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 returns to the West Michigan area and has 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. She is thrilled to join the staff of the Center For Women‘s Sexual Health and build this aspect of women’s health care into our practice. 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.
Olivia Wolbers CMA
Olivia completed her medical assistant certification in 2013. Joining the Center in 2017, she is dedicated to serving the needs of the women who trust us with their health. She brings with her a solid background from a career in family practice and is excited to continue to grow and learn within the specialty of women’s health and sexual health. She would like to encourage you to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Grace joined our staff as our front desk scheduler and receptionist in 2015. She has previously worked for an after-hours answering service providing triage care for several physicians and hospital systems in the greater Grand Rapids area. She is excited to be involved in the fascinating and ever evolving world of Women’s Health and greets all of our patients with compassion, understanding, and enthusiasm.
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.
Sara Apol MPH
Sara Apol, a Grand Rapids native, has spent time living and working in Ann Arbor and Los Angeles. Sara has her BA in History and received her Master‘s in Public Health in April of 2016, both from Grand Valley State University. Passionate about reproductive rights, she focused her MPH studies on women’s health and health equity.
She has over ten years of experience working as a server and currently works with her beer loving friends at Harmony Brewing Company in Eastown. In her free time, Sara loves practicing yoga, traveling, and volunteering for her favorite local non-profits. Her dedication to women‘s health issues and answers aligns her perfectly with the Center’s mission to empower and educate women. Sara welcomes any questions you may have!