Clinical Mentorship Call

Trans Care BC’s clinical support initiative features weekly, lunch-hour meetings for physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, registered clinical counsellors, and registered health care professionals.

These Zoom meetings will provide an opportunity for sharing of information and resources, clinical discussion and professional networking. Rotating mentors from a variety of disciplines will be in attendance. 

Trans Care BC’s Clinical Mentorship Call is held every Thursday from 12:10 -1:00 p.m. (Pacific Time). If you would like to be involved, please email trans.edu@phsa.ca to be included on our distribution list. Meeting minutes will be made available to all members.

Get to know our mentors

Click on a session date and name to learn more about our clinical mentors.

Dr. Charles Ho is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with the BC Children’s Hospital Gender Clinic.   He developed an interest in working with gender diverse youth and their families during his residency and received extra training through the WPATH Global Education Initiative as well as the through training offered by the Institute for Sexual Minority Health.  He supports the multidisciplinary team with readiness assessments, mental health consultations, and supporting youth and their families in their gender journeys.  

 

Lauren is the Nurse Educator at Trans Care BC, where she helps develop clinical education and resources for care providers. She is particularly interested in updating clinical resources and guidelines to include considerations for gender-affirming surgeries and hormone therapy. Lauren is responsible for the Sexual Health Screening Guidelines in Trans Care BC's Primary Care Toolkit, which provide screening recommendations that are based on an individual's anatomy and hormone status, instead of gender.


Dr. Marria Townsend is queer cisgender family physician who has been providing gender affirming care to Two-Spirit, trans and gender diverse youth and adults since 2006. Since 2015 she has been in the role of Medical Director at Trans Care BC where she supports the development and implementation of key strategies aimed at improving access to gender-affirming care.

 

Dr. Townsend is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC. She is passionate about supporting closer-to-home care options for those seeking gender affirming health care. She has been a leader in teaching students, residents and colleagues around ways to improve care to trans communities. 

 

Nazanin is a clinical counsellor, advocate and activist living on the traditional, ancestral, unceded lands of Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh First Nations. Currently, she is providing clinical supervision in gender-affirming and anti-violence sector, as well as working with Rainbow Refugee Society as Support Manager serving LGBTQI+ refugees and new comers, in addition to her private practice.

 

Dr. Dan Metzger is a Pediatric Endocrinologist at the BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver, and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Metzger and his colleagues at BCCH and in the community have been seeing and treating trans and gender-questioning youth since 1998.

 

Dr. Kelly Mattheis (he/him) is a General Practitioner working in Vancouver Coastal Health’s Trans Specialty Care program operating out of Three Bridges Community Health Centre in downtown Vancouver.  Dr. Mattheis has been caring for trans and gender diverse people since 2006 and has been an approved surgical assessor in BC since 2013.  He also holds a medical leadership role within VCH as the Medical Coordinator for Trans Specialty Care since 2016.   Dr. Mattheis is passionate about educating providers to increase the capacity for access to gender affirming care within our health care system. 

 

Sharmeen Mazaheri finished UBC Rural Family Medicine training in 2006. She was a rural locum GP + ER physician until 2010. After working in various communities such as Hazelton, Quesnel and Haida Gwaii she settled on Vancouver Island in Courtenay BC. In 2015, wanting more out of her regular family practice, she began providing gender affirming care. At this time she provides consultation for: surgical readiness, hormone and puberty blocker readiness as well as ongoing management for gender diverse youth as well as adults. She is a RACE line consultant for gender medicine. Sharmeen also works at Foundry in Campbell River and will be working at the new Foundry in the Comox Valley providing gender affirming care to youth. She is thankful to her mentors, specifically Dr Marria Townsend, Dr Gail Knudson and Dr Dan Metzger who have helped her grow professionally as a care provider.

 
Carrie Turri (she/her) is a queer/cis Family Nurse Practitioner, working in a primary care practice at Seymour Health Centre in downtown Vancouver. During her Masters training, she became acutely aware of the lack of access to gender affirming primary care in both rural and urban settings.  Her dream and passion was to start a primary care practice that was more focused on transgender/gender diverse folks who were in need of care, and so she started building her own primary care panel with this focus in 2020.  She now has a busy primary care practice with approximately 50% of her patients being transgender/gender diverse.  Creating access to gender affirming medical care is the most rewarding area of her work.  
 
Carrie is thankful to the mentorship through Trans Care BC and other experienced clinicians, as well as the patience of her gender diverse clients who have been fundamental to her knowledge acquisition throughout her professional journey. 
 

Corinne Logan (she/her) is a queer therapist who works as a Concurrent Disorders Counsellor at Vancouver Coastal Health Three Bridges Substance Use Services, supporting folks experiencing substance use and mental health challenges. She has worked extensively with youth and adult populations, and has always had a passion for supporting LGBTQ2SI+ clients. She has a particular interest in such areas as coping with stress, trauma, trans and gender diverse care, and intersections between clients' identities and experiences in their social contexts. Her aim is to offer a safe, caring and supportive environment in which individuals can explore their struggles and work toward meaningful change and growth.

 

Ray Croy (she/they) is a registered nurse working in Vancouver Coastal Health's Gender Surgery Program operating out of Vancouver General Hospital. Previous to joining the Gender Surgery Program she worked as the Surgical Coordinator for Trans Care BC and as a clinic nurse at VCH's Trans Specialty Clinic.  They have certified practice in STI management and contraceptive management and previously completed surgical readiness assessments under the support and supervision of Dr. Marria Townsend at Trans Care BC. Ray is experienced in coordinating and delivering post-operative care for patients who have had gender-affirming surgery. Ray is passionate about the nursing role in gender-affirming care within our health care system and collaborating with multidisciplinary teams. 

 

Cathy has been a paediatric nurse for her entire career, working at The Hospital for Sick Children for over 30 years. Her background at Sick Kids was in acute care areas (PICU, NICU, Neonatal Transport Team and Emergency Dept) until she obtained her Master of Nursing degree at the University of Toronto in 2007. Since then, she has been working as a Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Adolescent Medicine. Her clinical focus is with youth with chronic illness, substance misuse, sexual health, gender identity and minor mood disorders.


Cathy is a founding member of the Transgender Youth Clinic since it's opening in October 2013. She is Team Lead for the clinic and is actively involved in partnerships within the transgender care community and often provides education to schools, parents, health care providers and community agencies on adolescent brain development, mental health, substance use and gender diverse identities. She is also a consultant with the Telepsychiatry program, providing assessment and treatment recommendations for gender diverse youth living in more remote regions of Ontario.


Cathy was on faculty at the Lawrence S Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto as a Lecturer in the Undergraduate and Nurse Practitioner programs for 12 years where she helped develop and deliver curriculum related to paediatric and adolescent health. 

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