Heather Quaile DNP, WHNP-BC, SANE
Dr. Heather Quaile (She/Her/Hers) is a board certified, women’s and gender health nurse practitioner with specialty training in female sexual medicine, from San Diego Sexual Medicine with renowned sexual medicine physician Dr. Irwin Goldstein. She has focused her training specifically in female sexual dysfunction, sexuality counseling, sexuality education, menopause, and integrative/functional medicine. Dr. Quaile is also trained as a sexual assault nurse examiner and a sex counselor, providing sexual health education, information and personalized counseling to patients of all ages. Dr. Quaile has been working in all aspects of women’s healthcare for over 19 years caring for women of all ages across the health-illness continuum. Her expertise includes pelvic floor dysfunction, urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, low libido in women, interstitial cystitis, menopause transition, effects of cancer and cancer treatments on sexuality, pregnancy/postpartum sexuality, and female sexual health.
Dr. Quaile earned her undergraduate degrees in Psychology from Loyola University in Maryland and second Bachelors in Nursing from the University of Central Oklahoma, Master of Science in Nursing with Honors, with a specialty in Women’s Health from Vanderbilt University and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chatham University.
Dr. Quaile recognized the lack of sexual health awareness not just in the community but also in its providers. She believed it was necessary to create a safe space for both those who have been assigned female at birth as well as those who identify as women. Both of these groups have undergone medical neglect and mismanagement both in the traditional healthcare system and in particular women’s health. With this in mind The Sexual Health Optimization and Wellness (SHOW) Center was created to be better for both groups. Her hope for this center is to provide a safe, non-judgmental place for patients with sexuality concerns. She is passionate about sexual wellness and provides a range of services, addressing the biopsychosocial aspects of sexuality. Her combined training as a women’s health nurse practitioner and a sex counselor enables her to help patients with every aspect of their sexual concerns as well as using a trauma-informed care framework. She is passionate about offering the most advanced treatment options to her patients, striving to optimize their wellness by taking a holistic approach that encompasses both conventional and complementary treatments. She is passionate about changing the systems and beliefs that have stigmatized female sexuality and women’s health through a non-judgmental empathic approach grounded in evidence-based research. Her goal is to continue to collaborate with healthcare professionals across the spectrum to offer services that have proven to be effective in maximizing health.
Dr. Quaile is clinical faculty at Georgia State University and also maintains an adjunct faculty position at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She serves on the Board of Directors and is a journal reviewer for the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH). She has also been a member and journal reviewer for the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) since 2008.
Dr. Quaile is widely published in the field of women’s health. She regularly lectures to local and national audiences and is also heavily involved in legislation and lobbying at the Georgia Capitol on issues affecting advanced nursing practice, human trafficking, and sexual assault.