Heather Quaile DNP, WHNP-BC, CSC, IF
Dr. Heather Quaile (She/Her/Hers) is a board certified, women’s health nurse practitioner with specialty training in female sexual medicine and vulvoscopy, from San Diego Sexual Medicine with renowned sexual medicine physician Dr. Irwin Goldstein. She has focused her training specifically in Integrative Gynecology to include: menopause, female sexual dysfunction, sexuality and cancer, sex and pregnancy, and integrative/functional medicine. Dr. Quaile is also trained as a sexual assault nurse examiner and an AASECT certified 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 20 years caring for women of all ages across the health-illness continuum. Her expertise includes peri/menopausal concerns, pelvic floor dysfunction, urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, low libido in women, interstitial cystitis, 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 wellness for women as well as sexual health awareness not just in the community but also in its providers. She believed it was necessary to create a safe space for all women. Women in particular have undergone medical neglect and mismanagement in the traditional healthcare system. With this in mind she created and implemented the The Sexual Health Optimization and Wellness (SHOW) Center to be better for all patients. She is passionate about health and wellness and provides a range of services, addressing the biopsychosocial aspects of health, wellness, optimization, and 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 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 women’s health and female sexuality 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.
She has been a member of International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) since 2008. She gained designation as a Fellow of ISSWSH and is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Sexual Medicine. She received the 2020 Vanderbilt Alumni Award for Clinician of the year as well as the 2021 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Georgia Nurse Practitioner of the year. 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 also serves as a planning committee member for the annual NPWH/ISSWSH Sexual Health and Vulvoscopy Course for Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Quaile is the co-founder/co-director of the Emory University, Sexual Health Certificate Program and also maintains an adjunct faculty position at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.
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.
In any spare time left Dr. Quaile enjoys spending time with her family, her husband Stephen who is retired from the US Navy and their 3 wonderful sons and 3 spoiled Schnauzer rescue dogs. Dr. Quaile is also heavily involved in her “passion project” caring for human-trafficked teenagers in need of emergency stabilization in a medical center she helped to create and implement in Georgia.