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Keynote Speaker – Dr. Rachel Levine

Dr. Levine is currently Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine.

Dr. Levine graduated from Harvard College in 1979 and the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1983. She completed her training in Pediatrics at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City in 1987 and then did a Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Mt. Sinai from 1987-88. She was in the practice of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the office of Edward A Davies, MD from 1988-1993 as well as on the faculty of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. She came to Central Pa. in 1993 as Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Polyclinic Medical Center. She joined the staff at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in 1996 as the Director of Pediatric Ambulatory Services and Adolescent Medicine.

Her accomplishments at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center include the initiation of a Division of Adolescent Medicine for the care of complex teens with medical and psychological problems. In addition, she started the Penn State Hershey Eating Disorders Program which offers multidisciplinary treatment for children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. She is the Liaison for the LGBT community for the Office of Diversity at the Penn State College of Medicine.  In that role, she has established a LGBT faculty and staff affinity group and is the facilitator for the LGBT student group.

Dr. Levine taught at the Penn State College of Medicine on topics in adolescent medicine, eating disorders and transgender medicine. In addition, she has lectured nationally and internationally on these topics and has published articles and chapters on the medical management of eating disorders.


Below is the Schedule for Gender Odyssey Seattle’s Professional Program. You can also download the Schedule Grid (PDF) here: Day 1 | Day 2

Last updated: 08/09/17

Time Workshop Presenter(s)
8:00am - 9:20am Transgender 101 Gil Rich
8:00am - 9:20am Nothing about Us without Us Finn V. Gratton
8:00am - 9:20am Supporting the Whole Family through Transition Dr. Michele Angello
8:00am - 9:20am Transgender Care: A Toolkit for Providers Diana Currie, MD, Chelsea Unruh, MD
8:00am - 9:20am Trans Care: A Therapeutic Approach to Help Trans Clients Reach Gender Congruence Patricia Fawver, PhD
9:30am - 10:50am Welcoming Schools: Talking to Elementary Students about Gender Johanna Eager
9:30am - 10:50am Straight from the Source: Expertise on Trans Lives – Adult Panel Panel
9:30am - 10:50am Rediscovering the Body: Trauma, Trust, and Transition Sandra Seaman, MA, Paulette de Coriolis
9:30am - 12:20pm Puberty Delay and Cross Hormones for Trans Youth Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD
9:30am - 10:50am Trans Medical 101 Linda Gromko, MD
11:00am - 12:20pm Navigating the “Human Barrier”: Overcoming Biases While Working with Schools Aidan Key
11:00am - 12:20pm Counseling Non-binary and Genderqueer People: What Really Helps Sasha Strong, MA, Sagan Wallace, Aurelian Boudreaux, MM
11:00am - 12:20pm What’s Wrong with Rights? Eli Erlick
11:00am - 12:20pm Maintaining Relationships: Family of Origin Diane Anderson-Minshall, Jacob Anderson-Minshall
1:40pm - 3:00pm Assessing Gender Identity in Youth Dr. Michele Angello
1:40pm - 3:00pm Creating Services and Spaces for Trans People with Disabilities Tai Vo
1:40pm - 3:00pm Fertility Issues for Youth and Adults: Puberty Blockers, Hormones, and Decision-Making through the Lens of Family-Building Options Jennifer Hastings, MD, Kathy Hsiao, MD
1:40pm - 3:00pm “What Are You?” Gender Identity and Microaggressions Barbara Diamond
1:40pm - 3:00pm Straight Expectations: Story of a Family in Transition Peggy Cryden
3:10pm - 4:30pm Creating a Medical Home for Transgender Youth Dr. Andrew Cronyn, Dr. Tracey Kurtzman
3:10pm - 4:30pm Maintaining Relationships: Couples Diane Anderson-Minshall, Jacob Anderson-Minshall
3:10pm - 4:30pm Non-binary Identities: Making Sense of the New Gender Order (Panel) Avery Erickson
3:10pm - 4:30pm Holding, Validating and Empathizing: Exploring Clinical Strategies to Address Gender Dysphoria with Transgender Youth Susan P. Landon, MA, LMFT, Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW
Time Workshop Presenter(s)
8:00am - 9:20am Medical Considerations of Hormone Administration for Transgender Adults Tavis Taylor
8:00am - 9:20am The TransYouth Project: Recent Research on Gender-Diverse Youth Dr. Kristina Olson
8:00am - 9:20am The Fight for Transgender Student Rights in 2017 Vanessa Hernandez, Elisabeth Smith
8:00am - 9:20am Getting It Covered: Expanding Access to Health Insurance Danni Askini
8:00am - 9:20am Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Elders: Living Life with Dignity Linda Gromko, MD
9:30am - 10:50am Parents of Trans Children and Youth: Panel Panel
9:30am - 10:50am Creating Gender-Affirming Health Systems: Applying Best Practices Ginny Cassidy-Brinn, ARNP, Amanda Winters, MPH, MPA, Cooper Stodden
9:30am - 10:50am When It’s Not So Clear Cut: Complicated Case Studies Dr. Michele Angello
9:30am - 10:50am Schools and Public Accommodations Asaf Orr, Kasha Roseta, Calandra Sechrist
9:30am - 10:50am Holistic Trans Care at the Intersection of Addiction, Mental Health, and Trauma Jeff Zacharias
11:00am - 12:20pm Gender Dysphoria: Beyond the Diagnosis Susan P. Landon, MA, MFT, Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW
11:00am - 12:20pm Difficult Dialogues on Vulnerability and Social Justice Emily Arth, T Rinehart
11:00am - 12:20pm Moving an Entire District: A Game Plan Scott Peacock, Aidan Key
11:00am - 12:20pm Chest Surgery Research Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD
11:00am - 12:20pm Consciously Parenting the Gender-Expansive Child Darlene Tando, LCSW
1:40pm - 3:00pm Trans Surgery: Considerations and Care Dr. Toby Meltzer
1:40pm - 3:00pm Gender Google for Children and Teens Susan P. Landon, MA, MFT, Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD, Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW
1:40pm - 3:00pm Gender Google for Schools Johanna Eager, Aidan Key
1:40pm - 3:00pm US Trans Survey Mara Keisling
1:40pm - 3:00pm Coping with Loss throughout Transition Fawn Oates
3:10pm - 4:30pm Stories from the Front: Trans Youth Panel Gil Rich
3:10pm - 4:30pm Treating the Whole Person: Understanding the Legal Issues Facing Trans Adults Asaf Orr, Mara Keisling