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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

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The women here are great and make the experience amazing! Marissa in particular was so sweet! Need more of her in the world!!
-Alexus Danh

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love the staff and de Dr. Very friendly and always available to help

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so pleased I found guiding star as a first time mom. They are so supportive and willing to answer all of my questions. Everyone is so friendly and genuinely excited for me and baby.

Casey B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so glad I found Guiding Star for my prenatal care. The entire staff is just so friendly and welcoming. I feel cared for as a patient and as an individual. I look forward to my appointments there and would recommend them to anyone!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Guiding Star Tampa is a wonderful place to receive prenatal care. The entire staff is welcoming & ready to answer any questions. The classes they offer are very educational & helpful for preparing for baby. I highly recommend to anyone looking for prenatal care!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is my first pregnancy.. I love the guiding star Staff! They are so helpful and knowledgeable! I highly recommend this place!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is my first pregnancy and I’m so blessed to have found such an amazing place to have my appointments. All of the staff members are friendly and very helpful . They make you feel comfortable even on your first appointment! They are very informative and if you ever have any questions they are quick to give you a response back even on your portal ! I’m glad I choose guiding star and I look forward to coming here for my future pregnancies .

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

So grateful to have found this place through my best friend. Sharon has welcomed me and my fiancé through this first baby experience and have felt so much love and warmth from Marissa, Robyn, Tammy, and Angela. We are so grateful for this group of strong women who are dedicated to helping families being babies into this world! We love guiding star!!!

Francez G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My I have only had 2 appointments with them so far this pregnancy, but they are amazing. From the moment I arrived they came out to my car to greet me, take my temperature, and escort me into the office. They thoroughly explain all the services they provide, from classes to support groups, it really shows that women's well being is their top priority!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently 6 months pregnant and I had the worse experience with Exodus Womens Center during the first 5.5 months of my pregnancy . I decided to transfer to Guiding Star Tampa after a old friend of mine went there during her pregnancy. After my first visit I already felt welcomed & like I was a part of a family. I experienced a miscarriage at 8 weeks last June so getting the proper care means everything too me during this pregnancy. Guiding Star offers classes and everything for you to be prepared when the baby comes.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome place for your pregnancy experience the people who work here are very caring and loving and it shows!!

1 Keila R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Guiding star is heaven sent . I have Medicaid and it’s really hard finding a clinic that takes my insurance and if I do find some where I usually have to compromise the quality of service I’m getting as a patient which isn’t something I want to compromise when it comes to a situation as delicate and serious as being pregnant for the first time and having a baby . With guiding star that’s not the case. They take my insurance and the way they treat me as a patient is amazing . I don’t even feel like just another patient they make me feel like family because they really show how much they do care even the receptionist . Thank u guiding star

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm on Medicaid and was having trouble finding a good ob clinic that I liked that took my insurance. I tried two others and just didn't feel like they were going to be a good fit. The ladies at the office were super friendly and helpful, and helped me figure out which insurance option I could switch over to that they would accept. They have a really nice education component where you watch videos and stuff and then get some fake money to shop in their cute little on site baby boutique or get free/discounted sonograms. Marissa is wonderful, as well as the rest of the office staff and I'm really happy with Tammara as my provider! I'm currently 18wks, almost to the halfway point!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Guiding start Tampa was recommended to me by my sister after I moved from Louisiana. The staff was very kind and welcoming to me helping get all my information transferred over from my previous clinic. They helped me a lot on my first visit answering any questions I had.

Adaliz Enid V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was going crazy not finding a doctor that would help me being that I didn’t have insurance at the moment. And the ladies helped me apply for insurance, walked me through all their services and they made it so much helpful and affordable to be seen by the doctor. To be honest it is a blessing to be able to visit the office and be seen by the ladies here. I will be seeing them throughout my whole pregnancy. Thanks!

1 Lissette T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My primary doctor was pregnant and recommended me Guiding Star when I told her I was pregnant and it has being a wonderful experience since the very beginning. This is my second baby and the first one was so much different. Here I feel this is a true place that care for women and her needs, not just a billing doctor, the advices they give you and the treatment you receive in every visit. I highly recommended every women to come here, not just pregnant women, they also help my mom that did not have an insurance to get her annual check done. It is wonderful.

Shelby D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love all of the ladies here! They are always so pleasant and really happy to be apart of your journey of becoming a new mommy. I do not have insurance, as a self-pay client I can tell you they are very affordable. They also have a lot of ways to "earn while you learn" where you can use "mommy bucks" to buy clothes and supplies for your baby as well as discounts on ultrasounds! I even recommended my boss to them for hormone therapy, she could not be happier with her results and support. Thank you Guiding Star Tampa!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Norimen Amrouni. I can’t say enough amazing things about this practice. Everyone from check-in, staff, ultrasound, medical assistants are super nice. the doctors are very professional. the clinic is very clean and organized. I am having a great experience everyone is very friendly, attentive. and helpful. I am glad I found the place, I sincerely appreciate all the care your office has provided. I would highly recommend.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just went to this office for the first time yesterday, and was very pleased. Being 5 months pregnant and just now being able to get care they were able to schedule me right away. My previous doctors office had gave me issues during my last pregnancy so this office was a breath of fresh air. Everyone was very welcoming and the place itself was nicely kept. Less like a doctors office and more homey comforting feel.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Im so happy with my experience at Guiding Star so far, Im 13 weeks pregnant now & since my first appointment I've felt informed , welcomed and calm every time I've visited the office , The staff is always on time , and so kind, and they really go above and beyond.
Thanks Guiding Star!!

3 Catherine C.3

Client Served

Rating: 4

This clinic is immediately willing to work with you and your needs. They are very friendly, wanting to make sure you feel welcomed. The offer counseling as well as medical care.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Caring. Compassionate. Prayerful. Informational. Patient. Supportive. Effective! My wife and I have been trying to conceive for 3 years and Guiding Star really helped my wife to get to know her body. My wife is currently almost 17 weeks pregnant! I also love how they offer the abortion pill reversal for woman who realize they want to proceed with life. #chooselife #chooseguidingstar

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Guiding star has THE BEST program. And staff. They have this earn while you learn program, which empowers women and future mothers to learn on the already ever-changing process to motherhood. They encourage them to watch educational videos on everything from how their body is changing, how the fetus is developing within them, breast-feeding techniques, and everything postpartum up to a toddler! With advice for the mother as a woman and as a mom. They give you these points or credits, so you can use them towards ultrasounds, clothes, diapers, etc. i am so grateful to have them. Most women will go the whole pregnancy and only see the baby 1/2 times on ultrasounds thru covered insurance and this program has given me so much to look forward to. I highly recommend them for all of your obgyn Needs-pre pregnancy, just wellness, and postpartum. the staff is like family- they REALLY care- and I think their should be more establishments like this in the medical field. Love them and feel so safe and well taken care of

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

New patient since June 2019- I am pregnant as a first time mom. I am so pleased with my experience at Guiding Star Tampa. The entire staff are welcoming and friendly. They are eager to answer any and all questions I have. They genuinely want to help you in any way and have a wealth of resources with books you can borrow, in person classes you can attend and online video resources. You can even earn points for attending classes or watching videos online. Those points can earn you free stuff at your next appointment. So pleased I found Guiding Star Tampa and would recommend it to any of my girlfriends.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is a true blessings to mommies to be and mothers ❤️. I am so glad to have found this place and becoming part of their family and we are all excited to invite my daughter to be into the family. If you need a village and want to learn to be the best you for your child and have support this is the best place to be .

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Guiding Star after my friend recommended them. I never experienced the support I get here from anywhere else! They are so comforting. Everything they offer here is nothing short of amazing!

2

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.

2

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!

4

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!

4 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.

3 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

4

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 ❤️

2

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.

3

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.

4

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.

4

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!

5

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. :)

4

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.

5

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!

5 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 :)

4

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. ❤

2

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.

2 Braiden E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Guiding Star has been a true miracle in my life. The staff is always so kind and understanding. They respect my values and beliefs. They accept most insurances too! Not only do they provide a wide range of medical care for women but they also help “you”. There are support groups, breastfeeding support, yoga, Zumba, art as therapy, financial classes, connections to other resources, parenting support and lessons, trauma healing, post abortion healing, boundaries classes, the list goes on and on. And at most events food is provided, everything is free! And by committing yourself to be a better you guiding star also rewards your achievement with mommy dollars to spend at a baby boutique. There’s baby clothes, diapers, shoes, women’s clothes, bigger baby items, breastfeeding supplies, everything. Guiding star has helped me every step of the way of my motherhood journey. I can’t ever thank them enough because if I never met them I wouldn’t be the strong independent successful woman I am today.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough great things about Guiding Star Tampa. Finding a practice that uses a model that is natural and holistic is so hard to find these days. They don't try to sell you a quick fix but really try to find the root of what's going on in your body. From the moment you walk in, everyone is so personable and kind. You truly feel cared for here. The medical staff made me feel so comfortable during my appointment. They also have so many great education and support services here from mommy support groups, art as therapy, and healing groups from past trauma. And so much more!
All of the staff is so phenomenal and go above and beyond to provide the best experience. This is a one of a kind place that offers services that uphold your dignity as a person. Everyone deserves care like the care received at Guiding Star Tampa.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If only women everywhere had access to the care this facility gives!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Its a blessing to found this people who help a single mom like me... Im so blessed to meet and be a part of them... Thank u guiding star for everything...

1 Ashley C.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I currently don’t have insurance and was referred to go here. I was worried that since I didn’t have insurance I would be rushed out, but that was not the case. Dr. Taylor took her time, has a great bed side manner, her and her staff made me feel comfortable. I will continue to come here even after I get insurance.

4 Wendy D.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Guiding Star of Tampa when I was pregnant and alone. As a single mother I had nothing for my unborn child, the women at guiding star took me in made me feel like family that I never had

2 Cristina Colon M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have used Guiding Star of Tampa Bay multiple times over the years. My first experience with them was to confirm a pregnancy to secure insurance. They were warm and welcoming and had tons of resources available for me as well as support groups and classes if needed. Since then I have been back for my yearly check up, I do not have insurance because the cost is just too high for our budget right now. It was great to get peace of mind when all my results came back good and i didnt have to worry about an outrageous bill at the end.
Now I am back again for prenatal care. I love that they offer childcare for when you attend your appt. or some of the other classes they offer. There is a great support system right withing this wonderful program and I am glad I came across them and have been able to benefit from their services throughout the years.

1 Yasmin M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing amazing amazing amazing!!! After going back and forth between doctors who just wanted to pump me up with meds and hormones, I finally found Guiding Star: a place where they truly value the dignity of the woman...and they do it HOLISTICALLY and NATURALLY. Their patience and kindness in finding a natural solution perfectly tailored to my body- something that I have never seen in other healthcare providers- is an absolute blessing. Go here if you want to be truly cared for. This office is about 45 minutes to an hour away from me, but I make the drive because I know I will not receive healthcare like this anywhere else!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

A facility for Women That Respect Life! Babies, Dads, Mothers all benefit from Guiding Star!
My favorite is the Prayer room! Abbey Johnson fans loved the book signing. Fertility Care
and breastfeeding support! Paps and Limited OB ultrasounds! Why husbands love Guiding
Star- HAPPY WIFE-HAPPY LIFE! Somebody call Hollywood and recast Wonder Woman with Ana S. Beyond women's care this is SUPPORT on all levels! If I could give 6 Stars I would!
Don't give till it hurts...Give till it helps! Theresa H.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

So refreshing to work with a woman's healthcare facility that is truly focused on the best interest of the patient. From comprehensive healthcare solutions to educational opportunities and ongoing support, Guiding Star Tampa's services and staff are exceptional.

2 juliann

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Guiding Star Tampa is leading the growth of women's healthcare to natural and holistic focused well-women care at all stages of her life. GST has accomplished this transition by assisting each client develop her mind, body, and spirit using techniques that do no harm. It has been a joy to volunteer at GST over the last five years. Many positive changes have occurred during this time, all leading to the present state of the art medical center that enriches women's lives by meeting their immediate needs and preparing them for their future. I highly recommend this facility and its staff.

2 Rebekah13

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the support and genuine kindness of those who run guiding star. You can tell they truly love people and have a heart to serve women and provide the best possible care. I'm so proud of this organization.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Guiding Star Tampa is a truly amazing nonprofit pregnancy organization serving the Tampa Bay area as well as a unique model for the future of women's pro-life healthcare.
Here's a link to a YouTube video of a testimony I did on their behalf last year. I am a client of their programs and services for moms and also of their OBGYN services as I am soon expecting my third child! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ULIqra34-AU

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Guiding Star Tampa is a leader in promoting wellness and holistic healing for women at every stage in their lives! As a donor, I am investing in the mission and values of Guiding Star Tampa. I encourage others to contribute to this worthy and relevant cause.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

It's not enough to be disturbed by the lack of available holistic healthcare choices for woman which provide care with a respect for the sanctity of every woman's life. You must find and Support such organizations which is why I wholeheartedly support and endorse Guiding Star Tampa.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

The staff and the organization gives the utmost care and love to those they serve - the abandoned and the rejected.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Guiding Star Tampa has an amazing staff and provides excellent and professional healthcare. Every person is truly interested and engaged. My visit to Guiding Star was my first and I am sure it will not be my last!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Guiding Star is amazing!! They treat the whole woman and support her with the help she needs. The staff is wonderful!! They are exactly what we need in response to great women's healthcare.