Our mission is to provide exceptional reproductive and sexual health care to all who need it without judgment and without barriers. We operate with an uncompromising belief that everyone has the right to control their body and control their life.
Our work is informed by the overarching belief that health is a human right for all and not just the privilege of a few. How we treat our patients and each other exemplifies our values of being inclusive, caring, accommodating, respectful, and efficient. You’ll see that everybody on the team cares deeply about the people who entrust them with their care and considers it a privilege to serve you.
We are a non-profit organization governed by members of the communities who make up our volunteer Board of Directors. We have a 25-member team of board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners, medical assistants, patient care coordinators, and administrative staff. Everyone from the Board down joined because they are dedicated to the vision, mission, and values. Together, we are making sure that sexual and reproductive health care is accessible to our families, friends, and neighbors.
MEET OUR EXECUTIVE & CLINICAL TEAM
CAROLYN | Board President
Carolyn’s deep experience gives HealthQ significant leadership muscle. Holding a degree in clinical microbiology, an MBA in Healthcare Management, running her own reproductive health clinic, and serving on the HealthQ board in a previous position, Carolyn’s return as board president was an excellent fit. Through Carolyn’s leadership, HealthQ operates with a “100% all-in mentality.” She views sexual and reproductive healthcare to be at the forefront of civil and human rights, and that everyone should have the access to get what they need without reservation or discrimination—and with peace, respect, and dignity.
GABRIELLE | executive director
Working for over 20 years as an advocate for women’s reproductive health in places such as Bangladesh, Vietnam, and India profoundly impacted Gabrielle and spurred the “bee line” trajectory of her career. With a PhD in Health Policy, Gabrielle brings innovative strategic direction to HealthQ. Using a “sailing captain’s” mentality, Gabrielle is constantly looking toward the horizon, enabling HealthQ to take a leadership roll in bringing people what they need to stay in control of their bodies and take charge of their lives.
JULIE | medical director
Julie wanted to be in medicine ever since she could speak. To the core, she loves providing evidence based, clinically proven, gold-standard care for people. She has an incredible well of experience to draw from. A fierce reproductive health advocate, Julie serves on several state boards as a family medicine representative and is passionate about bringing services to meet people where they are at in her local community.
JOSHUA | medical doctor
Josh knows what it’s like to not have access to healthcare. He didn’t himself, as a child. As the first in his family to go to college—and later, medical school—Josh has made advocating for social justice on the local and state level part of his life’s work. He considers being able to provide top notch medical care to under-served communities both an honor and privilege, and has a keen clinical interest in HIV, substance use, reproductive health, and trans-gender care.
KIRSTEN | medical doctor
Kirsten enjoys being somewhat of an anomaly. A blond, fluent Spanish speaking, Wisconsin native, she conducted her 2-year fellowship training in Women’s Health in Guatemala. Witnessing the lack of access to respectful, non-judgmental health care first hand during that experience has made her connection to HealthQ all the stronger. Shared values include putting patients in complete control with comfortable, compassionate care. Kirsten bakes a mean macaroon.
LAUREN | nurse practitioner
Lauren remembers her own personal experience with nurses throughout childhood and into her teens. In her words, “They were awesome. They made me feel like it was OK to be there.” Providing access to comfortable, safe, non-judgmental care is one of the biggest reasons Lauren sought to become an NP. She is passionate about empowering people to take control of their bodies, know how to be safe, and make informed decisions for themselves.
MARIA | nurse practitioner
Maria was born in Cuba and loves connecting with the diverse population she meets at HealthQ. Over the course of her 30+ year nursing career, she is as passionate about patient care today, as she was in the beginning. As a GYN nurse practitioner, she especially connects with young individuals who come here looking for answers and accessibility. She works hard to earn their trust, helping them to break down barriers, while feeling completely safe and at ease.
JOYCE | nurse practitioner
After 15 years as an RN, Joyce wanted more from her medical career and made the decision to become an NP. She chose the public health arena because she has always loved serving people with diverse backgrounds. In HealthQ, Joyce has found the perfect fit. Treating people with respect and dignity in an open, affirming, 1-on-1 environment is right in her wheelhouse. Joyce is pursing her doctoral degree in nursing.
TAMMY | registered nurse
Tammy was just about to complete her degree in journalism, when she did a ‘180’ and made a switch to nursing. It’s a choice she has never regretted. Now, with three children of her own, she loves empowering and paving the way for young people in the work she does at HealthQ. Tammy enjoys taking a thorough, holistic approach to patient care. She really takes the time to look at all aspects, both physical and emotional, so her patients are well-educated and have positive choices to consider.
All of our staff uphold standards of excellence. Our staff promise to demonstrate HealthQ’s vision, mission, and values; communicate in a manner that builds trust and confidence in the organization; demonstrate high standards of professionalism; provide excellent patient-centered care; and interact with co-workers and others in a courteous, respectful, friendly and professional way.