Hi, we are Nic and Catherine, the Co-Founders of QSPACES. We are curious, creative, and engaged. And that’s how this all started.

“Where do we find great healthcare? Who are the health and wellness providers that we can trust?”

We saw friends and community members constantly asking where to find great LGBTQ-friendly doctors on social media. We were asking the same thing as recent transplants to Philadelphia. People needed help, and the questions and answers were scattered all over social media–messy and inefficient.

QSPACES was born. In 2016, we received a small investment from Jefferson University, started an LLC, and found a web development team aligned with our values.

We have a mission: create meaningful products and experiences to find solutions to LGBTQ issues.

Our first project is a free website for LGBTQ folks to find, rate, and review health and wellness providers on LGBTQ-friendliness, competency, and overall care. After that, we’ll address other issues in fun and interesting ways.

The Team

QSPACES is a small team working with a host of advisors, mentors, and community partners.

Cat, Nic, and Tex in Durham, NC. Photo by a Stranger. 

Cat, Nic, and Tex in Durham, NC. Photo by a Stranger. 


Catherine and Nic cofounded QSPACES in the fall of 2016 to address issues facing the LGBTQ community. Lauren joined the executive team in December 2017, bringing years of experience in the healthcare industry and extensive research of communications between patients and providers. This purpose-driven work is aligned with our collective strengths: activism, medical care and insights, problem solving, and design thinking.


Catherine hofmann

Catherine is a design activist focusing on the intersection of business, art, urbanism, and sustainability–and how good design connects it all. Before QSPACES, she was an independent designer and consultant in Philadelphia for a variety of clients, from non-profits to Fortune 50. She is heavily influenced from 10 years immersed in Southern culture and has a penchant for workwear. Read more at crhofmann.com 

  • IBA, Women in Business Committee Member
  • Cedar Park Neighbors board member
  • University of North Carolina, B.A. Economics & B.A. Psychology


Nic is pursuing a medical degree at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Her days are filled with medical training, activism, and QSPACES. She is a native speaker of both English and Czech, and spends most of her summers in Prague with her family. In her free time, Nic keeps a diary and talks a lot about starting a new knitting project.

  • JeffLGBTQ member
  • Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical College medical student
  • University of North Carolina alumnus




Lauren is also a SixSigma Green Belt, holds a Certificate of Project Management from Emory University, and is a certified Business Analyst. 

  • HIMSS member
  • Health 2.0 member 
  • Henley Business School M.S. Information Management
  • Miami University B.S. Business: Marketing and Interactive Media Studies