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Interdisciplinary Conference

Thank you to those who registered for the conference!

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Registration and continental Breakfast: 7:30–8 a.m.

Conference: 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Jansen Music Hall, Clarke University Campus

Due to the implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic, our presenters will be joining virtually. We will be streaming the presenters live on campus in Jansen Music Hall. Registrants are invited to join virtually or may take advantage of networking with other professionals and the Clarke community by joining us on campus for a live view of the presentations.

Keynote Speaker

LGBTQ Healthcare: Promoting Best Practices and Cultural Humility

Presented by Jessica Brierton, LMSW (she/her)

Social Worker

Jessica Brierton graduated from the University of Iowa with her Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2015 and Master’s in Social Work in 2016. She currently works as a Social Work Specialist I at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, specifically in the Care Coordination Division. Fueled by her own experiences and passion for LGBTQ+ healthcare education, Jessica created the SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) trainings currently provided throughout UIHC, and she also provides these trainings to conferences and other organizations outside of UIHC. She has also worked on other LGBTQ+ projects at UIHC and collaborated on other projects related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 


Approaches for the LGBTQIA+ Patient in Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

Presented by Christina McGee, PT, DPT (she/her)

Physical Therapist

Christina McGee earned a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Iowa and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware.  She has been with Sullivan Physical Therapy since 2013 and serves as the head of the pediatric bowel and bladder program as well as the coordinator of clinical education.  Christina has particular interests in the areas of sexual health, trauma, LGBTQIA+ health, and pregnancy/postpartum recovery. Christina treats at the north and south location and has twice been a top 5 contestant for Austin American Statesman’s “Best Physical Therapist in Austin.”

Christina is passionate about empowering patients through information, with goals of decreasing fear and enabling individuals to feel in control of symptoms. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and enjoys sharing information with the public through speaking engagements on topics of pelvic health, especially in regards to prevention and recognition of symptoms.

Christina is originally from Chicago and lives in South Austin with her husband, daughters, and dog. She enjoys cooking, yoga, and trying new things. 

Care of Pediatric LGBTQ Patients

Presented by Akhila Ramakrishna, MD (she/her)


Dr. Ramakrishna is a board certified pediatric endocrinologist, currently practicing at the Stead Family Children’s hospital, University of Iowa. She received her Medical Degree from the Armed Forces Medical College, one of the top medical schools in India. She completed a residency in pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University, and completed a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at the prestigious Mayo Clinic. She has published expertise in the area of obesity, cardiometabolic risk in transgender youth, thyroid dysfunction and has studied rodent models of obesity. Her clinical interests include gender related endocrine care, specifically transgender youth and children born with differences in sexual development, and also pediatric bariatric medicine.

A Journey of Self Exploration 

Presented by Brian Young, Jr. (they/them)


Brian Young Jr. is a Black, non-binary, liberation writer, and aspiring director. A descendant of poor Alabama working people, Brian’s perspective is also informed by great artists before them who have explored Love as a politic of freedom. For them, both the intersections of polyamory and pansexuality are at the center of how they live a fulfilling life. Their work is always political with an emphasis on showing beauty, which they believe is the potential for individual and collective power against systems of domination; and our capacity to use pain, joy, and vulnerability to connect and learn from each other. Their work has been featured in several magazines, with other pieces currently in the publication process.