Kate Swift-Scanlan, CNM, MSN
Planned Parenthood- Raleigh
Informed Consent / ICATH Provider Yes
Provides hormone treatments for both Female-to-Male/trans* men and Male-to-Female/trans* women using an informed consent model.
General Health Care
Men's Health Care
Morning-After Pill (Emergency Contraception)
Pregnancy Testing & Services
STD Testing, Treatment & Vaccines
Women's Health Care
Walk-in pregnancy testing and birth control pick-up
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I first saw Kate in order to start HRT. She doesn't listen to what you are saying and she doesn't even pay attention to what is written on the intake forms or in your file. She focuses way too much on weight and not the total health and well being of her patients. I don't know how to explain this other than simply quoting the conversation I once had with her.
Kate: What do you eat for breakfast?
Me: Usually a protein bar on my way to school
Kate: Don't eat protein bars, eat protein. Protein bars have lots of carbs.
Me: The ones I eat have no carbs.
Kate: Eat protein.
I genuinely do not think that this woman understands the basic concepts of nutrition, let alone the fact that body weight is not 100% fat. I have always had a very athletic build and been muscular, and I'm only 5'2. So, being 135 (after having lost 15 pounds from eating disorder behaviors such as restricting and purging) I had a BMI of 24.7. She really harped on how it was really important that I didn't gain any more weight, but didn't even bother to ask if I exercised regularly, which I did. She told me to only eat lean protein and vegetables. Everything she was saying was pro-anorexia. Starting hormones, resuming normal eating patterns, and weight bearing exercises caused me to gain 9 pounds over the first month of HRT. She suggested that I would continue to gain 10 pounds each month, which of course, did not happen. In fact I have remained that same weight for 2 years now. I saw her one more time, 3 months after that. She mentioned that I had gained 10 pounds since I first came there. She had no recollection of the conversation and she obviously neglected to look back to my previous visit and see that I was the same weight as then. I was done dealing with her incompetency and I switched to another provider. I am much happier with my new doctor.
I've been seeing Kate for my HRT for almost a year and am finally switching to a different provider because every experience I've had with her has been negative. She is constantly fat shaming her patients, has misgendered me multiple times, pressured me into getting a pap smear and then making an inappropriate comment about my genitals, and was so rude to me at my last visit that I left in tears. She is disorganized- during my last visit I was just there to get birth control and she treated it like I was there for HRT, just assuming I was because I'm trans rather than actually looking at my intake information to confirm that. When she was asking about my sexual activity she implied that my girlfriend was likely to cheat on me because she's transgender and then she misgendered her. She insisted that I get STD tested despite me telling her I was just tested. She badgered me about my health and told me that I'm likely to die young if I don't make life changes when she didn't even do a physical, she was just making assumptions based on my appearance because in a recent physical I was told that I'm in perfect health. She actually said "what am I going to have to do to motivate you? Do I need to hit you upside the head?" And made a motion like she was going to hit me. She was "joking" but it was a very inappropriate joke to make about a patient. I've spoken to many others who have had a similar experience with her and I wouldn't recommend her to anyone.
I had a great experience at the Raleigh Planned Parenthood. Kate Swift-Scanlan was knowledgeable and respectful, and she was able to help me get started on HRT. The staff was really helpful as well and the intake forms were trans-inclusive.