Hosts:

Heather Edwards, PT, Founder of Vino & Vulvas

Heather Edwards, PT, MPT has been a pelvic physical therapist for 15 years in western North Carolina. She is a University of Michigan trained Sexuality Counselor and Educator. She founded Vino & Vulvas in 2015 and it quickly became her favorite thing to do. She teaches community classes such as “Field Guide to Your Crotch” for trans men or trans women, and ‘Talking to Your Doctor About Your Nonbinary Crotch.” Heather created the Transgender Pelvic Health Survey (currently in progress) and teamed up with Nova Southeastern University and the Pelvic Health Research Initiative for its implementation and data analysis. In 2016, she presented at the Southeastern Transgender Health Summit on the topic of pelvic PT considerations for the surgical trans patient. She presented at the 2018 AASECT conference on the topic of BDSM/Kink and Pelvic Health with the fabulous, Aleece Fosnight, PA-C, CSC, CSE.

Despite all her clinical stuff, really Heather considers herself an artist… and if truth be told, she’d love to just draw fantastical crotch doodles all day. This unusual hobby has led to her creation of her first self-published book, Important Parts: A Coloring Book for the Crotch Enthusiast which is available at downtown bookstores in Asheville, at the V&V events, and online through amazon.

For information about how to schedule an appointment with Heather or for connecting with Vino & Vulvas, email vinoandvulvas@gmail.com. 

Jamie Brazell, M.Ed, LMFT, CST

Jamie has been consciously thinking about gender and sexuality for many years and is thrilled to offer services as a AASECT certified sex therapist and licensed therapist in her downtown Asheville private practice, Out of the Woods Therapy.

Back in 2002 and in Camden, New Jersey, Jamie began her journey in this field as a certified rape crisis counselor and advocate for survivors of domestic violence. Serving in this role informed many of her decisions around professional development - such as earning a BA in Women’s Studies from Temple University and a M.Ed. in Human Sexuality from Widener University. She later completed clinical training at West Gate Family Therapy in conjunction with earning a second Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. 

Jamie has done a lot of things that she’s super proud of in her career, including: writing curricula and facilitating workshops in Boulder, Colorado for LGBTQ ally development, participation in development of a pilot program for sexual abuse prevention for Boulder public schools, serving on the sex education advisory committee for Greenville, SC public schools, teaching sex education to at-risk youth in the upstate of SC, meeting with SC legislators regarding sex ed reform, creating and conducting an assembly for middle school children on the topic of bully awareness, and providing therapeutic counseling services to diverse populations of individuals, couples, and families in mental health agencies in SC and NC. 

In her current private practice, Jamie provides individual or relationship counseling for adults and teens with a specialization of helping clients overcome various sexual issues or concerns that may be causing shame or impacting relationships. For more information, please visit www.outofthewoodstherapy.com

Aleece Fosnight, PA-C, CSC, CSE

Aleece Fosnight has been working as a urology physician assistant for the past 5 years in Western North Carolina. She graduated from the University of Kentucky PA Program in 2011 and completed a postgraduate certificate at the University of Michigan in sexual health, as well as is a nationally certified sexual health counselor and educator. Aleece provides comprehensive urologic care to all generations.  Her training includes pelvic floor dysfunction, biofeedback, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, low libido, interstitial cystitis, menopause, female sexual health, low testosterone, erectile dysfunction, and LGBTQ urology care.  Aleece and her supervising physician provide bilateral orchiectomies to MtF patients, as well as other trans urology health care. She is the current president for the Association of Physician Assistants in Obstetrics and Gynecology (APAOG) and very active in promoting sexual health awareness to her local community through group sessions and presentations. She has worked closely with the local college as an advocate for sexual assault awareness on college campuses and helped them develop a new protocol for sexual assault prevention and safety. Find out more about Aleece and how to contact her HERE

Local Panelists: 

Kelley Johnson, Ph.D.

Kelley Johnson, Ph.D. has spent her entire career as a sexuality educator, practitioner, and advocate. Kelley's passion is to make the world a more sex-positive place. She works towards this goal by consulting with individuals and couples, educating people of all ages about sexuality, and training professionals and parents. She is a highly sought after speaker and an authority on sexuality throughout the life cycle. 

You can visit her website  kelleyjohnsonphd.com for more information. 

Grace Evins, MD

Grace is a native of North Carolina and attended both college and medical school at UNC Chapel Hill. She then completed her Ob-Gyn residency at MAHEC in Asheville, NC. She remained in Asheville in private practice after completing residency in 1999. After 13 years in group practice, Grace started her own practice in 2013. Her focus is on holistic and preventative care encompassing nutrition and supplements, fitness, as well as individualized hormone evaluation and therapy. Grace Evins is a Gynecologist whose interest in holistic wellness based health has increasingly directed her practice towards an integrative and functional approach to medicine.

She has expanded her practice to include Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for all genders at her current practice, Live Well in WNC, is located in Reynolds Mountain in Woodfin.

Dr. Evins was certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2002. Dr. Evins’ other professional societies include member of the Western Carolina Medical Society, member of the North American Menopause Society, member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

Papillon DeBoer, LPCA

Papillon is a local counselor for the Agency of Change, his private practice. He also provides contract counseling through Our voice for survivors of sexual trauma. Before acquiring his Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir Rhyne Asheville in June 2015, he worked for five years as a case manager at Trinity Place, a local crisis shelter for runaway, homeless and foster care youth ages 7-17. He is a musician, drummer, artist, writer, poet, father, husband, and friend. 

Debora D Meitz, MD

Debora D Meitz, MD previously practiced as a board certified family physician with a focus on women's health and alternative medicine in Key West, FL. she received a bachelors degree in political science and her medical degree from the University of Miami. 

As a holistic medical doctor, she believes strongly in the connection of mind, body, emotions, and spiritual factors in one's overall health. She has studied meditation, spirituality, and sexuality for many years as well as tantra (the integration of spirituality and sexuality) with teachers from all over the world. As a tantric and sacred sexuality educator, she helps women reclaim their birthright of sexual pleasure, the power of their authentic selves, and their Divine spiritual consciousness in lectures and workshops. She can be reached via email at info@tantradoctor.com. 

Kara Catrelle, MSW, LCSW

Kara Catrelle, MSW, LCSW is a Jungian psychotherapist who received initiation into the Tantric Om Kara Kriya tradition under the tutelage of Swami Anandakapila, direct disciple of Yogamaharishi Dr Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj of South India. From there she went on to study with the Ipsalu Tantra International lineage founded by Bodhi Avinasha, sannyasin with Tantric Master Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho). Kara also completed study and training in the Vedic tradition in Kerala, India and Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, IA. She blends Jungian Depth Psychological principles with Eastern Vedantic mysticism to form a truly holistic model for seekers on the path of individuation and wholeness. Currently, she owns and operates a psychotherapy private practice in Asheville, NC and enjoys playing the sitar in her free time. To learn more, please visit www.karacatrelle.com

Taylor Walker, LCSW-A, LCAS-A

Taylor holds a Masters of Social Work degree from Western Carolina University. Her B.A. is in Psychology with a double minor in criminal justice and public health from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Taylor's clinical experience includes working with adolescents and adults at Family Preservation Services Asheville as therapist and assessor. I work with clients who deal with a range of mental and/or behavioral health issues including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, substance use, personality disorders and psychotic disorders. I use various approaches to treatment such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and psychoeducation to assist my clients in gaining knowledge and wisdom to learn to separate themselves from their symptoms.

She participates in regular professional trainings and consultations throughout the year. She is currently pursuing a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner certification. She can be reached twalke64@gmail.com. 

Catie Beaulieu, MA, MBA, LPC, CPT

I am a modern-day, gestalt psychotherapist in private practice at Gestalt Wellness Studio.  I am part of a gestalt collective in Asheville, Blue Ridge gestalt, and serve on the board for the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy.  I specialize in the now and work with people.  You can visit me at www.gestaltwellnessstudio.com.    

Doris Gordon, PhD, ABPP, CST

I am passionate about my clinical work. With over 30 years experience as a licensed psychologist and a certified sex therapist I approach my work with the knowledge that a trusting connection and a safe space form the foundation from which growth and change occur. I listen with compassion and facilitate dialogue between us.

Each of us has a personal story and the environment in which we were raised has a tremendous impact how we view the world and relationships. I honor differences and value each person's uniqueness.

As a sex therapist I am versed in the complexities of physical, emotional and cultural components of sexuality. I value diversity and am experienced in the wide range of attitudes and behaviors in sexual expression. 

You can reach me for a consultation at (828) 528-1537

Taylor Johnson, Tantra Educator

Taylor Johnson (he/him) was first exposed to conscious sexuality about 12 years ago when he was looking for solutions to overcome premature ejaculation. Freshly completing a yoga teacher training, he came across a book that merged sexuality and spirituality, blowing his mind and changing his life. Since then, Taylor has been actively studying and practicing yoga, qigong, Taoist Sexuality, Tantra, and communication. He loves sharing his passion for conscious sexuality with people in a way that combines reverence for life with real-world practicality. 

Iva Veazey

While Iva was a music major in college and spent most of the past 30 years teaching, composing, and performing music, things changed when she started her studies in Performance Wellness with Dr Louise Montello 2009-10 (a program based in yoga science, behavioral science, and music therapy) and meditation studies. As her own personal sexuality and lifestyle truth began to emerge through these intense inner focused studies, it became evident that Sex Coaching was a greater calling. She could see, as her own truth began to surface, that others were suffering too, from suppressing their true selves - ESPECIALLY their sexual selves.  

Iva’s dream and goal is to be a safe and healing force in the LGBTQ+ community as a Sex Coach. Iva hopes to assist others in finding their way into a new and more fulfilled life, without guilt or shame. Her aim is to be a powerful resource for the ever-expanding world of gender/sexuality/relationship diversity. She is the founder and facilitator of a creative enhancing , self empowering workshop series based on deep relaxation, music/art therapy, and restorative movement called Summon Your Muse which she now intends to offer as support and empowerment sessions for the LGBTQ+ community. 

She is a student member of the World Association of Sex Coaches (WASC), a certified Performance Wellness Coach, a certified Transformation Meditation Facilitator, and student at Sex Coach University in California- expected graduation: late August 2018. And for fun: a few of her compositions are listed here: https://www.reverbnation.com/ivaveazey

website: ivaveazey.com

Dr. H. Brooks Hooper

A native of Gallatin, TN, Dr. Hooper attended Washington and Lee University for his undergraduate studies. Dr. Hooper's special interests include stone disease, kidney cancer, benign conditions of the prostate, and men's health. He is board certified by the American Board of Urology and is a member of the American Urological Association. You can reach him at Asheville Urological Associates

Kiran Sigmon, MD, OB/GYN

Dr. Kiran Sigmon is a general obstetrician and gynecologist with a particular interest in the diagnosis and management of vulvar skin disease and sexual pain. She started the MAHEC Vulvar Clinic in 2006 to assist other providers in the WNC region with difficult cases including recurrent vaginitis, lichen sclerosis, lichen planus, lichen simplex chronicus and vulvodynia, to name a few. She works with other local providers to provide patients with opportunities to explore treatments including physical therapy, acupuncture, and nutritional counseling. She also helps patients address the psychosocial components of living with chronic pain by working closely with local mental health professionals. Dr. Sigmon feels strongly about educating patients, other providers and the community about issues related to genital health and sexuality, and many local physicians rotate seeing patients with her in the Vulvar Clinic. You can reach Dr. Sigmon through the MAHEC clinic

Tuesday Vee, MA, NCC

Mx. Tuesday Vee is an artist, mental health professional, and educator. They have worked with Tranzmission for the last nine years. Tuesday is passionate about building resilient networks of support within our extended community.  Tuesday also has trained on a national, state and local level with Tranzmission.  They have also co-instructed for Pelvic Guru for the Boot Camp with Trans Module course and has been on several Vino & Vulvas panels starting back in 2015. To contact Tuesday:  Tuesday@tranzmission.org

Susannah Haarmann, PT

Susannah Haarmann, PT, WCS, CLT is a board certified Women's Clinical Specialist of the American Physical Therapy Association and certified lymphedema therapist. She completed her residency in women's health at Duke University & Medical Center in 2012. As a faculty member with the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, Susannah teaches continuing education courses to medical practitioners around the United States on topics such as urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, colorectal conditions and breast cancer rehabilitation. She wrote the course 'Rehabilitation for the Breast Cancer Patient' which she teaches globally and is an international expert in this arena. Susannah is an author and private practice owner. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina. When she is not teaching, writing or treating you will likely find her galavanting in the woods of her home in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You can find her at www.yourcorept.com.

Susie Gronski, DPT, PRPC, WCS

Dr. Susie Gronski is a licensed doctor of physical therapy and a Board Certified Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner and Women’s Clinical Specialist. Simply put, she’s the doctor for ‘everything down there.’ Her passion is to make you feel comfortable about taboo subjects like sex and private parts.

 Dr. Susie is the creator of a unique 6 Day One-On-One Intensive helping men and women with pelvic pain become experts in treating themselves. She doesn’t beat around the bush... literally. She’s determined to make sure you know that there’s help for painful ejaculation, problems with the joystick, discomfort or pain during sex, and for those embarrassing moments when you pee yourself. Ah-choo!

 Connect with her by visiting www.drsusieg.com

Melanie Sutton, DPT, WCS, CLT

Melanie has been practicing as a physical therapist since 1994 and has been doing pelvic physical therapy since 2008. She is a certified lymphedema therapist and CAPP and board certified as a Women’s Care Specialist. She is passionate about working with pelvic health and oncology rehabilitation and has specialized in this area for the past 10 years . She likes to say, “If things aren’t going well in the bedroom and the bathroom, if affects all areas of your life”. Melanie currently practices pelvic PT with Carepartners. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with her, call (828)213-0845 or have your referring physician fax an order to (828)213-0848. Check out carepartners.org for more info. To contact Melanie directly, email her at melanie.sutton@msj.org.

Special Guests: 

Tracy Sher, PT, MPT

As founder and CEO of the private practice, Sher Pelvic Health and Healing, and the global online platform, Pelvic Guru, ­­­­Tracy has built a strong following of loyal patients and practitioners in Orlando, FL and around the world. Orlando Family Magazine named Tracy “Readers’ Choice for Best Doctor for Women 2016” in the area of female pelvic medicine – the only physical therapist on the list. She travels the country and the world sharing her expertise, teaching courses and speaking to women and health professionals. She is exceptional in building her brand by sharing her unique talents with others and thrives on being a connector to bring people together.

Tracy served on the Board of Directors for the International Pelvic Pain Society and was a main speaker at the most recent Third World Congress for Abdominal and Pelvic Pain Conference hosted by IPPS in October, 2017. Tracy has a passion for treating complex pelvic pain, sexual pain and pudendal neuralgias and is committed to improving women's health care across the lifespan - pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond.

You can learn more about her at www.pelvicguru.com and www.sherpelvic.com

Bernard J. Newton, Jr. MS, LPC, LSAT

Bernie is the owner of Newton Psychotherapy & Consulting, where he is a licensed professional counselor in private practice and a business consultant to other psychotherapists. Having received a degree in Neuroscience from William & Mary and a Masters in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary, he enjoys postmodern conversations around the intersections of neurophysiology, mental health, family systems, and a broad view of spirituality. Throw sexuality in that mix, and he is having a blast! 

Bernie has been a lay sex educator for his peers since middle school and continues that tradition of education and support in his practice. As a gay man who grew up in a conservative southern household, his personal journey has helped him develop a strong passion for supporting folks as they discover a sense of freedom, depth, and wholeness in their sexuality. In order to foster this work, he is currently fulfilling the educational requirements for certification as a sex therapist and sexuality educator through the Sexual Health Certificate Program at the University of Michigan. 

When not in the office, Bernie can be found on and offstage at his local community theatre and enjoying life in downtown Winston-Salem, NC, with his husband, Chris. You can learn more about his services and contact him at www.newtonpsych.com

Rev. DiAnna Ritola

Rev. DiAnna Ritola is an ordained Interfaith Minister who has spent the past decade studying and practicing the intersections of spirituality and sexuality as they come alive in intimate relationships. She has been speaking and teaching about sexuality, body image, and sex and religion to many diverse groups in the United States and abroad.

She is passionate about healing the sexual wounds that many of us carry around and that impact our relationships with sex, self, others, and the Divine.

DiAnna knows first-hand that to separate your sexual being from your spiritual self can deny the full expression of who you are – and can even contribute to health problems ranging from physical ailments to psychological and spiritual breakdowns. DiAnna has lived this reality and now teaches what she knows to be true: We are created with the capacity and the desire to seek out and enjoy sexual pleasure, and to deny this is to turn our backs on our Divine Humanity.

DiAnna believes that the more we talk about our bodies, sex, and sexuality with honesty, humor, and compassion the better able we are to celebrate the fact that sexual intimacy can be a fantastic athletic adventure, a fun and giggly interlude, as well as one of the most spiritual journeys we can undertake. 

She serves both individuals and couples in her private practice and can be found at www.DiAnnaRitola.com

Chelsea Wakefield, Ph.D., LCSW

Chelsea is an international presenter on the topic of archetypal sexuality and spirituality.  She is a Jungian orientedpsychotherapist, AASECT certified sex therapist, author, retreat leader and the creator of the Luminous Woman Weekend®.  She has spent over twenty years facilitating people in moving beyond the wounds of the past, accessing their archetypal potential and living more vibrant and meaningful lives. Chelsea draws from a depth of training in clinical and transpersonal methods and helps people anchor insights into the body and to integrate them into the flow of real life experience.  She is devoted to helping women develop their “luminous potential” and helping couples achieve more presence and passion in an enlivened, enriched sexual connection.

 She is the author of Negotiating the Inner Peace Treaty: Becoming the Person You were Born to Be and In Search of Aphrodite: Women Archetypes and Sex Therapy, which will be published by Routledge this coming summer.

 You can learn more about her Luminous Woman® Weekend Retreat as well as finding out the next dates by visiting her website at www.chelseawakefield.com

Chelsea has taken a professorship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock where she is launching a new program called The Couples Center- a clinic for couples therapy and a training program for clinicians who want to become proficient in this important area of practice. Of course sexuality is an important component of the program!