Dr. Bonnie Wise
Bonnie E. Wise, M.D.,FACOG, NCMP brings to the team at Northwestern Specialists for Women (NSW) a wealth of expertise diagnosing, treating and educating patients on all facets of women’s health and wellness. With a natural gift of relating to women of all ages, combined with a passion for patient care throughout all stages of a women’s life, Dr. Wise’s ultimate goal is to help women truly understand their bodies and improve the overall quality of life with exciting and cutting-edge treatment options. Prior to forming NSW, Dr. Wise was a member of the Obstetrics and Gynecologic Specialists of Northwestern and has served as a Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University’s affiliate medical school, The Feinberg School of Medicine since 1997.
Dr. Wise specializes in both low and high risk pregnancies, which includes women of advanced maternal age, twins and pregnant athletes. She is also recognized for her expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence, where she offers cutting-edge outpatient procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of stress incontinence. Other gynecological interests include the treatment of uterine fibroids with minimally invasive surgeries including laparoscopic hysterectomy and hysteroscopic resection of uterine fibroids and polyps, as well as endometrial ablation for heavy vaginal bleeding. Dr. Wise is also committed to promoting preventative healthcare through counseling in the areas of premenstrual syndrome, STD’s, preconception, infertility, menopause and hormonal changes. Dr. Wise has been recognized by the North American Menopause Society and has earned the endorsement by the society as a certified menopause consultant.
Dr. Wise received a B.A from Boston University, attended The Chicago Medical School and completed her residency at the University of Illinois and Michael Reese Hospitals. She is a Fellow of The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The American Medical Association, The Chicago Medical Society, The American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and was awarded “Top Doctor” in Chicago by her peer group.
In her spare time, Dr. Wise is an avid runner, yogi and athlete. Her other sources of inspiration are her husband and her two beautiful children and her Portuguese Water dogs.
Dr. Kimberly McMahon
Upon graduating from Tulane University with an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering, Dr. Kimberly McMahon received both a Master’s Degree in Physiology and a Medical Degree from the University of Louisville. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and is a Fellow of The American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists as well as a certified menopause practitioner for the North American Menopause Society (NAMS).
Dr. McMahon is now focusing her practice on gynecological patients, from adolescence through menopause. She provides counselling for women in the areas of contraception, pre-conception, peri-menopause as well as menopause. If fertility issues arise, she will help guide you through the evaluation process and initiate treatment when appropriate. She manages abnormal Pap tests, PCOS, and abnormal bleeding affecting women of all ages. Dr. McMahon performs a wide range of office procedures including hysteroscopic polyp and fibroid removal, endometrial ablation and tubal sterilization. She sees her obstetric patients through the first trimester, ensuring a smooth transition to her partners who will provide ongoing prenatal care. She looks forward to seeing her patients after delivery for their post-partum visits.
Dr. McMahon is a clinical instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University’s affiliate medical school, The Feinberg School of Medicine and has been practicing since 2001. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their three amazing children. She is committed to medical student education and giving back to the community. She has volunteered at a public health clinic on the northwest side of Chicago since 2009 providing gynecologic care to women in an underserved community.
Dr. Dayna Salasche
As one of the founding physicians of the Northwestern Specialists for Women (NSW), Dr. Dayna Salasche offers over ten years of medical expertise and specialist training. In addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists, she is also on staff at Prentice Women’s Hospital and a clinical instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University’s affiliate medical school, The Feinberg School of Medicine.
Ensuring all her patients receive the most comprehensive care, Dr. Salasche is dedicated to taking the time to educate patients on all of their healthcare needs. She is committed to furthering patient health and well being, as well as making sure that each and every patient truly understands their symptoms, diagnosis and the proper steps to take towards optimal health.
With solid experience in all areas of obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Salasche is passionate about caring for women and assisting in all life transitions – from adolescence to childbearing, to menopause and beyond. In her gynecologic practice, she specializes in the treatment of abnormal pap smears, minimally invasive treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding (including hysteroscopy and endometrial ablation), laparoscopic surgery , and the evaluation and initial treatment of infertility. She cares for both low risk and more complicated pregnancies including multiple gestations and advanced maternal age.
Dr. Salasche received her B.S. at the University of Illinois in Psychology and then attended Rush University Medical College in Chicago. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Lutheran General Hospital, where she also served as Chief Resident.
When she can, Dr Salasche loves to focus on her own health with pilates, running and weight training. She also enjoys getting lost in a great book! Her husband and two small boys are the joys of her life.
Dr. Seema Venkatachalam
Dr. Venkatachalam is a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist with experience in providing progressive and comprehensive women’s care, from adolescence through menopause. While she specializes in all aspects of general gynecology, her particular focus is in the evaluation and treatment of the abnormal pap smear, irregular and abnormal menstrual bleeding, adolescent issues, and urinary incontinence. Dr. Venkatachalam is committed to preventive care, including educating and caring women about STDs, HPV, contraception, and fertility. She is an expert at minimally invasive surgery, including endometrial ablations, in-office permanent sterilization techniques, and hysteroscopic treatments for both abnormal bleeding and infertility.
Dr. Venkatachalam enjoys working with women with both low risk and high risk pregnancies. Her particular interest is working with woman with pregnancies that are complicated by hypertension, preterm labor, or diabetes, for which she has presented research at both the regional and national levels. She also enjoys caring for pregnant women who are athletes, have twin gestations, and desire evaluation for a vaginal delivery after a cesarean section.
In addition to her office interests, Dr. Venkatachalam is also part of the clinical faculty at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University where she has earned multiple teaching awards. She has also served as a guest speaker throughout Chicago, including at Prentice Hospital, Illinois’ Department of Health and Human Services, and local organizations like the Northside Parents Network and Step Up!, providing education to women of all ages on topics from infertility, endometriosis, abnormal uterine bleeding, and preventive care. This demonstrates her passionate belief that complete women’s care truly means educating and treating women on both the physical and the cerebral level.
Dr. Venkatachalam graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Biology and French Literature. She received her Masters in Public Health from the George Washington University in Washington D.C., specializing in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and has done research at the National Cancer Institute. After earning her MD from the University of Tennessee, Memphis, she completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York University, earning awards both for research and teaching. Prior to joining the NSW, she was on faculty at Emory University, serving as Residency Coordinator in addition to providing outstanding patient care.
Dr. Venkatachalam is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is a member of the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Medical Association, and the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists. She has spent time in both Asia and Africa, providing services from prenatal care to STD prevention to underserved populations. She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, cooking, scuba diving, and traveling, having visited over 50 countries on six of the seven continents.
Dr. Melissa Dugan-Kim
Dr. Melissa Dugan joined the highly regarded team at The Northwestern Specialists for Women in 2009. Driven by a desire to help patients achieve both their wellness and family-building goals, Dr. Dugan provides comprehensive and compassionate medical care to women throughout every stage of their life.The array of obstetrical and gynecological services provided by Dr. Dugan includes annual exams, adolescent contraceptive counseling, preconception counseling, infertility evaluation and treatment, and pregnancy care (including multiples).
She also treats uterine bleeding and fibroids, provides medical menopause management, performs colposcopy and LEEP procedures as well as gynecologic imaging. Dr. Dugan also performs both traditional and specialty minimally-invasive surgical procedures such as hysteroscopic fibroid resection, endometrial ablation and essure tubal ligation.
Completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Spanish from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign, Dr. Dugan graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned the title of James Scholar. She went on to complete both her medical degree and masters in public health at Northwestern University Medical School, earning membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She completed her residency at Northwestern University Prentice Women’s Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident. She is a Board Certified Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
In her free time, Dr. Dugan enjoys an active city-life with her husband and 2 girls.
Dr Lyjia Strachan
Lyjia Strachan, MD, FACOG is a board certified OB/Gyn who finds it a privilege to be a resource and guide for women, and encourages them to improve their lives with a focus on wellness. Dr. Strachan’s goal is to educate and collaborate during each encounter in order to provide quality, holistic, compassionate, and individualized care at each stage along her patient’s health journey. She enjoys working with women from diverse cultures and has participated in Medical trips to Ecuador and Guatemala, cultivating her working knowledge and ability to converse in Spanish in the medical setting. Dr. Strachan is competent and prepared to provide a broad range of comprehensive Obstetric and Gynecological consult and surgical services for her patients. This includes an interest in managing high risk pregnancies such as women with diabetes, hypertension, or multiples. In regards to gynecological services, she has a special interest in family planning and contraception. She is also experienced and adept at utilizing the minimally invasive technique of the DaVinci Robotic Laparoscopy system.
Dr. Strachan received her medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to joining Northwestern Specialists for Women, she spent several years in practice at La Porte Hospital, an affiliate of Indiana University Health, in La Porte, Indiana.
Dr Pooja Doshi
Pooja Doshi, MD, FACOG is a board certified OB/GYN who joined Northwestern Specialists for Women in 2019. She enjoys providing women with healthcare through all phases of their lives. She believes that it is imperative for women to keep an eye on their physical and mental health from adolescence through menopause, and works hard to assist women in achieving these goals. Her personal interests include obstetrics with caring for both low risk and high risk pregnancies (including advanced maternal age, chronic hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and multiple gestations). Also, she has an interest in minimally invasive treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding, and management of abnormal pap smears, STDs, contraception, and menstrual irregularities.
Dr. Doshi received her Bachelor in Integrated Life Sciences and Medical Degree from a combined BS/MD program at Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Her residency training at Rush University Medical Center brought her to Chicago with her husband. She is a fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Prior to joining NSW, she practiced obstetrics and gynecology for 10 years at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, IL. She has given lectures on various pregnancy topics and menopause.
Outside of work, Dr. Doshi spends time with her husband and three kids enjoying Chicago city life, traveling, playing tennis, and reading. She is fluent in English and Hindi.
Holly comes to NSW with 15 years of experience in Women’s Health. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Bradley University. After graduation she began her career as a Registered Nurse in high risk obstetrics at a major trauma hospital. Finding her passion in Women’s Health, she returned to school to advance her career. She obtained her Master’s of Science in Nursing in Women’s Health from The University of Illinois at Chicago.
Her areas of expertise include family planning, contraceptive counseling, and enjoys the entire breadth of gynecological/obstetric care. Holly believes that by educating and counseling women about their health from a holistic approach, they can make informed choices that best suit their needs.
Holly is an active member in Nurse Practitioner Women’s Health National Organization and is Board Certified.
Holly lives in Chicago with her husband and three young boys. She enjoys everything the city has to offer, especially live music and its great dining scene. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling and cooking.
Elizabeth Bourlas PT, DPT, PRPC is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Pelvic Rehabilitation Certified Practitioner. She received her DPT from Rosalind Franklin University in 2012 during which she completed two clinical rotations with a Women’s Health/Pelvic Floor focus. It was during these clinicals she found her passion for treating the Pelvic Health patient population. Following graduation, Elizabeth practiced for several years at an outpatient orthopedic facility where she created and grew a successful Pelvic Health and Post-Mastectomy Rehabilitation program for her downtown Chicago clinic. During this time, she set her sights on taking as many Women’s/Men’s Health continuing education courses at Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute prior to sitting for and passing their certification exam. Elizabeth eventually managed her West Loop clinic and has been a clinical instructor for several students interested in women’s health.
Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Elizabeth was in healthcare administration at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. She received a BA in economics from the University of Virginia, where she was also a 4-year member and captain of the varsity women’s lacrosse team. During her time at UVA, Elizabeth led her team to a national championship in 2004. Although her lacrosse career has officially ended, she spent many years coaching and advocating for both lacrosse and women in sports.
As a former competitive gymnast, two-time marathon runner, college athlete, skier, former CrossFit member and mom of two young children, she understands the important role fitness plays in patients’ lives. Elizabeth focuses her care on functional strengthening around reaching the patient’s goals, whether it is being able to return to running or lift their newborn without pain.
Although Elizabeth misses her hometown of Baltimore, she has come to love Chicago and the array of activities both its summers and winters have to offer. Above all, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and her two young children.