Shelley Blackburn, MD
Rivers Edge Family Medicine
Informed Consent / ICATH Provider No
ADA/Wheelchair Accessible Yes
Family medicine/general practitioner with a focus on LGBT+ patients.
She was very affirming to my identity, and the staff is really good about using my preferred name. The nurses were very patient with me when I was trying to learn how to do the testosterone injections on my own.
I had a great experience. The doctor was awesome. I listed information about HRT and it wasn't even a blink of the eye. I was just another patient there for a simple procedure, I didn't need to explain myself nor were there awkward or unnecessary questions. However, I am rarely misgendered in daily life so to the rest of the staff, I was just another female patient and were great. Therefore, I wouldn't be able to speak to their understanding of gender pronoun usage for Tran* persons. The person drawing blood was great, it didn't hurt at all and seemed like a pro.
Nonbinary-friendly in terms of hormone and transition resources (I didn't feel pressured to present in a more binary way or lie about my identity to receive treatment), but did get misgendered when doctor was within earshot ("she'll need X, let's get her charts", etc). I wasn't hugely bothered by it, but if that's rough for you, I'd recommend establishing pronouns ahead of time.
While technically not an Informed Consent provider, is... very lenient with the process. Many people have just brought in a letter after a single session with a counselor, for example. No RLE required, generally trusts that you understand your body and your needs. When I asked whether I'd need to come in for regular bloodwork, I was told that as long as I'm not having any problems or concerns and everything is progressing as expected, she'll just renew my prescription for me. I also asked if I needed to check with her before lowering my dose myself, and she said that as long as I don't use MORE than prescribed, I can pretty much adjust things to my own comfort level, so that was nice.
Make sure you come prepared, because while kind, she talks quickly and is easily distracted. I have anxiety and ASD, so it's easy for me to get flustered in that scenario.