Clinical Speaker Series

Trans Care BC’s Clinical Speaker Series is an opportunity for registered health care providers to learn from experts providing gender-affirming care to trans, Two-Spirit, and gender diverse people.

Across B.C., more registered health care providers are asking for, and receiving, training and support to provide gender-affirming care to people in their communities.

Dr. Marria Townsend, Medical Director at Trans Care BC, invites physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, clinical counselors, and other registered health care providers in B.C. to join a province-wide Clinical Speaker Series.

Speakers from a variety of disciplines will share their approaches, best practices, and lessons learned in supporting trans, Two-Spirit, and gender diverse people in various health care settings

Trans Care BC's Clinical Speaker Series takes place quarterly from 6pm-8pm on a weeknight Participants can join in person in Vancouver or via GoToMeeting online teleconference. If you would like to register and learn more, please email  


University of British Columbia (UBC) BSc (Hons), PhD (Physiology), MD, FRCPC  (Internal Medicine and Endocrinology).

Current activities

  • Clinical Professor and Head, Division of Endocrinology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Chair: Health Authority Medical Advisory Committee (HAMAC) Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Authority. Member Senior Executive Team (SET) VCH
  • President: Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism of British Columbia
  • Consultant: Vancouver Hospital and St Paul's Hospital, Vancouver

Current research and practice interests

  • Diabetes care system transformation:  based on linked administrative data bases
  • Telehealth: evaluation of a province-wide implementation in Endocrinology
  • Transgender Endocrine Care: author of evidence-based guidelines for endocrine care

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. Alex Kavanagh will be speaking about considerations for postoperative urological complications following gender-affirming lower surgeries.


Dr. Kavanagh is a reconstructive urologist certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He completed medical school in 2008 at the University of Calgary. He subsequently completed a urologic residency at the University of British Columbia in 2013. He then obtained a masters degree in epidemiology of public health at Harvard University. He has completed surgical sub-specialty fellowships in both female pelvic floor reconstructive surgery (Dr Boone, Dr Muir) and male urethral reconstructive surgery (Dr Kulkarni). Dr. Kavanagh trained with Dr. Curtis Crane, in Austin, Texas in gender-affirming surgeries in 2018. 

Adrienne Smith is a transgender human rights activist and drug policy lawyer. They recently settled a BC Supreme Court case which guaranteed access to opiate replacement therapy for prisoners in BC jails. Adrienne appeared at the BC Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada where they argued about the deleterious effects of mandatory minimum sentences for women, indigenous people, and drug users. As a trade union activist, they advocate for transgender inclusion in our unions and workplaces. Adrienne volunteers at the Catherine White Holman Wellness Clinic where they give free legal advice and notarize name change documents for trans people.

‎Cora Beitel is a midwife and community organizer whose people are settlers of European Jewish ancestry. They work and live on the traditional and unceded homeland of the Coast Salish peoples. Cora is a founding member of the Strathcona Midwifery Collective, a practice located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver where they serve a diverse clientele, including many queer and trans clients. As well as providing midwifery care, they run a Trans and Queer Pregnancy and Parenting group and provide education on inclusive care to diverse health care providers in the hospitals and in community settings. When not working, they are spending time with family, sharing food, on their bike or out in nature as much as possible.

Fin Gareau is a trans, Indigenous Two-Spirit Nurse Practitioner originally from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, who fully embraces the importance of community reciprocity. He has worked with gender diverse adults and youth and their families for over 15 years. His previous work included outreach/street nursing in the downtown eastside of Vancouver and he has worked as an NP in Island Health. Fin currently works at the Indigenous Primary Health and Wellness Home out of the Friendship Centre in Surrey BC (FRAFCA).

He is honoured to be granted the privilege of providing primary health care for urban Indigenous community, and to trans and non-binary community as well. One of Fin's current focuses in his practice is to work to identify and deconstruct persistent colonized structures and ideologies of health within dominant medical systems, specifically in Indigenous and trans health care in BC. 

J. Matsui De Roo (they/them/theirs) is a registered clinical counsellor and clinical supervisor who offers anti-oppression based education, supervision and guidance for mental health, medical and front line workers with an area of focus in Two-Spirit, trans, non binary and gender diverse wellness.


In this session, Matsui will discuss the history and present day landscape of gender-affirming care. Using a trauma-informed, patient centred lens, they will discuss strategies and considerations for offering gender-affirming care, with a focus on low barrier hormone and surgical readiness assessments.

Dr. Taylor is a co-founder and co-director of Olive Fertility Centre in Vancouver, B.C.

After completing her medical degree at Dalhousie University, Dr. Taylor moved to British Columbia to do her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She subsequently completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.


She is a Clinical Associate Professor at UBC. Dr. Taylor has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and has written three book chapters.


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