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Mission:

We are a groundbreaking independent and comprehensive trans healthcare center built to empower trans and gender-diverse adults, children, and families.

Throughout our history as a community, trans and gender-diverse people have looked to each other for healing, support, and affirmation. Transhealth Northampton honors that by providing comprehensive and professional healthcare, as we open our doors to trans and gender-diverse individuals and their loved ones. As a trans-led organization, we are uniquely positioned to expand the healthcare possibilities for our community. Through research, expert care, and fierce advocacy we work to secure a healthy, affirming future for all of us.

 

Vision:

We are transforming the world so that trans and gender diverse adults and kids are empowered and celebrated as they work with an affirming team to own their healthcare journey.

Our Pillars

Clinical Care

We are devoted to providing comprehensive gender-affirming care across the lifespan. We believe that healthcare is all about curiosity, empowerment, and co-creation. We provide pediatric primary care, adult primary care, mental health care, and more! Learn about our clinical offerings by contacting us today.

Research

We are committed to community-based participatory action research. We believe in nothing about us without us. We will never research on; we will research with. We believe that research can empower, but only if we work together and ensure everyone is at the table.

Education

Let’s face it; there are a lot of myths and rumors out there about gender-affirming care. We are here to provide comprehensive education for patients, clinicians, students, families, and more. If we want to change the healthcare landscape, it starts with changing how we educate.

Advocacy

While Transhealth may sound idyllic, we still exist in a dysfunctional system. We are here to change that. We will advocate to advance gender-affirming care and to create a more humanistic and holistic healthcare system. We will continually fight for a more just form of healthcare.

Our Values

What We Offer

We have a world-class team that provides adult primary care, pediatric primary care, gender-affirming hormonal care, and mental healthcare.

How We Started

Transhealth Northampton has its roots in the experience of founder Perry Cohen and his co-parent, Brooks Bull.  Tired of driving two to three hours to a city for certain types of gender-affirming care for themselves and their family, Perry and Brooks dreamed of creating a comprehensive center for gender-affirming care in Western Massachusetts.  With the generous support of his parents Jan and Rick Cohen, this dream became a reality.

The first step in founding the center was to build a team to conduct a study of local needs known as The PATH Project (Plan and Act for Transgender Health). This needs assessment was conducted as a partnership between local gender-diverse community members and staff from The Fenway Institute, Cooley Dickinson Health Care, and Harvard Medical School to ensure that as many voices as possible contributed to the foundation of the center. The goal of PATH was to reach as many people who typically don’t get their needs taken into consideration. Based on the needs assessment, the center could offer the services that people actually want and need with a commitment to always listen and respond to the community.

With the study complete, and the needs of the community clearly defined, Perry brought on the founding team of Dallas Ducar, CEO, Katie Wolf, COO, Brooke Stott, Program Manager, and Sophia Barrett, Intern, along with the Board Members Lauri Meade, MD, and Adrian Daul, MD.  From there, the team has continued to grow and thrive. 

“We are proud to put our family’s name on this project,” says Perry. “I think it’s important for folks to know that there are local community members who believe in this work, have a personal connection to it, and that as a family we are honored to support this work.”

Our Team

View staff: Dallas Ducar, MSN, APRN, She/Her/Hers
Dallas Ducar is the Founder of Transhealth Northampton

Dallas Ducar, MSN, APRN, She/Her/Hers

Chief Executive Officer

View staff: Brooke Stott, LCSW She/Her/Hers
Brooke Stott

Brooke Stott, LCSW She/Her/Hers

Psychotherapist LCSW/Community Partnerships Coordinator

View staff: Andrew Cronyn, MD, FAAP, He/Him/His

Andrew Cronyn, MD, FAAP, He/Him/His

Pediatrician

View staff: Melissa K. Heckman, LICSW, MEd, They/Them/Theirs & She/Her/Hers

Melissa K. Heckman, LICSW, MEd, They/Them/Theirs & She/Her/Hers

Psychotherapist/Supervisor LICSW/Mental Health Director

View staff: Eris Perez, They/Them/Theirs

Eris Perez, They/Them/Theirs

Patient Services Coordinator

View staff: Celia Overby, She/Her/Hers
Celia Overby smiling with long brown hair and black glasses.

Celia Overby, She/Her/Hers

Administrative Director

View staff: Kate Albright-Jenkins, She/Her/Hers

Kate Albright-Jenkins, She/Her/Hers

Practice Manager

View staff: Andrew C. Sackett-Taylor, MSN, APRN, He/Him/His

Andrew C. Sackett-Taylor, MSN, APRN, He/Him/His

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

View staff: Dana Cassidy Delgardo, MSN, FNP, APNc, AAHIVs (He/Him/His)

Dana Cassidy Delgardo, MSN, FNP, APNc, AAHIVs (He/Him/His)

Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Clinical Director

View staff: Mel DeSilva, They/Them/Theirs
Melanie DeSilva wearing red shirt and cat-eye glasses.

Mel DeSilva, They/Them/Theirs

Communications Lead

View staff: Arin McKona, ASN, RN, He/Him/His

Arin McKona, ASN, RN, He/Him/His

Ambulatory Nursing Lead

View staff: J. Aleah Nesteby, She/Her/Hers

J. Aleah Nesteby, She/Her/Hers

Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Educator

View staff: Emma Ayres (They/Them/Theirs & She/Her/Hers)

Emma Ayres (They/Them/Theirs & She/Her/Hers)

Fundraising Lead

View staff: Jennifer Lavallee, She/Her/Hers
Jennifer Lavallee

Jennifer Lavallee, She/Her/Hers

Patient Access Coordinator

View staff: Mia Lauer, She/Her/Hers
Mia Lauer

Mia Lauer, She/Her/Hers

Community Engagement Specialist

View staff: Jessica Plant, She/Her/Hers

Jessica Plant, She/Her/Hers

Community Health Worker

View staff: Jane Schmidt, LICSW, She/Her/Hers

Jane Schmidt, LICSW, She/Her/Hers

Adjunct Psychotherapist LICSW

View staff: Sebastian Barr PhD, He/Him/His

Sebastian Barr PhD, He/Him/His

Chair, Research Advisory Board

View staff: Nat Jones-Sikes, He/Him/His

Nat Jones-Sikes, He/Him/His

Psychotherapist, MSW

View staff: Alex Siegel, They/Them/Theirs

Alex Siegel, They/Them/Theirs

Patient Service Coordinator

Our Board of Directors

View staff: Adrian Daul, MD, He/Him/His

Adrian Daul, MD, He/Him/His

Board Member

View staff: Lauri Meade, MD, She/They/ע

Lauri Meade, MD, She/They/ע

Board Member

View staff: Perry Cohen, He/Him/His

Perry Cohen, He/Him/His

Board Member

View staff: Durane Walker, MD, He/Him/His
Durane Walker Headshot

Durane Walker, MD, He/Him/His

Board Member