Resources & Partners

We consider the resources and partners presented below to be the “best of the best” within their specialties. Kindly call TTI for their contact info.

Surgery & Aesthetics - International Center for Transgender Care

The International Center for Transgender Care (ICTC) is  the “destination of choice” for surgical and non-surgical services for the transgender community. We believe that our experience, our technologically-advanced facilities, and our compassionate staff are the best in the business when it comes to transgender confirmation procedures and the overall patient experience.

Regardless of where you are along the continuum of your transition, we are here to provide you with information to help you make informed decisions about the next steps of your journey. Our professionals have over 20 years of experience with performing transgender procedures and we offer advanced techniques and a comfortable and respectful office environment.



Carol Ann Aylward MD is a skilled and compassionate surgeon who is dedicated to the well-being of her patients. Born and raised in Kansas City Missouri, Dr. Aylward is board-certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Aylward has spent decades perfecting her technique. Her patients refer her to the people they love because of her professionalism, her warmth and her results. Dr. Aylward specializes in gender affirming chest reconstructive surgery ”Top surgery” and has performed more than 250 of these procedures throughout her career. Dr. Aylward sees patients at her University Health office (UH 1) which is located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. 




Dr. Sherman N. Leis, D.O., F.A.C.O.S. is a Professor and Chairman of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is board-certified in General Surgery/Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and specializes in all types of transgender surgery.

He is the Founder and former Director and Chief Surgeon at The Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery. In addition to surgical services, the Center provides referrals to a team of professionals who have expertise in servicing the surgical and non-surgical needs of transgender individuals.

Dr. Leis is the Founder of a Plastic Surgery Residency Training Program in Philadelphia and over the past forty years has trained many plastic surgeons and gender reassignment surgeons practicing across the United States.

Dr. Jude  Opoku-Agyeman is a highly skilled board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon serving patients within the United States and across the globe.

Dr. Opoku-Agyeman completed a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Fellowship in Transgender Surgery with world renowned transgender specialist Dr. Sherman Leis.

Dr. Opoku is an accomplished writer and has multiple high-quality academic publications and presentations in the field of plastic surgery, including the “Opoku classification system.” The combination of his meticulous surgical skills, excellent bedside manner and charisma has made him a patient favorite




Dr. Kurt Midyett is the Medical Director of the Midwest Pediatric Specialists and Chief Medical Officer for Pediatrics at the Overland Park Regional Medical Center. 

He is board-certified in both Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology, and Adult Internal Medicine.  He sees patients of all ages for the management of a wide variety of general and complex endocrine disorders.

He and his team have been working with patients and their families for many years regarding the initiation and management of hormone-affirming therapies in transgender care.

Beauty, Health & Wellness Services For Your Transition

At Mirabile M.D. we offer quality aesthetic and wellness services in a supportive and caring environment. We have extensive experience treating transgender individuals and are proud of our long-standing relationship with The Transgender Institute®. Common services for our transitioning patients include laser hair removal, chemical peels and laser treatments to improve skin tone and texture, and cosmetic injectables to enhance facial volume and smooth wrinkles. 

Mirabile M.D. Beauty, Health & Wellness combines MedCosmetic, Medi-Weightloss, Gynecology and Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Under the ownership of James Mirabile, M.D. we are your one-stop shop for wellness.

Aesthetics, Electrolysis, Permanent Makeup, Skincare

Tina is a Board Certified Electrologist and Aesthetician/Micro Pigmentation Specialist with over 30 years of experience in aesthetics. She has completed course work for Theory and Practical Application of Permanent Cosmetics, Electrolysis, and Aesthetics. She attends continuing education courses to develop the most up-to-date and innovative techniques.

Tina is dedicated to the proper care and beauty of your skin. Her goal is to provide skin care therapies in a caring, confidential and professional setting.

Makeup and Hairstyling

Liz Miller has been in the beauty industry for almost 10 years.  She loves making people feel their best through hairstyling and makeup application.  She attended Eric Fisher in Wichita for her Cosmetology license and is MAC Cosmetics certified for makeup application. 



Ebonie Williams is a licensed, professional cosmetologist at the award-winning Roca Salon & Spa in Kansas City.  She has been working in the field of cosmetology for many years, specializing in hair styling.

Ebonie has a calm and reassuring presence while she is working with her clients.  She is, almost magically, able to understand each person’s needs and create hairstyles that work for that individual, being sure she is listening carefully to what her client is conveying. Additionally, she teaches her clients to care for their hair at home. The Transgender Institute® recommends this outstanding stylist without reservation. 

It is important to note that the salon is transgender- positive and no one who is transgender ever receives a negative look or comment. Many women and men from the The Transgender Institute® have worked with Ebonie and have reported only excellent experiences.

Transformational Life Coach and Wardrobe Stylist

I’m Anna Mc Connell, Transformational Life Coach, and Wardrobe Stylist.

My goal is to change the dialogue about body image & Fashion One Woman at a time!

I am French, born and raised, for the most part, in France.  I designed my own clothes for a long time which gave me a true understanding and appreciation for how a garment should lay and look on the body. I have always been involved with fashion in one way or another.
I spent my career in Paris of which 15 years in the luxury industry (Gucci) marketing couture brands internationally. I opened my Fashion Consulting business in 2006.

I have been working with Transgender women for several years and therefore understand their concerns, motivations and goals.



Madeline Johnson is an openly transgender attorney passionately committed to advancing LGBTQ+ rights and equality. She has been practicing law since 2005 and focuses on discrimination in employment, education, and civil rights. In 2019, she and her team won a landmark victory in the Missouri Supreme Court in the case of RMA v. Blue Springs R-IV School District. In RMA, the court held that transgender Missourians may bring claims of sex discrimination under the Missouri Human Rights Act when they are discriminated against for the perception that they do not comport with traditional sex stereotypes.

In 2023 Madeline founded and became the managing partner of Missouri Kansas Queer Law. MKQL handles not only discrimination and civil rights matters but also name and gender marker changes as well as Family Law matters for LGBTQ+ clients and continues to expand the legal services it offers to the LGBTQ+ community.

Madeline is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Kansas City LGBT Bar Association and has served previously on the Board of Directors of the Mid America LGBT Chamber of Commerce. She is also a veteran, serving in the United States Army from 1986 through 1990 as a translator and intelligence analyst.

ATTENTION! We have a new number! Please call us at 816-800-4128 to make an appointment. At The Transgender Institute, we continue to provide compassionate, respectful and understanding transgender therapy services.