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On the chance that someone here can offer a referral or advice, I'm looking for a trauma-informed medical doctor who can be my wife's Primary Care Physician. She is 39 years old and has gone without medical care for over 27 years as a result of her childhood trauma which involved severe neglect and long-term social isolation. I need to find a physician who is willing to communicate with me before her first appointment so I can fully explain her condition and what kind of approach will best work for her.

We are in California with the ability to seek services in either the San Francisco Bay or Los Angeles area. A female doctor is greatly preferred who is not only trauma-informed but ideally experienced in working with patients with severe doctor phobia and special needs regarding communication difficulties. Basically, my wife will most likely be mute during the appointment and require me to communicate with the doctor on her behalf. So it will be more like a parent bringing in a child or a caregiver bringing in a disabled person with limited communication abilities than an appointment with a normal patient. In fact, someone in the field of child abuse pediatrics who also treats adults would probably be the best kind of doctor for her.

I'm just looking for someone with the necessary sensitivity to allow her to get the care she needs after avoiding doctors for so long because of her fear of people. I'm also looking for a dentist who can accommodate her in this way as well. She has not had dental care for the past 27 years either. I have posted this message on the various California ACES groups in addition to the Pediatrics group and main forum, so I apologize if you're seeing this more than once. Thanks!

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Hi Chris,
Please know our Orange County ACEs Task Force will support you also and dialog during our Tuesday meeting of any contacts/resources our team members may be connected with for your family. Wonderful that you reached out to other groups on our network for a broader reach with our members.

We look forward to supporting further...
In gratitude,
Dana

Hi Chris,
Please know I wanted to check in and hear your discernment on resources being shared with you on behalf of your wife from your posts on ACEs Connection groups.

Please know one of my colleagues in the dentistry industry shared they're unaware of any trauma informed dentists locally. Please know there is an Ask the Community on trauma informed dentistry which may shed light on possible Dentists for your wife.

Please visit: https://www.pacesconnection.com/...ma-informed-training

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