Meet Our Team of Experts


Dr. Julia Geynisman-Tan, MD

Julia Geynisman-Tan is a Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. During her residency at New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell, she founded the Survivor Clinic of New York City, a grant-funded clinic for women who had experienced sexual violence, including trafficking, female genital mutilation, and torture in war. Dr. Geynisman-Tan established partnerships with dozens of social services organizations and governmental agencies in New York City to serve their clients. During this time, she served on the board of the HEAL Trafficking Network, a national organization dedicated to connecting health professionals working on anti-trafficking efforts and currently serves on the board of Physicians Against Trafficking of Humans. Dr. Geynisman-Tan has trained a number of health professionals on identifying and responding to trafficking in healthcare settings.

Laura Duening, MA, MSW, LCSW, CADC

Laura Duening is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor with an additional Master's Degree in Women's and Gender Studies. Laura has a particular interest in working with vulnerable and underserved women, intimate partner violence, and treating addiction. Laura uses a holistic, collaborative feminist approach to assist clients in processing trauma.

DR. Brigid Dolan, MD

Brigid Dolan is a general internist whose clinical focus is women's health. She leads the women’s health curriculum and clinical education for internal medicine residents and she has experience with and passion for providing care in a number of under-served settings, including shelters, federally qualified health clinics and immigrant detention centers. She will bring a focus on preventive health and chronic disease management to the group.

Dr. Cara Angelotta, MD

Cara Angelotta is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where she is a psychiatrist with fellowship training in forensic psychiatry. She has clinical expertise in treating both victims of complex trauma and incarcerated women. She also has forensic expertise in violence risk assessment and providing psychiatric expertise in legal settings. Her research interests include the intersection of women’s mental health and the criminal justice system as well as the treatment of psychiatric illness during pregnancy.



Colleen Cira is a psychologist with more than 10 years of experience in caring for women who have experienced trauma. After getting her doctorate from the Illinois School for Psychology, she established her own practice where she specializes in counseling women through anxiety, depression, PTSD and stress responses. She does individual sessions and also runs a women's trauma group session. She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidenced based intervention that has been proven effective for treating chronic as well as single incident trauma.