Sarah Grimley, MD
University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine. Sarah was born in Long Beach, California and moved to the Midwest when they were five years old, with their family eventually settling in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Most of their time growing up was spent going to local punk and metal shows, working, and hanging out in parking lots by the lake. Completing high school at times felt impossible, but they were fortunate enough to finish and be accepted for college at the University of Redlands in Southern California. There, they found that they could use their voice and experiences to stand up for themself and the communities that they had always been silenced in. They became an activist and advocate, worked in the Pride and Women's Centers at their university, lobbied on Capitol Hill, and organized protests.
After graduating, they moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where they applied for medical school and worked at a local psychiatric hospital until they accepted a position as a member of the Charter Class at UNLV School of Medicine. Throughout their life, they have both experienced firsthand and have tried to help others navigate a health system that disregards disparities faced by the LGBTQIA+ community. Now, as a part of this health system, they realized that they had the ability to tackle some of these disparities. They worked on a number of initiatives to improve care for this and other underserved populations, and ultimately created the Nevada Gender Affirming Healthcare Program which focuses on improving health outcomes for the transgender and gender expansive community in Nevada. As a result of their work within the LGBTQIA+ community, they were awarded the 2020 American Medical Association Foundation’s Excellence in Medicine award. Their ultimate goal is to build a comprehensive healthcare center that will cater to the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community and their loved ones, and their clinical passions include providing gender-affirming, alternative lifestyle friendly, kink-knowledgable primary care to patients of all ages. Other areas of specialty experience include HIV medicine, fat-positive anti-diet medical care, non-traditional family styles, nonmonogamy and polyamory, mental health, addiction medicine, sexual health and family planning including providing abortions. Outside of medicine, they enjoy camping, playing video games, and spending time with their loved ones, their cat (D’na), and their very sassy blue heeler (Special Agent Dale Cooper).”