Our team of sexual health experts
The members of our team represent multiple specialties, including Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychiatry, Psychology and Physical Therapy. All have demonstrated a commitment and interest in sexual health issues and have experience dealing with sexual problems.
Richard Balon, M.D., is Professor, Associate Residency Training Director, and Director of Master of Science in Psychiatry Program at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, and also Professor of Anesthesiology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is also a member of Graduate Faculty at Wayne State University. He has published widely on the issue of sexual dysfunction associated with medications and human sexuality, including two books, “Sexual Pharmacology” and “Handbook of Sexual Dysfunction.” He serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. Dr. Balon's areas of clinical expertise include sexual dysfunction in general as well as sexual dysfunction associated with various medications, mood and anxiety disorders and clinical psychopharmacology.
Tina FitzGerald, P.T., graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy in 1989 from Oakland University. She specialized in manual therapy for the general orthopedic population for the first 10 years of practice. Tina underwent extensive training in the Norwegian Orthopedic Manual Therapy program at Oakland University from 1994-1996. She earned her certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 1998. Tina began specializing in pelvic floor dysfunction in 1998, taking an estimated 500+ hours of hands-on pelvic floor coursework to further her specialty. She uses her manual therapy specialty background combined with pelvic floor education in treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction to create the best clinical response for physical rehabilitation. She is a founding board member for the Comprehensive Study and Investigation of Pelvic Floor Disorders of Michigan, and is in the final stages of completing the requirements to earn Certification in Achievement of Pelvic Physical Therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association.
Jane Frahm, P.T., received her undergraduate degree and physical therapy training at Simmons College in Boston, Mass. She has been employed at the DMC since 1984 and is currently Coordinator of Women’s Health Physical Therapy at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. She works with patients with urinary or fecal incontinence, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, pelvic floor muscle spasm, vaginismus, pelvic pain, abdominal and vaginal and/or rectal scar restrictions, perinatal musculoskeletal dysfunction, and children with dysfunctional voiding issues. She utilizes Surface EMG, and electrical stimulation as adjuncts to physical therapy assessment and treatment programs, and is adding real time ultrasound for diagnosis and patient education in the near future. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, International Continence Society and has served in leadership positions in the National Association for Continence. She is certified in pelvic floor biofeedback and has completed testing requirements for American Physical Therapy Association Section on Women’s Health Certification in Pelvic Physical Therapy. She has lectured nationally and internationally, and is a contributor to professional literature regarding the pelvic floor.
Dana Tautfest, PsyD., is a licensed clinical psychologist and American Assoication of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists-certified sex therapist. She treats individuals and couples in an outpatient setting and believes that healthy sexual functioning is an important aspect of overall health. Dr. Tautfest earned her degree at George Washington University, completed her predoctorate internship at the University of Michigan and completed a three-year post-doctoral fellowship before entering clinical practice and continuing on to complete the AASECT certification. Trained from a strong psychodynamic orientation, she considers presenting and other symptoms in context. Biological (medical), psychological (emotional) and social (relational) factors are evaluated and explored to establish the most complete understanding of the patient's condition. She believes that sexual health, functioning and expression impact a person's identity and self-esteem, making optimal treatment a critical factor in ongoing development.
Terri Woodard, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist with a special interest and expertise in sexual health and medicine. As a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar, she conducted studies of women’s sexual function as indicated by psychophysiologic methods, including vaginal photoplethysmography, labial thermistry, genital sensation and functional magnetic resonance imaging. She has assisted with several large-scale pharmaceutical trials evaluating medications for the treatment of low libido in women. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, where she serves on the Sexual Interest Group Committee, and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. She has written and published articles and lectured on issues of sexual health and medicine.
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