Monthly transgender health clinic opens in Midvale

A transgender and gender-queer clinic will be held monthly starting Jan. 27, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Greenwood Clinic, 7495 S. State St., Midvale. The clinic will be presented by Dr. Rixt Luikenaar, a Netherlands native, who is a practicing physician in obstetrics and gynecology and has extensive experience with transgender patients.

All trans and gender queer patients are invited to attend, including male to female, female to male and those that simply identify out of the normal gender binary.

“We are creating a safe space for trans and other queer people to receive the care that they so badly need,” Luikenaar said. “We want to have that place where even just waiting in the room to receive care is friendlier. You’ll be surrounded by love and support instead of having to wait between two pregnant women.”

From hormone treatments and lab work to recommendations to other specialists and therapists, the clinic is perfect for an annual checkup or for more comprehensive care.

“I think that people who identify as transgender or gender-queer often find themselves afraid to visit the doctor for fear of rejection or they just aren’t sure whom to visit and who can best help them without being judged,” she said. “Also, there are other health factors and risks that trans people face that others simply don’t have. I want to help with that.”

Luikenaar’s clinic accepts many types of major insurances and for those that are uninsured there is an offer for the lowest-cost care possible. To participate, call 801-213-9400 and mention the transgender clinic.

“From the moment you book to the time you are seen, you’ll see the difference in the way you’re treated,” she said.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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