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. Ali Wu
Dr. Alison Wu is skilled in providing a wide spectrum of obstetric and gynecologic care. She promotes preventive and holistic healthcare across the ages, ranging from adolescence to menopause. Her obstetric interests include infertility, advanced maternal age, multiple gestations, pregnant athletes, and high-risk pregnancies. Her gynecologic interests focus on adolescent healthcare, STD prevention, menstrual irregularities, PCOS, fibroid management, sexual dysfunction, and menopause. She is a member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and is skilled in minimally invasive surgery. She is also a member of the Chicago Gynecologic Society and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Wu received her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Holistic Healthcare from Wheaton College, graduating Summa Cum Laude. During college, she spent a significant portion of time living in rural Ghana studying public health. Her passion for the underserved led to her participation in the Princeton Public Interest Program, Project 55, assisting with STD research and awareness among adolescents in Los Angeles. She obtained her medical degree from Loyola University in Chicago. During her time in medical school, she maintained her commitment to healthcare and human rights. She then completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Prentice Women’s Hospital. She is a Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Outside of work, Dr. Wu enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys. She is active in her local church and a running enthusiast. She maintains her passion for global medicine, having participated in numerous medical mission trips overseas and also remaining involved in several international non-profit organizations.
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. Lucy Rice
Dr. Lucy Rice is a board certified OB/GYN with interests in women’s health and wellness at every phase of a woman’s life. She provides care from early adolescence through menopause by empowering women to take an active role in their overall health. She specializes in both major surgery as well as minimally invasive procedures. Dr. Rice enjoys helping women focus on their nutritional and fitness goals through education and long term lifestyle changes. Dr Rice is passionate about obstetrics and family planning and feels it is truly an honor to help families become families. In addition to caring for low-risk pregnancy, she is well rounded in high risk pregnancies, including advanced maternal age, diabetes mellitus, chronic illnesses, and hypertension, among others. In all pregnancies, Dr. Rice is committed to helping patients maintain their healthy and active habits.
Dr. Rice received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, TN. She completed OB/GYN residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. Prior to joining NSW, she practiced in Fallon, NV and Santa Rosa Beach, FL, following her husband who has been stationed around the country as a fighter pilot for the US Navy.
In her spare time, you may find Dr Rice with her family enjoying the outdoors, swimming, or running by the lake with her dogs.
Allison Stein, WHNP
Allison joined NSW with 5 years of experience in obstetrics. Prior to joining our team, she worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Prentice Women’s Hospital, where she cared for high risk patients, multiple gestations, and had many leadership roles throughout the unit. Before joining NSW, she worked as a Nurse Practitioner in Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility, helping couples achieve their dreams of conceiving. Allison’s specialty areas include fertility workup and treatment, obstetrical care, and contraceptive counseling.
Allison earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, then continued on to earn her Masters of Science in Nursing at University of Illinois at Chicago. where she became a board certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. Allison believes that giving women the information they need about their healthcare and proper education allows them to make the individual decisions that work best for them. Allison is a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.
In her free time, Allison enjoys training for half and full marathons, playing tennis, baking, trying new restaurants in the city and loves to travel.
Katie Hamilton WHNP
Katie was the first Nurse Practitioner to join Northwestern Specialists for Women, bringing twelve years of OB/GYN experience in women’s health including labor and delivery, obstetric, postpartum and gynecology care. Her expertise includes patient education, high risk obstetrics and minor surgical procedures. At NSW Katie focuses on pre-conception, fertility (family development), obstetric care and education, general gynecology, birth control and in-office surgical procedures.
Katie came to NSW from Lutheran General Hospital, a level 3 perinatal center, where she held roles as a registered nurse, nurse practitioner and eventually became clinical educator responsible for registered nurse, resident physician and attending physician training. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the obstetric emergency response programs at this institution. Katie received a Masters of Science in Nursing Degree at Loyola University Chicago and is a Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She remains an active member of Sigma Theta Tau Honors Society for Nursing, the Association of Women’s Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses and the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing.
In her spare time Katie enjoys cooking, focusing on healthy meal preparation and staying physically active through pilates and dance. Although traveling and boating are some of her favorite hobbies, she loves the great city of Chicago, her hometown. Above all Katie cherishes time spent with her husband, son, and dog.
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.