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Inova Opens New Pride Clinic in Falls Church Serving LGBTQ+ Patients

 

Inova officials cutting the Inova Pride Clinic rainbow ribbon under a tent in the parking lot surrounded by rainbow balloons
Inova officials, city council members, state delegates, and United States Senate representatives cut the ribbon to the Pride Clinic. (Photo Grace Billups Arnold)

ALEXANDRIA, VA–On Wednesday, June 8, Inova officials cut the ribbon to the new Pride Clinic in Falls Church (500 Washington St, Suite 200). The Mayor of Falls Church, City Council members from Falls Church and Alexandria, representatives for Senators Warner and Kaine, members of the Virginia House of Delegates, the Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Prince George County boards of supervisors, and Inova executives and physicians were all present to inaugurate the new clinic.

the front of the Inova Pride Clinic at 500 Washington St in Falls Church surrounded by rainbow balloons
The Inova Pride Clinic at 500 Washington St in Falls Church. (Photo Grace Billups Arnold)

Vice President of the Inova Population and Community Health Division, Karen Berube, kicked things off. “I’m overjoyed and filled with emotion as we stand here in front of this clinic which is no longer an aspiration but a reality,” she began. The aspiration for this clinic was born four years ago on a bus trip to Richmond, which Karen and several of her Inova colleagues were on together.

a sign on a door that reads 200, Inova Pride Clinic, with a rainbow flag on itAfter many, many months of navigating COVID-19, supply chain issues, and general construction snafus, it has finally come to fruition. The Pride Clinic is 3,600 square feet on the second floor of the building. It features four counseling rooms, several exam rooms and offices, all-gender bathrooms, and a multi-purpose conference room for group meetings.

the inova pride clinic waiting room, with reception desk, two chairs, and rainbow flag on the wall
The Inova Pride Clinic is composed of Dr. Ramallo and his nurse and receptionist, two exam rooms, four counseling rooms, a conference room, and more.

The clinic will be led by Dr. Jorge Ramallo and his team, a nurse and a receptionist. “We are starting small but mighty,” Dr. Ramallo asserts. Dr. Ramallo grew up in Springfield, Virginia, and, after a significant stint in Wisconsin, has since returned to his home state to continue advocating for a cause close to his heart.

a hall way down a doctors office, a sign on a wall reads "all gender bathroom"“It is like a dream come true,” Dr. Ramallo says. “I honestly didn’t know when or how it would happen, I just thought about it and when the opportunity came, I jumped on it.”

a conference room with an oval table surrounded by six swivel desk chairsDr. Ramallo came out to his family at 19 years old, and ever since, he has always known he wants to help the underserved communities in his work.

a wall with a sign that reads "counseling 1" and an open doorway that shows a couch against a wallHe explains, “It was clear to me that the LGBTQ+ population is chronically underserved and misunderstood by the medical establishment. That is what inspired me to find a field that broached everything from adolescent to pediatrics to adult to mental health to primary care and family care.”

two doctors exam roomsAt the Pride clinic, Dr. Ramallo and his staff “are going to focus on the specific need of the patients and listen to the patients.”

a hallway filled with people in single file line, rainbow pride flags are lined on a counter top in mason jarsDr. Ramallo hopes to offer quality care specifically tailored to the unique and individuals needs of the LGBTQ+ community in the DMV. From pediatric services to gender affirming services to mental health services, the clinic is fully equipped to offer comprehensive care to all who seek it. With all the resources the clinic offers, Dr. Ramallo plans to have a therapist and psychiatrist on site, and to use the conference room for group meetings, for trans-youth or those afflicted by substance abuse, for example.

Inova officials and city council members cut the rainbow pride ribbon to the pride clinic in falls church
The clinic is now open and fully functional. (Photo Grace Billups Arnold)

The clinic was fully funded by Inova, but everyone involved in the vision, creation, and now continuation encourages philanthropy efforts going forward to continue to further the medical resources and quality presented and available to the LGBTQ+ community.

If you wish to support the Inova Pride Clinic or donate to an LGBTQ+ cause, visit https://www.inova.org/locations/inova-primary-care/pride-clinic/.

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