Our mission is to provide the best holistic therapy and surgery options for the transgender community.

Dr. Peter Raphael is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He received his medical degree (M.D.) from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. After completing his general surgery training at the Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Dr. Raphael decided to enhance his skills in microsurgery research by attending the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Following his training, Dr. Raphael accepted a Fellowship in Plastic Surgery at the University of Illinois/Cook County Hospital, in Chicago, Illinois.

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Dr. Scott W. Harris was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. After high school, he went to Texas A&M University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Harris received his medical degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and completed General Surgery training in Phoenix, Arizona. He later accepted a Plastic Surgery residency at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston — a world renowned Plastic Surgery program, both for their research and its numerous alumni who are recognized as pioneers in the plastic surgery field.

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Dr. Alan Dulin is a recognized leader in breast and body contouring. Dr. Dulin is board certified in plastic and cosmetic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he earned numerous accolades. Dr. Dulin also completed an extended plastic surgery residency at the Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas. His extensive surgical training has afforded him the ability to diagnose and treat a broad range of both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.

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Dr. Alfred Antonetti is on staff at Medical City Dallas Hospital and Methodists Medical Center. He is an internationally known board certified plastic surgeon who has practiced in Dallas since 1980. A talented and caring plastic surgeon serving Dallas and surrounding communities, Dr. Antonetti utilizes options such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and liposuction to refine specific figure concerns. He also performs facelift, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, and more to improve overall facial aesthetics. He works with each patient individually to achieve natural-looking, attractive, and satisfying

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Our Holistic Therapy Director, Caroline Gibbs, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor, nationally and internationally recognized as an educator, advocate and provider for this population. She understands the current diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria and differences among sexual identity, gender identity and gender expression. Working with this clientele requires an awareness of the impact of stress on gender dysphoria and a particular knowledge of grief and bereavement as they manifest during the transgender client’s journey.

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James Gibbs received the MD degree from the Medical College, Medical University of South Carolina in 1964. While attending medical school, he participated in surgical research, including a research externship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston with organ transplant pioneer and Nobel Laureate Joseph Murray, MD. Following a year of residency training in General Surgery at the University of Michigan Hospital, Dr. Gibbs volunteered for duty with the US Army Special Forces, serving two years (1965-1967) abroad as a General Medical Officer. He then completed a residency in Psychiatry at The Payne Whitney Clinics, The New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Medical Center in New York City. Once again, throughout advanced medical training, he conducted basic research, this time in the behavioral neuroscience of motivated behavior.

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Oftentimes, Innovation is born out of necessity. The International Center for Transgender Care was created to fill a critical need in the transgender population – one center that provides advanced end-to-end therapy, surgery options and research for the transgender individual.

We understand that holistic therapy and support is just as important as surgery during the transitioning process, which is why we decided to dedicate a part of our center to fill this critical need. Led by Caroline Gibbs, a world-renowned therapist, advocate and supporter for the transgender population, we offer compassionate therapy and support for children, adults and teens.

Our Med Spa division offers the latest skin care services such as botox, fillers, clinical facials and laser hair removal from highly trained and skilled estheticians.

Our center includes an accredited and licensed 10,000 square foot surgery center with four fully equipped surgical suites dedicated to plastic surgery. Our surgeons have over 20 years experience with performing transwomen and transmen procedures using the latest and most advanced techniques.

A first in the nation, our clinical and basic research division is dedicated to advanced research to understand the etiologies behind transsexualism. We understand that there is a lot of misinformation in the transgender and public population, which is why our mission is to be the de facto source for clinical and peer reviewed transgender research and publications.

We encourage you to reach out to us if you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment with our therapists or surgeons. Our staff is ready to respond to you in a timely and compassionate manner. Thank you for considering us to support and help you during your journey!

Feminine Immersion Program


We are excited to offer a new and innovative program for the Transwomens’ community that will enhance your transition. Our Feminine Immersion Program was specifically created to assist women in their transition by helping develop their feminine beauty, charm and confidence in a supportive and caring environment.

Our program consists of:

  • Vocal Feminization Techniques
  • Body Language
  • Hair and Wig Styling
  • Makeup Application
  • Skin Care
  • Fashion Styling
  • Mentoring and Support Groups

Learn more here, or call us at: 816-305-0943 for questions and to sign up.


What Life Is Like for Me & My Transgender Daughter – Kimberly and Kai Shappley

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

Source: The Story of My Transgender Daughter Went Viral. I used to say, “After this fight is won I’ll go back to my ‘normal’ life.” But I can’t. It’s been more than a year since I first shared the story about my transgender daughter, Kai, but the ball started rolling long before it published in

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How the Military Became the Country’s Largest Employer of Transgender Americans

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

By Ben Christopher Why did Lily Kidd join the Marines? Ask her about it now and she offers a variety of answers. She needed to escape an unaccepting family. She wanted to experience life outside of Alabama. She was eager for a physical challenge (“I don’t go half in on anything,” she says). But she also

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Being Transgender in a Binary World 

Friday, June 16th, 2017

By:  Loree Cook‐Daniels – Director, FORGE Transgender Aging Network, USA Abstract: This essay discusses ways in which people attempt to reconcile or resolve their own cognitive dissonance engendered by transgender people in a society in which gender is perceived as both binary (male OR female) and immutable (an unalterable state or condition).  The author suggests

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How Gender Reassignment affects the mind

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

This is a very interesting article on how gender reassignment affects the mind. Rewire Me has run dozens of articles on people’s conscious journeys toward healthier, deeper, more spiritually attuned ways of living. I’ve written about religious experiences that are so powerful they seem to spontaneously rewire the whole person, transforming him or her into

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Texas school officials don’t understand transgender athletes

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Source: Washington Post By Katelyn Burns May 4 at 6:00 AM – Katelyn Burns is an essayist and a trans woman. She lives in Maine with her two young children. Misguided, overzealous rules wind up not being fair to anyone. Last week, a Texas court dismissed a lawsuit that sought to ban Texas transgender high

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Caitlyn Jenner Opens Up To Diane Sawyer About Her Life 2 Years After Coming Out

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

The wide-ranging interview hit on everything from Donald Trump to her Vanity Fair cover. There is “peace” in Caitlyn Jenner’s soul. That’s the message she had for Diane Sawyer ― and the millions of people who tuned in for her second in-depth interview on ABC’s “20/20” to celebrate the anniversary of coming out as transgender in April 2015.

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Katie Couric Explores Gender Diversity in ‘Gender Revolution’

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Prior to filming ‘Gender Revolution’, her new documentary for National Geographic, Katie Couric thought she understood gender. People are born either boys or girls, and they grow up to be either men or women, respectively. But as transgender people become more visible in the media, our national dialogue surrounding gender has evolved, as well. Noticing

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National Geographic Features a Transgender Girl on the Cover of the January Issue

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Until very recently, transwomen and transmen were virtually invisible in society. Concerned and even afraid of their neighbors’ potential reactions, many transgender individuals preferred to remain “hidden” and keep their gender identities a secret. However, the past several years have seen a major upswing in the visibility of transgender persons in the media.

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Introducing a New Approach to Transgender Care

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Accessing quality care can often present a challenge for members of the transgender community. Although awareness of gender diversity is on the rise in the United States, many healthcare providers remain uninformed about the unique issues faced by transgender individuals,

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