I received my Masters in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati in 2014. My fieldwork in graduate school was conducted at Caracole, where I interned as a housing specialist, and at Central Clinic, interning as a mental health therapist. Following graduation, I was immediately hired at Central Clinic.
I developed and launched the Transgender Wellness Program at Central Clinic during the winter of 2015. The program reached an enrollment of over 50 clients within its first year. The program currently provides individual therapy, case management, and psychiatric and supportive services to individuals enrolled in Ohio Medicaid or one its subsidiaries. I have a robust referral system of medical providers within the Greater Cincinnati Metro Area for patients in need of services outside of the agency. These referrals are also available as part of my private practice. I have received several awards for my work in program development and direct practice. Most notably, these awards include the Beyond UC Award issued by the University of Cincinnati’s LGBTQ Center and the Rising Star award given by the Ohio River Valley Clinical Social Work Society.
Prior to my time in graduate school, I spent over a decade in advocacy and outreach work in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Since 2007, I’ve given presentations at numerous colleges, universities, and professional conferences on a variety of topics related to the needs of LGBT+ communities. I have also taken part in a number of direct action events targeting policy change at the local, state, and federal levels.
My undergraduate degree was obtained from the College of Wooster in 2004 with a double major in biology and studio art. After obtaining my undergraduate degree I returned to school and completed a number of additional undergraduate and graduate level classes at The Ohio State University in the fields of psychology, comparative studies, sociology, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.