Proud to providE exceptional care 

At San Diego Sexual Medicine, all staff are trained to care for patients in a compassionate and respectful manner, from the moment you call for an appointment to the time you leave with your sexual medicine management strategy.

Irwin Goldstein, MD


Dr. Irwin Goldstein has been involved with sexual dysfunction research since the late 1970′s. His interests include penile microvascular bypass surgery, surgery for dyspareunia, physiologic investigation of sexual function in men and women, and diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunction in men and women. He has authored more than 350 publications in the field of sexual dysfunction, with 20 consecutive years of funding by the National Institutes of Health in this area. He is Editor-in Chief of Sexual Medicine Reviews and founding editor of The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Rose Hartzell, PhD, EdS, CHES, LMFT

Sex Therapist

Dr. Hartzell performs psychotherapy at San Diego Sexual Medicine, where she is responsible for addressing the sexuality, relationship, and intimacy concerns of individuals and couples who attend the clinic. Dr. Hartzell earned her doctorate in health behavior with an emphasis in human sexuality, and an EdS and Masters in mental health counseling with a minor in development from Indiana University. Dr. Hartzell is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (license number 53079) and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist who has worked in a variety of settings, providing psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families. She also has completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Catherine Gagnon, FNP-BC and Julea Minton NP-C

Nurse Practitioners

Catherine Gagnon and Julea Minton are Board Certified Nurse Practitioners at San Diego Sexual Medicine. Ms. Gagnon has worked in a variety of settings including Private Practice & Planned Parenthood. Ms. Minton worked extensively at Planned Parenthood before joining San Diego Sexual Medicine. Catherine currently works with Dr. Irwin Goldstein at San Diego Sexual Medicine on Wednesdays, and Julea on Fridays, where they sees men and women with sexual health concerns. They are both involved involved in a number of clinical trials regarding sexual dysfunction in men and women as well. Ms. Gagnon earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing from University of San Diego and her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Lake Superior State University in Michigan. Ms. Minton also earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing from University of San Diego and her Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of North Carolina.

Helen Stearns, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Helen Stearns is a Nurse Practitioner at San Diego Sexual Medicine. She earned her Doctor of Nursing from the University of San Diego and Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington. Helen is board certified from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and am Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Helen has worked in a variety of health care related settings in the San Diego Community at health clinics as well as clinical trial facilities as a registered nurse before continuing on to graduate school. She works alongside Dr. Goldstein in caring for our patients and is also involved with clinical trials at San Diego Sexual Medicine, helping to further advance the sexual medicine field through research and evidence-based practice.

Sue W. Goldstein, BA, CCRC, AASECT-CSE, IF

Clinical Research Manager, Program Coordinator

Mrs. Goldstein is an AASECT certified sexuality educator and certified clinical research coordinator. She serves as clinical research manager and program coordinator for San Diego Sexual Medicine, where she is site manager for clinical trials, responsible for educational programs and coordinates with the Sexual Medicine program at Alvarado Hospital. Mrs. Goldstein combines her knowledge of sexual medicine, her writing skills and her years of fund-raising for non-profit organizations in this position to create educational programs for health care clinicians, industry and the public while raising funds to support The Institute for Sexual Medicine, Inc, a charitable corporation dedicated to research and education in the field.

Robert J. O’Meara, MHA

Controller, Director of Business Development

Mr. O’Meara comes to San Diego Sexual Medicine with experience as Controller/CFO of a hospital, CFO and director of business development of a clinical trials facility and CFO/Practice Manager of a large medical group, as well as senior director of financial affairs for a non-profit agency. His combined skills will provide business support needed by both the clinical practice and clinical research.Mr. O’Meara is a graduate of Tarkio College where he majored in business administration and psychology. His master of health administration degree was earned at the University of Southern California. Interested in alternative medicine, he earned a certificate of completion in Eastern Indian Medicine from the Ayurvedic Institute.

Noel Kim, PhD and Eric Biewenga, MD


Dr. Kim is a Senior Investigator at the Institute for Sexual Medicine in San Diego, as well as an associate editor of Sexual Medicine Reviews.  Dr. Kim has been engaged in research on the physiology of sexual dysfunction since the mid-1980s and has published and lectured extensively.  He was among the early investigators to describe the role of nitric oxide in penile erection and has consistently contributed to the field of sexual medicine, being recognized with numerous research prizes from various sexual medicine societies.  He previously served as the Assistant Director of the Laboratory for Sexual Medicine Research at the Boston University School of Medicine and was a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Sexual Medicine for its first decade.

Comprehensive Therapy Services

Physical Therapist

Cindy Furey started Comprehensive Therapy Services, Inc. (CTS) in 1997 with a vision for a one-stop shop for comprehensive physical and mental well-being for patients. At CTS, therapists strive to deliver the highest quality of multi-disciplinary physical therapy in a comforting and fun environment. Their dedicated team of professionals including Cindy Furey PT, Emily Cozine DPT, Elizabeth Leeds PT, DPT, Rose Schlaff DPT and Anne Shea DPT partner with our patients to establish a pathway to healing. CTS accepts most insurance plans.

Sexual Medicine Fellows

Our current fellow is Dr. Maria Uloko who completed her residency in urology at the University of Minnesota. Previous fellows are in practice all over the United States.

Clinical Staff

Front and back office staff, Claudia Gardner, Paulina Plascencia and JoAnna Williams have been specially trained to help with your questions on the phone, at registration and during your visit, and to assist Dr. Goldstein, Helen, Catherine and Julea in diagnosing and treating your sexual health problems.

Research Staff

Clinical research is performed by a research team including Certified Clinical Research Coordinator JoAnna Williams and Research Assistants Claudia Gardner and Paulina Plascencia, with oversight provided by Sue Goldstein, Clinical Research Manager. All have been specially trained to conduct clinical research involving sexual health and related problems.

Contact us today & start healing

San Diego Sexual Medicine is conveniently located on the spacious campus of Alvarado Hospital, a private, physician-owned hospital just ten miles from downtown San Diego, and is easily access by car or public transportation.

5555 Reservoir Drive, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92120
619 - 265 - 8865
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