San Diego, Los Angeles & Orange County
OB/GYN RNC, NP
Suzann Gage, RNC, NP, LAc, is co-founder and clinical director of Progressive Health Services. She is a nationally certified OB/GYN nurse practitioner, a nationally certified licensed acupuncturist, a nutritionist, herbalist, qigong practitioner and naturopath. Suzann has over 37 years experience in the field of gynecology, urology, family planning, HIV and STD testing, endocrinology, thyroid care, nutrition, acupuncture, herbs, Qigong, integrative and alternative medicine and Self-Help health advocacy. She brings a wealth of knowledge and clinical expertise to Progressive Health Services.
Suzann got her start by attending a Self-Help Clinic back in 1971 in the Midwest. Women's health activists Carol Downer and Lorraine Rothman were traveling across country, via bus, with boxes of plastic speculums teaching women how to look at their own cervix with a mirror and light. This revolutionary idea of empowering women with direct self-knowledge about their bodies resonated strongly with Suzann. It inspired her to move to Los Angeles where she began working full time at the Feminist Women's Health Center.
During her 11 years at the Feminist Women's Health Center's Women's Choice Clinics Suzann developed a wide range of self-help oriented women 's health skills as a lay health worker, ultimately becoming clinic administrator. She fit cervical caps, coordinated a multisite cervical cap study, participated in research on the menstrual cycle, advocated for women's reproductive rights and coauthored and illustrated several books on women's health including A New View of a Woman's Body. She also co-founded the Lesbian Well Woman Clinic, one of the first of it's kind, specializing in Lesbian health care with a foundation in self-help.
In 1985 Suzann co-founded Wholistic Health for Women and the Lesbian Health Clinic, a nonprofit tax-exempt organization in West Hollywood. The goal: to empower women through vaginal and breast self-examination, Self-Help Clinics, safe and effective birth control and conception options, and preventive choice oriented health care utilizing mainstream and alternative medicine.
In 1986 under Suzann's direction Wholistic Health for Women expanded their services to begin addressing the health needs of men and the Gay, Bi and Transgender communities inspiring an organizational name change to Progressive Health Services. Suzann was also responsible for Progressive Health Services expansion to San Diego in 2001.
Suzann's pursuit of knowledge in the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is ceaseless. She regularly attends mainstream and alternative medicine conferences and consults one on one with health experts in the field. Over the years she has presented countless workshops and spoken at numerous conferences on a wide range of health topics. She has also won several awards for her work including the Margaret Sanger award. Suzann is committed to keeping quality, affordable and compassionate integrative and alternative health care resources available to the community.