--Insurance accepted: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Behavioral Health, Harvard Pilgrim, Fallon Behavioral Health, Health New England

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of transgender cases

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? Yes ("although most of my work has involved ongoing therapy helping people with acceptance and transitioning")
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? Yes

*******

Manfred J. Melcher, M.S.W.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Provider's own gender: male

Contact Information
116 Pleasant Street, Suite # 334 (Eastworks Building), Easthampton, MA 01027
(413) 230-7131, www.manfredmelcher.com

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: adult psychodynamic psychotherapy, interpersonal
--Population(s) treated: adults, couples/relationship therapy
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
--Insurance accepted: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, Health New England

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: graduate coursework, post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, community events, research, clinical supervision of transgender cases
--Notable training or experience: "Adjunct faculty at Smith College School for Social Work"

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? No
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? No

*******

Madeline Nussbaum, M.S.W.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Provider's own gender: female, queer identified

Contact Information
Center for Human Development (CHD)
179 Northampton St., Easthampton, MA 01027
(413) 529-1764
http://chd.org

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: LGBTQ mental health, family therapy, couples therapy, trauma, anxiety, depression
--Population(s) treated: adults, adolescents, couples/relationship therapy, family therapy
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, offers evening appointments
--Insurance accepted: MassHealth and all affiliates, Medicare/Medicaid, most major insurance providers

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, clinical supervision of transgender cases

--Notable training or experience: "In addition to working at CHD I also work with Arlene Lev at Choices Counseling and Consulting in Albany, NY, a clinical practice for LGTBQ identified clients with a particular focus on transgender mental health."

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? Yes
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? Yes

*******

Zenaida (Sandy) Ortega, M.Ed.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
511 East Columbus Avenue, Springfield, MA 01105
(413) 536-5631 (Holyoke), (413) 827-8959 (Springfield), 413-433-6491 (cell)

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: Latino/a GLBT
--Population(s) treated: adults, group therapy
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments
--Insurance accepted: "we accept all types of insurance (Massachusetts-based)"
--Fluent and can provided treatment in Spanish

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: graduate coursework, post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of transgender cases

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? Yes
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? Yes

*******

Christopher E. Overtree, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Provider's own gender: man

Contact Information
135 Hicks Way, Tobin 123, UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 545-5943; www.umass.edu/psc

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: child, family, anxiety, gender/sexuality diversity, pediatric transgender
--Population(s) treated: adults, children, adolescents, couples/marriage therapy, family therapy
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility
--Insurance accepted: Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Aetna, Beacon

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: workshops/seminars, community events, research, clinical supervision of transgender cases

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? Yes.
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? Yes.

******

Katherine Pangborn, M.A.
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
35 State Street, Northampton, MA 01060
(414) 437-4484, Katherinepangborn@gmail.com
http://www.katherinepangborn.com/
Skype sessions are an option as well. Outreach to some locations may be possible.

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: gender identity, gender transition, sexuality, grief and loss, trauma, spirituality, mood disorders
--Population(s) treated: adults, children/adolescents
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments
--Insurance accepted: some insurance reimbursement, sliding scale fees to accommodate students and minimum wage earners

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: graduate coursework, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events
--Notable training or experience: "I have always been interested in gender and sexuality since I realized I was queer in my early teen years. After my partner began his transition 13 or so years ago, I started educating myself through attending conferences, lectures, and workshops, first in Seattle and then on the East Coast. Over the past few years I have been working primarily with clients who are genderqueer, trans*, transgender, or SOFFA's."

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? Yes
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? Yes

*******

Hunter Swanson, M.S.W.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Provider's own gender: male (FTM)

Contact Information
116 Federal St. Greenfield, MA, 01301
(413) 522-6596; huntergswanson@gmail.com

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: gender identity/transition issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, mood disorders, couples’ work
--Population(s) treated: adults, children, adolescents, couples/relationship therapy, family therapy
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments. Outreach visits are available for those with transportation difficulties.
--Insurance accepted: MBHP, Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan (BMCHP), Health New England, Medicaid, Aetna

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events
--Notable training or experience: workshop presenter at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference in 2007

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? Yes
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? Yes

*******

Jassy Timberlake, M.Ed.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Board Certified Sex Therapist
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
Northampton Sex Therapy Associates
40 Main Street, Suite # 206, Florence, MA 01062
(413) 587-0095
Jassy@NorthamptonSexTherapy.com; www.NorthamptonSexTherapy.com

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: sex therapy
--Population(s) treated: adults, couples/relationship therapy
--Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
--Insurance accepted: Blue Cross/Blue Shield (all plans); self-pay fee is $140 for a 50-minute session

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of transgender cases

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? Yes
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? Yes



Transgender Therapy Specialists


The following people identified themselves as transgender therapy specialists:

Joanna Frost, M.S.W.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Provider's own gender: transgender woman (more than 20 years post-surgical experience)

Contact Information
1 Springfield St., Annex A, Suite 6, Chicopee, MA 01013
(413) 594-1122, joannafrst@yahoo.com

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: GLBTQ issues, MTF and FTM transsexuals, crossdressers, school and employment consultations and trainings, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety
--Population(s) treated: adults, children, couples/relationship therapy, family therapy, group therapy
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments
--Insurance accepted: Health New England, Pioneer, all PPO (out of network). Medicare and Blue Cross/Blue Shield pending. Also offers a sliding scale for people paying themselves

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: graduate coursework, post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of transgender cases
--Notable training or experience: member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH, previously known as the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association) and its Advocacy and Liaison Committee, Attended the 20th Biennial Symposium of WPATH in 2007

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? Yes
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? Yes

*******

Tetty Gorfine, M.A.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
LifeCourse Counseling
P.O. Box 845, Northampton, MA 01061
(413) 585-1655, info@lifecourse.net
www.lifecourse.net

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: LGBTQ populations
--Population(s) treated: adults, couples/relationship therapy, group therapy
--Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
--Insurance accepted: Mass Health and all other non-HMO insurances
--Fluent and can provided treatment in American Sign Language

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of transgender cases
--Notable training or experience: "I have provided workshops to local groups, including the Smith College counseling faculty"

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? Yes
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? Yes

*******

Kelly Heck, M.S.W.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
Affirmative Counseling
42 Howard Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 358-5697, kellyheck@affirmativecounseling.net
www.affirmativecounseling.net

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: sexual identity, gender identity, youth/family needs
--Population(s) treated: adults, children, couples/relationship therapy, family therapy, group therapy
--Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments
--Insurance accepted: Health New England, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan (BMCHP), Fallon, Commonwealth Care, Community Health Plan, Medicare, Medicaid

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: graduate coursework, CEU hours, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of transgender cases
--Notable training or experience: "I have a private practice that specializes in treatment of gender nonconforming and transgender-identified individuals, with a particular focus on trans-identified youth ages 5-22. I facilitate groups for gender non-conforming youth in rural areas. I also have executed grant-funded research and projects to support LGBTQ youth, and presented these processes and outcomes in national trainings."

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? Yes
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? Yes

*******

Patricia Jenkins, M.S.W.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
16 Center Street, Suite # 503, Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 584-2590

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: GLBT, trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), couples, adolescents
--Population(s) treated: adults, children, adolescents, couples/relationship therapy, group therapy
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
--Insurance accepted: Pioneer, United Behavioral Health, Harvard Pilgrim

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of transgender cases
--Notable training or experience: attendance at the New England Gender Conference in 2007

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? Yes
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? Yes

*******

Nancy E. Kirk, M.S.W.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
247 Northampton Street, Suite #14, Easthampton, MA 01027
(413) 259-5872

Information About Practice
--Currently not accepting new clients
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: gender issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, relational
--Population(s) treated: adults
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
--Insurance accepted: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Fallon, United Behavioral Health, Medicare, Aetna, Chickering, Corp Health, PBHI, Con Health, Magellan, Unicare, Harvard Pilgrim, Value Options

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: graduate coursework, post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of transgender cases

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? Yes
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? Yes

*******

Patrick McCoy, M.S.W.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Providers's own gender: Male (FTM)

Contact Information
Otter Creek Associates, 80 Linden Street, Brattleboro, Vermont
(802) 865-3450, https://www.facebook.com//TherapyForMisfits

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: transgender, gender nonconforming, LGB people, mood and anxiety disorders, narrative-based psychotherapy
--Population(s) treated: adults, adolescents, couples/relationship therapy, family therapy, group therapy
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments
--Insurance accepted: most Vermont based insurances, BC/BS, self-pay options are available—"I will work with you to decipher a reasonable fee."

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of transgender cases, research

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? Yes
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? Yes

*******

Julie Mencher, M.S.W.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
199 Main Street, Suite # 2, Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 584-7933

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: LGBTQ issues, trauma, eating disorders, sexual issues, relationship issues
--Population(s) treated: adults, adolescents, couples/relationship therapy, family therapy
--Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
--Insurance accepted: All Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurances, Harvard Pilgrim, Aetna, Health Care Value Management, PacifiCare, United Behavioral Health, First Health, Pioneer, Magellan

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, research, clinical supervision of transgender cases
--Notable training or experience: "I conduct trainings for other clinicians on working with gender issues, transgender people, and families and partners of transgender people"

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? “Under certain circumstances”
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? “Under certain circumstances”

*******

Jason Rose-Langston, M.S.W.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Provider's own gender: male

Contact Information
116 Pleasant Street, Suite # 316 (Eastworks Building), Easthampton, MA 01027
(413) 695-6633, www.jasonroselangston.com

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: transgender, adolescents, trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), hypnosis
--Population(s) treated: adults, children/adolescents, couples/relationship therapy, group therapy
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
--Insurance accepted: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Behavioral Health, Aetna, Harvard Pilgrim, ConnectiCare, Medicare B, Pioneer

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of transgender cases
--Notable training or experience: "Six months training course in transgender assessment and treatment by Lisette Lahana (LICSW)," attendance at the New England Gender Conference in 2007

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? Yes
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? Yes

*******

Shannon L. Sennott, M.S.W.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Provider's own gender: female, queer femme identified

Contact Information
Northampton Sex Therapy Associates
40 Main Street, Suite # 206, Florence, MA 01062
(413) 587-0095
www.NorthamptonSexTherapy.com

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: anxiety disorders, depressive and mood disorders, dual diagnosis, sexuality and gender identity concerns, grief and loss, trauma
--Population(s) treated: adults, children, adolescents, couples/relationship therapy, family therapy, group therapy
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers weekend and evening appointments
--Insurance accepted: only fee for service. Sliding scale available.

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of transgender cases, research

--Notable training or experience: "I founded the advocacy and education organization, Translate Gender, Inc. (www.translategender.org). Translate Gender provides workshops, trainings, and programming for institutions, organizations, and mental/medical health agencies throughout the United States. I also work with Arlene Lev at TIGRIS (Training Institute for Gender, Relationships, Identity, and Sexuality), in Albany, NY. My most recently published article, in Women and Therapy journal, is entitled "Gender Disorder as Gender Oppression: A Transfeminist Approach to Rethinking the Pathologization of Gender Non-Conformity."

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? Yes
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? Yes

*******

Sara Shuff, M.S.W.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
Affirmative Counseling
42 Howard Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 358-3038, sarashuff@affirmativecounseling.net
www.affirmativecounseling.net

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: gender identity, sexuality, trauma, relationship issues, grief and loss, eating disorders, life transitions, anxiety, depression
--Population(s) treated: adults, children, adolescents, couples/relationship therapy, family therapy, group therapy (for gender identity issues)
--Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
--Insurance accepted: Health New England, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Tufts, Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan (BMCHP), MBHP, Commonwealth Care, Community Health Plan, Medicare, Medicaid

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: graduate coursework, post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of transgender cases

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? Yes
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? Yes

*******

M. Estey Ticknor, M.S.W.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Provider's own gender: woman with gender variance

Contact Information
57 Gothic Street, Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 584-0110

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of clinical expertise: LGBT populations, adolescents, general adult
psychotherapy
--Population(s) treated: adults, children, family therapy
--Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
--Insurance accepted: Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan (BMCHP), Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Health New England, First Health, Beacon/Fallon

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, research, clinical supervision of transgender cases
--Notable training or experience: "monthly group/peer consultation, Lisette Lahana’s [New England] Gender Conference, presented at ServiceNet to clinical staff"

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain hormones? "Yes, if I do an evaluation only. No, if I am doing long-term treatment. It is my policy that I don’t combine being the therapist and the evaluator for the same client, due to the therapy getting contaminated by an evaluative stance. I refer my clients to someone else for the 'letter.' I do take referrals for gender evaluations only."
--Do you write letters for transsexual individuals to obtain sex reassignment surgeries/gender confirmation surgeries? "See the answer to the previous question."



Top of page





Transgender-Friendly Voice Therapists


No voice therapists are listed in this category.


Transgender-Aware Voice Therapists


No voice therapists are listed in this category.


Transgender-Experienced Voice Therapists


The following person identified themselves as a transgender-experienced voice therapist:

Claudia Eitnier, M.A.
Voice Therapist
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital
233 Carew Street, Springfield MA 01102
(413) 748-6847
www.mercycares.com

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of medical expertise: voice, dysphagia, head and neck cancer
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop,
--Insurance accepted: "Broad range of insurances accepted by Weldon Rehab Hospital, coverage confirmed prior to first appointment by our scheduling department."
--Hospital affiliation: Mercy Medical Center

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: workshops/seminars, community events
--Notable trainings or experience: "Professional Continuing Education Conferences in Voice that include the area of transgender voice work. Personal experience working in theater with transgender performers."



Transgender Voice Therapy Specialists


No voice therapists are listed in this category.



Top of page





Transgender-Friendly Primary Care Providers

No primary care providers are currently listed in this category.



Transgender-Aware Primary Care Providers


Rebecca Shwartz, N.D., L.Ac.
Naturopathic Physician, Acupuncturist
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
26 Market Street, Northampton, MA 01060; (413) 341-3364
1037 Western Avenue, Brattleboro, VT 05301; (802) 490- 2080
www.DrRebeccaShwartz.com

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of medical expertise: complementary and alternative medicine, family medicine, primary care (primary care services available in Vermont only)
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility (Vermont office), in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
--Insurance accepted: Vermont office: VHAP, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont, Cigna. "I am an out of network provider for other insurance companies." Massachusetts office: "I do not accept insurance in this office"

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: no specific training or experience

Hormone Services
--Do you monitor hormone levels for transitioning patients? Yes
--Do you prescribe hormones for transitioning patients? Yes. "I prescribe hormones for patients who have already transitioned and are stable."



Transgender-Experienced Primary Care Providers

The following people identified themselves as transgender-experienced providers:

Stephanie Billings, M.D.
Family Practice Physician
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
Holyoke Health Center
230 Maple Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 420-2200
www.hhcinc.org

Information About Practice
--Currently not accepting new patients
--Area(s) of medical expertise: primary care
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop
--Insurance accepted: Mass Health
--Hospital affiliation: Holyoke Medical Center
--Fluent and can provided treatment in American Sign Language and Spanish

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: graduate coursework, residency training, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events

Hormone Services
--Do you monitor hormone levels for transitioning patients? Yes
--Do you prescribe hormones for transitioning patients? Yes
--If yes, under what circumstances do you prescribe hormones? "Under WPATH Standards of Care."

*******

Betsy Green, N.P.
Family Practice Nurse Practitioner
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
Northampton Health Center
70 Main Street, Florence, MA 01062
(413) 586-8400
www.vmgma.com

Information About Practice
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers weekend appointments (urgent care only)
--Insurance accepted: "Most insurance accepted"
--Hospital affiliation: practice affiliated with Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: no specific training or experience

Hormone Services
--Do you monitor hormone levels for transitioning patients? No
--Do you prescribe hormones for transitioning patients? No

*******

Kevyn Jonah Miller
Physician's Assistant-Certified
Provider's own gender: FTM

Contact Information
2 Mechanic Street, Suite A, Easthampton, MA 01027
(413) 529-9282

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of medical expertise: internal medicine, emergency medicine
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop
--Insurance accepted: "All"

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: graduate coursework, research

*******

Rachel Katz, N.P.
Family Practice Nurse Practitioner
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
234 Russell Street, Suite 7, Hadley MA 01035
(413) 586-6020

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of medical expertise: family practice, adolescent medicine, LGBTQ health care
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop
--Insurance accepted: "All"

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, workshops/seminars, community events

Hormone Services
--Do you monitor hormone levels for transitioning patients? Yes
--Do you prescribe hormones for transitioning patients? No

*******

Chris Normandin, N.P.
Family Practice Nurse Practitioner
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
Northampton Health Center
70 Main Street, Florence, MA 01062
(413) 586-8400
www.vmgma.com

Information About Practice
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers weekend appointments (urgent care only)
--Insurance accepted: "Most insurance accepted"
--Hospital affiliation: practice affiliated with Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events
--Notable training or experience: "15 years working at Smith College Health Service, informal liaison with trans community"

Hormone Services
--Do you monitor hormone levels for transitioning patients? Yes
--Do you prescribe hormones for transitioning patients? No




Transgender Primary Care Specialists



J. Aleah Nesteby, N.P.
Family Practice Nurse Practitioner
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
Transgender Services
Baystate High Street Health Center, Adult Medicine
140 High Street, Springfield, MA 01199
(413) 794-1316 (her direct extension--call this number instead of the general clinic)
http://baystatehealth.org/Baystate/Main+Nav/About +Us/Locations/Baystate+Medical+Practices/Primary+ Care/High+Street+Health+Center+- +Adult+Medicine/Transgender

Pioneer Valley Family Medicine (Friday afternoons)
325B King Street, Northampton, MA 01060

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of medical expertise: women's health care, LGBTQ health care
--Accessibility: offers evening appointments (at the Springfield site on Tuesdays), wheelchair accessible (Northampton site)
--Insurance accepted: "Almost all, including Mass Health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Health New England, and CIGNA. We do not accept Neighborhood Health. Some insurance plans allow patients to see me for consultation visits, while other plans require that patients have me assigned as their primary care physician."
--Hospital affiliation: Baystate Medical Center
--The Springfield site has on-site Spanish interpreters and off-site interpreters in American Sign Language, Russian, and Vietnamese. Practice can hire interpreters in any other language. The Northampton site has interpreters available through a language line.

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: graduate coursework, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events
--Notable training or experience: "graduate thesis on Trans Health in Primary Care"

Hormone Services
--Do you monitor hormone levels for transitioning patients? Yes
--Do you prescribe hormones for transitioning patients? Yes
--If yes, under what circumstances do you prescribe hormones? "I use an informed consent model of care."




Top of page





Transgender-Friendly Endocrinologists

No endocrinologists are currently listed in this category.



Transgender-Aware Endocrinologists

No endocrinologists are currently listed in this category.



Transgender-Experienced Endocrinologists

The following person identified themselves as a transgender-experienced endocrinologist:

Kimberly Browne-Martin, M.D.
Endocrinologist
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
2 Medical Center Drive, Suite 210, Springfield, MA 01107
(413) 734-4661

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of medical expertise: internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop
--Insurance accepted: "Most"
--Hospital affiliation: Baystate Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: residency training/fellowship, conference attendance



Transgender Endocrine Specialists

The following people identified themselves as transgender endocrine specialists:

Stuart Chipkin, M.D.
Endocrinologist
Provider's own gender: male

Contact Information
Valley Medical Group, Amherst Medical Center
31 Hall Drive, Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 256-8561
www.vmgma.com

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of medical expertise: internal medicine, endocrinology, diabetes, metabolism
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop
--Insurance accepted: "Most"
--Hospital affiliation: Baystate Medical Center, Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: conference attendance, community events, research

*******

Jeffrey Korff, M.D.
Endocrinologist
Provider's own gender: male

Contact Information
264 Elm Street, Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 585-0039

Information About Practice
--Appointment by physician referral, approximately a four-month wait
--Area(s) of medical expertise: endocrinology
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop
--Insurance accepted: "Most"
--Hospital affiliation: Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: fellowship training, conference attendance



Top of page



Top of page





Transgender-Friendly Obstetricians/Gynecologists

No OB/GYNs are currently listed in this category.


Transgender-Aware Obstetricians/Gynecologists

No OB/GYNs are currently listed in this category.


Transgender-Experienced Obstetricians/Gynecologists


The following person identified themselves as a transgender-experienced OB/GYN:

Kristin Dardano, M.D.
Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
WomanCare
234 Russell Street, #3, Hadley, MA 01035
(413) 586-2022

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of medical expertise: gynecology
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop
--Insurance accepted: "Almost all"
--Hospital affiliation: Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: conference attendance, community events


*******

Rebekah Perks, W.H.N.P., A.N.P.
Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
Baystate Ob/Gyn Group
Raymond Medical Center, 470 Granby Road, South Hadley, MA 01075
(413) 533-7200, www.bogg.com

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of medical expertise: women's health, Ob/Gyn, LGBT care specialty
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility
--Insurance accepted: "Call for information"
--Hospital affiliation: Baystate Medical Center

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: workshops/seminars, conference attendance,
community events, research
--Notable training or experience: co-founded the LGBT youth group Outright Vermont; membership (past) in the Transgender Action Network (TAN), Outright Vermont, and the Women's Rape Crisis Center; attended the True Spirit conference, TAN conference, and Transcending Boundaries conference

Transgender Obstetrical/Gynecological Specialists

No OB/GYNs are currently listed in this category.



Top of page





Transgender-Friendly Plastic Surgeons

No plastic surgeons are currently listed in this category.


Transgender-Aware Plastic Surgeons

No plastic surgeons are currently listed in this category.



Transgender-Experienced Plastic Surgeons

The following person identified themselves as a transgender-experienced plastic surgeon:

Renée Bennett O'Sullivan, M.D.
Plastic Surgeon
Clinician's own gender: female

Contact Information
O'Sullivan Plastic Surgery
14 Denton Road
Wellesley, MA 02482
781-235-1007
www.osullivanplasticsurgery.com

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of medical expertise: general plastic and reconstructive surgery
--Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments under specific circumstances
--Insurance accepted: "We take numerous insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim, Medicare and Medicaid, and more."
--Hospital affiliation: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Needham), Faulkner Hospital (Jamaica Plain)

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: no specific training or experience

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
Do you write letters for transsexual men who have had mastectomies indicating that they have "completed sexual reassignment surgery" in order for them to be able to change the gender on identity documents? "I have written these letters in the past, in direct reference to the surgery performed."



Transgender Plastic Surgery Specialists

The following person identified themselves as a transgender plastic surgery specialists:

Melissa Johnson, M.D.
Plastic Surgeon
Clinician's own gender: female

Contact Information
Baystate Plastic Surgery
2 Medical Center Drive, Suite 309
Springfield, MA 01199
413-794-5363
www.baystatehealth.com/plastic

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of medical expertise: plastic surgery
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop
--Insurance accepted: "We participate in most insurance programs offered in our area"
--Hospital affiliation: Baystate Medical Center

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: community events, research
--Notable training or experience: "Ten years clinical experience with emphasis on breast surgery"

Letters of Support for Transsexual Individuals
Do you write letters for transsexual men who have had mastectomies indicating that they have "completed sexual reassignment surgery" in order for them to be able to change the gender on identity documents? Yes



Top of page





Transgender-Friendly Pediatricians

The following person identified themselves as a transgender-friendly pediatrician:

David P. Norton, M.D.
Pediatrician
Clinician's own gender: male

Contact Information
Holyoke Pediatric Associates
150 Lower Westfield Road, Holyoke, MA 01040
413-536-2393

84 Willimansett Street, South Hadley, MA 01075
413-532-0300

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of medical expertise: general pediatrics
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments
--Insurance accepted: "All local"
--Hospital affiliation: Baystate Medical Center
--Fluent and can provided treatment in Spanish and German

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: conference attendance
--Notable training or experience: "I cannot say I am experienced in this realm, but am an active member of the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on LGBT Matters and am happy to work with local families and help them access expertise."



Transgender-Aware Pediatricians

No pediatricians are currently listed in this category.



Transgender-Experienced Pediatricians

No pediatricians are currently listed in this category.


Transgender Pediatric Specialists

No pediatricians are currently listed in this category.


Top of
page






Transgender-Friendly Hair Removal Professionals


No hair removal professionals are currently listed in this category.




Transgender-Aware Hair Removal Professionals


No hair removal professionals are currently listed in this category.




Transgender-Experienced Hair Removal Professionals


The following people identified themselves as transgender-experienced hair removal professionals:


Karen Belleville
Registered Electrologist
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
Bay State Electrolysis
89 Old West Street, Ludlow, MA 01056
(413) 210-5978; kbelleville@charter.net
www.finallyhairfree.com

Information About Practice
--Training(s) received: Electrology Institute of New England
--Method(s) of hair removal used: Thermolysis, Galvanic, and Blend
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, offers evening and weekend appointments
--Rates: $30 for 15 minutes, $40 for a half hour, $50 for 45 minutes, $60 for an hour, $100 for an hour and a half

*******

Christine Hartling
Registered Electrologist, Licensed Practical Nurse, and Certified in CPR/First Aid
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
Hampshire Electrolysis
10 South Main Street (corner of Route 202 and Route 181), Belchertown, MA 01007
(413) 323-0335

Information About Practice
--Training(s) received: electrolysis school in Tewksbury and Florence, Massachusetts; sterilization classes
--Method(s) of hair removal used: Thermolysis
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments
--Rates: $20 for 15 minutes, $30 for a half hour, $40 for 45 minutes, $50 for an hour

*******

Claudia Martorell, M.D.
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
Cosmetic and Wellness Center

57 Mulberry Street, Springfield, MA 01105
(413) 747-5566

488 Newton Street , South Hadley, MA 01075
(413) 532-9092

On Facebook


Information About Practice
--Training(s) received: Board Certified Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine Specialist; medical laser/filler/cosmetic
--Method(s) of hair removal used: laser hair removal and other cosmetic uses with laser technology
---Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments (for both offices; laser hair removal done only at South Hadley office)
--Rates: depends on service
--Fluent and can provided treatment in Spanish

*******

Doreen A. Prouty
Registered Electrologist and Certified Laser Hair Removal Technician
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
160 Baldwin Street, West Springfield, MA 01089
(413) 827-9696

Information About Practice
--Training(s) received: Karen Gazda School of Electrolysis, Esthetic Institute of New England
--Method(s) of hair removal used: electrolysis, laser hair removal
--Accessibility: offers evening and weekend appointments
--Rates: electrolysis starting at $25, laser starting at $100

*******

Robert Weitzman, M.D.
Provider's own gender: male

Contact Information
Amherst Laser and Skin Care Center
196 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 253-2214; info@amherstlaser.com
www.amherstlaser.com

Information About Practice
--Training(s) received: active member of the America Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
--Method(s) of hair removal used: Alexandrite 755 nm laser with coolant
---Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments
--Rates: Approximately $125-$600 per treatment; free consultation; packages available; discounts for students
--Fluent and can provided treatment in American Sign Language, French, Spanish, and Krio



Transgender Hair Removal Specialists


The following people identified themselves as transgender hair removal specialists:

Karen Martin-Essa
Registered Electrologist, Certified Medical Assistant
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
23 Main Street, Easthampton, MA 01027
(413) 529-0190
kessa@charter.net

Information About Practice
--Training(s) received: Mary Angelis School of Electrology
--Method(s) of hair removal used: Thermolysis and Blend
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments
--Rates: $28 for twenty minutes, $38 for a half hour, $55 for an hour

*******

Chérie Brisebois
Registered Electrologist
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
Bay State Electrology/Your Everlasting Solution
62 Westfield Street, West Springfield, MA 01089
(413) 733-2499

Information About Practice
--Training(s) received: graduate of the Electrology Institute of New England
--Method(s) of hair removal used: Galvanic, High Frequency, Blend, OmniBlend, Cataphoresis, Anaphoresis, MicroFlash, Thermoflash, Thermocoagulation
--Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments
--Rates: $28 for 15 minutes, $41 for a half hour, $54 for 45 minutes. Longer appointments available.

*******

Shelly Damon
Registered Electrologist, Medical Aeasthetician
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
Pioneer Valley Dermatology
29B Cottage Street, Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 549-7400, www.pioneervalleyderm.com

Information About Practice
--Method(s) of hair removal used: Laser, electrology
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop
--Rates: Free consultation available


Top of page





Transgender-Friendly Dermatologists

The following person identified themselves as a transgender-friendly dermatologist:

Katherine L. White, M.D.
Licensed Dermatologist
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
39A Carlton Drive, Northampton, MA 01330
(413) 585-0010

Information About Practice
--Area (s) of clinical expertise: Dermatology
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop
--Insurance Accepted: BCBS, Tufts, Medicare, Harvard Pilgrim, Cigna, Aetna, Fallon, Health New England, Oxford, Humana.

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: no specific training or experience


Transgender-Aware Dermatologists

No dermatologists are currently listed in this category.


Transgender-Experienced Dermatologists

No dermatologists are currently listed in this category.


Transgender Dermatology Specialists

No dermatologists are currently listed in this category.



Top of page





Transgender-Friendly Cosmetologists

No cosmetologists are currently listed in this category.


Transgender-Aware Cosmetologists

The following people identified themselves as transgender-aware cosmetologists:

Debbie DeHoyos

Contact Information
Transitions Hair Salon
94 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
(413) 772-6500, www.transitionshairstyling.com

Information About Practice
--Services provided: color, cuts, permanent waves, keratin hair straightening, hair extensions, waxing, manicures, pedicures, ear piercing
--Accessibility: offers evening and weekend appointments

*******

The Village Day Spa

Contact Information
2 Main Street, Florence, MA 01062
(413) 584-4644, www.thevillagedayspa.com

Information About Practice
--Services provided: hair care, skin care, massage therapy, nail care, makeup
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments



Transgender-Experienced Cosmetologists

No cosmetologists are currently listed in this category.


Transgender Cosmetology Specialists

The following person identified themselves as a transgender cosmetology specialist:

Salon 241
Katie Clifford and Andrea Waller, owners

Contact Information
241 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 584-77798, www.salon241.com

Information About Practice
--Services provided: haircuts, colors, straightening, makeup, up doo's, facial waxing, perming
--Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments
--Additional information: "We are a gay-owned salon and everyone will feel very comfortable with all our staff."



Top of page





Transgender-Friendly Attorneys


The following people identified themselves as transgender-friendly attorneys:

Miriam Krell Bourke
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
Valley Mediation
71 King Street, Northampton, MA 01060 (main office/mailing address)
413-586-2244
www.valleymediation.com; mkb@valleymediation.com

278 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
(413) 772-8744

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of legal expertise: Divorce/Separation, Custody, Child/Spousal Support, Property Division, and mediation in these areas
--State(s) where admitted to practice: Massachusetts, Maryland
--Accessibility, Northampton office: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments; Greenfield office: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop
--Certification(s): Mediator in domestic/family matters

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: community events
--Notable training or experience: "While I have no specific training or experience in transgender issues, I am experienced in family/domestic law and mediation and would be happy to provide legal assistance in a sensitive and open-minded manner. My practice focuses on mediation (working as a neutral with two or more parties to help them resolve a dispute or address issues in a divorce, custody matter, etc.), but I also provide out-of-court representation and advice, and occasional limited representation in court."

*******

Kyle R. Guelcher
Provider's own gender: male

Contact Information
45 Willow Street, Suite #321, Springfield, MA 01103
(413) 781-4800
www.Esq50.com

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of legal expertise: General Civil Litigation, Business Legal Services, Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property, Consumer Law, and other additional areas of practice
--State(s) where admitted to practice: Massachusetts, Connecticut
--Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments

*******

Mary Ellen Niles Howard

Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
243 King Street, Suite # 229 (Potpourri Plaza), Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 585-0200

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of legal expertise: Family Law
--State(s) where admitted to practice: Massachusetts
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: workshops/seminars, conference attendance

*******

James B. Winston
Provider's own gender: male

Contact Information
142 Main Street, Suite #1, Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 584-1110
www.Jameswinstonlaw.com; james@jameswinstonlaw.com

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of legal expertise: Family Law, Employment Law (including unemployment hearings), and SSI and SSDI appeals
--State(s) where admitted to practice: Massachusetts, Connecticut
--Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments



Transgender-Aware Attorneys


The following people identified themselves as a transgender-aware attorneys:

Julia Rueschemeyer
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
409 Main Street, Suite #126, Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 253-7484
www.amherstdivorce.com

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of legal expertise: Family Law
--State(s) where admitted to practice: Massachusetts
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: law school coursework




Transgender-Experienced Attorneys


The following people identified themselves as transgender-experienced attorneys:

Joan A. Antonino
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
Law Firm of Antonino & DiMare
P.O. Box 3333, Amherst, MA 01004
(413) 549-5330
www.Antonino-DiMare-Law.com

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of legal expertise: Labor and Employment, Civil Rights, Malpractice, Business Law, Personal Injury, and Education Law
--State(s) where admitted to practice: State and Federal Courts of Massachusetts, Federal Court of Vermont, Federal Courts of Maine and New Hampshire (pro hac vice), and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C.
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, offers evening and weekend appointments

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: research

*******

Leslie McLellan Brown
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
241 King Street, Suite #216, Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 586-0446
leslie@lesliembrown.com

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of legal expertise: Assistant District Attorney (1987-1990), thereafter practice limited to Divorce and Family Law
--State(s) where admitted to practice: Massachusetts
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop

*******

Julie Dialessi-Lafley
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
Bacon Wilson, Attorneys At Law
33 State Street, Springfield, MA 01103
(413) 781-0560
www.baconwilson.com

Information About Practice
--Type(s) of law practiced: Divorce and Family Law, Adoption, Reproductive Law, Estate Planning and Elder Law
--State(s) where admitted to practice: Massachusetts, Connecticut
--Certification(s): court-appointed guardian ad litem and court-certified attorney for the child
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments
--Can provide services in Russian

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, research and publications

*******

Anne T. Margolis
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
8 Trumbull Road, Suite #201, Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 586-2472

Information About Practice
--Area(s) of legal expertise: Divorces (including same-sex divorce), Paternities, Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence, Elder Law, Mental Health Law (i.e., Rogers Orders and Guardianships)
--State(s) where admitted to practice: Massachusetts
--Certification(s): court-certified guardian ad litem/investigator (guardianships and contested custody cases); certified limited representation attorney; court-certified Rogers counsel
--Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: representation of a transgender client in a contested divorce, representation of a client whose spouse is a transgender individual in a contested custody case, research

*******

Bernadette Stark
Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
Dinsmore Stark, Attorneys At Law
76 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 341-3639
www.dinsmorestark.com

Information About Practice
--Type(s) of law practiced: Family Law (including domestic violence), Estate Planning, Non-Traditional Family Agreements, Immigration Law, Reproductive Law, Housing/Landlord-Tenant Law (including housing discrimination)
--State(s) where admitted to practice: Massachusetts, New York
--Certification(s): court-certified guardian ad litem/investigator (guardianships and contested custody cases); certified limited representation attorney
--Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments
--Fluent and can provide services in Spanish

Transgender-Specific Training and Experience
--Trainings or experience related to transgender people: representation of transgender clients in contested divorce cases, undergraduate coursework, workshops/seminars, community events, research



Transgender Legal Specialists


No attorneys are currently listed in this category.