Leadership Team

Joe S. McIlhaney, MD, Founder

Joe McIlhaney, MD is the Founder and Chairman of Medical Institute for Sexual Health. He founded this organization in 1992 and left his medical practice of twenty-four years to become President of the organization in 1995. He is from Lubbock, TX and graduated from Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University) in 1957. He graduated from Baylor University School of Medicine with an MD degree in 1961. Following an internship at Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston, he entered the USAF as a general medical officer, serving for two years. He returned to Baylor to do nine months of residency in Pediatrics and then to complete a three year residency in Ob-Gyn. He and his wife and three daughters then moved to Austin, TX where he practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology with an emphasis on care of infertile couples. During that time he was an innovator, bringing gynecologic laparoscopy, gynecologic microsurgery, gynecologic laser and, with three other doctors, IVF to the Central Texas area.

Lori Kuykendall, MPH, President and CEO

Mrs. Kuykendall brings over 25 years experience in community health education and nonprofit leadership. Prior to joining the staff, she served on the MI Board of Directors, and assisted Dr. McIlhaney in leading the National Coalition for “a new sexual revolution.” Lori earned her B.S. in Community Health Education from Texas A&M University and completed her Masters in Public Health from Liberty University in December 2020. She served as Prevention Coordinator for the Women’s Pregnancy Center in Houston and later the Executive Director of LifeTalk Resource Center in Frisco. In 1998, she co-founded Fort Bend ALERT (Abstinence Leadership, Education and Resources for Teens), a federal Title V grantee. Most recently, Lori led Aim for Success, Inc., the largest provider of live health education in Texas, which merged with Just Say YES Youth Equipped To Succeed in 2019. She and her husband Chris have four children.

Michael Mitakidis, MD, Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Mitakidis graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pretoria Medical School in South Africa. He earned a Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Aerospace and Aviation Medicine and has post graduate diplomate qualifications in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, and Tropical Medicine. He founded and led work to pilot HIV/AIDS/STD management in community health centers. He later served in Asia as the Global Medical Services Medical Director covering 80 countries and then in Singapore’s Ministry of Health as the Deputy Director of Hospital Services. In 2012, Michael and his family were invited to the U.S. and became U.S. Citizens. He worked as a Science and Medicine Advisor for a global non-profit in Dallas, Texas, and then in Clinical Education Director-ship within multinational hospital systems in the U.S. and Latin America. Michael and his wife have two adult children.

Marilyn Henderson, RN, Science Education Director

Ms. Henderson joined Medical Institute (MI) in 2014 following a nursing career of over 30 years in women’s health. Her career included working with MI founder Dr. Joe McIlhaney in his medical practice for ten years as the invitro fertilization coordinator. In addition to her bachelor’s degree in nursing, Ms. Henderson held certifications as a nurse specialist in endocrinology/infertility and as a sonographer. As Director of Science Education at MI, she assists in designing and implementing trainings and educational resources.

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