The True U Clinic Team
Melissa Prince, MSN, ARNP (she/her/hers)
Melissa has been a practicing nurse practitioner since 2004. She is a graduate of John Hopkins University. She has a diverse clinical background but her main focus has been endocrinology. She has extensive experience with HRT and is passionate about treating the transgender community in Arizona.
Natalie Metz, DNP (she/her/hers)
Natalie has been practicing as a nurse practitioner since 2017. She is a graduate of Frontier Nursing University. Before she became a NP she was registered nurse with clinical experience in oncology. Natalie is deeply involved in the LGBTQ community. She currently treats undeserved rural individuals in Arizona and has expanded her clinical skill set to transgender HRT.
Julie Putt, MSN, FNP (she/her/hers)
Julie has been working as a family nurse practitioner since 2012 after graduating from Columbia University. She has a background in urgent care, emergency services, college health and sexual/reproductive health care. Julie is enthusiastic about providing competent, compassionate gender-affirming care and increasing access to care through technology and innovation. She is currently providing care in Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Montana and New Mexico.
B. Ashby Goodrum, MSN, FNP (they/them/theirs)
B.A. graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Family Nurse Practitioner program in 2013. They have extensive training and experience with gender-affirming hormone therapy and they believe strongly in expanding access to evidence-based care. Over the years, B.A. has published research about and lectured on topics concerning transgender and gender non-binary health (TGNB) care. As an advocate for health equity, they have educated clinicians, health care professionals in training, and public health leaders on gender-affirming care. They are currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in nurse-midwifery in hopes of helping to meet the birthing needs of TGNB families. B.A. practices in Oregon and Washington, and serves as the clinical director of True U Clinic.
Melanie Alvarado, MSN, ANP, GNP (she/her/hers)
Melanie has practiced since 2012. She is a graduate of the University of Texas. She practiced in multiple settings including community health and primary care. She enjoys delivering care to diverse cultures and populations. Melanie has strong LGBTQ family ties. She is very enthusiastic about delivering gender affirming hormone therapy and assisting individuals with their transitional journey in Washington and Iowa.
Oriol Zemko, MSN, FNP-BC (they/them/theirs)
Oriol practices with passion for whole-person care. They have a robust background in nutrition, alongside 15 years of healthcare experience ranging from oncology and clinical research, to home-health nursing, to primary care. As a member of the gender expansive and queer communities, Oriol strives to provide affirming, culturally competent, body-positive, and trauma-informed care to every unique client. Their nursing degrees are from Kent State University and Simmons University. They leveled up in 2019 (from RN to NP); they practice in the state of Oregon.
Rune Wittek, Outreach Coordinator & Peer Support (they/he)
Rune Wittek is a non-binary/trans-masculine performance artist, activist, and life coach for trans youth. They specialize in inspirational fire dancing, and “trans education” communication through facilitating group support sessions and public speaking. Transitioning later in life provided them with a suspenseful, yet incredibly inspiring story of how living their truth not only helped them overcome multiple mental health disorders, but they’re able to articulate their experience in a way where it normalizes and sheds light on the intersecting issues the trans/non-binary/and gender nonconforming community faces. “Our goal is to not only offer a warm and validating support for our patients, but also help them navigate conversations with new parents/caretakers that are still adjusting to the news as well. It is imperative for our community not only have access to the medical resources necessary in order to become the person they truly are, but to be provided with a validating, supportive, and consistent environment. We want to make sure our patients know they have a community where they will be seen and validated for who they really are- without exception. Representation, exposure, and education are the keys to dismantling transphobia in the world. We are determined to keep the dialog within our community going and make sure we are doing everything we can to finally ensure that the trans narrative is created by us, not just for us.”
Kristie Kovacs, MSN, FNP-BC (she/her/hers)
Kristie is a 2013 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She has been practicing as a Family Nurse Practitioner with a background in urgent care, emergency/critical care and community health. She is a LGBTQIA+ ally, passionate about expanding access to mental and physical healthcare in Maryland and New York.