Smitty is a recent graduate of Portland State University. They have relocated back to Seattle and are currently studying to take the MCAT next year and applying to UW because of the rural medicine program and their advances in serving Trans Patients. Smitty is working as an HIV/STI Tester/Counselor at Gay City Health Project and as a Recruitment Specialist with the Fred Hutch Vaccine Trials Unit. Additionally, they are utilizing their spare time to organize for better wrap around care for Queer and Trans individuals with intersecting identities primarily those who are also active drug users, houseless, and/or trading sex for money and/or goods. They are also finishing their thesis on the intersections of HIV and the Trans community.
They spent most of their twenties doing grassroots organizing. They spent most of this time organizing artists with intersecting oppressions which was focused on Trans and Queer People of Color. Now mid thirties, their interest in medical research has brought them back to school. In addition to this research project they are a contributing editor to The Equal Curriculum, the first LGBTQI focus medical education textbook, a research project on the epidemiology of Trans health and is TAing classes in Transformative Justice Models of Conflict Resolution. They bring a background in Anthropology, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Conflict Resolution, Communication and Facilitation, Harm Reduction, Restorative- Transformative Justice, Philosophy of Medicine, Women and Gender Studies as well as gender affirmation therapy and General Medicine, and is a certified Street Medic with CPR and First Aid. Smitty has also completed the NIH training course for Protecting Human Research Participants that fulfills the responsible conduct of research regulations.
Frequenting Trans* Health Conferences across the nation, Smitty is an established voice in the Trans* health community movement. This summer they led two panels - “How to Talk to Your Trans* Patients About Their Bodies” at the Gender Spectrum Professionals Conference, and “Trans* Identity, Mental Health and Interpersonal Violence” at the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association Annual Conference. They have also worked with the Director of Portland State University's Student Health Center to create Trans* accessible healthcare services. Smitty has completed the forty hour Interpersonal Violence Advocacy training through the PWCL and works Domestic Violence advocate.