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Adolescent Medicine offers the Center for Gender Affirming Medicine for transgender and LGBTQ+ youth. Our team includes gender-affirming physicians, a medical assistant, social worker, nurse coordinator, psychologist and endocrinologist.

Together, we provide customized, thoughtful, evidence-based care through mental health therapy, medication and family support. Our goals are to help gender-diverse youth feel comfortable exploring their gender identity and improve their overall health. 

We provide:

  • Pubertal surpression
  • Gender-affirming hormones 
  • Mental health care coordination
  • Well checks/preventive visits
  • Education
  • Supportive care for LGBTQ+ youth and their families

Continue reading to learn more about our clinical path or click here to download a copy.

Our Doctors/Providers


Crystal Cole, MD

Adolescent Medicine Specialist

Accepting New Patients

Other Providers:

Brianna Bonacci, LPCC

Mental Health Therapist


Contact Us and Intake Process

Call the Adolescent Medicine department. Please leave a message with your child’s full legal name, date of birth and the best phone number to reach you.

Refer yourself, or have a provider refer you. Please call 330-543-85382, and select option 6.

Please leave a message with preferred times for us to call you back. We will return your call and answer any questions you have. We'll then send you an intake form to complete and return to us. You'll also receive a new patient packet.

Meet with the Team

Meet our multidisciplinary team.

This is a two-hour intake assessment. We will provide a notepad and pen for you.

Whom you’ll meet:

  • Adolescent Medicine physician.
  • Psychologist.
  • Social worker.

What to expect:

  • Share your gender journey.
  • Medical and mental health history.
  • Assess current mental health and mental health supports.
  • Brief physical exam.

Create a plan:

  • Where do I go from here?
  • Follow up with Adolescent Medicine?
  • Schedule with Endocrinology?
  • Continue with or connect to mental health specialist.

Next Steps

Start gender-affirming treatment, if appropriate and desired.

Adolescent Medicine:

  • Gender-affirming primary care, if needed. 


  • Continuation of already prescribed gender-affirming hormone therapies. This is a separate appointment from any Adolescent Medicine visits.

Mental Health Care:

  • Establish care with a gender-affirming therapist for ongoing monitoring of mental health. This may be an Akron Children’s or community provider.

Your Care Journey

Continue receiving care.

  • Adolescent Medicine and Endocrinology will follow you through age 24. We will manage your hormone therapies if you are 18 or older at your first assessment or if you are already prescribed these medications.
  • Mental health specialists and a social worker will be available for consultation and ongoing support, as needed.
  • A nurse coordinator will help with ongoing medication questions or concerns, education and resources, and general program questions.
  • We will help transition you to an adult provider, when appropriate.

What next?

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