Remembering Dr. Clinton Potter
Dr. Clinton Potter was an important LGBTQ advocate
We are saddened to have lost such a significant member of the LGBTQ community and a good friend to us at The Rainbow Pages, Dr. Clinton Potter. He died Aug. 18 at the age of 61 from complications due to Covid-19.
Shortly after Dr. Potter first opened his office in Naples, he reached out to me and asked how he could get involved in the LGBTQ community. He wanted to know more about the Rainbow Pages and find out what he could do to actively support the community.
He wrote some articles and blogs for us and he held several workshops and educational session to help share the latest advances in healthcare. He believed strongly in equality in medicine and wanted to make sure people knew what was available.
But, he didn't want to just promote equality in medicine, he wanted to fight for equality in the community. When Cori Craciun reached out to me to help plan the first Naples Pride, I knew Dr. Potter would be all in. And, he was. He was a sponsor and volunteer who helped make the first Pride in Naples a reality.
Dr. Potter became a strong advocate in the community and a dear friend. He will be missed.
— Michelle Hudson, Publisher
Where to donate
Several people have asked what they can do and if there is a fund where they can make a contribution in his name. One place to help support the LGBTQ community in his name is the Southwest Florida Community Foundation LBTQ Fund. We will add other organizations as we get them from his friends and family.
Prestigious Naples doctor dies from Covid-19 complications
Advanced Individualized Medicine of Naples is saddened to announce Dr. Clinton Potter, practice founder, has passed away from complications due to Covid-19.
Known for his dedication to equality in medicine, Dr. Potter felt everyone deserved access to high-quality health care and that it should be more individualized and personalized. He focused on wellness, prevention and alternative therapies that best met the health needs of his patients.
“Dr. Potter was committed to his patients and his community,” said Lori-Ann Martell, practice administrator. “Even in his final hours, he was concerned about the welfare of his patients. He wanted to make sure we would continue to encourage his patients to get vaccinated and do all we can to protect them from this terrible virus.”
Dr. Potter, 61, died Wednesday evening at Physicians Regional after spending several days in the Intensive Care Unit. He was a cancer survivor and had gone through radiation therapy, making him more vulnerable to the virus even with a vaccination.
A memorial has been planned for Thursday evening at his office for his patients. A celebration of his life for family, friends and colleagues is still being planned.
Born in Miami, Dr. Potter moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California, where he earned a degree in Psychobiology. He then moved to New York and earned his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
He returned to California where he practiced family medicine for nearly 20 years. During that time, he fought for equality in medicine at the front line of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. One of his great passions was serving as Camp Medical Director at Camp Hakuna Matata, a summer camp for children and their families affected by HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Potter was an attending Emergency Specialist at several prestigious health systems, including St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco, University of California, and Stanford Medical Center.
In 2010, Dr. Potter returned to Florida to care for his ailing parents. He served as a volunteer physician at the Neighborhood Health Clinic until opening Advanced Individualized Medicine in 2016 in Naples.
When he founded AIM, Dr. Potter wanted to continue his focus on equality in medicine. But his fight for equality extended beyond medicine. He volunteered in the community and served as a member of the board that founded the Naples Pride organization and helped plan the first Pride festival.