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Provider Executive Group

Ms.Medicine is raising the standard of care of women. We are honored to have assembled a diverse group of thought leaders across the healthcare continuum who help direct and support our company’s goals. This multi-disciplinary panel of national and international innovators, educators, researchers, and clinicians in the women’s health space collectively form the Ms.Medicine Provider Executive Group (PEG).

Members of the Ms.Medicine PEG share our passion for and commitment to advancing evidence-based care of women. These experts guide the Ms.Medicine leadership team in the development of best practice clinical guidelines, clinical programs, and strategic affiliations.

2020-21 Provider Executive Group

Holly Pederson MD, NCMP

Holly Pederson MD, NCMP
Director, Medical Breast Services
The Cleveland Clinic Breast Center

Dr. Pederson is a staff physician and director of Medical Breast Services in the Cleveland Clinic Breast Center.  She is an associate professor at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. After receiving her BA in Biochemistry from the University of California-Santa Barbara, where she received the distinction of Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Pederson earned her medical degree from the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine where she was recognized in the Alpha Omega Alpha honors society. She completed her internship and residency at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center in Internal Medicine, and in 2008 completed a clinical fellowship in Genomics at Cleveland Clinic.  She was instrumental in the 1997 creation of and now directs the Medical Breast Program and is active in clinical research.

Angela Fitch, MD, FACP, FOMA

Angela Fitch, MD, FACP, FOMA
Associate Director
Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center Faculty at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Fitch is board certified in obesity medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics. She became a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine in 2012, and prior to that practiced primary care full time before switching to obesity medicine. Dr. Fitch was medical director of the Weight Center, the Executive Health Program, and vice president of Primary Care at UC Health in Cincinnati before moving to Boston. She currently is serving as vice president of the Obesity Medicine Association and previously served as a trustee and secretary treasurer. She was the 2015-2016 chair of the clinical management section of The Obesity Society. Dr. Fitch is the winner of the 2017 Clinician of the Year Award from the Obesity Medicine Association.

Lauren Streicher, MD

Lauren Streicher, MD
Founder and Medical Director
Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Northwestern Medicine Center for Menopause

Dr. Streicher is a clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University’s medical school, The Feinberg School of Medicine, and is the founder and medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and the Northwestern Medicine Center for Menopause in Chicago. Dr. Streicher is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, Inc., The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health and The Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer. She is also a Certified Menopause Practitioner of The North American Menopause Society. Dr. Streicher has authored multiple scientific papers and book chapters and is a sought-after speaker. She has written two books: Sex Rx: Hormones, Health and Your Best Sex Ever, and The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy.

Her clinical interests include all aspects of women’s health but Dr. Streicher has a particular interest and expertise in menopause and sexual health. In addition to her interest in consumer outreach and education, Dr. Streicher is considered an expert in the academic world. She does research, publishes in the scientific literature, lectures at medical conferences, and devotes significant time to teaching residents and medical students. A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Streicher completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center. Castle Connolly, US News and World Report, and Chicago Magazine have consistently recognized her as one of the “Top Doctors” in the United States.

Ashley Solomon, PsyD, CEDS

Ashley Solomon, PsyD, CEDS
Galia Collaborative

Dr. Ashley Solomon is a licensed clinical psychologist and the founder of Galia Collaborative, an organization dedicated to helping female-identified people heal, grow, and lead. She completed her pre-doctoral residency at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, followed by a fellowship in eating disorders at Insight Behavioral Health Centers in Chicago, IL. Dr. Solomon became the Director of Eating Disorders for Insight and Eating Recovery Center, then returned to her hometown of Cincinnati and founded the Eating Recovery Center, OH. She additionally oversaw the clinical operations of ERC, The Carolinas, as well as ERC’s innovative telebehavioral health initiatives. Dr. Solomon continues to provide consultation to ERC, in addition to other consultative roles. Her research interests include the role of technology in enhancing care, and she speaks regularly on this and other topics. She is actively engaged in and maintains leadership roles within the Academy for Eating Disorders.

Amanda L. Clark, MD, MCR, NCMP

Amanda L. Clark, MD, MCR, NCMP
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Kaiser Permanente Northwest

Dr. Clark is a board-certified physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) at Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW), and a senior affiliate investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. She is also a NAMS-Certified menopause practitioner, an editorial board member for the journal Menopause, and was recently invited to be on the education committee for NAMS. Dr. Clark held a full-time faculty appointment at Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) from 1985-2007 and now continues as an affiliate associate professor. She has been principal and co-investigator on various studies in urogynecology and menopausal health, and has served on an NIH Study Section. Dr. Clark has 35 years of experience teaching OBGYN residents, and broad experience in curriculum development and assessment. She was the director of the OHSU OBGYN medical student clerkship from 1985-1992 and the founder and a director of the FPMRS fellowship from 1995-2017.

Barb DePree, MD

Barb DePree, MD
Director of Women’s Health Services
Holland Hospital Founder
Middlesex, MD

Dr. DePree, a gynecologist in practice for over 30 years, specializes in midlife women's health. Certified through the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), she was named NAMS Certified Menopause Provider of the year in 2013. That same year, Sharecare named her a Top 10 Social Healthmaker for Menopause. Affectionately known as Dr. Barb, she currently serves as director of Women’s Health Services at Holland Hospital in Holland, MI.

Finding that products helpful to her patients’ sexual health were not readily available, Dr. DePree founded MiddlesexMD to share current, practice-tested, clinically sound information and products for women, including guidance for working with partners and caregivers.

Dr. DePree is a frequent spokesperson for women’s sexual health, quoted in Self, Everyday Health, and Huffington Post, among others, and has been interviewed for radio, television, and documentaries.

Brian A. Bernick, MD, FACOG

Brian A. Bernick, MD, FACOG
Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Bernick is co-founder and chief scientific officer at TherapeuticsMD, an innovative pharmaceutical company committed to advancing women’s health, and a practicing, board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with over 20 years of clinical medical experience. Dr. Bernick currently serves on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG) national committee on Professional Liability. He was the Department Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and served on that hospital’s Medical Executive Board as well as the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach Medical Society and VitalMD Group Holding, LLC, the largest physician-owned and managed obstetricians/gynecologists group in Florida.

Dr. Bernick is the recipient of several national and regional awards, including recognition by his peers as one of the top doctor’s in his specialty by Castle Connolly as well as the recipient of the American Medical Association Foundation’s Leadership Award. Dr. Bernick has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals as well as having presented original research at numerous medical conferences.

Dr. Bernick holds 14 patents focusing on drug therapies and analysis, and serves as an associate professor at Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Northwestern University, received his Doctorate in Medicine from the Chicago Medical School, and completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dawn M. Mussallem, D.O.

Dawn M. Mussallem, D.O.
Consultant, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Department of General Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Dawn M. Mussallem is a consultant in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of General Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Dr. Mussallem joined the staff of Mayo Clinic in 2011 and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine. She currently leads Mayo Clinic Florida’s breast cancer survivorship program at the Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health. In 2005, she founded the Integrative Medicine and Breast Health Program at Mayo Clinic Florida. Dr. Mussallem earned her B.S. in physiology at Ohio State University. She studied naturopathy at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona in 1998. She subsequently earned her biomedical sciences as well as her medical degree at Midwestern University. She furthered her training through an internship and a residency at Mayo Clinic including an advanced year of hospital medicine training.

Dr. Mussallem is a national expert on breast disease, cancer survivorship, lifestyle medicine, and integrative oncology. Dr. Mussallem’s research focuses on lifestyle medicine, cancer survivorship, high-risk breast lesions, ductal carcinoma in situ, purposeful living, and integrative medicine and health. She is frequently invited to give national presentations on her research, appear on radio and television shows, and has authored journal articles, abstracts, and other written publications.

In recognition of her work, Dr. Mussallem has received many awards and honors, including being named Hospital Instructor of the Year and received the Mayo Clinic Patient Experience award in the Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. She has also received multiple national recognitions including the Marquis Who’s Who in America, Patients’ Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor Award for 10 consecutive years as well as naming in Top Docs, Jacksonville, Florida.

In addition to her clinical and research activities, Dr. Mussallem is active in medical education, which has included curriculum and course development in hospital medicine and diagnostic breast health for the Mayo Clinic Medical School in Rochester and the Medical Residency Programs at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Dr. Mussallem is Chief Executive Editor for the National Consortium of Breast Centers and is an active member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, and the American Academy of Family Medicine.

Eileen West, MD, FACP, CCD

Eileen West, MD, FACP, CCD
Eileen West, MD and Associates

Dr. Eileen West is board certified in internal medicine and trained in women’s health. She was the director of the Inova Women’s Comprehensive Health Center before setting out to deliver her own brand of personalized care for women. Dr. West was director of internal medicine women’s health at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City from 2002-2015. She has held faculty appointments at Tulane University and the University of Oklahoma. Currently, she holds the rank of Associate Professor of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University.

A fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. West also serves on the Council of the ACP Virginia Chapter and on the planning committee for their annual meeting. She is a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine and the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). She is among the physicians voted “Most Compassionate Physician” and a US News and World Report/Castle Connelly Regional Top Doctor since 2008, as well as a Top Doctor in both Washingtonian Magazine and Arlington Magazine.

Steven R. Goldstein, MD

Steven R. Goldstein, MD
International Menopause Society

A professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of Gynecologic Ultrasound at New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Goldstein also serves as the president of The International Menopause Society. He is past president and Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, and a past president of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). He is a past chairman of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), New York Section. Dr. Goldstein’s pioneering work in menopausal and perimenopausal ultrasound led him into the design of uterine safety studies for several Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators. He was author of THE ACOG Technical Bulletin “Ultrasound in Gynecology” as well as the author of their practice guidelines on SERMs (Selective Estrogen Receptor Moderators). He has served as the liaison physician from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology to the Women’s Health Imaging Panel of the American College of Radiology. He has been an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. In 2016 he received the Clarkson Award from NAMS for lifetime achievement in menopause research. In 2019 he received the Joseph H. Holmes Clinical Pioneer award from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Dr. Goldstein has published seven books on women’s health topics and authored more than 60 chapters in textbooks as well as over 80 original research articles. He is one of the most highly recognized and regarded individuals in the field of vaginal probe ultrasound worldwide and has been a guest faculty member, invited speaker, visiting professor or course director over 400 times throughout the United States and the world.

Sharon J. Parish, MD

Sharon J. Parish, MD
Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Sharon J. Parish is a Professor of Medicine in Clinical Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College and the director of Medical Services at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division. She received her medical degree from Albany Medical College of Union University, completed her residency in Internal Medicine at George Washington University Hospital, and behavioral medicine fellowship at New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Parish is an internal medicine physician, a fellow of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), and a North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioner. For 22 years, she was a clinician educator on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the clinical staff of Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, NY, where she had a large primary practice and an array of teaching and administrative responsibilities. Currently, her internal medicine practice focuses on behavioral health, menopause, and sexual medicine for female and male patients at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City.

Dr. Parish has a special interest in practice, training, and research in behavioral health, sexual medicine, and menopause. She has designed many educational programs on sexual health, menopause and more. She has authored many publications and online materials on an array of related topics. Her academic activities have also included participation in international and national society committees and consultantships; lectures, symposia, and web-based educational programs; and national and international society leadership roles.

She is past president of ISSWSH, chair of the ISSWSH Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee, and was chair of the ISSWSH Education Committee from 2002-2014. She is a member of the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM) Board of Directors and Education and Corporate Relations Committees. Dr. Parish is an associate editor for Sexual Medicine and previously associate editor for CME and assistant editor for Female Medical/Surgical for the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Sheryl Kingsberg, Ph. D

Dr. Sheryl Kingsberg, Ph.D
Chief, Division of Behavioral Medicine
MacDonald Women's Hospital/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Dr. Sheryl Kingsberg is the chief of the division of behavioral medicine at MacDonald Women’s Hospital/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and Professor in Reproductive Biology and Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. Her areas of clinical specialization include sexual medicine, female sexual disorders, menopause, pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders, and psychological aspects of infertility.

Dr. Kingsberg’s primary research interests are in treatments for female sexual disorders and genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM). She has been the principal investigator for several clinical trials for treatments for female sexual disorders and consults for many pharmaceutical companies that are developing investigational drug treatments for sexual problems. She is an Associate Editor for Sexual Medicine Reviews and sits on the editorial boards of the journals Menopause and Climacteric.

Dr. Kingsberg is a past president of The North American Menopause Society and The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health.

Leslie Appiah, MD

Dr. Leslie Appiah

Dr. Leslie Appiah is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Colorado School of Medicine and Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She serves as Division Chief of General Obstetrics and Gynecology in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Fertility Preservation and Reproductive Late Effects program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital Colorado Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Dr. Appiah attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed residency at Sinai Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. She subsequently completed a research fellowship in reproductive genetics and clinical fellowship in pediatric and adolescent gynecology at Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Appiah has expertise in oncofertility, is well-published and speaks extensively across the nation. She is co-founder of the Pediatric Initiative Network of the Oncofertility Consortium where she served as chair for 5 years and is currently co-chair of the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Reproductive Late Effects Committee of the Oncofertility Consortium. Dr. Appiah’s clinical and research interests include fertility preservation in pediatric, adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer, reproductive late effects in cancer survivorship and hormone replacement therapy in the medically complex patient.

Shari Goldfarb, MD

Shari Goldfarb, MD
Medical Oncologist
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

I am a board certified medical oncologist with a clinical practice devoted solely to the care of patients with breast cancer. I am part of a multidisciplinary team that treats women with both early-stage and advanced disease. Through my practice, I strive to individualize medical treatment and care to each patient’s needs and preferences.

My research focuses on ways to improve patient experiences and quality of life during cancer treatment and throughout survivorship by improving management of symptoms. My research interest is in supportive care for patients and in survivorship issues facing women with breast cancer. By studying the impact of treatment on sexual function and fertility, I hope to enhance the scientific understanding of these important issues leading to improved outcomes for patients. My current projects are an evaluation of specific interventions to alleviate sexual dysfunction, an assessment of ovarian function, and the development of strategies to optimize fertility preservation.

My work integrates clinical trial methods as well as health outcomes research. I am involved in clinical trials evaluating the effects of breast cancer treatment (e.g. chemotherapy or tamoxifen) on ovarian reserve in premenopausal women. This type of work will assist in determining the likelihood of infertility from a given treatment regimen and the impact of common therapies on menstruation and future pregnancy. In postmenopausal women, I am evaluating the use of low dose vaginal estrogens to improve vaginal dryness, atrophy, recurrent urinary tract symptoms and sexual dysfunction. As part of my health outcomes research, I am developing methods and instruments to better measure symptoms, such as sexual health. A goal of this work is to develop additional interventions to decrease the burden of treatment on patients.

In addition, I am an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH). I am also an active member of the survivorship working group for the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC), an international organization devoted to the understanding of side effects in cancer patients.

Hope O’Brien, MD, MBA, FAHS, FAAN

Hope O’Brien, MD, MBA, FAHS, FAAN
Founder and CEO
Headache Center of Hope

Dr. O'Brien earned her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience with Honors Distinction for Research at the University of Rochester (NY) before completing her Medical Doctorate at University of Cincinnati. After a year of study in adult medicine at The Christ Hospital, she completed residency training in Adult Neurology at University of Cincinnati. She then studied Headache Medicine and was recruited to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center as faculty. There she directed the Headache Fellowship Program, training other doctors in the practice of headache medicine. She also established the Young Adult Headache Program and earned an Executive MBA at Xavier University. Her research endeavors and unique practice, serving both pediatric and adult patients, earned national and international acclaim. She has been appointed to several expert committees, with leadership roles in the American Academy of Neurology and American Headache Society. Dr. O’Brien is board certified in Neurology and Headache Medicine and is founder of CEO of Headache Center of Hope.

Susan Kellogg-Spadt, PhD, CRNP, IF, CSC, FCST

Susan Kellogg-Spadt, PhD, CRNP, IF, CSC, FCST
Director of Female Sexual Medicine
The Center for Pelvic Medicine, Bryn Mawr, PA

Dr. Kellogg performs direct patient care, consultative services as a vulvovaginal and pelvic pain specialist, researcher, educator, sexual dysfunction clinician and therapist. She is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health and serves on the executive Board of the National Vulvodynia Association.

Dr. Kellogg is a professor of OB/GYN at Drexel University College of Medicine, a professor of Human Sexuality at Widener University, an associate professor at Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, and clinical associate faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She is the Chair of the Global Development Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health.

Dr Kellogg is a certified sexuality counselor and therapist. She has authored and coauthored several books, chapters and peer-reviewed articles in the field of sexual medicine, and has been featured in The New York Times and on the Today Show, 20/20, CNN, and the Discovery Channel.

Risa Kagan, MD, FACOG, CCD, NCMP

Risa Kagan, MD, FACOG, CCD, NCMP
Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

Dr. Kagan is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist, a graduate of New York University and the Albany Medical College of Union University. She completed her internship-residency at the University of California San Francisco in 1982 and thereafter was on the full time faculty at UCSF. Subsequently, Dr. Kagan was in private practice in Berkeley, CA and since 2005, she has been practicing gynecology and doing clinical research with the Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation. Dr. Kagan continues to teach medical students and residents and is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco. In addition to her gynecology practice, she was previously co-medical director and principal investigator (PI) for multiple clinical trials at the Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education (FORE) in Oakland, CA, and now serves on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of American Bone Health (ABH). She is also a PI on numerous women’s health clinical research trials with the Jordan Research and Education Institute (REDI) of the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Sutter Health Research Institute. Dr. Kagan is the author or co-author of numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and is on the editorial board of Menopause. She is often an ad hoc reviewer for many other journals including the Journal of Women’s Health and The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

She is a North American Menopause Society (NAMS) certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP) and is certified by the International Society of Clinical Densitometry (CCD). She specializes in gynecology with particular focus on gynecologic surgery and women's health issues including menopause, bone health, female sexuality, and female cancer survivorship. She serves on many committees developing standards for many of these women’s health issues. She is actively involved in many professional organizations including the North American Menopause Society, where she served as treasurer and a member of the NAMS Board of Trustees 2006- 2012. She was the Scientific Chair for the 2013 NAMS annual meeting and continues to be actively involved. Dr. Kagan is well known as a communicator and teacher and is often approached by media, public forums and colleagues for her expertise. She enjoys teaching and is frequently an invited speaker at numerous national and international scientific meetings. Dr. Kagan has been listed for many years as one of the best Bay Area physicians in San Francisco and Oakland Magazines and nationally listed in US Best Doctors.

Sarah Pickle, MD

Sarah Pickle, MD
Associate Professor in Family & Community Medicine
University of Cincinnati

Dr. Pickle is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who has a specialty focus in transgender medicine and women’s health. Dr. Pickle completed her medical degree at University of Cincinnati in 2009 and her family medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University in 2012. She completed a women’s health fellowship at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 2013, after which she joined faculty at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson.

Returning back to her roots in the Midwest, Dr. Pickle joined the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2015 where she is an Associate Professor in Family and Community Medicine and Associate Director of Medical Education for the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Pickle is passionate about training the next generation of physicians in best practices of transgender medicine. With her colleagues, she developed a nationally recognized curriculum on training physicians in transgender medicine. Her recently published research outlines how to train more healthcare providers in transgender medicine in order care for transgender persons across the lifespan. Dr. Pickle lectures both locally and nationally on gender-affirming care and transgender medicine, and has been featured on both Morning Edition and Cincinnati Edition of National Public Radio. In recognition of her academic and clinical excellence, she has received the Women in Medicine Outstanding Leadership Award, the 2019 Transforming Care Medical Provider of the Year Award, the Cincinnati Pride Award and is a 2017 Cincinnati 40 Under 40 Award recipient. As a family and community medicine physician, Dr. Pickle recognizes that addressing health disparities faced by gender and sexual minority persons involves engaging the community as advocates and allies.

Laurie Birkholz, MD, NCMP

Laurie Birkholz, MD, NCMP
Founder and CEO
Laurie Birkholz, MD and Associates

Laurie Birkholz, MD, NCMP, is a board-certified Family Medicine physician and fellowship-trained Women’s Health specialist practicing in Southwest Michigan.

Dr. Birkholz received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed her residency in family practice at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, Ohio, and her women’s healthcare fellowship with Aurora Health Care, in Milwaukee, WI.

Certified by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) as a menopause and women’s health practitioner, Dr. Birkholz is a frequent lecturer on women’s health issues in the community. Her advanced training in women’s health allows for additional focus in areas that include menopausal medicine, sexual health and gynecology.

Dr. Birkholz believes in the importance of caring for the whole woman through a holistic approach based in lifestyle medicine and prevention, and she embraces the belief that knowledge is power. She strives to educate and empower her patients to lead their healthiest and most fulfilling lives. She is committed to providing a safe space that offers compassionate, evidence-based medicine while promoting social tolerance and equality.

Rachel Rubin, MD

Rachel Rubin, MD
Urologic Surgeon and Sexual Health specialist

Dr. Rubin is a board-certified urologic surgeon specializing in the treatment of sexual dysfunction in both men and women. Her expertise includes erectile dysfunction, pelvic pain, penile curvature, low testosterone, low libido, sexual arousal disorders, urinary incontinence, penile implants, and menopause care.

Dr. Rubin has participated in several clinical research trials and has presented at national and international conferences, including the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), and the American Urological Association. Named a Washingtonian Top Doctor in 2019, she is the education chair for the ISSWSH, an assistant professor in urology at Georgetown University, and an editor for the journal Sexual Medicine Reviews.

She completed a fellowship in male and female sexual dysfunction and prosthetic urology in San Diego under the guidance of Irwin Goldstein, MD, director of Sexual Medicine at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and founding editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, and Eugene Rhee, MD, MBA, Chief of Urology at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. She completed an internship in general surgery and residency in urology at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Rubin holds a medical degree and bachelor’s degree, graduating summa cum laude, from Tufts University.

Andrea Singer, MD, FACP, CCD

Andrea Singer, MD, FACP, CCDD
Associate Professor and Chief
Division of Women's Primary Care
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Singer’s clinical areas of expertise are women's primary care, osteoporosis, bone densitometry, osteoporosis, secondary fracture prevention, menopause, sexual health and medical and gynecologic disease. She is board certified in internal medicine and is a certified clinical densitometrist for interpretation of bone density testing. Dr. Singer is also clinical director of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine, and medical director of VIP Health Check. In addition, Dr. Singer has established a post-fracture care program and serves as director of Bone Densitometry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Kamilia Smith, MD

Kamilia Smith, MD
Founder and Director
Charleston House Gynecology

Dr. Smith is an OB/GYN and a fierce women’s health advocate in Texas and nationwide. She is a board-certified Fellow of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a certified menopausal health practitioner by the North American Menopausal Society, and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine at Baylor University Medical Center. Dr. Smith is also the founder of Charleston House Gynecology, which she created to provide a truly personalized healthcare experience for women beyond childbearing.

Prior to opening Charleston House, Dr. Smith co-founded Magnolia OB/GYN at Baylor University Medical Center. After graduating from Texas A&M, Dr. Smith served as a healthcare policy advocate in Washington, D.C. and then moved on to do so at the state level in Austin, TX. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor University Medical Center in 2007 where she continues to practice today.