Caring Experts in LGBTQ+ Health

Finding the right health care provider isn't always easy. It can be especially challenging for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) individuals.

Here at Cooper University Health Care, you'll find a team of caring, supportive providers who are dedicated to meeting your all of your health care needs.

Meet Your Health Care Team

Primary Care

Justin Schweitzer

Justin Schweitzer, DO (he, him, his)
Medical Director, LGBTQ+ Health and Primary Care at Cooper Care Alliance

Dr. Schweitzer is a primary care physician who has worked extensively to improve accessibility to health care for members of the LGBTQ+ community. He has worked with the New Jersey Department of Health to implement and launch TelePrEP – a program connecting patients throughout the state to primary care physicians who can prescribe the proper preventative medication virtually, via telemedicine.  He also is knowledgeable in gender-affirming hormone therapy and has been managing transgender and non-binary patients since 2018.

Mara Gordon

Mara Gordon, MD (she, her, hers)
Primary Care Physician

Dr. Gordon is a family physician who enjoys caring for families, from newborns to geriatrics. She has an interest in LGBTQ+ health care and provides gender-affirming hormone therapy to patients across the gender spectrum in addition to PrEP for HIV prevention. She is also eager to provide general primary care and reproductive health care to LGBTQ+ patients in a welcoming and non-judgmental environment.

Jared Hassell

Jared L. Hassell, PA-C, AAHIVS (he, him, his)
Primary Care Physician Assistant

Jared is a certified physician assistant who focuses on addressing LGBTQ+ health needs as part of a comprehensive primary care practice. He is experienced in providing affirming hormone therapy for transgender and gender-diverse patients of all backgrounds. Through the Early Intervention Program, he also incorporates HIV care and PrEP for HIV prevention in an holistic, evidence-based approach.​

Michelle Henritzy

Michelle Henritzy, APN, FNP-BC (she, her, hers)
Primary Care Advanced Practice Nurse

Michelle is a board-certified nurse practitioner in Family Medicine with a focus on patient-centered care and harm reduction. She has been with Cooper Family Medicine in Marlton since 2019. She provides primary care across the lifespan and across the gender spectrum in addition to PrEP for HIV prevention. Michelle is able to provide general primary care and reproductive health care to all patients in an open and safe environment.


Surgical Care

Steven Bonawitz

Steven C. Bonawitz, MD, FACS (he, him, his)
Head, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Bonawitz has been at Cooper since 2015. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Syracuse and completed his residency in plastic surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Bonawitz was a member of the faculties at the University of Pittsburgh and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine before assuming the position of Division Head of Plastic Surgery at Cooper University Health Care. Dr. Bonawitz specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, including top surgery procedures.

Ronak Gor

Ronak Gor, DO (he, him, his)
Director of Genitourinary Reconstruction and Trauma

Dr. Gor is a reconstructive urologist who focuses on improving the urinary and sexual health of all patients. His training in urethral reconstruction allows him to manage challenging conditions such as stricture and fistula. He also performs testicular removals (orchiectomy), scrotoplasty, penile implants, Peyronie’s disease surgery, and penile cosmetic surgery. He is passionate about improving the dialogue between patients and doctors regarding sexual dysfunction in the LGBTQ+ community. Dr. Gor currently partners with the Philadelphia chapter of the Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders (SAGE) and is always looking for opportunities to meet with individuals and groups in the South Jersey area. Dr. Gor does not perform gender-affirming bottom surgeries, but is able to manage complications that may follow.

Ryan Gruner

Ryan Allen Gruner, MD (he, him, his)
Breast Surgeon

Dr. Gruner a fellowship-trained breast surgeon who has performed gender-affirming top surgery for trans men in the southern New Jersey and Philadelphia areas for many years. His staff takes pride in their knowledge and sensitivity toward our patients in this community and go above and beyond to make every step as comfortable as possible.​

Catherine Loveland-Jones, MD

Catherine Loveland-Jones, MD, MS (she, her, hers)
Division Head, Breast Surgery
Co-Director, Janet Knowles Breast Cancer Center

Dr. Loveland-Jones is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon with strong experience in top surgery for trans men. She works closely with plastic surgeons to optimize aesthetic results as well as with additional team members to provide full support during this gender-affirming process.

Martha Matthews, MD

Martha S. Matthews, MD, FACS (she, her, hers)
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Dr. Matthews is a plastic surgeon with more than 30 years of experience in providing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to both adults and children. She is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is the recipient of a number of Top Doctors awards. Dr. Matthews offers gender-affirming top surgery, other body contouring, and facial surgery for transmen, transwomen, and non-binary patients.

Lino Miele

Lino F. Miele, MD, MS, FACS (he, him, his)
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Dr. Miele, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, works closely with our surgeons to offer male chest wall reconstruction and free nipple grafting to transmen seeking top surgery.

Kay Flannery

Kay Yoon-Flannery, DO, MPH, FACS, FACOS (she, her, hers)
Co-Director and Breast Surgeon, Janet Knowles Breast Cancer Center

Dr. Flannery is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon who has worked to improve accessibility to health care for members of the LGBTQ+ community, with a particular interest in bringing appropriate surgical management to patients considering top surgery. She is familiar with transgender and non-binary patients and hopes to continue improving this care in the LGBTQ+ community.


Mental Health Care


Michael DeAngleo, PsyD (he/him/his)
Clinical Health Psychologist

Dr. DeAngelo is a health psychologist based primarily in the Early Intervention Program (EIP). He has experience with HIV-related mental health concerns, serious and persistent mental illness, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, as well as LGBTQ+ health care. Through the EIP, Dr. DeAngelo provides evaluations prior to initiating gender-affirming hormone therapy, surgeries, and psychotherapy.

Phil Fizur

Philip J. Fizur, PsyD (he/him/his)
Clinical Health Psychologist

Dr. Fizur is a health psychologist focused mainly on adult integrated primary care. He has an interest in LGBTQ+ health care and provides evaluations prior to initiating gender-affirming hormone therapy and surgeries, as well as psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is not limited to LGBTQ+ issues; anyone seeking treatment for depression, anxiety, or other issues related to their health and well-being are welcomed in a welcoming and non-judgmental environment.

Christina Goodwin

Christina Goodwin, PhD (she/her/hers)
Clinical Health Psychologist

Dr. Goodwin is committed to enhancing the well-being of the LGBTQ+ community at Cooper. She understands that the decision to undergo hormone therapy and/or gender-affirming surgeries is an important, and exciting, life event! To that end, she provides thorough, sensitive, and time-efficient assessments for individuals seeking gender-affirming hormone therapies and surgeries. Further, she provides evidence-based psychotherapy to treat depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Assessments are completed in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at 3 Cooper Plaza (Sheridan Pavilion) in Camden, New Jersey.

Cori McMahon

Cori E. McMahon, PsyD (she, her, hers)
Clinical Health Psychologist

Dr. McMahon is a health psychologist focused in integrated primary care and providing services in the Early Intervention Program (EIP) since 2014. She has experience with HIV-related health concerns, LGBTQ+ health care, and the management of chronic health conditions like cancer or diabetes. She is able to work with patients seeking evaluations in preparation for gender-affirming hormone therapy and surgeries and is also happy to help patients seeking to address more specific health challenges like pain, sexual functioning, or the desire to quit smoking.

Gynecologic Care

Rashida Merchant

Rashida M. Merchant, MD (she, her, hers)

Dr. Merchant is an OB/GYN. She is eager to provide access to gynecologic screening, STI screening, treatment for sexual dysfunction, and comprehensive reproductive care to the LGBTQ+ community. She offers gender-affirming hysterectomies and strives to create a comfortable and safe space for patients to discuss their concerns. She sees patients in Washington Township and Camden.

Kathleen Schaeffer

Kathleen Schaeffer, DO, FACOG (she, her, hers)

Dr. Schaeffer is an OB/GYN with interest in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and providing patient-centered care. She provides gynecologic screening and gender-affirming hysterectomies since 2019. She has been in practice since 2005, with offices in Camden and Washington Township.


Voice Therapy

Joanna Smith

Joanna Smith, MS, CCC-SLP (she/her/hers)
Speech Therapist

Joanna Smith has specialized exclusively in adult voice and swallowing disorders since 2014, with a special interest in transgender voice affirmation therapy. She favors a holistic approach to patient care, factoring in evidence-based practice and patients’ self-determined goals when tailoring treatment plans to ensure optimal outcomes while maximizing quality of life.


HIV Care

Additional support to those in the LGBTQ+ community is available through Cooper’s Early Intervention Program (EIP) team. Cooper’s EIP is committed to improving the health and well-being of those infected with or affected by HIV in southern New Jersey through high-quality, compassionate medical care and support services, community education, and early detection, regardless of ability to pay. For an appointment, call 856.963.3715