About Us

“We are a patient focused center dedicated to providing the best possible outcome to every patient.”

The Advanced Center for Pelvic Medicine is a multi-specialty medical institute founded in 1994. We are dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of incontinence and related pelvic disorders, general gynecological disorders and female sexual dysfunction.

The primary focus of the Advanced Center is individualized, comprehensive, state-of- the- art care designed to help patients meet their own goals. We treat each patient as a partner in his or her medical care, and make patient education a central component of our care.

Because many urological and gynecological conditions are accompanied by social discomfort or embarrassment, we emphasize sensitivity and discretion when dealing with all of our patients’ concerns.

Meet The Doctors


Dr. Theodore Benderev specializes in the treatment of incontinence, pelvic prolapse disorders and male and female urology. He is experienced in pelvic reconstructive surgeries and also performs vasectomy and vasectomy reversal surgeries. He takes great pride in the specialized, personal care that he is able to provide to his patients. He is dedicated to improving the quality of life of others. He is a certified provider of InterStim sacral nerve neuromodulation for the treatment of overactive bladder and urge incontinence. Dr. Benderev obtained his medical degree at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine in Baltimore. He completed his residency in Urology at Northwestern University Medical Center in Chicago in 1985. He is board certified by the American Board of Urology. He joined the faculty in Urology at the University of California Irvine in 1985, where he spent many years as Clinical Professor. He is the Medical Director of the Advanced Center for Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. He has developed a number of incontinence techniques and devices that are currently being used around the world.


Dr. Patricia Wallace specializes in the evaluation and treatment of urinary and anal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic floor dysfunction and chronic conditions of the bladder, such as Interstitial Cystitis, recurrent urinary tract infections, overactive bladder and painful bladder syndrome. Dr. Wallace is Board certified in Gynecology and in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Her approach is total pelvic health and individualized patient care. Dr. Wallace has special interests in minimally invasive surgery and is certified as a Da Vinci Robotic Surgeon. She is a certified provider of InterStim sacral nerve neuromodulation for the treatment of overactive bladder and urge incontinence and fecal incontinence. Additional interests include comprehensive treatment of menopause and sexual health, specifically after pelvic surgery and radiation for gynecologic and colorectal malignancies. She worked closely with pelvic floor physical therapists in the evaluation and treatment of women with pelvic floor dysfunction, dyspareunia, and vaginismus, as well as employed trigger point injection techniques for the treatment of pelvic floor muscle pain.


Dr. Kym Kanaly specializes in the treatment of gynecology and female sexual medicine, including decreased sex drive, arousal and orgasm problems, menopause and hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Kanaly is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She obtained her undergraduate training at Stanford University in California in 1993. She obtained her medical degree at New York Medical College, Valhalla in New York in 1998. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University School of Medicine in New York in 2002. She obtained her fellowship training in Female Urology and Sexual Medicine at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles in 2003. During this time she trained with Drs. Laura and Jennifer Berman who are pioneers in the field of female sexual medicine.

Annelise Merriner PA-C

Annelise Merriner is a nationally board-certified physician assistant. She completed her undergraduate degree in Nutrition Science at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She then went on to complete her graduate degree at Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, earning a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. She maintains memberships with the American Academy of Physician Assistants as well as the California Academy of Physician Assistant. She has been a part of the OC pelvic wellness team for 2 years.

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