Michael Krychman, MDCM
Michael L. Krychman, MDCM, is the Executive Director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine located in Newport Beach California. He is the former Co Director of The Sexual Medicine and Rehabilitation Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer. He also is a clinical sexologist and has completed his Masters in Public Health and Human Sexuality. Dr Krychman has a degree in Erotology, Sexual Education and Forensic Sexology. Dr Krychman is also an AASECT certified sexual counselor. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California Irvine, Division of Gynecological Oncology and the Medical Director of Ann’s Clinic, a high-risk program for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Survivors.
His special interests include menopausal health, hormone therapy, sexual pain disorders, and loss of libido, chronic medical illness and its impact on female sexual function as well as breast cancer sexuality. He is a well-known speaker who is featured locally, nationally and internationally. He has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been featured in many scientific journals and lay magazines. Dr. Krychman is an active reviewer for the Journal of Sexual Medicine. He was the Scientific Chairman for the 2010 International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health annual educational meeting. He is an active member in good standing in NCBC, NAMS, ISSM, ESSM, ISSWSH and AASECT. He has recently been appointed to the Standard Committee for ISSM and has been a guest professor at the ESSM Sexual Medicine Summer School in Oxford, England. He is a member of the North American Menopause Foundation Board of Directors. He is the creator of the recent WISH Initiative (Women’ Initiative on Sexual Health: www.yourvoiceyourwish.com) and the 2013 recipient of the WISH Outstanding Achievement award given by the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. He is also on the professional advisory board for the Patty Brisben Foundation and BreastCancer.org. He is writing a monthly column for breastcancer.org entitled SEX Matters.
Dr. Krychman’s has published 6 books including, 100 Questions & Answers for Women Living with Cancer: A Practical Guide to Female Cancer Survivorship has been recently published, 100 Questions and Answers about Women’s Sexual Wellness and Vitality and Breast cancer Sexuality, Sensuality and Intimacy. He has been featured on the Today show and in the New York Times and US News and World Report World Report, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Health Magazine and many others. He was recently named one of Orange County Top Doctors for 2014 in Menopause, Sexual Dysfunction and Vulvar Pain.
Barb Depree, MD, NCMP
Dr. Barb DePree, MD, NCMP, has been a women’s health provider for more than 20 years, and a menopause care specialist for the past seven. She was recently named the 2013 Certified Menopause Practitioner of the Year by the North American Menopause Society for “exceptional contributions” to menopause care, in recognition for the outreach, communication and education work she does through MiddlesexMD and her work as director of the Women’s Midlife Services at Holland Hospital, Holland, Mich.Specializing in midlife women’s health, ages 40-65, perimenopause and menopausal womens health and women’s sexual health. She is certified through the North American Menopause Society as a provider, and was named a Top 10 Social Healthmaker for Menopause in September of 2013 by Sharecare.
Mary Jane Minkin, MD, NCMP
Mary Jane Minkin grew up in New Jersey (which is why she has a strange accent) and attended Brown University and then Yale University School of Medicine where
she also did her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology. She joined Dr. Hanson in practice in 1979. Although interested in all aspects of women’s health, she has a special interest in menopause. She is an active member of the North American Menopause Society and is a Certified Menopause Clinician. She serves as medical advisor to a national menopause support group, the Red Hot Mamas, and is the women’s health advisor for Prevention Magazine. Mary Jane also lectures widely to both women and their clinicians.One of Mary Jane’s most important hobbies is teaching. She is a clinical professor at the Yale University School of Medicine teaching residents, medical students, undergraduates and an occasional class at Guilford High School. Mary Jane and her husband Steve live in Guilford. Their daughter Allie is currently attending her mom’s alma mater, and son Max has traveled far west to attend Stanford University.
Jan L. Shifren, MD, NCMP
Dr. Jan L. Shifren is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. She is a Reproductive Endocrinologist at the Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Service of Massachusetts General Hospital and Director of the Mass General Midlife Women’s Health Center. Dr. Shifren obtained her undergraduate degree from Yale College in New Haven, Connecticut, and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals. She completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Reproductive Endocrinology Center of the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Shifren currently divides her time among research, teaching, and patient care and has served as Principal Investigator for several important studies related to menopause. She has published numerous articles, abstracts, and book chapters and has delivered national and international presentations on menopause, hormone therapy, androgens for women, and female sexual function. In addition to NAMS, Dr. Shifren is active in numerous other professional societies, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Endocrine Society, and the Society for Gynecologic Investigation. She serves on the Editorial Boards of Menopause, Ob.Gyn News, and Menopausal Medicine. Her involvement in NAMS includes service on the Executive Committee, the Scientific Program Committee (Chair, 2011), and the Professional and Consumer Education Committees. She is a NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP). Dr. Shifren enjoys hiking, choral music, and spending time with her husband, John, and son, Andrew.
Dr. Debra Wickman, MD, NCMP
Dr. Debra Wickman is a gynecologist certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is the director of Sexual Medicine at the Women’s Center of Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Wickman completed medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle and continued on there to complete her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. After several years of private practice in obstetrics and gynecology, she went to the University of California, Los Angeles to complete a year-long postgraduate fellowship in Female Sexual Medicine. She spent the year doing research projects in the Female Sexual Medicine Center, providing patient care, and presenting research findings at several national meetings. She then went back to University of Washington as a faculty member in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, where she enjoyed training resident physicians and medical students, and seeing patients in her private clinic. Dr. Wickman is actively involved with the North American Menopause Society and is a certified menopause practitioner since 2003. She is also a member of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health and is experienced in prescribing bioidentical hormone therapy, and treating problems related to aging, menopause and sexual dysfunction.
Madeleine Castellanos, MD
Dr. Madeleine Castellanos is a New York based physician with over 15 years experience. Dr. Castellanos’ primary focus is sex therapy and hormone supplementation for overall wellbeing. As an MD and a psychotherapist, she prides herself on giving couples and individuals a holistic understanding of their sexual difficulties – incorporating physical, psychological, emotional, and relationship aspects to provide a comprehensive treatment. Dr. Castellanos helps couples and individuals enhance their sexual pleasure while maintaining a balance in their physical and emotional health. Says Dr. Castellanos- “Factors interfering with sexual performance and satisfaction are often a combination of variables, and our sexuality is never separate from who we are. Because of this, the treatment is always tailored to the specific needs of the couple/individual. Hormones are often out of balance, especially in our stress-filled life.” With proper testing and screening, she works with patients to balance hormones that contribute to health, well-being, and sexual functioning.
Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC
Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC is a psychotherapist specializing in intimacy, sex and relationships, and maintains a private practice in Houston, TX. Additionally, she is a renowned lecturer, author and television personality. Mary Jo has appeared on the national scene on The Steve Harvey Show, The Today Show, Nightline, Dateline, Montel and in 2 seasons of the TLC series Big Medicine. She contributes on-air for CNN’s Prime News, CBS up to the Minute, and Fox National Morning News. Mary Jo was also featured in a Discovery Channel show about Near Death Experiences (first air date Jan. 4, 2010).
Locally, she appears on KRIV Fox 26 Houston in her own segment, Mind, Body & Soul with Mary Jo, and on Saturday morning’s Relationship Challenge.Mary Jo is a contributing expert for Cosmopolitan Magazine, Women’s Health, First, The New York Daily News, Seventeen Magazine, Redbook, YourTango.com, MiddlesexMD.com and Self Magazine’s “Love and Relationship” section. Additionally, she is a “City Bright” blogger for the Houston Chronicle, and is a contributing columnist for HealthNewsDigest.com, Prime Living Magazine and Houston Family Magazine.
JEFF RINDT, M.A., LPC
Jeff Rindt, M.A. LPC, is the Director for Thrive365 Conference Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which houses our Counseling and Phone Coaching Center as well as our Media Studio for creating clinically based programs that offer specific help for common challenges people face in life and love. Jeff’s flourishing Practice is based on 35 years of experience in helping people of every age and walk of life, learn to improve themselves in the midst of difficulty and create a sense of personal satisfaction that eclipses any they’ve known. Jeff’s current work is the culmination of years of preparation. He did his formal Graduate Study in Psychotherapy at Rosemead School of Psychology and The Arizona School of Professional Psychology, where he earned a Master’s Degree and completed an additional 52 hours of Doctoral study in Clinical Psychology. Since then, his energy has been devoted to understanding the characteristics of healthy people and teaching a set of principles he calls “Thrive Psychology”, which is devoted to helping normal people live an optimal life. His refined clinical experience and communication skills make him an exceptional resource for people seeking to better themselves and live out their full potential. During the past decade he’s served as Marriage and Family / Human Sexuality Instructor for Tulsa Community College and participated in the leadership of Celebrate Recovery. He’s been a frequent speaker for The Oklahoma Marriage Initiative and is currently a Counselor Trainer for St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa. During his career he’s served as a Team Building Coach for Fortune 500 Businesses, Non-Profit Organizations and College and Professional Sports teams.