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Guiding Star Tampa

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Clinics, Health, Reproductive Health Care, Reproductive Rights

Mission: Healthcare that Upholds the Dignity of Women

Results: So far in 2019, we have been able to give 301 uninsured women a free annual physical, a PAP and her labwork.

Target demographics: women and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2018, 493 uninsured women received a free physical, Pap and lab work. We had a total of 3,674 patient and client visits; a 29% increase over 2017.

Geographic areas served: Hillsborough County but serve women throughout Florida

Programs: women's healthcare practice offering medical (Ob Gyn well women and prenatal care), education (Earn While You Learn program, Mommy Support Groups, Nursing Mothers Support Groups) and support (healing from childhood abuse, setting healthy boundaries, child watch area, art as therapy).

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have never experienced care like that of Guiding Star.

I came to them for help after my miscarriage, and instead of medicating me, they educated me so that I could succeed on my own. The first time I saw them, I left with tears in my eyes, basically in shock that I had been treated so kindly (something I have never experienced form a medical professional). These women treat their patients with such love, respect, and kindness that it is genuinely a bit shocking to someone who was brought up in government healthcare. I cannot recommend them enough.

If you're someone, like me, who's had traumatic experiences with doctors, please don't look any further. You will be cared for here.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I chose Guiding Star because of the great reviews; however, these reviews do not do this place justice! From the front desk, all around they are just a wonderful group of people! Everyone makes you feel so comfortable and relaxed from the time you arrive until the time you leave. For those who have a busy schedule like myself, they are always willing to work with me throughout the week to make sure I get the special care and attention that I deserve. They have made my life 1000x easier by adding Earn While You Learn Classes online. My boyfriend and I have two different schedules, therefore, it is harder to get us both into a class at the same time. With this online program, we have both taken full advantage and have been utilizing our evenings to enjoy the videos while preparing for our baby's arrival. For those who are pretty tech-savvy, the office has their own online portal to keep track of your medical appointments and notes. I would recommend this place to any women pregnant or not, I can assure you, you will be in great hands!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough great things about this place. The staff is so caring and friendly. Every time I come in for an appointment, I am greeted by the friendly staff right away. This office gives me so much support and information regarding parenting and pregnancy. I look forward to each visit!

2 Zachary S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Alicia and I participated in a Natural Family Planning class while we were preparing to get married and once we were married and achieved pregnancy, we looked to none other than Guiding Star to take care of us. We absolutely love the personable and loving staff members. They make you feel like family and the mission of Guiding Star is just so great, I wouldn't ever consider going anywhere else for prenatal and women's care.

2 Annie K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beautiful facility! Top notch staff! Christian atmosphere and more! Guiding Star Tampa is a blessing! Annie Karto, owner Annie Karto Music

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Coming to Guiding Star is like coming to Disney World! They look out for the well-being of mother and child,they make sure that you're satisfied and you leave happy.

2 Detorres A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have great service for every different moms and teach really good to the new moms like me! I’ve learned things that I didn’t even know at all besides they provide and help. The employees are very nice ❤️

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I’m so proud to serve on the Guiding Star Board. This women’s healthcare center is like no other. You have to experience it for your self. You will love the staff, the medical team, and the personal care they offer.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor that proudly supports Guiding Star Tampa as they offer comprehensive healthcare to uphold the dignity of women through all aspects of their lives. I was touched by the client testimonies shared at the Light if Hope Gala ....Only two of the many success stories for our pregnant moms. Stop in for a tour of the facility. You will not be disappointed with all the services offered.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Bio identical hormone replacement patient and from the moment you step in, to the moment you checkout, is a wonderful experience. They make you feel like home. The office is beautiful, warm and inviting, the staff is very friendly and sweet. Tammy, the nurse practitioner, is very compassionate, treats me with kindness and compassion, she is very cautious and thorough with the treatments and experience. I am very happy about going to this clinic. I highly recommend this place to anyone who is looking for hormone treatment or for OB/GYN care. FYI, they offer Free pap, labs and physical for uninsured women.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Finally a place that understands what women's healthcare should be like! Guiding Star Tampa is a true gem! They understand that in order to be truly well a woman's health needs to approached wholistically-body.mind. spirit.
The staff is amazingingly, warm, welcoming and knowledgeable. The take the time to make sure you are heard and you get the help you need. You can get your medical care, take unlimited free classes and get amazing support all under one roof. I wish all medical providers embraced this approach!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Guiding Star was very helpful to my fiance and I today. The staff are amazing ! They gave us a warm welcome and made us feel comfortable during our visit. Their programs are also great . We will definetly be returning and visiting Guiding Star more often. :)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has and continues to help all of my family members in different ways. My mother is a widow and she enjoys spending her time and volunteering here weekly. My sister also started off volunteering and continues to do awesome things here. Myself and my son enjoy coming here for him to meet new friends and I am able to take part in the lunch and learns and bond with other mothers. It truly is an incredible organization and we are so happy they have touched our lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Found them online when i first found out i was expecting! They welcomed me with open arms and treat me like they’ve known me my entire life! I love going to them and recommend them to everyone!

4 Paola K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve had the most amazing experience with Guiding Star! The staff is so professional and friendly. From the moment you walk in, you become part of a family. They helped me throughout my entire pregnancy. I highly recommend them!

3 Sara S.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have been wonderful. I felt welcome to the facility. They do everything to make you comfortable and they call you by your name which shows they remember you as a person and not just another client. I appreciate all the help they offer and provide and the positive attitudes that come from every person there.

3 Sabrina C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Guiding Star Tampa is an amazing place for women! The staff there goes above and beyond to make sure they provide you care in the most compassionate and caring way. When you come here you are more than just a patient, you become like family :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Guiding Star is the best office I've ever been to. Kind, friendly, loving, andsupportive are just a few words I can think of to describe how I feel when I think of the staff. I've found my tribe and for that I'm thankful. ❤

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Donor

Rating: 5

Guiding Star offers diapers and baby items that folks in the area donate at no cost to women that need the support. I love knowing this is a place that puts to good use the items I own as my grandchildren outgrow them.
Very welcoming and non judgemental staff.

1 Karen Taylor M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is the answer to countless prayer. Not only is t a holistic women’s healthcare facility that treats you with dignity, it also works with women throughout all stages of life. As a mom with young children, having a doctor I can see that has someone available to watch my children while I have an appointment is an absolute blessing. I could not be happier with the care I receive here.