When you read our Align Surgical testimonials, you will often hear patients mention our support staff with equally high praise as they have for our doctors. This is because each member of Align Surgical’s staff, from our RNs and physician assistant to our patient coordinator and office manager, are hand-chosen for their experience working specifically with the transgender community.
Each team member is a highly sensitive and skilled individual who has the capacity for unconditional acceptance, trust and compassion. Our team is overflowing with knowledge and maturity, as well as the ability to add humor to the conversation, setting clients at ease, especially if they are feeling anxious about their surgery.
Thus the overall environment at Align Surgical Associates Inc. is like a sanctuary and a home away from home. Dr. Satterwhite and Dr. Gurujal provide specific training for all employees in the nuanced techniques that are used in top and bottom surgery, so you will receive an unprecedented atmosphere of support as you embark on the journey of a lifetime.
Gráinne Healy, RN, BSN is a Board- Certified Registered Nurse who brings to the practice over ten years of experience. She is originally from Ireland where she graduated from The National University Of Ireland with a Bachelor of Nursing Science Degree. Her training focused on Oncology and Hematology which she further concentrated on while working in the United Kingdom.
She has lived and worked in the United States for the past six years.
Before joining Align Surgical Associates, Gráinne worked at a busy transgender surgical practice. There she developed a close relationship with the transgender community, and a passion for caring for, and guiding her patients as they reached their surgical goals to match their true identity.
In her free time Gráinne enjoys traveling, spending time in nature and gatherings with family and friends.
Debby Anziano, PA-C
Debby Anziano PA-C is a certified Physician Assistant specializing in Plastic Surgery. She has been working with Dr. Satterwhite for the past five years and has found her passion serving the transgender community. For those not familiar with Physician Assistants, they are medical providers licensed by the State Medical Board who work collaboratively with all healthcare professionals.
Debby was raised on the East Coast, graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and an Associate degree in Radiology. She received her PA degree from University of California, Davis, School of Medicine.
Debby worked for many years in Orthopedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery and has gone on many medical missions in third world countries. Debby says, “Working with the transgender community has been the most amazing, gratifying experience in my long career. I learn something new from patients every day and find our patients to be the most grateful, kindest, appreciative and bravest group of people I’ve ever had the pleasure to take care of and hopefully make a difference in their lives.”
Debby lives in Marin with her husband, 3 children, her dog “Caveman”, (who makes many visits to the hospital with her to visit patients) and her cats. In her free time, she enjoys skiing (having skied competitively in the past), martial arts, paddle boarding, golf, and glass work. She is also working on her private pilot’s license.
Claire Vandewalle, RN, BSN, (she/her) is a Board-Certified Registered Nurse with over five years of nursing experience. She grew up in Kansas and attended nursing school in Durham, North Carolina, where she worked for two years in a Surgical and Trauma ICU. Claire originally moved to the Bay Area in 2017 to work at a primary care clinic in San Francisco serving cis-gendered women and transgender folks, where she worked for three years. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue working with the transgender community at Align Surgical Associates and assist in the pre and post operative care for gender affirming surgeries. Claire is committed to care that centers the patient's experience and their individual goals.
Outside of work, Claire enjoys traveling by bicycle, camping, doing acro-yoga and spending time with family, friends and her new kitten, Mochi.