The Center was founded by Nisha McKenzie PA-C and Stephen Dalm DO. It creates an environment to empower women to embrace sexuality in a manner that is comfortable and healthy for them and for their relationships. Nisha has focused her training specifically on female sexual dysfunction, sexuality counseling, and sexuality education. Dr. Dalm is a board certified gynecologist and surgeon also focusing on female sexual health and its relation to overall health. Together this team is able to provide the most comprehensive approach to the treatment of female sexuality.
Our mission is to give women a voice. We will achieve this by offering empathic, non-judgmental, evidence based healthcare with honesty and integrity. We will culture an environment that embodies health, wellness, and pleasure as basic human rights. In this, we are committed to ensuring that patients feel respected and comfortable, and that employees feel valued and encouraged.
Meet the Team
Stephen Dalm DO
Dr. Dalm has practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in West Michigan since 1988. He is a board certified OB/GYN and clinical professor of medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. His focus has been on minimally invasive surgery for pelvic pain and endometriosis. He has dedicated his career to Women’s Health and further education for new medical providers in general women’s health as well as sexual medicine.
Nisha McKenzie PA-C, CSC, IF
AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor
Grand Valley State University Affiliate Clinical Faculty
Teaching Faculty University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program
Nisha has worked in both primary care and Women’s Health since 2002. Unsatisfied with the answers she was (and those she was not) able to answer to the recurring questions about sexual health, she turned her focus to female sexual health in 2011.
Since that time, she has dedicated her career to finding the answers to seemingly unanswerable questions. She is now one of only 3 PAs in the country to be an AASECT certified sexuality counselor. The world of female sexual health is only starting to become a recognized issue in overall health. Whether your question is about sexuality with a partner or without a partner, it is a valid question and she would like to assure you that this is a safe place to explore those questions.
Erin Walker PA-C
Erin joined the Center in 2017. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University’s Physician Assistant program, and has been practicing in the Grand Rapids area since 2012. She has worked in both primary care and psychiatry and has a special interest in female sexual medicine. Erin also has a special certification in perinatal mood disorders. She has worked with women’s behavioral health including post-partum depression, anxiety, and psychosis. Erin practices in gynecology as well as treating patients with anti-depressant induced sexual dysfunction. She has been a fantastic asset to the Center!
Lily Dawson, PT, DPT
After 10 years in Chicago, Lily returned to the West Michigan area and joined our practice to help develop our new Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Department. She has practiced in both Orthopeadic and Women’s Health fields; she is focusing on her Pelvic Rehab Specialist Certification at present.
Lily integrates yoga and pilates into an in-depth and progressive deep core strengthening and stabilization program. She utilizes manual techniques and an integrative mind-body approach to balance the musculoskeletal system, diminish pain, and restore movement.
Her training and work to date highlight her passion for assisting women to attain their highest potential in health. If you have any questions about pelvic floor physical therapy, or what this can treat, please feel free to ask!
Amber Lukaart CMA
Amber has been working in Women’s Health as a Certified Medical Assistant since 2004. She is passionate about health care for women, especially obstetrics and caring for women after cancer. She has worked side by side with Nisha since 2004 and together they have enjoyed encouraging each other’s passion and expansion of knowledge in women’s health.
Madisyn Vacanti CMA, CNA
Madisyn joined our team in 2019. She is a graduate of Allendale High School and has completed both her CMA and CNA. Previously working in health care for a major hospital system, Madisyn was inspired by all of the strong women in her life to pursue a career in women’s health. She has found her passion for helping women understand their bodies and how to express their feelings. This excitement has lead her to expand her knowledge of health care and how it pertains to women.
Grace joined our staff as our front desk scheduler and receptionist in 2015 and has evolved into our Surgical Coordinator & Patient-Provider Relations specialist. She has previously worked for an answering service providing triage care for several physicians and hospital systems in the area but has always had a passion for women’s health. In her free time, she volunteers with MomsBloom, an organization providing support for newly postpartum mamas & their families, and hopes to eventually journey toward midwifery. Grace takes pride in being able to walk patients through OB care to scheduling a hysterectomy, and everything in between, with knowledge and compassion.
Karen Stauffer RDSM
Karen was trained through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography graduating in 1982. She has lived in Michigan and specialized in Women’s Health since 1998. Practicing in hospitals, private practices, and the mobile industry has provided her with a wealth of experience and knowledge which she applies to each patient she sees on a daily basis.
Ellie joined our team in June of 2019. She has previously worked as both a peer sex educator and a community organizer with Planned Parenthood. This work sparked her passion for sexual education and liberation. Ellie has a BA in Psychology from Kalamazoo College, where she was involved in sexual assault prevention, education, and trauma support. During her junior year at K College, Ellie studied sexology abroad in Australia. In her free time, Ellie enjoys sweatpants, collecting lipstick, and being a helicopter mom to her guinea pig, Wylie.
Allison Veneklase, MBA
Allison (also known as Alli) joined the center in May of 2019. She was born and raised in West Michigan and graduated Davenport University with both her Bachelor‘s and Master’s in Business Administration. Alli brings with her a background in Human Resources with her 8 years of diverse experience in the field, having managed multiple areas of Human Resources both in a large corporate setting as well as in a mid-size non-profit hospital setting. Alli strives to make a lasting difference in the community with her work and is passionate about advocating for and empowering women. She is thrilled to be able to apply that passion to the amazing work of Grand Rapids OB/GYN and Center for Women’s Sexual Health. Alli believes every woman (and man) can be positively impacted and liberated by this work and looks forward to being able to bring it to more women in the community.
Nicholette has worked with families and children since 2003, focusing on early childhood education and development. That experience motivated her to pursue her passion of body positivity. Nicholette is currently working towards a BA in Child and Family Development from Western Michigan University and plans to continue her education in sexual health education. She is passionate about educating not only women, but all people about sexual health.
Her passion for body positivity is seen in her work with the non-profit, Better Body Image Conference. She is also a board member for a volunteer organization. In her free time, Nicholette is singer and performer, avid cat mom, and passionate traveler.
Amy Bragagnini R.D.
Amy graduated in 2005 from Central Michigan University with a Master’s Degree of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. She received her credentials as a Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition in 2008, and has continued to practice in oncology for 16 years. In 2016, Amy obtained a new position at the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven Health (YNHH) and relocated to Connecticut. She worked there for 2 ½ years evolving her knowledge and exposure to a diverse diagnosis and patient population. When her previous position became available again at Mercy Health—Lacks Cancer Center, she was able to return home and offer an expanded practice and fresh perspective to colleagues and patients she loved so much. Amy is excited to contribute unique insights and integrate the view of nutrition to the comprehensive team at The Center for Woman’s Sexual Health.
Raechel Morrow TIYT-E, BSW, HHP, E- RYT 500
With a background in social work, philosophy, yoga, trauma-informed therapies, holistic wellness, and heart-centered coaching, Raechel Morrow, has facilitated Yoga classes, workshops, lectures, retreats, and training programs since 2005. Today, Raechel is a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and the Executive Director of the Body Mind Being Project. She has facilitated trauma-informed therapeutic Yoga teacher training programs since 2015. She provides a compassionate, empowering, and nurturing way to empower oneself to a greater level of healing than believed possible. Using somatic (body-based) techniques, Raechel draws from a multi-disciplinary well of modalities that support the body’s intuitive and innate healing abilities. Raechel does not position herself as a "healer", "guru", "expert", or "therapist" instead she trusts the inner resiliency and inner knowing inside of each person. Because of this, every session is unique and experiential. Raechel works closely with women whose lives have been affected by childhood trauma, sexual assault, domestic violence, and disordered eating.