Educate: Many women do not know that they may be suffering from some type of sexual dysfunction. Nearly 40% of women suffer from sexual dysfunction, yet many suffer in silence – afraid to talk about their issues, dismissed by their doctors, or unable to find a provider trained in sexual health. At HERmd we educate women and help them understand their treatment options.

Advocate: There are currently 26 FDA approved drugs for male sexual dysfunction and only 2 for women. Through research, education, and ensuring we are all having the conversation about women’s sexual health we can advocate for women and close this gender gap in sexual healthcare.

Empower: At HERmd women are heard. We listen to their concerns, their symptoms, and we work with them to develop a treatment plan that empowers them to reclaim their sexual health.


Dr. Somi Javaid, HERmd Founder and CEO, has been a board certified OBGYN for nearly 20 years. She specializes in menopause, minimally invasive surgery, sexual medicine, general gynecology, laser surgery and ultrasound. Dr. Javaid earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Northwestern University and her Medical Degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She is a leading women’s sexual health provider and a Key Opinion Leader for AMAG, Sprout Pharmaceuticals, Allergan and Candela. She is also a speaker for the #righttodesire campaign. She is a member of the North American Menopause Society and International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH). 

Kathy Lai

Chief Strategy Officer

In her role, Kathy is responsible for establishing and executing the company’s strategic vision and business plan. She is passionate about female empowerment, health and wellness and humanitarian causes. She is currently a Midwest Board Member for UNICEF USA.

Prior to joining Her MD, Kathy was a co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of SweatWorking, Inc., a digital fitness and wellness company, where she led financial reporting and planning, fundraising and digital content development. Previously, she held various positions at Lincoln International, The Blackstone Group and JPMorgan Chase. 

Kathy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Komel Caruso

Chief Revenue Officer

Komel oversees the strategy and execution of business development, sales, and marketing, including branding and content, across all marketing channels. 

“HERmd is changing women’s lives – they no longer feel alone or ashamed to talk about their sexual health. We are empowering women to take control of their sexual health and giving them a place to discuss their sexual health where they feel supported.”

Prior to joining HERmd, Komel held several marketing and leadership roles within the education and ed tech space. She was the Chief Revenue Officer for Story2 where she was responsible for sales growth, content development, and strategic partnerships.

Komel earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan and her Masters of Science in Integrated Marketing from New York University.


We are proud to give back to our community, locally and abroad. HERmd has partnered with many organizations to donate items in need. In July 2019 Dr. Javaid traveled to Tanzania to deliver donated period-proof underwear to help girls stay in school. Select other organizations we have been honored to support include:

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