Team

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Each team member brings their own unique perspective and expertise to offer the transgender and nonbinary community affirming, individualized care.

Dr. Izzy Lowell

She, Her, Hers

Dr. Lowell is driven by a sense of fairness and equality.  She is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and regularly lectures about transgender medicine.

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Dr. Izzy Lowell

Dr. Isabel Lowell attended Williams College, followed by the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.  She completed her Family Medicine residency in Lawrence, MA, where she learned to speak Spanish through caring for the primarily Dominican patient population.  She moved to Atlanta in 2013 and joined the faculty at Emory University, where she started the Gender Clinic at Emory.  While working at Emory, she completed an MBA at the Goizueta School of Business, graduating first in her class.

Dr. Lowell is driven by a sense of fairness and equality.  She was drawn to do her residency in Lawrence, MA, for the opportunity to serve an underserved population.  After moving to Atlanta, she realized that there are very limited options for trans* people to get medical care.  “I met several trans people in this area who told me they couldn’t find a doctor who would treat them, not even for basic medical issues.  As I started learning about hormone therapy and transgender medicine, I began to realize just how big the need is for trans care in the Southeast.”  Dr. Lowell has attended conferences and worked with experts around the country to learn more about transgender medicine.  She is a member of World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), and gives lectures regularly to educate other medical providers and students about transgender medicine.

​On a personal level, Dr. Lowell has never fit into typical gender roles.  “Growing up, I never wanted to wear a dress and always played with the boys.  While I don’t have severe gender dysphoria, I am certainly gender nonconforming – not at either end of the spectrum.  I may understand a tiny bit about what it is like to be trans.”  Dr. Lowell is proud to be a member of the LGBTQ community and is passionate about equality and respect for all.

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Chris Turner, NP

She, Her, Hers

Chris recognizes the sensitivity involved in seeking medical care and has established a service grounded in compassion and empathy. Her aim is to understand your unique needs and assist you in achieving your optimal wellbeing.

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Chris Turner, NP

Christine Turner graduated from Brenau Women’s College in Gainesville, Georgia, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and earned a Master’s Degree in Nursing in the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program from Emory University. Chris began her career as a staff nurse at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where she specialized in Hematology/Oncology. Since then, her career experience has been broad and includes community- and university-based HIV/AIDS clinical research, hospice care, trans health, and gynecology.

While Chris is a board-certified nurse practitioner by training, she prefers to define herself as friend, counselor, advocate, listener, and confidant. Chris has felt the pull to provide comfort and care to those around her for as long as she can remember. Drawn into this world through her older sister, it became a calling. Chris understands that seeing a medical provider can be a vulnerable experience and has developed a service firmly rooted in loving kindness. No matter the practice or the setting, Chris’s goal is always to learn as much as you’re willing to share about you, your life, your health, your needs, and your goals. All with the intent of helping you live your best life.

Chris is close with her large family, many of whom still live within minutes of each other. Her family life has developed a strong love of community and open arms for an ever-expanding circle of loved ones. Her life experience has also cultivated a vision of the world through millions of colors, where individuality is respected and cherished. Chris proudly claims four amazing young adults as her “children.”

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Michael Luke Scarborough MSN, FNP

He, Him, His

Luke’s commitment to healthcare for marginalized groups was solidified through a pivotal internship at the CDC. In 2018, he began his role at QMed, focusing on serving the trans and nonbinary community.

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Michael Luke Scarborough MSN, FNP

Michael Lucas (Luke) Scarborough has a BS in Biology from Warren Wilson College (2005). After graduating, he worked at the CDC in the respiratory health branch for two years. In 2008 he started nursing school at Emory University, where he got his BSN and MSN degrees. He has practiced as a family nurse practitioner since 2012, starting at Grady’s HIV/AIDS clinic. Luke connected with Dr. Lowell and QMed in 2018, where he started his journey in serving the trans and nonbinary community. He loves working with QMed, where he gets to serve one of his favorite populations. He continues to work part-time with QMed as well as part-time with Positive Impact Health Centers. At PIHC he gets to serve another favorite population: persons living with HIV/AIDS. Luke can’t believe he gets to live in both worlds; he’s a lucky man.

He’s also lucky to be married to his wonderful husband, Steve Scarborough, a public defender. Together, they read an ever-increasing number of books and serve a very spoiled pit bull mix, Bella.

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Janet Black, MSN, FNP

She, Her, Hers

Janet believes that all people deserve equitable and accessible care. With her foundation in education, Janet works to empower patients with the knowledge they need to take an active role in their healthcare journey and advocate for themselves at every step.

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Janet Black, MSN, FNP

Janet Black, FNP-C, was born and raised in Bloomington, Illinois. She double majored in secondary education and English at Vanderbilt University. After graduating, she taught high school English in Atlanta for three years before losing her mother to cancer. That loss prompted a pivot to nursing. She earned a BSN from Georgia State University and went to work at Egleston Children’s Hospital in the AFLAC Cancer Center. After many years of caring for both pediatric and adult oncology patients, Janet got her MSN as a family nurse practitioner at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Becoming a nurse practitioner broadened Janet’s scope of practice, and she has since worked with primary care, HIV/AIDS, and transgender and non-binary populations.

Janet believes that all people deserve equitable and accessible care. In her own practice, she has focused on folks within the LGBTQ+ community who are often underserved. She values each patient as an individual with a unique story that should be heard. With her foundation in education, Janet works to empower patients with the knowledge they need to take an active role in their healthcare journey and advocate for themselves at every step.

In her free time, Janet enjoys practicing yoga and meditation, camping and hiking with her family, and hanging out with friends who are more like family.

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Dr. Leo Panagiotakopoulos

He, Him, His

Dr. Leo has been invited to speak at conferences regarding pediatric gender care and has published multiple research articles on this subject. His international experiences have shaped his approach to patient care, offering a unique perspective.

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Dr. Leo Panagiotakopoulos

Dr. Leo grew up in Athens, Greece, and came to the US in 2009 by way of London, England. He completed his pediatric residency training at Albert Einstein University in Bronx, New York, in 2012 and his pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2015. He first became aware of a pediatric gender clinic in Boston in 2008 at a time when this type of care was in its infancy, and the stories of success with treatment and positive life outcomes forever transformed his career. Once he completed his training and joined the faculty at Emory University in 2015, he worked to create and build a pediatric and adolescent gender center serving about 300 families at its peak. He has been invited to speak at conferences regarding pediatric gender care and has published multiple research articles on this subject.

Leo enjoys crafting outdoor furniture and engaging in rock climbing, sharing his life with his wife, two daughters, and their two dogs.

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Al Samach, NP

They, Them

Al approaches healthcare with warmth, humor, and humility. Over the years, trans and gender non-conforming friends, family, and patients have helped teach them how expansive and individualized the trans experience is, and they look forward to supporting you along your gender journey.

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Al Samach, NP

After majoring in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Oberlin College, Al worked at an abortion clinic in Cleveland. They then moved to New York to join the Reproductive Rights Project at the New York Civil Liberties Union. In that position, they realized that while they were passionate about fighting for access to healthcare, they wanted to provide it, too. Al got their nursing education at Columbia University. They went on to spend nearly seven years with Planned Parenthood in New York City as a Nurse Practitioner, providing gender-affirming healthcare and comprehensive reproductive and sexual health services.

Al approaches healthcare with warmth, humor, and humility. Over the years, trans and gender non-conforming friends, family, and patients have helped teach them how expansive and individualized the trans experience is, and they look forward to supporting you along your gender journey.

When not working, you’ll find Al playing pinball or hanging out with their nephew.

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Dr. Emily Walker

She, Her, Hers

Dr. Walker is an experienced physician in primary care and gender-affirming care. She is a strong communicator and uses patience and humor to help people understand complicated medical issues.

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Dr. Emily Walker

Dr. Walker is an experienced physician in primary care and gender-affirming care. She attended Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine and the University of Connecticut family medicine residency, where she was chosen chief resident. She also completed a Masters in Public Health at Yale University. She was elected as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow and was awarded the Gold Humanism in Medicine award.

Dr. Walker has worked in primary care taking care of people of all ages for more than a decade, and deeply values and enjoys connections with patients. She is a strong communicator and uses patience and humor to help people understand complicated medical issues. Throughout her practice of medicine, she has included gender-affirming care for patients who are nonbinary, transgender and/or struggle with gender dysphoria. While the focus of her QMed practice will just be gender-affirming care, she maintains her holistic approach to patients that includes considerations of how social and family structure, as well as larger cultural issues, influence patients' health. The mission of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is to prepare healthcare providers "...to serve and empower vulnerable people to live healthier lives and create healthier communities." This continues to inspire her work in medicine. She considers the current political attacks on transgender care a public health crisis and an unprecedented intrusion into what should be a private medical decision between patients, families and their healthcare providers. She is driven by a sense of solidarity with the LGBTQ+ patients and families affected by this and is very much looking forward to being the newest member of QMed's dynamic healthcare team.

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QueerMed resolutely opposes the Texas Attorney General’s request for patient data.

In response to the recent inquiry from the Texas Attorney General regarding patient data, we wish to assert with utmost conviction that this request appears to be a deliberate effort to deter healthcare providers who offer gender-affirming care, as well as the families and individuals who seek such services beyond the confines of Texas and other states where prohibitive legislation exists.

It is imperative to clarify QueerMed’s unwavering stance on this matter: under no circumstances shall we disclose any HIPAA-protected patient information. Our operations are fully compliant with legal standards, and we are committed to continuing our provision of lawful care in states that have not opted to subordinate patient welfare to political agendas.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us.