Dr. Samuel Hawk, DO

Founder of the Lavender Center & Clinic.

Resigned February 2020

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Dr. Hawk resides in Minnessota and we wish him well. We are extremely grateful to him for establishing our clinic and trusting us to continue his mission.

He resigned from all TLCC duties including patient care, telehealth, and his position on the Board of Directors as of February 2020.

Doctor Renee Pedersen Rumler

Doctor of Medicine

Clinical Director

Board - Acting Chair

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Renee Rumler is passionate about Primary Care, Transgender / Gender Non-Binary Health,  and working with the Hard of Hearing / Deaf Community. 

Renee completed medical school at University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2010 and attended residency at the Family Medicine Residency Program in Anchorage Alaska from 2010-2011. She completed 8 of the required 12 months needed for licensure.  With 4 months remaining, she had to resign do to serious health issues at that time. Renee attended residency with Dr. Hawk and he recruited her to his clinic for her amazing bed-side manner and clinical skills under a supervised post-doctorate program at Hawk Health LLC.  Renee completed her 2 year post-doctorate under Dr. Hawk supervision in Winter 2017. She continues to work towards her physician license in Hawaii.

Renee is the Clinical Director for The Lavender Center and Clinic and continues her advocacy work with the Transgender / Gender Non-Binary Community as well as various other clinic activities under Dr. Hawk’s supervision. Renee and her husband (Aaron) are committed to staying and working in Hawaii. She plays both the violin and bluegrass fiddle, enjoys the outdoors, loves rescue animals,  and has a great affinity for sea horses.

Ms. Stephanie Mikhail, BISE

Director of Operations

Board - Advisory Only

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Stephanie Mikhail began working with the transgender and gender-expansive community in Hawaii in 2013 after leaving her career as an industrial engineer. She began her community outreach by volunteering with and contracting for The Life Foundation (now Hawaii Health and Harm Reduction Center). She served on the planning committe for Honolulu Transgender Day of Remembrance from 2015-2017. After being a patient of Dr. Hawk’s since 2014 she began volunteering for The Lavender Clinic in 2015 and was hired by The Lavender Clinic in 2016. In 2017 She moved into a management role at the clinic and has served as the Director of Operations since February 2019. She continues to use her expertise in Industrial Engineering and her love and commitment to the community to improve the operations of the clinic. She is grateful to be able to apply her skills and Rutgers University School of Engineering degree in an innovative and fulfilling way and is proud to be just one example of how The Lavender Clinic is not at all traditional or conventional.
She now lives in Central Oahu with her wife Steffanie  (The couple is collectively known as “The Steffphanies”.) whom she happily married in a universe-themed wedding on Oahu’s North Shore in 2019.

Dr. Glenda Tali, PhD

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Board - Acting Vice Chair & Treasurer

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Glenda has been a Registered Nurse for 33 years and an APRN for 24 years. She has two adult children and four adorable grandsons on the mainland. Her early career focus was in Women’s Health, specifically labor and delivery. She has practiced in Arizona at St. Joseph’s Hospital, in California at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, LBJ Tropical Medical Center in American Samoa, and in Hawaii at Adventist Health Castle Medical Center. Her current full-time position is as nurse practitioner at MDX Hawaii working with Medicare advantage members doing education and facilitating services.
She joined The Lavender Clinic in September 2017 and has learned so much from the patients, staff, and the amazing providers. She loves coming to work at the clinic because she feels that she truly makes a difference in the lives of our patients.

Ms. Rebecca Doescher, LMT

Referral Coordinator

Board - Acting Secretary

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Rebecca received her training as a massage therapist at the Hawaii College of Health Sciences and has been practicing in Honolulu since 2003. She attended Kapiolani Community College where she earned an associates degree in liberal arts in 2014. Rebecca’s involvement with The Lavender Center and Clinic has come full circle, beginning as a patient, then joining the team as the clinic’s Referrals Coordinator in 2017, and most recently serving as Secretary to the Board. Rebecca finds cooking, gardening and DIY projects very fulfilling, but especially enjoys helping others. She believes strongly in the mission of The Lavender Center and Clinic and the community it serves. 

Mr. Winston Welch, CAE

Board - Member at large

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Winston is delighted to serve on the board of the Lavender Center and Clinic.

As a credentialed Certified Association Executive (CAE) with many years of work as an executive director in cultural, educational and environmental organizations, he brings a strong background of understanding of the needs of 501c3 organizations. After receiving an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University, Winston has spent extensive time living, working and traveling globally, and makes his home in Honolulu at the base of Diamond Head where he is deeply engaged with a variety of civic, business and professional organizations. He is especially interested in issues of diversity and inclusiveness, local issues to improve life for residents, and preserving Hawaii’s unique environment. 

Ms. Jessica Taylor Spurrier, MSN, RN

MS, MSN, CDCES, RN

Board - Member at large

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Jessica is humbled by the opportunity to serve on the TLC board.

She has 20 years of experience as a community health educator and public health nurse. Having lived and worked in multiple locations throughout the Pacific, she aspires to support those seeking care who have a limited access or find traditional healthcare institutions to be unwelcome, unsupportive, or unable to meet their unique needs. The genuine compassion and comprehensive care  provided by TLC initially drew her in as a  part time staff member and later to be a part of the board. She is proud of the work of the TLC staff and the dedication of their patient partners. She looks forward to watching the clinic’s continued growth,  creative community advocacy, and dynamic and holistic patient care. 

Mr. Trey Fenton, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

CSAC

Board - Member at large

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Trey worked as an individual, couples, and family therapist/counselor as well as a group facilitator for The Lavender Center & Clinic for 2 years before embarking on his own adventure in private practice. He continues to provide some guidance to the behavioral health staff at The Lavender Center & Clinic and serves on the board.

Dr. Naomi Burr, MD, MPH

Doctor of Medicine

Masters of Public Health

 

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Dr. Burr attended the University of Wisconsin -Madison earning a BS degree in Molecular Biology, then attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, for her MD degree.

She then completed a 3-year residency program in Family Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.  Following residency, she stayed in San Antonio working in the department of Family Medicine and served as the medical director of La Clinica Amistad for several years.

She obtained a master’s degree in public health in 1996, then was accepted into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) training program for medical epidemiologists, also known as the EIS program. She was assigned to the Department of Health in Honolulu Hawaii as an EIS officer and served for 2 years. She went on to complete a residency in Preventive Medicine at CDC Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

The next course in her career took her back to San Antonio to continue working in Family Medicine with the University of Texas Health Science Center and the Department of Community Medicine.

She later opened her own practice, Rainbow Family Health, to continue patient care in San Antonio. During that time, she also took a nine-month course in acupuncture and added that to her medical practice. In 2014, and she decided to take advantage of the chance to move back to Hawaii, accepting a position working at Molokai General Hospital and Outpatient Clinic on Molokai. She worked on Molokai from Jan 2015 to May 2019, when she moved to Honolulu to join the wonderful staff at the Lavender Clinic.

Dr. Burr is committed to providing medical care to all underserved people, especially the transgender community, as she knows all too well the difficulties trans people have finding appropriate medical services where they are respected and understood. She also is very interested in acupuncture and all alternative forms of treatment, although acupuncture is the form most familiar to her.

Dr. Burr is most grateful for her family, especially her 2 adult sons, including one that lives in Honolulu. She loves running and has competed in numerous marathons in San Antonio, Honolulu, Kauai and Havana, Cuba.

Ms. Avril "Ava" Jenkins, APRN

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

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Ava Jenkins worked full time at The Lavender Center & Clinic until the birth of her youngest of four sons in mid-2019. She continues to provide care for patients of The Lavender Center & Clinic on an on-call basis.

Dr. Emily Levitt-Gopie, DNP, APRN

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

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Emily Levitt-Gopie provides care at The Lavender Center & Clinic on an on-call basis.

Ms. Susan Martin, LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

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Susan moved from the Central Valley of California 4 years ago. She had had a long and varied nursing career.  Most recently she ran a care home for people with profound developmental disabilities for 16 years. She also has experience in pediatrics, obstetrics, lactation education and family practice.

Although Susan was not born in Hawaii, she has deep roots here as her grandparents were born & raised on the Big Island.  Live music and pool are her passions. Her family here in Hawaii are musicians and she enjoys playing on a local pool team.  She has two adult children, one here and one on the mainland and is excited to welcome her first grandchild recently.

Ms. Cindy Kang, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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Cindy Kang provides behavioral health services to clients at The Lavender Center & Clinic. She joined The Lavender Center & Clinic in the Spring of 2020.

Ms. Beatrice "Trissa" Walter, SLP

Speech Pathologist and Vocalogist

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Trissa has many talents among them being an accomplished musician and musical stage actor, singing coach, Star Wars Fan, and of course a gifted Speech and Language Pathologist.

Ms. Meko Faleafaga

Billing Specialist

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Meko keeps the revenue cycling. 

Ms. Eileen Corpuz

Billing Specialist

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Eileen helps Meko keep the clinic doors open.

Ms. Marybeth Raquel

Receptionist

Medical Assistant in training

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Marybeth works at our front desk and is also training with Glenda on administering injections and other medical assistant tasks.

Ms. Camilla Nutt

Receptionist

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Camilla is the newest member of our ohana. She is at the front desk.

Mr. Johnathan Goodwin

Special Assignments

Nurse in Training

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Johnathan recently left the clinic physically to study nursing in his native Canada. He is still very much connected to The Lavender Center & Clinic with duties ranging from technologically facilitating online support groups, to website maintenance, to assisting the billing team and anything else Stephanie (and Renee) can think of to make him do.