Kelly Washburn, ANP, GNP – Primary Care, Endocrine, and Transgender Medicine – 5736 NE Glisan St Portland Clinic (located in New Heights Physical Therapy)

 Diabetes Specialist, Transgender Medicine Specialist

Diabetes Specialist Transgender Medicine

Diabetes Specialist Transgender Medicine

Kelly Washburn obtained her credentials as both an Adult and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner from Yale University. And she worked as a primary care provider and Endocrinology Specialist and Diabetes Specialist in an endocrinology clinic. Also Kelly Washburn has worked with over 2,000 individuals with diabetes (type 1, type 2, and gestational). She adds lifestyle modification education and support with state of the art medications and technologies.  Due to her experience she includes Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems and Insulin Pump Therapy in her treatments.

Transgender Health Medicine

Also Kelly Washburn specializes in cross gender hormone therapy for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.  While in Connecticut, Kelly worked with hundreds of trans* individuals aged 17-70.  Kelly Washburn is honored to serve the trans* community. Also she hopes to continue working with and building trust among the greater Portland LGBTQ communities.


In Kelly’s practice, the best aspect of health care is empowering patients. Since sickness, wellness, and the entire healthcare system can be complex. And Washburn hopes to work closely with motivated individuals.  Also she enjoys creating focused treatment plans as a diabetes specialist, transgender hormone specialist, or primary care provider.   Hence, Kelly Washburn is thrilled to join the dedicated providers at Merritt Health & Wellness.

Look under the FAQs tab to see a comprehensive list of insurances in which we are contracted as well as other useful info.


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What is a Diabetes Specialist?

Many people who have diabetes also have a great primary care (or family practice) doctor or nurse practitioner. And patients with type 2 diabetes may never need to see a specialist.  Because sometimes they can manage it with their primar care’s help. However, other patients might choose to see a specialist.

10 Reasons to See a Diabetes Specialist or Care Team

In addition, here are 10 reasons why you might want to see a diabetes care team:

1) Your doctor recommends you have an evaluation with a specialist.

As as result after you have diabetes, your doctor may suggest you see a specialist. Maybe this is to confirm you have diabetes and make sure you know your options for managing the disease.

2) Your primary care physician has not treated many diabetes patients.

Maybe if your doctor has not treated many patients with diabetes it may make you unsure about their treatment. Hence, you can choose to see a diabetic specialist.

3) You are having problems talking with your doctor.

Ever feel your doctor is not hearing to you or about your symptoms? First of all you could see a specialist who will focus on your diabetes.

4)  Cannot find the right info to help you.

First of all treatment for diabetes starts with learning to manage your diabetes. Hence, if you can’t find the right info to help you manage your diabetes, you can see a diabetes specialist.

5) You are having complications or difficulty managing your diabetes.

First of all, you should see a specialist if you have complications. Because diabetes can cause problems with the eyes, kidney, and nerves. Also it can cause open sores on the feet.

Hence, diabetes only get worse with time, and can cause you to miss out on quality of life. Also you should see a specialist if you are having frequent low blood sugars.

6) Normal treatment does not work.

So if your primary care doctor is doing the best they can, but the standard treatment options are not working.  And diabetes care teams use a wide range of treatments to help you with hard to control diabetes.

7) You want to know about the latest research or treatment options.

Diabetes specialty clinics like Merritt Health and Wellness use up to date treatments. They will be aware of the latest research or treatment options.

8) Take part in research.

First of all if you want to contribute to diabetes research. Also you may want to contact a specialist to learn more about research studies.

9) You take three or more injections a day or use an insulin pump.

First of all the more complex your diabetes treatments become, the harder they are to manage. Also seeing a specialist will ensure you are getting the best info for your treatment.

10) A Care team with diabetes specialist.

First of all, just getting a diagnosis and learning about diabetes often is not enough to help you manage your disease. And seeing a specialist will connect you with an entire diabetes care team. Hence a unique plan will be developed just for you.

Care Team

Because primary care doctors provide good treatment for people with diabetes, if managing it feels complex and hard, you might want to see a specialist.  Hence, diabetes care teams can provide you with their expertise, tools, and info.  And better plans help you achieve the best quality of life.

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

Nurse Practitioners are quickly becoming the health partner of choice for millions of Americans. As clinicians that blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, NPs bring a comprehensive perspective to health care.

Nurse Practitioner Training

All NPs must complete a master’s or doctoral degree program, and have advanced clinical training beyond their initial professional registered nurse preparation. Didactic and clinical courses prepare nurses with specialized knowledge and clinical competency to practice in primary care, acute care and long-term health care settings.

What is Transgender Health Medicine?

Diabetes Specialist Transgender Medicine

Diabetes Specialist Transgender Medicine

Transgender is an umbrella term for a diverse group of people—such as trans women (male-to-female) and trans men (female-to-male), genderqueer individuals, and many others—whose gender identity or expression differs from societal expectations of how they should look, act, or identify based on the sex they were assigned at birth. Transgender and other gender minority people are often the targets of discrimination and harassment that can lead to negative health outcomes.

Here’s a useful tool from The Safe Zone Project to learn more.

Health Disparities

Transgender people face numerous health disparities as well as stigma, discrimination, and lack of access to quality care. Some health disparities include an increased risk of HIV infection, especially among transgender women of color, and lower likelihood of preventive cancer screenings in transgender men. See the graphic below for more information.

Inclusive Office Practices

There are a number of relatively simple things that can be done in an office to make transgender patients more comfortable:

  • Gender-neutral bathrooms
  • Leaving a blank space after the question on gender or offering a “transgender” option on intake forms
  • Gender-neutral language (such as “partner”) when asking about a patient’s sexual or relationship history

Medical and Surgical Therapy

Many transgender people choose to undergo hormone replacement therapy to more closely align their bodies with their identities. Often, a primary care physician and/or endocrinologist manage their care. The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) offers up-to-date guidelines.