LGBT Center opens wellness clinic in Reading to promote inclusivity in healthcare

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The LGBT Center of Greater Reading has announced the grand opening of its LGBTQ+ Wellness Clinic. The clinic aims to revolutionize healthcare for the LGBTQ+ community by offering a safe, inclusive, and affirming space where individuals can access high-quality medical health, and existing mental health services.

The grand opening of the LGBT Center Wellness Clinic will take place on January 9, 2024 at 1:30pm at the LGBT Center location: 640 Centre Ave., Reading PA. The Clinic’s inauguration will showcase a diverse range of speakers who will preside over the ribbon-cutting, sharing their insights, perspectives and personal experiences.

With an understanding of the unique healthcare needs of the LGBTQ+ community, the LGBT Center has assembled a team of expert physicians, practitioners, and support staff who possess a deep commitment to providing culturally competent care. Initially, the clinic will offer a suite of specialized services provided by the following practitioners that includes:

1. The AIDS Care Group – HIV, and STI screening, treatment and education; PrEP/PEP services; Pregnancy and Clinical Chemistry.
2. Dr. Tabetha Super’s House of Health – Chiropractic and massage services.
3. Reiki Balance – Reiki and mindfulness services.
4. Co-County Wellness Services – HIV screening.

The Center is thrilled to announce that Dr. K. Ashley Brandt, FACOG; Gender Affirming Surgeon, will serve as the Clinical Director.

“We are thrilled to open the doors of our LGBTQ Wellness Clinic and provide unparalleled healthcare services in an environment that celebrates diversity, inclusivity, and respect,” said Michelle Dech, CEO. “The LGBT Center is committed to supporting and advocating for the unique healthcare needs and rights of LGBTQ+ individuals and our allies.”

By prioritizing the holistic well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals, the clinic aims to reduce health disparities, improve healthcare access, and foster a sense of belonging and acceptance within the community. From the free/low cost counseling services, case management, food pantry, educational programs, drop-in services and more, the LGBT Center ensures evidence-based, and culturally competent care.

“As we navigate 2024, we will be seeking additional providers that will include a General Practitioner and/or Nurse Practitioner, Nutritionist, Infectious Disease Specialist, etc., to join this collective initiative.”

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