From our enlightened founder to our highly respected physicians, psychologist, physiotherapist and acupuncturist these are the people with the knowledge and expertise to help keep you being you.
Loretta Dignam. Founder.
“I had three years of hot flushes. I had broken sleep. My eyes were dry. My energy levels were on the floor. (Not to mention loss of libido, vaginal dryness and a general loss of va va voom.) I felt as if my old self had disappeared. And I wanted it back.”
My experience might be different to yours (there are 34 symptoms of menopause, and I’ve only described 7!) but what many women have in common is a myriad of uncomfortable and embarrassing symptoms… no clear answers… and the prospect of spending a third of their lives managing their menopause.
There are so many myths about the menopause that it’s hard to separate fact from fiction.
I founded The Menopause Hub to give Irish women a individually tailored way to manage the menopause… a resource to understand the changes you are going through…and an option to keep living the life you love!
I have had a lengthy and highly successful career working in Marketing and Communications with many multinational, global businesses, Mars Inc, Diageo plc, Kerry Group plc and Jacob Fruitfield. I was awarded Marketer of the Year in 2011. I am a graduate of UCD and DCU and have lectured in the UCD Smurfit Business School on their executive MBA and MSc Programme. I am also a member of the board of the Abbey Theatre.
Dr Deirdre Forde.
Deirdre works full time in General Practice and has a particular interest in Menopause and Women’s Health having gone through ‘the transition’ during her 40’s. She is a Member of The Irish College of General Practitioners (MICGP); Member of The British Menopause Society (BMS); Associate Member of Faculty of Paediatrics (MFPAEDS). She also holds a Masters in Public Health (MPH) and MSc Child Health.
She is pro-active when it comes to Preventive Medicine and so has the skills to help you achieve your optimum well-being potential from a holistic perspective.
She has recently been appointed to one of the Regulatory Committees of the Irish Medical Council and is graduate of NUI Galway.
Dr Deirdre Lundy.
Deirdre has been a GP specialising in Women’s Health for over 30 years and has been a leading light in the treatment, teaching and research of medical and reproductive issues for women. She practices in all areas of sexual and reproductive health, but has a particular interest in management of the menopause and is recognised as a ‘Menopause Specialist’ by the British Menopause Society. She works for the Irish College of General Practice, where she trains and accredits fellow GPs in Menopause Care.
Over the years, Deirdre has worked for all the major family planning clinics in Dublin and she joined the Bray Women’s Health Centre team in the late 1990’s. In addition, Deirdre started and currently works in the new GP gynaecology clinics in the Rotunda and National Maternity Hospital (Holles St.)
Deirdre is also on the staff of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) as an Honorary Lecturer, where she introduces young medical students to the art of interviewing and examining patients with respect and kindness.
Deirdre is a founding member of The Menopause Hub team.
Barbara Mullally. Physiotherapist.
Barbara Mullally is a Chartered Physiotherapist and a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists with over 30 years of experience. She holds a Masters degree from University College Dublin in Sports Physiotherapy. She is a member of the Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association and has been practising acupuncture for over 10 years. Barbara has worked in the Blackrock Clinic and St Vincent's Private Hospital, as well as the public sector. She was instrumental in establishing a novel approach in community care, a concept that earned an Irish Healthcare Award. She has a special interest in Women's Health and particularly in holistically combining physiotherapy with acupuncture.
Michele Pippet. Counsellor. Psychotherapist. Psychologist.
Michele graduated from UCD with Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and from TCD with a Diploma in Counselling. Michele worked for many years in the field of fitness, health and well-being before specializing in the area of women’s health in 2003. She has worked with both the Dublin Well Woman Centre and The Irish Family Planning Association and has extensive experience working with women facing different life stage challenges - crisis pregnancy, fertility issues, menopause, stress, anxiety, bereavement, depression and relationship issues. Michele offers CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) as part of her treatment. Michele is passionate about promoting women’s health and supporting them in the challenges they face. Michele is a fully accredited member with the IACP.