Our Work
The Next Generation of Abortion Providers Program (NGAPP) provides observational and hands-on clinical instruction in abortion, contraception, early pregnancy loss, and other common women’s health conditions through a reproductive justice framework. Trainees can schedule 1 – 4 week rotations at Desert Star Family Planning, LLC.
Community Education
We provide invited speakers and sponsor informational events on family planning and women’s reproductive health topics. We maintain a group of speakers and rich content for a variety of organizations and settings.

Filling Gaps in Traditional Medical Education with early exposure to family planning care provision

Empowering Reproductive Health Care Advocates to be active in the communities they serve

Cultivating Family Planning Providers to maintain access to the full range of reproductive health care for women

  • 87% of all counties in the U. S. have no abortion provider.
  • Two-thirds of medical schools in the U.S. spend less than 30 minutes of class time on all aspects of abortion.
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NGAPP trainees experience a novel health care model that integrates abortion and management of early pregnancy loss with general well woman care in a private office setting. The NGAPP training facility, Desert Star Family Planning, LLC, is a member facility of the Abortion Care Network and the National Abortion Federation.
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  • “My experience with Dr. Taylor and the entire staff at Desert Star Family Planning was beyond enjoyable and educational. Dr. Taylor fosters an environment that is conducive to learning, which I found inviting and beneficial. As an aspiring physician, I feel more excited and more prepared to enter the medical field, which I attribute to my time under Dr. Taylor’s mentorship. Thank you Dr. Taylor!!”


    "I rotated with Dr. Taylor as a Family Medicine resident and would choose to do the same again in an instant. She is an enthusiastic and evidence-based teacher, and the rotation was very hands-on. It is so important that more primary care physicians have an opportunity to gain experience in family planning and ultrasound and Dr. Taylor willingly helps to fill this void."


    "I am lucky to have been an extern at Desert Star Family Planning the summer after my second year of medical school. The office provides non-judgmental care, empowers patients with accurate information, and offers a safe and comforting environment. Everyone at the office is so passionate about women's health! I will always remember what I learned during this experience and carry it with me as a future healthcare provider."


  • "I did a 2 week internship with Dr. Taylor and her staff. I learned so much about the Health Care System. Dr. Taylor and her staff took care of the patients with greatest empathy and respect. The knowledge and warmth that Dr. Taylor brought to her work taught me immensely. Moreover, despite her busy schedule, Dr. Taylor took time out to teach students like myself to be better physicians. I will forever be in debt for my time in her office."


    The two weeks I spent shadowing Dr. Taylor following my first year of medical school was an invaluable opportunity for me to apply my knowledge to clinical practice. Dr. Taylor and her staff are exceedingly experienced and passionate about women’s health; they taught me how to thoughtfully approach family planning and challenged me to consider my role in advocacy as a future practicing physician. I would recommend this experience to medical students wishing to expand their exposure to family planning!"


    "My rotation and experience at Desert Star Family Planning was wonderful! Dr. Taylor allowed me to be very hands-on with patients. I gained great experience triaging, counseling, and assisting in medical and surgical procedures. The office staff are all very welcoming, easy to get along with, and it is apparent that everyone has a passion for providing excellent care for patients. I highly recommend pursuing a rotation at DSFP for anyone with an interest in family planning and/ or women’s health!"


President DeShawn Taylor, MD, MSc
Chair Lori Gibbs, RN
Board Members
Amber Lau
Ceciley Villegas
Evan Masingill
Golden McCarthy
Johana Vallejo