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CONFERENCE for healthcare providers -- February 24, 2018 

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Thank you for your interest in this conference. Pre-Registration is now closed.  However we are planning to repeat the conference late in 2018. 

REGISTRATION FREE -- including 6 CEUs/CMEs contact hours for physicians, psychologists, masters-prepared providers, and nurses offered.

Sponsored by Twin Cities Community Hospital

Location: Twin Cities Community Hospital, Founders Pavilion Medical Arts Center, 1220 Las Tablas Road, Templeton


  • Jay Bettergarcia, PhD - Trans-affirming Psychologist; Professor
  • Jennifer Hastings, MD - Provider Trans Care; UCSF faculty
  • Stacy Hutton, PhD - Trans-affirmative Psychologist
  • Julie Nicole, MD - HRT/surgery for gender dysphoria
  • Denise Taylor, MD - Local provider Transgender healthcare


8:00-8:45am - Registration
8:45-9:00 - Welcome/Opening Remarks - Doug Heumann, Esq.
9:00-10:00 - Transgender and non-binary affirming care: A primer for medical doctors and mental health professionals - Dr. Jay Bettergarcia, PhD
10:00-10:15 - BREAK
10:15-11:15 - Medical Basics for Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth - Dr. Jennifer Hastings, MD
11:15-12:15 - Trans Panel - Local participants (moderated by Dr. Bettergarcia)

LUNCH - 12:15-1:00pm (Onsite lunch included)

1:00-2:00pm - Basics of Gender Affirming Care for Transmen - Dr. Julie Nicole, MD
2:00-3:00 - Basics of Gender Affirming Care for Transwomen - Dr. Denise Taylor, MD
3:00-3:15 - BREAK
3:15-4:15 - Aspects of Social Transition - Dr. Stacy Hutton, PhD
4:15-4:30 - Closing remarks

Presenter Biographies:


Dr. Jay Bettergarcia, PhD, is a Counseling Psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Psychology and Child Development Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Dr. Bettergarcia’s research and scholarship explores various approaches to affirming therapy with transgender and non-binary clients, the effects of internalized stigma and minority stress on mental health and wellness, and evidence-based models for diversity training. Dr. Bettergarcia has worked with the transgender community for a number of years and has helped train therapists, physicians, police officers, professors, and students. Currently, Dr. Bettergarcia is working with County Behavioral Health, students, and community partners on the Queer C.A.R.E.S. Project (Community Action, Research, Education, & Support) to identify barriers and improve access to affirming mental health services for LGBTQ+ youth and adults across San Luis Obispo County.

Jennifer Hastings, MD

Jen Hastings, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF, Department of Family and Community Medicine, and founding Director of the Transgender Health Care Program at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, actively involved in supporting Transgender Services with PPFA, teaching and consulting nationally. Jen works closely with the Santa Cruz Trans Therapist Team and is involved in the integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care and Mindfulness and Medicine. Jen is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, Mind the Gap, and Director of Medical Programming for Gender Spectrum.

Stacy Hutton, PhD

Stacy is a psychologist specialized in providing LGBTQ+ affirmative care.  She has worked with trans/gender diverse clients across the lifespan.  She works with clients who are at various places in their transition process.  She especially enjoys working with reluctant family members to help them understand the experiences of their transgender loved one. Stacy graduated with her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2014.  Prior to that she received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University.  She completed much of her doctoral training at the Topeka VA and she is currently in private practice.

Julie Nicole, MD

Dr Julie Nicole is originally from Quebec City, Canada. She completed medical school and residency at the University of Vermont before moving to California. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has clinical interests in minimally invasive gynecology and transgender medicine. Dr Nicole has experience in HRT and GRS and provides care to over 200 patients in the Central Valley. She is also involved in medical education and holds a clinical instructor position at UCSF-Fresno.  Her husband, Drew, is a critical care nurse.  They have two daughters and 4 cats. In her spare time, Dr Nicole enjoys traveling, cooking and knitting. 

Denise Taylor, MD

Denise Taylor, MD has been providing care for people living with HIV and AIDS for over 20 years. She spends one day a week at the Community Health Center Specialty Clinic providing care for HIV positive patients and the transgender community in this area. She is board certified in Family Medicine and is an American Academy of HIV Medicine certified HIV specialist. Dr. Taylor earned her medical degree at the University of California, San Diego and completed her Family Medicine Residency at Merrithew Memorial Hospital in Martinez, California.


Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 2221 for 6 contact hours. Twin Cities Community Hospital is a California BRN approved CEP provider.  Additional Continuing Education Units provided by Community Counseling Center CEPA Provider # 137849.