New Generation Health Center Newsletter | Summer 2013
"Hi, I am Dr. Kohar Der Simonian. I am the new Medical Director at New Generation Health Center. I am a Family Medicine doctor who also specializes in Sexual Health.
While I was training to be a doctor, I became really interested in how we care for teens and young adults. It is my goal as a doctor to help patients make the best choices for themselves about family planning and reproductive health. I like that I am able to help patients prevent unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections because of the impact that reproductive health has on our lives. It's hard to believe, but even in 2013 and with all the information available, most people are still embarrassed to talk about sex! It's awesome to work at New Generation Health Center because the staff and I get to promote safer sex choices and talk openly about sexual health with people who have not felt safe or comfortable to do so elsewhere!
Before I started medical school, I was living in Yerevan, Armenia working as a volunteer. The experience of working in another country made me committed to serving people from disadvantaged backgrounds. I also got to promote education about reproductive health with young people. The experience now helps me as a doctor because I have learned from the young women and men of Armenia on how lives are affected every day when we don't know or have access to birth control options. Having access to reproductive health care makes a difference!
In my free time, I like to read. I like to run. I enjoy cooking and baking. I also like to spend time with my friends and family. When you make your appointment at New Generation Health Center I hope to be able to be your doctor!"
At NGHC we have always known how awesome our Nurse Practitioner, Debbie Davidson is, but this past spring Mayor Lee, the SF Board of Supervisors, and the SF Department on the Status of Women took notice and she was selected to receive the Women's History Month Award. The theme of this year's award ceremony and reception was, "Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics."
Debby delivered the following words of gratitude at the event: "What I love best about my work is that ability to help a person who is coming in for medical care find a plan - not only to solve their immediate problem but also to guide them in keeping safe and healthy in a manner that fits in with their personal beliefs, family and community. So many people in the clinics I have worked in are struggling with hard problems in their lives - financial distress, violence and abuse in the home, addiction, and deaths in the community. Because these problems often present major road blocks to attaining a safe, healthy, and happy life, addressing them are a big part of my job.
In receiving this recognition, I can't help but think of all the people who help someone like me be effective on my job:
Thank you again for this recognition!"
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