Track Speakers

—Track 1: Healing Self—

Bringing Our Whole Selves to Life: Through Self-care, Queer Yoga, and Meditation

Lou Bigelow
Lou Bigelow is a certified yoga and meditation instructor, transgender man, and research coordinator at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He was gifted the opportunity to spend two years living in yoga centers in northern California, and he loves sharing the tools he learned through queer, trans-specific, and general yoga and meditation classes in Los Angeles. Lou has worked with diverse youth since 2000, and specifically LGBTQ youth since 2008, and appreciates the learning experience we all get from connecting with each other.

Work-Life Balance as an LGBTQ+ Provider Panel

Cristobal Barrios, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, UC Irvine School of Medicine
Robert Bolan, MD
Medical Director, Los Angeles LGBT Center
Josh Khalili, MD
PGY-2 UCLA Internal Medicine
Amanda De La Cerda, MS2
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

Wade in the Water: Faith, Spirituality & Coming out in the Black LGBT Community

Gregory Canillas, PhD
Gregory Canillas is a native of Los Angeles. He teaches in a clinical psychology doctoral program, and lectures at national and international conferences on family and relationship issues. His research and clinical work has focused on children/adolescents, sex/sexuality, intimate partner violence and foster children. His writing has appeared in Ebony Magazine, Fostering Families Today and Lambda Literary’s Poetry Spotlight and in the upcoming inaugural issue of Serendipity. He also conducts coaching sessions to help clients maximize their potential in all areas of their lives. Follow him on Twitter @drgjcanillas.

Eko Natividad Canillas M.A.Ed., Ed.D.
Eko Natividad Canillas is an educational and training consultant. Her professional background includes developing programs, services, and designing learning opportunities for individuals, communities, and non-profit organizations.
Dr. Canillas completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California-Los Angeles, her M.A.Ed. at Pepperdine University, and her Ed.D. in educational psychology from the University of Southern California.

—Track 2: Healing Patients—

Sex Worker Health: Holistic Care

Jeffrey D. Klausner, MD, MPH
Jeffrey D. Klausner, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health. He is an infectious disease consultant and board-certified internist. He has been taking care of people living with HIV infection since 1990 and led the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s STD Prevention and Control Section from 1999-2010. He was the co-founder of the St. James Infirmary, the first occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers in the United States. Dr. Klausner was a leading proponent of Proposition K, a ballot initiative to decriminalize sex work in San Francisco in 2008.

Bisexual Affirmative Counseling and Mental Health

Mimi Hoang, PhD
Mimi Hoang, Ph.D., is a nationally-known psychologist, educator, and author specializing in the LGBTQ and Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities. As an LGBTQ community leader of almost 2 decades, she has co-founded 3 bisexual organizations–the Los Angeles Bi Task Force, amBi (LA’s Bi Social Community), and Fluid UCLA, authored multiple publications, earned a seat at the landmark 2013 White House Bisexual Community Roundtable, and has been called “One of the Most Significant Women in the Bisexual Movement.” Dr. Hoang currently works as a Staff Psychologist at Loyola Marymount University and Adjunct Faculty at Antioch University Los Angeles.

Trans and Gender-Nonconforming Patients: Beyond Dysmorphia and Dysphoria

Jaden Fields
Jaden Fields is an LA-born queer, Black, femme, transman, community activist, and poet. He currently works as a Health Educator working for APAIT. He is a core member and support group facilitator of the grassroots, community-based organization, Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders (T-FFED), travelling with them to different conferences to raise awareness about how trans and gender non-conforming individuals are disproportionately affect by eating disorders, usually as a coping mechanism for dealing with trauma. Jaden emphasizes the importance of a trauma-informed approach to treatment and recovery, in his work with T-FFED.

Ethan Lopez
Ethan Lopez is a young queer & trans activist from the Inland Empire. He is passionate about activism, sex education, and the arts. He currently works as a freelance artist, the social media manager of T-FFED, and spends his free time volunteering at Planned Parenthood.



—Track 3: Healing Communities—

Promoting Awareness In Community Clinics: Providing a Safe Space for the LGBTQI Population

Janine Roach, MD
After receiving her B.S. at Yale University and her M.D. at UCLA, she went on to complete her residency in psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA, a Los Angeles area county hospital. Since 2008 she has practiced community psychiatry in the L.A. area with the Los Angeles County Departments of Mental Health and Health Services and is currently working in the psychiatric emergency room at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center.
In 2010 she started an LGBTQ consultation team at the Edelman Westside Mental Health Clinic to bring cultural sensitivity to the staff and create a safer and more inclusive environment for LGBTQI clients. She has also been a guest speaker at the USC School of Occupational Therapy as well as the UCLA and USC Schools for Social Work.

Structural Vulnerability in Clinical Care

Philippe Bourgois, PhD
Philippe Bourgois is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Social Medicine at the Semel Institute for Neuropsychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of several books and edited volumes on US inner city poverty, violence and drugs, including the multiple award winning In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio (Cambridge, 1995), Righteous Dopefiend (co-authored with Jeff Schonberg, University of California, 2009), Ethnicity at Work: Divided Labor on a Central American Banana Plantation (Johns Hopkins, 1989), Violence in War and Peace (Co-edited with Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Blackwell 2004), and Violence at the Urban Margins (Co-edited with Javier Auyero and Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Oxford 2015). He has published over 150 articles in anthropology, public health, the social sciences and the humanities on social inequality, poverty, violence, inner-city segregation, labor migration, homelessness, substance abuse and HIV. Since 1996 he has been the Principal Investigator on a continuous National Institutes of Health grant examining the HIV risk environment of indigent drug users. He recently completed five years of participant-observation fieldwork in a violently-policed Puerto Rican neighborhood dominated by open-air narcotics supermarkets in North Philadelphia and is currently co-authoring a book entitled, “Cornered”. He is focusing on the carceral and the psychiatric diagnosis-mediated mis-management of inner-city poverty in the US in an era of rising socio-economic inequalities and reductions in social service entitlements.

HIV and Racism in the Black Community

Darius Mayfield
Darius Mayfield was born in Chicago and raised in California’s San Fernando Valley. For almost 20 years, he has been healing communities heavily impacted by health disparities through his involvement in HIV/STD prevention. His experience includes HIV/STD outreach, counseling, and testing for CBOs, project administrator for the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, Research Study Recruitment Coordinator for Black Men’s Exchange, HIV Linkage to Care Coordinator with Sinai Health System. Before leaving Chicago, he successfully implemented routine HIV testing in the ED at Holy Cross Hospital. He is currently the lead facilitator of a new homegrown intervention for positive men of color in Chicago to be evaluated by CDC. Here in LA, Darius is currently pursuing further studies in mental health and has found a home at APLA Health as Prevention Training Specialist for the African American Gay Men’s Health Initiative.

—CME Track—

Understanding the Impact of Bias, Discrimination, and Invisibility on LGBTQ Health Disparities

Jeri Muse, PhD, DAAPM
Dr. Muse is a Clinical Psychologist at the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and a private practice psychologist in San Diego. She is Chair of the VASDHS’s LGBT Work Group, which focuses on improving the care of LGBT Veterans and is also the LGBT Clinical Care Coordinator. She also serves on the VA’s National Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee. She speaks frequently on LGBTQ health disparities and the importance of culturally competent care. Dr. Muse is President of the Greater San Diego Business Association (2nd largest LGBT Chamber) and is leading the development of an LGBT Health & Wellness referral network that requires certification of providers in LGBT care. She is a recipient of the San Diego Pride Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award (2013).

LGBT Family Building Options

Paula Amato, MD
Dr. Paula Amato is Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR, where she is Director of the Third Party Reproduction Program. Dr. Amato obtained her medical degree and completed her OB/GYN residency at the University of Toronto in Canada. She then completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Amato also holds a Master of Clinical Research degree from OHSU. Dr. Amato is a longstanding member of GLMA and she is a member of the Board of the American Society for Reproduction.

LGBTQIA Seniors and Their Social and Health Services Needs

Clayton Chau, MD, PhD
Clayton Chau is currently the Executive Medical Director for the Institute of Mental Health and Wellness, St Joseph Hoag Health System where he joined in January 2017. He is also a Lecturer for the UCLA School of Public Health and an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UC Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Chau obtained his MD degree from the University of Minnesota and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Chelsea University. He completed his psychiatry residency at UCLA/San Fernando Valley followed by a fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health in psychoneuroimmunology focusing on substance abuse and HIV. Dr. Chau has conducted international trainings in the areas of health care integration, health care system reform, cultural competency, veteran’s health, trauma, homelessness and mental health policy.