Maureen staff photoMaureen B

Maureen Byrne RN is a team player on the transgender clinic. She has been a nurse for over 30 years in San Francisco, having worked in the areas of acute rehabilitation, general medicine, pediatrics and urgent care. She has learned that kindness and common sense are the best tools to achieve health care goals.

Photo coming soonDr. Jan Gurley

Dr. Jan Gurley graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School, did a University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) internal medicine residency, then a joint Stanford-UCSF Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship, as well as a California Endowment- USC Annenberg health journalism fellowship. Dr. Gurley has always deliberately and joyfully chosen to work in settings that serve our most vulnerable and disenfranchised groups of people. She feels honored to be a member of the Transgender team, and to be given the gift of each person’s health story, struggles and goals. In her spare time she can be found digging in her garden, reading way too many e-books, and cruising consignment stores.

Royce staff photoRoyce L

Dr. Royce Lin is an Internal Medicine, HIV, and Transgender care physician specialist. Dr. Lin has over 12 years of experience providing compassionate, culturally-competent medical care to clients from marginalized communities. When asked about what drew him to work at the Tom Waddell Transgender Clinic, Dr. Lin replies, “….because it feels good to be able to give back to the LGBT community, MY community.” Dr. Lin graduated from Yale Medical School, trained in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and is an accredited HIV-specialist from the American Academy of HIV Medicine. In his spare time, Dr. Lin enjoys good food at “cheap, authentic Asian dives”, movies, nature, and “vegging out in front of the TV” (especially cooking shows and singing competitions).

Photo coming soonTim Mcfee

Bio coming soon.


Photo coming soonMaria Porch

Maria Porch is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been involved with transgender clinic for over 10 years providing assessment, crisis intervention and referrals.  Prior to this she worked with persistently mentally ill adults, and had a brief stint as a consultant for at risk youth and children.  Ms. Porch studied social work at the University of Michigan; her focus was adolescent mental health.  Ms. Porch is bilingual and bicultural and sees many Spanish Speakers in the clinic.  Reflecting on one of the many reasons she has stayed at TWHC for so long she states, “I am grateful to have helped so many clients achieve legal status in this country, as it impacts their sense of safety, ability to find work, go to school, and ultimately improves health.”  In her spare time, Maria enjoys hiking, cooking, and volunteering.

Vanessa staff photoVanessa R

Vanessa is the charge nurse of the Transgender Clinic. She has been working at the Tom Waddell Health Center for over four years. Before that she worked at an emergency department in the Midwest, where she is from. She has volunteered as a crisis counselor for survivors of sexual assault for 10 years, was a street medic and has done health care volunteer work internationally. About the TG clinic, she has this to say, “I am consistently in awe of the inner strength and radiance of the transgender women who come into this clinic. ” In her spare time you can find her in the garden, hiking or at home working on some project. A passion of hers is studying plants and making herbal medicine. She’s planning to one day open an herbal centered hospice/respite/retreat farm somewhere in the countryside.

Robyn staff photoRobyn S

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Lysa staff photoLysa Samuel

Lysa Samuel is a Physician Assistant who has had the honor of providing medical care to transgender people for many years, first at the St. James Infirmary and more recently as a part of the Tom Waddell TG team. She has both a meditation practice and a large repertoire of
knock-knock jokes.