“An orgasm a day keeps the doctor away,” says Dr. Diana Wiley. “How’s that for a sound bite?”
Wiley graced the cover of MidWeek back in 1998 and is best known for her radio talk show on KHVH with Bill Sage, her marriage to the late Charlie Pietsch and as a board-certified sex therapist featured in books, videos and TV.
Wiley was thrown out of whack after the sudden death of her husband in 2000. Pietsch, at 57, died from a heart attack during an aerobics class he and Wiley were attending while on vacation. “It was unexpected because he was not diagnosed with heart disease,” Wiley recalls. “I still miss Charlie, I always will. I remain close to his sons and their families, as well as to his sister.”
Wiley took a month off from her morning radio show, then returned with a grief counselor to help others through difficult times of their own. “I did two shows on healing and grief,” she says, mentioning that death and grieving are not talked about enough in our culture.
The experience left her with a lot of life lessons, she says. “I’ve learned to really pay attention to my new mantra, which is ‘Carpe diem, dammit!’” she laughs.
Wiley left the Islands in 2003 for Los Angles to join a female sexual medicine practice at UCLA, making occasional appearances on TV, radio and beyond. “I’ve recently done some radio shows, including Playboy Radio,” she says. “But it’s nothing like having your own show and having a funny sidekick like Bill Sage.”
She also has been featured on Playboy TV’s Sexcetera as a narrator and just completed narrating a two-volume series for Sinclair Institute called Great Sex For a Lifetime.
In more recent news, Wiley is moving from sunny Los Angeles to rainy Seattle to be closer to her daughter Kate, who resides in Victoria, B.C. “She will be married to Ed Garlinge, an amazing Canadian,” she says, adding she wants to be around when her daughter starts a family of her own.
As for some friendly advice from the famed sex therapist for MidWeek readers: “For women in particular, they need to learn to love their bodies. The less you love your body, the less you’ll want to share it with your lover.” She also says exercise, cognitive thought and love are all necessary for a healthy, well-rounded individual. “We need to keep all of these things active,” she says, “otherwise we won’t age successfully.”
More information on Wiley can be found on her web-site, www.drdianawiley.com.
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