The Body Agency is Revolutionizing Health and Sexual Wellness
We’re providing a single source for all things fem-care, normalizing the conversation around women's natural being and eliminating fem-shame once and for all.
A woman’s body is a powerhouse. It can do extraordinary things.
The Body Board
Our female founded Body Board of doctors, practitioners, and medical experts as well as contributing industry leaders and wellness advocates make up what we call The Body Agency Body Board.
Keira Barr, MD
Women's Wellness Expert
Dr. Keira Barr is an author, global speaker, coach and physician who helps high-achieving women let go of perfectionism and self-doubt and embrace confidence and courage instead. She has helped thousands of women quiet their inner critic to amplify their own voices and live their most authentic life.
She is the proud author of The Skin Whisperer, which is a roadmap to vitality, self awareness and resilience.
Dr. Keira is a dual-board certified integrative dermatologist, certified as an Advanced Practitioner of Mind-Body Medicine and a trauma informed life coach. She is also the founder of the Resilient Health Institute and creator of the Skinny Dipping Method.
Through workshops, coaching and her books, Dr. Keira has taught women around the globe tools and strategies to inspire and empower them to live confidently and comfortably in their own skin.
Louann Brizendine, MD
Neuropsychiatrist and Women's Moods and Hormones Expert
Dr. Louann Brizendine, MD, is a neuropsychiatrist at the University of California, San Francisco and the author of The Female Brain and The Male Brain. She is founder and director of the Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic and the Teen Girls' Mood and Hormone Clinic. Her newest book, "THE UPGRADE: How the Female Brain Gets Stronger and Better in Midlife and Beyond," launches this April.
Kelly Casperson, MD
Dr. Casperson is a board-certified practicing urologist interested in the power of the mind and science to change our views of sexuality. After many years in practice she had a life changing patient that made her curious to learn everything she could about female sexual wellness. This inspired her to create a podcast You Are Not Broken.
From that she has created online courses teaching women the fundamentals of their anatomy and physiology, discussing their limiting beliefs, and normalizing their normal female sexual function, to empower them to live their best love lives.
Through pursuit of certification through the Life Coach School and the North American Menopause Society, she now combines her medical knowledge with mind-work to help women with surgical precision.
Certified Mind-Body Fertility Specialist
Monika is a fertility coach with focus on the mind-body connection providing emotional, lifestyle and practical support for women who are ready to take charge of their fertility. She is also a health & life coach and yoga & meditation instructor, offering her clients a holistic approach to fertility. Her own long journey to becoming a mom (4 rounds of IVF and a miscarriage for baby #1, naturally conceived baby #2) has made her passionate about helping make your path easier.
Lyndsey Harper, MD
Lyndsey Harper, MD is the Founder and CEO of Rosy, an app for women with decreased sexual desire and other sexual problems. Dr. Harper created Rosy out of frustration when she couldn’t find a modern and accessible resource to help her many patients with this problem. Rosy is a resource to connect the 84 million women in the US with sexual problems with hope, community, and research-backed solutions to improve their lives. Dr. Harper is Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn for Texas A&M College of Medicine, a Fellow of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health.
Heather Hirsch, MD, MS, NCMP
Doctor and Menopause Health Specialist
Dr. Hirsch is board-certified in Internal Medicine and completed advanced fellowship training in Women’s Health at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Hirsch now practices consultative menopause at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston Massachusetts and is faculty at Harvard Medical School. Her practice focus on perimenopause and menopause symptom reduction, hormone therapy, genitourinary syndrome of menopause, sexual health, breast, and bone health. Her academic work centers on enhancing midlife women’s health education for the clinician, resident, and medical student. Dr. Hirsch also teaches at the local, regional, and national levels as an expert in her field.
Somi Javaid, MD
Dr. Somi Javaid is a board certified OBGYN physician/surgeon. She specializes in menopause, minimally invasive surgery, sexual medicine, general gynecology, laser surgery and ultrasound. Honored by her peers, in 2014 she was named a Cincinnati Top Doc and is now considered an expert in sexual medicine and menopause. Dr. Javaid earned her education at Northwestern University, (Bachelor of Arts, Neurobiology 1993-1997), University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (1997-2001) and the University of Cincinnati Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency (2001-2005; Chief Resident 2004-2005). She has a post graduate certification in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery and is credited with various publications / presentations. Professional memberships include: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology–Board-Certified, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ohio State Medical Association, Warren County Medical Association, North American Menopause Society and International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH).
Dr. Javaid’s mission is to empower women to take charge of their own health & wellness. This admirable volition led her to establish a private medical practice and medical spa in 2015. With 3 active children, a busy husband, and a down-to-earth outlook on life, she understands the stresses and desires of women today. Dr. Javaid enjoys encouraging women and practicing medicine, traveling, hiking, cooking and yoga.
Jill Krapf, MD
Gynecologist Specializing in Female Sexual Pain
Dr. Jill Krapf is a board-certified Obstetrician Gynecologist specializing in female sexual pain disorders and the Associate Director of The Center for Vulvovaginal Disorders in Washington, D.C. She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is a North American Menopause Society (NAMS)-certified menopause practitioner. Dr. Krapf is active in research and has published chapters and peer-reviewed articles on vulvodynia and vulvar lichen sclerosus. She is Associate Editor for the medical journal Sexual Medicine, as well as for the textbook Female Sexual Pain Disorders, 2nd Edition. She is also an author of the upcoming second edition of the book, “When Sex Hurts: Understand and Healing Pelvic Pain.” She is a Fellow and on the Board of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), serving as Chair of the Social Media Committee. She shares educational content on her Instagram @jillkrapfmd.
Laurie Mintz, Ph.D.
Dr. Laurie Mintz is a feminist professor, author, speaker, and therapist. As a tenured Professor at the University of Florida, she teaches the Psychology of Human Sexuality to hundreds of undergraduate students each year. She is the author of two popular press books-both written with the aim of empowering women sexually: Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters and How to Get It (HarperOne, 2017) and A Tired Woman's Guide to Passionate Sex: Reclaim Your Desire and Reignite Your Relationship (Adams Media, 2009). With this same goal of providing scientifically-accurate, sex-positive information to enhance female pleasure, Dr. Mintz writes a popular Psychology Today blog and gives presentations and workshops to professionals and lay audiences, including a recent TEDx talk. Finally, for over 30 years, Dr. Mintz has also maintained a small private practice, working with both individuals and couples on general and sexual issues.
Erica Montes, MD, FACOG
Dr. Erica Montes is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and the creator of The Modern Mujer Women's Health Blog. Her vision to create this blog started soon after delivering her third son and realizing that there are not many places on the internet for people to find expert information about their health, let alone in English and Spanish!
The foundation for her blog combines her medical knowledge, life experiences, and approachable personality to create a safe space to learn about your body. She is proud to be one of the few Latina physicians in the United States and hopes her work and visibility can decrease some of the health care disparities seen in her community.
She attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and was elected as one of the chief residents in her last year of residency at the largest program in the country at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. She practices in Arizona and loves delivering babies, performing minimally invasive gynecological surgery, and providing patient advocacy. Aside from being a full-time physician and medical blogger, she is the mama to three beautiful boys who keep her grounded.
Blair Peters, MD
Plastic Surgeon and LGBTQI Activist
Dr. Blair Peters (He/They) is an Assistant Professor in both the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and De-partment of Urology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with Dual Fellowship training, having attended medical school and com-pleted his residency training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Manitoba with a special focus on microsurgery. He completed his first fellowship in peripheral nerve, hand and microsurgery at the prestigious Washington University in St Louis. He is one of the first surgeons in North America to complete an additional fellowship in comprehen-sive Gender-Affirming Surgery at OHSU in Portland training in both plastic surgery and urology. In practice he performs fa-cial, chest and genital gender affirming surgery and complex peripheral nerve surgery. A large part of his practice focuses on phalloplasty and vaginoplasty surgery. He aims for clinical innovation and uses his unique training to bring techniques of modern nerve surgery into the field of gender-affirming sur-gery. His research interests are focused on sensory and ero-genous outcomes following genital gender-affirming surgery and the development of novel nerve transfers. Outside of clini-cal practice, he is both a member and a strong advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community. He frequently speaks on panels, creates educational materials and advocates for policy change and increased coverage for gender-affirming surgery and the broader rights of all queer people. He strives to con-tinue to be a strong queer voice in medicine and surgery. You can find him on Instagram @queersurgeon
Perimenopausal and Menopausal Healthcare Expert
Andrea Pleune is a board certified physician assistant. She has worked in various fields of medicine including hospital medicine, family medicine, urgent care and woman’s health. Her passion is women's hormone health. She specializes in treating women who are perimenopausal and menopausal. She has had extensive training on hormone health, she helps her patients achieve hormonal balance in the most effective and safe way. In addition, she created a successful medical weight loss program that empowers her patients to take control of their health. Andrea was raised in a bicultural environment and is fluent in Spanish. She has volunteered in Guatemala setting up women's health clinics in small rural communities bringing medical care to underserved mayan communities. She is committed to helping improve healthcare access and education for all women. As a mother of two daughters, she is committed to continue educating and empowering women about their bodies.
Ricki Pollycove, MD
Doctor and Women’s Health Expert
Dr. Ricki Pollycove is a Fellow of the American Congress of ObGyn, FACOG, and since July 1981, medical staff at California Pacific Medical Center. She is an active member of the American Society of Breast Diseases, and an elected “Fellow of the NCBC” for recognition of her decades of service regarding prevention, early diagnosis, multidisciplinary treatment and survivor care of women with breast cancer. She bridges clinical care with the academic and larger societal worlds, condensing the vast literature on hormones as they positively or negatively influence risk for disease in women. From contraceptive choices, menstruation to menopause, Dr. Ricki is a world expert on health concerns that wield special impact on women. She integrates 40 years of clinical experience with body image, menstrual regulation, mood disorders such as PMS-PMDD, postpartum depression, post menopausal depression, breast cancer and dementia concerns for women of all ages.
Board Certified Ayurveda Practitioner
A psychotherapist for 30 years, Kathryn is a Master Teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work both clinically and as an educator specializing in the treatment of individuals with anxiety, depression and complex trauma. As a C-IAYT, NAMA-BC board certified Ayurvedic practitioner, and EMDR Therapist, Kathryn has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the principles of yoga, ayurveda and psychology in both her clinical work and educational offerings on topics such as women’s health and mental wellness. Kathryn is the Founder and Director of the Himalayan Institute Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program, Torchbearer Mentorship program, and Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program. She is the Founder of the Yoga International 3WT Program - The Three Wisdom Traditions: Integrating Yoga, Ayurveda and Psychology. Kathryn is a contributing writer, featured in publications such as Spiritual & Health Magazine, Yoga Journal, and a podcaster on Yoga International as Ayurvedic Abbie.
Amita N. Vyas, PhD, MHS
Amita is an Associate Professor and Director of the Maternal and Child Health Program in the Department of Prevention and Community Health, at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. At the age of 20, Professor Vyas journeyed to Calcutta to work alongside Mother Teresa in the Missionaries of Charity. She saw what the social determinants of health and well-being really mean to vulnerable populations, and from that extraordinary experience decided to pursue a career in public health. Today, her work focuses on reproductive health care, adolescent health, and the health and development of immigrant children and adolescents. She is also an expert in multi-level research methods and evaluation. She also holds an adjunct position in the Department of Population and Family Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Sonia Wright, MD
Board-Certified Radiologist and Sexual Counselor
Dr. Sonia Wright is a board-certified radiologist, a sexual counselor and a life coach. She is on a mission to help women embrace their sexuality as well as end the emotional pain and isolation associated with sexual difficulties. She believes wholeheartedly that all women deserve to experience pleasurable sexual intimacy. Dr. Wright has a natural ability to put people at ease while discussing sensitive issues related to sex. She enjoys combining this natural ability with her medical knowledge, sexual counseling skills and life coaching tools to create her unique brand of sex coaching. She tackles the hard issues by normalizing the situation and sharing helpful information, while coaching from a caring and humorous perspective. Dr. Wright inspires audiences to view sexuality and sexual intimacy as a normal part of life.
Sophia Yen, MD, MPH
Doctor and Reproductive Health Specialist
Sophia Yen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Pandia Health, birth control delivery. She has a passion for making women’s lives easier, preventing unplanned pregnancies, and educating women about #PeriodsOptional. With more than 20 years of experience in medicine, she is board-certified in Adolescent Medicine. She graduated with a B.S. from MIT, M.D. from UCSF Medical School, and M.P.H. from UC Berkeley in Maternal Child Health. She serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Stanford Medical School. She has co-founded 3 non-profit organizations in her endeavors to improve the lives of women: The Silver Ribbon Campaign to Trust Women, SheHeroes.org, the “full” campaign = fffl.co = Female Founded, Female Led, a B2C campaign to get consumers to choose Female Founded, and Female Led, all things being equal.
She co-founded Pandia Health because she believes no one should suffer from “pill anxiety” - the fear of running out of birth control and the stress of having to obtain birth control each month.
Sexual Health Specialist
Since June of 2006, Lynn Barclay has led the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA). Barclay worked to bring this 100+ year old nonprofit, from a strict disease paradigm to a more positive sexual health paradigm, challenging and changing many long held beliefs in the process. Working with experts from around the country from academia, federal government, researchers as well as corporate America, Barclay led ASHA in the development of the framework for sexual health. She frequently represents ASHA with the media, funders and colleague organizations and speaking about sexual health across the lifespan.
She is committed to learning and sharing every day about how to help Americans achieve and enjoy their own sexual health.
Jennifer Elisseeff, PHD
Biological Engineering and Fibroid Expert
Dr. Elisseeff is the Morton Goldberg Professor and Director of the Translational Tissue Engineering Center at Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Wilmer Eye Institute with appointments in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Materials Science and Orthopedic Surgery. She was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors, a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum. In 2018, she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Medicine and in 2019 she received the NIH Directors Pioneer Award.
Jennifer received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University and a PhD in Medical Engineering from the Harvard–MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Later she was a Fellow at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Pharmacology Research Associate Program, where she worked in the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. She is committed to the translation of regenerative biomaterials and has founded several companies and participates in several industry advisory boards including appointment by the governor to the State of Maryland’s Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO).
Jennifer’s initial research efforts focused on the development of new biomaterials for medical implants, understanding stem cells and designing technologies to rebuild tissues. Bench to bedside translation transformed her labs research interests towards understanding the role of the immune system in health and repair. In recent years, she developed a passion for womens health and aging research– including the science behind adverse events to breast implants, new options to regrow tissue lost during lumpectomy, and deciphering the mechanisms behind fibroid development.
Alison Buist, Ph.D.
Health Policy Expert and Writer
Alison is a health policy expert with more than 3 decades of experience at the state, federal, and international levels. With a background and PhD in health policy and development specializing in maternal and child/adolescent health, she headed up the national child health team for the Children’s Defense Fund, served as a health and social policy advisor in the U.S. Senate, and taught health policy at the university level. Alison is also contributing to The Body Agency as a researcher and writer.
Social Enterprise Expert
Shaline has spent 18 years in the finance industry, working in banking and private equity in Asia. She now runs her office out of Hong Kong and is spearheading the transition from a traditional asset allocation model to impact investing to better align with family values while creating triple bottom line performance. Current projects are environmentally focused in an effort to create a cleaner future for generations to come. Shaline is passionate about bringing corporate best practices by tying together her experience in finance and investing to streamline the social enterprise model at PSI. Shaline also currently serves on the board of Westports Malaysia, the largest port operator in Malaysia.
Marina is the Co-Founder and a General Partner at Trail Mix Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund focussed on well-being. Prior to Trail Mix, Marina oversaw Investor Relations for Dorian LPG and was a key participant in taking her family's 150-year old shipping company public in 2014. She restructured Dorian and oversaw talent, PR and IR, accepting the Tanker Company of the Year award. Marina has a passion for sustainability and currently serves as vice chair of the INTERTANKO Environmental Committee as well as the North American Marine Environmental Protection Agency. In 2018 Marina received the NYOT Innovators and Disruptors award for venture capital.
Sexual Reproductive Health and Menstrual Health Expert
Odette is the managing Director of PSI-Europe - established to offer European organizations, companies, and governments the opportunity to reimagine healthcare to meet the actual health needs of people in developing countries. One of the flagship projects Odette oversees is setting the agenda for menstrual health & hygiene (MHH), as an integral part of sexual and reproductive health and rights. With a Masters in Science of Public Administration, Odette has over 20 years of experience in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), including living in East Africa for UN-Habitat, Safer Cities Programme to address urban sexual violence against women, as well as working for the Dutch NGOs Aidsfonds and Rutgers. She started her career in SRHR as a passionate youth advocate for the Dutch organization ‘Choice for Youth & Sexuality’ and spoke at various international forums.
International Health Care Expert
Eric has 25 years of experience working in international healthcare and development across Africa, Latin America, and Asia. He has developed markets and executed projects in a wide range of health areas, and has used private sector best practices to implement public health programs in collaboration with Ministry of Health counterparts. He has managed commercial projects of $100+ million and implemented projects funded by donors including USAID, the UK Department for International Development, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Global Fund. Eric has sat on various board of trustees including PSI branch offices and Global Fund country coordinating mechanisms. Eric enjoys bringing strategically aligned private sector speed and agility to public health problems.
Music Producer and Trans Activist
Barb Morrison (they/them) is an American recording artist, Top 5 Billboard dance chart songwriter, and Platinum record producer, best known as a producer for numerous artists such as Blondie, Rufus Wainwright, Franz Ferdinand (band), LP, Asia Kate Dillon and as an ASCAP-featured film score composer. They also composed the theme music for The Body Agency's podcast, Sex, Body, and Soul and help contribute to our educational content on speaking about sexual identity. They identifies as non-binary gender.
Erin Samueli is a philanthropist, activist, and educator. As a middle-school science teacher, she infuses her work with themes of empowerment of the oppressed, as well as consent, trans pedagogy, and LGBTQ+ issues. She fiercely believes that a woman's power is derived from the ownership of her own sexuality. By living out loud and leading by example, Erin strives to normalize female sexuality in her own life and interactions.
Women's Reproductive Rights Advocate
Heather has 11 years experience as a lawyer and nonprofit executive advocating for marginalized communities and for women's rights. Frustrated by her own infertility experience, Heather set out to design a better purchasing experience that actually serves the needs of women. She is the Founder of our partner, Juliet, which sells accurate pregnancy and ovulation tests for a community of women on their journey toward motherhood.
Menstrual Health Expert and Nutritionist
Cycle-Syncing Nutritionist, Nicole Bendayan, is a women's health expert who helps women overcome the havoc caused by hormones and their cycle to turn it into a propeller of success by balancing hormones, supporting their bodies and predicting their cycles through nutrition and lifestyle synchronization. Hormonal cycles impact every aspect of a woman's life from her physical and mental health to productivity and relationships. Nicole demystifies the menstrual cycle and helps women live in tune with it to optimize every aspect of their lives.
Nicole has a zest for sparking conversation and educating women via social media with over 709k followers on Tiktok and 12k followers on Instagram. She has a passion for driving a deep understanding of menstrual cycle care, empowering women, and supporting them to optimize their lives through cycle syncing.
Nicole has accumulated multiple professional certifications such as Nutrition and Health: Macronutrients and Overnutrition and Nutrition and Health: Micronutrients and Malnutrition from WageningenX University & Research as well as Integrative Health Fundamentals and Principles of Holistic Health from Nutraphoria School of Holistic Nutrition to become a Certified Nutritionist and directed her focus toward women’s health, where she is continuing to study Advanced Holistic Nutrition. Nicole is also in the process of becoming a Fertility Education and Medical Management (FEMM) Certified Teacher as well as a TeenFEMM Certified Teacher.
Board of Directors
Kim is a passionate sexual wellness advocate, an activist, a new-age philanthropist, public speaker, artist, and story-teller. Kim is a supporter and board member of numerous non-profit organizations that provide support to victims of domestic violence and life skills training to at-risk youth, particularly sex trafficking and slavery. Kim is a Founding Member of The Maverick Collective and board member of Women Moving Millions.
Kate Roberts has 30 years of experience working in global development, philanthropy and business. She has tackled some of the most challenging women’s issues, including HIV/AIDS, sexual reproductive health, menstrual hygiene, sanitation, maternal health and gender-based violence. She is founder of 3 non-profits: YouthAIDS, Five and Alive, Maverick Collective.
Together with PSI, Melinda Gates and The Crown Princess of Norway, Kate built a $100M global philanthropic social enterprise with the world's top female donors called Maverick Collective. Young Global Leader (YGL) at The World Economic Forum. Fast Company’s Top 100 Most Creative, Public Policy Magazine’s Top 100 Thinkers, The Washington Post's Top Marketer, and Vogue’s Top 100 Women.
Bill is Partner, President and Chief Operating Officer for 400 Capital Management, a $4.5 billion alternative credit asset manager specializing in structured credit. He is a member of the Investment and Operating Committees and is responsible for investment policy, capital allocation, risk management, business development and all business operations. Bill has over 30 years of investment management and financial services experience. He has held senior investment and management positions at Amherst Holdings, Freddie Mac, Banc of America Securities and First Boston/Credit Suisse.
The Youth Collective
Our Youth Collective is a group of all-gender entrepreneurs, creatives and world changers who have started their own businesses with ideas dedicated to changing the narrative on female sexual wellness.
I have a bachelor's in psychology and a minor in marketing, and am now pursuing a master's degree in marketing at American University. My passion for empowering all individuals has only grown since heading off into college, where I have witnessed inequalities on all sides of the spectrum. It is vital that we work towards empowering all individuals to connect to their bodies and eliminate shame surrounding sexual wellness.
I am passionate about empowering women and girls through education, equitable access to health services, and breaking down gender stereotypes. At The George Washington University (GW), I conducted a study that resulted in a gender equity scale to understand adolescents’ gender attitudes, norms, and perceptions.
I am an advertising creative and a comedian based in the UK. I created The Vulva Visibility project for the Teen Vogue x Case for Her. I think it's important to know the body in order to close the pleasure gap and be more fulfilled.
I am a 13 year old girl, the youngest of three children. I am passionate about learning different forms of dance including hip-hop, bollywood and Indian classical dance. I also love to travel and have been to many countries spanning 5 continents. I consider myself a bold teenager who isn’t afraid to speak my mind, and I want to help empower young girls everywhere!