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Dawn Marie R. Davis, M.D.

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Jackie M. Thielen, M.D.

Guest: Jackie M. Thielen, M.D.

Episode 1: Introduction to Menopause

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Menopausal concerns in women have been often neglected due to uncertainty and misunderstanding. The goal of this podcast is to offer clarity regarding the basics of menopause. Guest Dr. Jackie Thielen, who is the founding medical director for the Women's Health Specialty Clinic on the Mayo Clinic Florida campus, is the guest speaker kicking off this women’s health mini-series focusing on Menopause.  


Suneela Vegunta, M.D.

Guest: Suneela Vegunta, M.D.

Episode 2: Menopause and Bone Health 

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Dr. Suneela Vegunta joins the podcast to discuss the importance of the protecting the musculoskeletal system in patients during the menopause stage of life. Hormonal decline can have a significant impact on bone density, mobility and independence, causing osteopenia and osteoporosis. Topics covered in this episode include the impact of hormones on bone density, risk factors for osteoporosis and strategies to maintain and protect bone health. 

Jewel M. Kling, M.D., M.P.H.

Guest: Jewel M. Kling, M.D., M.P.H.

Episode 3: Menopause and Hormonal Therapy

Thursday, March 7, 2024

The number of midlife women transitioning into menopause is substantial with more than one million women in the U.S. entering menopause each year. Symptoms such as vasomotor symptoms (VMS), mood and sleep disturbances, and sexual problems are common during the menopause transition, yet often go untreated. Menopausal hormone therapy (HT) is often the preferred and most effective treatment option for menopausal symptoms.  Dr. Juliana (Jewel) Kling joins the podcast to discuss this important topic.

Hannah Nordhues, MD

Guest: Hannah C. Nordhues, M.D.

Amber Klindworth APRN

Guest: Amber L. Klindworth, P.A.-C.

Episode 4: Topical and Non-Hormonal Therapy

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Menopause symptoms for women not only have a personal impact on the individual, but also a public health impact. Studies have shown an annual economic impact of 1.8 billion dollars in lost work days and 25 billion dollars in medical costs for women coping with the symptoms of menopause. Dr. Hannah Nordhues and Amber Klindworth, P.A.-C. serve as guests to discuss the impact of menopause on everyday life for women and discuss non-hormonal treatment options for these patients.  

Carol Kuhle, DO, MPH

Guest: Carol L. Kuhle, D.O., M.P.H.

Episode 5: Hormones and Sexual Health After Cancer

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Guest Dr. Carol Kuhle joins the podcast to discuss the importance of hormones, hormone regulation, sexual health and hormone driven cancers. The needs of women with cancer and cancer survivors are often overlooked when it comes to the effect of hormones and the outcomes for sexual health and relationships for these patients.

Jennifer Vencill, PhD, LP

Guest: Jennifer A. Vencill, Ph.D., L.P.

Episode 6: Menopause and Sexual Health

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Sexual health during menopause is often a forgotten topic for female patients. Dr. Jennifer Vencill joins the podcast to discuss common sexual health concerns normal, what to expect, and how to seek assistance for patients in terms of sexual health during menopause and later life.