Administration Team

katie@equi-institute.org

Katie Cox

Operations director
Pronouns: she/her

Katie started working with Dr. Carter in 2015 when they were a one-person show working out of Asha Integrative Wellness. Katie has been working in healthcare administration and communications since 2012. She has played various roles in her time at Sacred Vessel including billing assistant, front desk, marketing and most recently, operations management.

A rare Portland Native, Katie's passion for queer activism began as a teenager when she joined her school's GSA. When she transferred her senior year, she instituted Westview High school's very first GSA with the help of her mentor through the Washington County Pride Project. After a 6 year hiatus surrounded by too many cis-het folks in Missouri, Katie returned to Portland in 2010 and is so thankful to have finally rediscovered her community. 

In her spare time (what is that, really?), Katie loves to sit by a campfire in the woods, gaze at the stars and have meaningful conversations about wealth, privilege and social justice. 

 

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Rachel Biccum

patient care coordinator
Pronouns: she/her

 

Rachel Biccum came to Sacred Vessel from Chico, California where she grew up and graduated from California State University, Chico with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies. During her time at Chico State, Rachel worked for the Homeless Emergency Action Response Team (H.E.A.R.T.)  at Youth for Change, as a Behavioral Health Counselor and Outreach Specialist. There, she focused on support and advocacy for homeless and runaway youth, while bringing awareness to the greater Butte County community. She also spent time at the local drop-in center providing peer counseling and leading a weekly art therapy group. 

 

While working with H.E.A.R.T., Rachel began an internship at the Chico State AS Gender & Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC). The internship transformed into a staff position, as Rachel was hired as the Women's Program Coordinator. In her position, she planned and coordinated events, such as the 18th Annual Women's Conference, Take Back the Night, and Period Week. She also worked with and mentored several interns, provided trainings on and off campus, and led workshops such as: "Let's Talk about Sex: On periods!" and "We're Here and We're Fat, Femme, and  Queer." 

 

Rachel has a passion for social justice, especially as it relates to the queer and trans community, poverty and homelessness, bisexual visibility, body and sex positivity, and advocacy for sexual assault survivors. She is so excited to be working at Sacred Vessel Natural Medicine as the Patient Care Coordinator, to help out folks at the front desk.

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Christopher Gage

patient care coordinator

Pronouns: he/him

Christopher grew up in Texas and has lived in Portland for 12 years, with a small 2 year stay in Austin.  He is very happy to be back on the west coast and excited about the communities that he is getting involved in.  

He graduated high school in Texas, but went to PCC and Concordia University for his undergraduate career and got a degree in Health Care Administration.  A couple of years later, Concordia contacted him with an offer that he could not refuse and now he is in the process of getting his MBA.  

Christopher's most rewarding past position was with the American Cancer Society, where he worked as a Cancer Information Specialist.  In this position he helped patients, as well as friends and family members, obtain information about their diagnosis and resources to help with bills, transportation, and many other needs.  Also rewarding, was his position as the Office Manager for a local veterinary clinic.   

Christopher has had the great pleasure of being able to volunteer and intern for The Equi Institute and is now working as a Patient Care Coordinator for Sacred Vessel Natural Medicine.  He is very excited to be contributing to an organization with such a heartfelt and driven group of people and he is also excited to experience the growth that will come from working at this clinic.  

He has very little free time, but when he does have it, one of his favorite things to do is to spend time with his chosen family, regardless of what the activity is.  He also loves to kayak.