Health & Wellness

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One Iowa proudly provides a list of resources for LGBTQ Iowans and allies. Inclusion on our website does not warrant or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or outcome. You must fully vet each resource.

Access Evaluations and Education
Amy Bronebrake, BA, CADC
1903 W. Ridgeway Ave.
Waterloo, IA 50701

Central Iowa Therapy Solutions
Jill Lehmann, LISW, ACSW, CADC
431 28th ST.   Suite 204
Des Moines, IA   50312

Counseling for Growth & Change
Denise Hagerla, LISW
1248 8th Street, Ste. 201
West Des Moines, IA  50265
(515) 243-1020

Joby Holcomb, LMHC, CADC
950 Office Park Rd, Ste. 335
West Des Moines, IA  50265
(515) 608-8054

Hope Hall Counseling Services (program of Youth Emergency Shelter Services)
Bennett Zielinski, LMHC-T
918 SE 11th Street
Des Moines, IA  50309
[email protected]
(515) 557-2250

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning Clinic, Iowa City (Dr. Nicole Nisly and Dr. Katie Imborek)
UI Hospitals and Clinics – Iowa River Landing, 105 East 9th Street, Coralville, Iowa
Level 4
319-384-7444 (option 1)

Life Works
600 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312

NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness – Greater Des Moines
200 SW 42nd St., Des Moines, Ia 50309
Peer to Peer classes for Veterans and active military, adults with mental illness, for parents and caregivers of children with mental illness.

The Project of Primary Health Care
David Yurdin, P.A.
1200 University Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 248-1500

HIV Testing Hours at The Project
Mon, Wed, Thurs:  9:00AM – 4:00PM
Tuesday:  4:00PM – 8:00PM
Friday:  9:00AM – 2:00PM
HIV Testing available at Primary Health Care Ames
(located at 3510 Lincoln Way)
9:00AM – 5:00PM

Synergy Clinical Services unnamed
Synergy Clinical Services is proud to announce their official opening!  Our skilled team of behavioral health professionals is committed to serving the LGBTQ community and its allies within central Iowa.  

Our clinic offers a safe, supportive and affirming approach to help individuals work through important issues such as developing healthy self-esteem, building healthy relationships, exploring sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as well as assisting clients in the coming out process.  We also strive to help LGBTQ families develop healthy family systems and work through transitions and changes within the family system.

Our culturally competent therapists utilize a strength-based approach to help individuals reach their full potential and live the life they envision for themselves.  If you should have any questions, would like to set-up an appointment or need assistance connecting to community resources please give us a call at (515)-277-6399 or email

TRY Therapy
Mental Health Counseling for Individuals, Couples, and Families
Tricia R. Yavitz, LMHC, IADC, NCC
1680 SW Ankeny Rd, Ste. 1A Unit 5
Ankeny, IA  50023
(515) 669-3650
[email protected]

Breast & Chest Health

Cancer Facts for Lesbian and Bisexual Women

FACTS FOR LIFE Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People, Susan G. Komen Foundation

Transgender People and Breast Cancer

  • For a transgender woman, the risk of breast cancer increases following breast development and five or more years of hormone therapy.
  • For a transgender man, excessive testosterone can be converted into estrogen by the body, which leads to increased cancer risk. Additionally, transgender men may feel uncomfortable with either self-exams or medical exams, and may not realize that top surgery does not remove all breast tissue. Self-examination is a useful prevention tool that can be life-saving, regardless of a person’s gender.