by Laurel Waters, MD
Sometimes you find a gem right in your own backyard.
As a physician in Northern California and current president of the AMWA San Francisco East Bay Branch, I stumbled on one recently when catching up with my friend, Judy Grayboyes. She has helped the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic for years.
Open since 1991, the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic is a free clinic for women that offers complementary and integrated therapies for low-income, underserved, and immigrant San Francisco Bay Area women with cancer. Many of these types of therapies, often not covered by traditional insurance, would otherwise be unaccessible. The services at Charlotte Maxwell Clinic are provided by a dedicated pool of volunteers, all licensed and certified practitioners in holistic modalities.
As I reflected on the mission of the clinic I was reminded of our work in AMWA. Having been a member of AMWA since 1987, I have been witness to our legacy, not only meeting the needs of women in medicine but also in the patients that we serve. Our focus on inclusive care, sex and gender specific medicine, and advocacy to ensure access to care has helped to change the culture of medicine.
So it was especially wonderful that AMWA could be an in-kind sponsor of the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic’s upcoming benefit event. We hope that many will tune in to enjoy the event livestream.