FIRST LOOK: Girls to Women/Young Men’s Health and Wellness in McKinney fills void in adolescent health care

Shanna Garza is the owner, director and primary care doctor at the clinic. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
Shanna Garza is the owner, director and primary care doctor at the clinic. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)

Shanna Garza is the owner, director and primary care doctor at the clinic. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)

Image description
Girls to Women/Young Men’s Health and Wellness opened in February in McKinney. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
Image description
The clinic offers a variety of services, including acupuncture. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
Image description
Girls to Women/Young Men’s Health and Wellness opened in February in McKinney. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
Girls to Women/Young Men’s Health and Wellness opened its doors in early February in McKinney.

Shanna Garza, the clinic’s owner, director and primary care doctor, said the practice is specifically designed with adolescents in mind.

“Our job in adolescent medicine is to work to empower young people to learn to manage their own health,” Garza said.
The clinic, which accepts patients ages 10-25, offers “comprehensive care,” according to Garza, including primary care, therapy and acupuncture. The clinic also has an in-house dietician and offers educational testing.


A physician’s assistant is also helping Garza run the clinic.

“Our idea is to really be able to [take] care of the whole person,” she said.

Garza has been practicing medicine for 13 years and has specialized in adolescent medicine for the last three. She said McKinney was chosen as the practice’s third location because of her desire to serve the needs of the community and because it was her hometown.

“So many of our patients were commuting to see us in Dallas because our practice was unique,” Garza said. “We had about a 30-mile radius of service area for patients, and so, by being located here, I have many patients from Frisco, Allen, McKinney and Prosper that are moving with me and my practice.”

With the coronavirus pandemic, the clinic is offering telemedicine visits for new and existing patients, Garza said. The clinic is also open to seeing patients in person while following current state guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Garza said. This includes screening all patients for symptoms or exposure and wearing masks in all patient interactions, she said. Girls to Women/Young Men’s Health and Wellness is also implementing a texting policy allowing patients to wait in their cars until the time of the visit and notifying them when the office is ready to check them in.

Garza said she is excited to reach out to and educate her community.

“I have a real interest in getting involved with the community as well as being involved with different mental health organizations,” Garza said. “Part of my interest is being a kind of leader in the health side of things.”

By specializing in adolescent medicine, Garza said they are able to reach an underserved demographic.
“The goal of our practice is to take care of [this] age of patients that often [feel] like they don’t fit in at the pediatric office,” Garza said. “We are set up to really meet them where they are at in their stage of development.”


Girls to Women/Young Men's Health and Wellness


8400 Stacy Road, Ste. 100, McKinney


972-502-9099


Hours: Mon.-Thu. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.-noon, closed Sat.-Sun.
By Makenzie Plusnick
Makenzie graduated from Tarleton State University in 2019 with a degree in communications. While in school, she interned at the Weatherford Democrat and was editor of Texan News Service, a news outlet at Tarleton. She enjoys true crime podcasts, riding horses, and spending time with her dog.


MOST RECENT

Mesero has six locations across the metroplex, with a seventh on the way in Southlake. (Courtesy Mesero)
Tex-Mex restaurant may come to Southlake; African fusion eatery opens in Frisco and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Plans OK’d for tax-credit, workforce housing in McKinney

About 10 acres of land at this site was already zoned for multifamily uses, however, at the June 15 McKinney City Council meeting, the applicant requested that about two more acres on the east side of the site be brought in as part of the development, for a total of about 12 acres.

Buzzed Bull Creamery is opening soon in McKinney. (Courtesy Buzzed Bull Creamery)
Buzzed Bull Creamery sets grand opening date in McKinney

The shop will use liquid nitrogen to serve ice cream, shakes and an espresso bar with customizable options for customers.

Stillwater Capital proposed redeveloping Storybook Ranch into for-rent cottage homes. (Rendering courtesy city of McKinney)
City Council approves redevelopment plans for McKinney’s Storybook Ranch

The applicant proposed for the 38 acres to be divided into two tracts: one portion of the land—about 2 acres facing Custer—will be dedicated to commercial uses, and the other 36 acres will allow for the cottage residential development.

McKinney city staff identified several businesses and residences that would be potentially effected by the renaming of Throckmorton Street and Throckmorton Place. (Image courtesy city of McKinney)
McKinney City Council considers steps to rename Throckmorton Street and Throckmorton Place

Following the presentation, staff said the city will work to engage the public to inform and seek feedback from residents, businesses and property owners along the two Throckmorton streets.

Texas Central has signed a $16 billion contract with Webuild to lead the civil construction team that will build the train. (Rendering courtesy Texas Central)
Texas Central signs $16B construction contract for high-speed rail project

Texas Central could be one step closer to starting construction.

The Magic Needle has relocated to a new location in downtown McKinney. (Courtesy The Magic Needle)
McKinney piercing studio The Magic Needle relocates to new spot in downtown

The Magic Needle offers piercing services that include consultation, jewelry and follow-up appointments.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas issued a call for Texans to conserve energy June 14. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT asks Texans to conserve energy with generation outages 2.5 times higher than normal

"This is unusual for this early in the summer season," said Woody Rickerson, ERCOT vice president of grid planning and operations, in a news release.

Dutch Bros Coffee expects to open later this year in Richardson. (Courtesy Dutch Bros Coffee)
Dutch Bros Coffee coming to Richardson; Plano parks earn high marks and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Dutch Bros Coffee expects to open this summer in Plano. (Courtesy Dutch Bros Coffee)
Dutch Bros Coffee coming to Plano; The Pop Parlour opens in Frisco and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Nooner ($8.99) is the top-selling menu item at JC’s Burger House. (Karen Chaney/Community Impact Newspaper)
JC’s Burger House in McKinney serves fresh burgers daily

Oglesby bought three JC’s Hamburger House locations in 2010, one in Plano which was the original location established in 1999, one in Allen and one in McKinney.