Dr. Alyse Kelly-Jones is nationally recognized speaker on obstetrics & gynecology, as well as female sexual health issues. She has testified before Federal Drug Agency investigative committees in support of Addyi, a newly developed medicine designed to help women suffering from hypoactive sexual desire disorder. An iron-distance triathlete, Dr. Kelly-Jones also founded Tri It For Life, an all-volunteer organization, dedicated to mentoring and training women to compete in their first triathlon. Over 2,500 athletes have completed their first race with Tri It For Life and have made live-long friendships and found new fitness along the way. She guides the vision for this organization with chapters in Charlotte, Huntersville, Raleigh and Charleston.
Born in Iowa City, IA, Dr. Kelly-Jones soon moved with her family to Melbourne, Florida, where she grew up as an athlete and academic leader. She said she has wanted to be an OB/GYN since she was in third grade. She attended the University of Florida, graduated from its College of Medicine and arrived in Charlotte in 1999 to join Mintview Women’s Care. She currently serves as the managing partner for her group. She is married to the fabulous Richard Jones and mother to their three amazing children, Rich, Ben and Nate.
Learn more about Alyse’s Talk…
Title: Shed Sexual Shame (and Your Clothes Along the Way)
Description: Almost everyone is a victim of sexual shame, over anything from who you want to have sex with to where you want to have sex, or even if you want to have sex at all. This shame sneaks into almost every other facet of your personality, causing trouble for you and those you interact with every day. Though it will be difficult, getting rid of sexual shame is possible and is something you can start to do right now.
What would the news headline about your talk? Sexual Shame Is In Everyone, Expert Says. ‘We can shed our shame in only a few steps.’
What do you want people to learn from your talk? I want people to learn that they don’t know themselves, but that they can. More importantly, they should know themselves, so that they can feel comfortable asking for what they want from their partners and others in their lives.
What action item do you want people to take away from your talk? People should leave my talk with the strong desire to strip naked and stand in front of a full-length mirror in bright light, in the mood to explore. More importantly, I want them to accept and celebrate what they find.
Learn more about Alyse…
Where is your hometown? Iowa City, Iowa
What are your hobbies? Physical fitness–I love triathlon, hiking and adventure. I am also enjoy learning about nutrition. I enjoy putting what I learn into practice. I just finished the Wildfit Challenge and now I enjoy fruitless green smoothies every morning. Yum!
What are you passionate about? I believe women should be responsible for their own well-being, physically, sexual and emotional. I started a nonprofit 11 years ago called Tri It For Life and we mentor women through their first triathlon. This is a natural extension of what I do every day as an OB/GYN trying to get women to be passionate about their physical and sexual health.
What is the best compliment you’ve received? I blushed with pleasure when an older patient came to me and said, “Thanks to you, Dr. KJ, I am enjoying the best sex of my life.” I reminded her she was responsible for all the hard work but I was happy to have helped.
What do you want to be remembered for? My passion and my compassion.
How do you push the boundaries? Boundaries are self-imposed, there only to mark our comfort zone. If you stay comfortable, you cannot grow. So I force my self to grow by testing my own boundaries very delicately, carefully and playfully.
What does your happy place look like? A cool breeze in the air, a warm cup of tea, birds singing, the sun in my face. Ahhhhhh.
What is one thing that you would like to share that isn’t commonly known about you? I am a huge Game Of Thrones fan and I read all the books on my Iphone.
Thoughts on Charlotte…
What part of town do you live in? South Charlotte
What draws you to Charlotte? The diversity of activities to participate in. Plus we have amazing restaurants.
Where do you see Charlotte in 5 years? I’m hoping we figure out traffic so we are not gridlocked but I think our city is incredible and I am excited for the future.
Our most important question…
What animal will most likely be our future overlords? Gosh, I hope its not cockroaches. They are so gross! I’m really hoping is nice furry friendly kitty cats. The playful kind on Facebook. They make me laugh.