Dr. Mary Ryan

Empowering Women podcast hosted by Dr Mary Ryan focuses on Menopause

Empowering Women Podcast – Menopause expert Dr Mary Ryan pictured above will be the host for the podcast series which features many amazing women as guests

Empowering Women podcast hosted by Dr Mary Ryan focuses on Menopause

Season 2 of RSVPs Empowering Women podcast which will focus on menopause will be hosted by Dr Mary Ryan and launched on Friday, October 1.

Empowering Women is an RSVP exclusive podcast series hosted by Dr. Mary Ryan which aims to empower women in particular, but also to promote equality among men and women. Guests throughout the series are successful women from different backgrounds who share their philosophies on life and their visions for gender equality in Ireland.

Dr Mary Ryan is one of Ireland’s top endocrinologists and is very passionate about discussing perimenopause and menopause – what to expect, the symptoms and the best ways to prepare for this next life stage.

“For too long, we have only been taught about men as the norm and we’ve ignored women. As an endocrinologist, I see this constantly,” Dr Ryan said. “The majority of her patients are unaware of the symptoms and risks associated with perimenopause and menopause – an issue that starts with how we are taught about the female body in school.”

Over the past five years, her goal has been to educate women on the topics of perimenopause and menopause and equip them with the knowledge and understanding they need to carry through this next phase of their lives with as little hardship as possible. Dr Ryan has travelled around the country giving lectures on hormone health, contributing to expert-led hormone guides.

“I am so honoured to be sharing mine and other women’s expert opinions on the physical, mental and social aspects as well as outlining how to not only survive but thrive in menopause,” Dr Ryan added.

This season has a variety of weekly guests including:

Dr Rhona Mahony

Dr Rhona Mahony is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, a Specialist in Maternal and Fetal medicine, and an Honorary Clinical Professor with RCSI. She is also a Fellow of the RCOG UK and of the RCPI in Ireland. As well as this, she is a member of the Institute of Directors of Ireland and serves on the board of the Little Museum of Dublin.

Rhona has worked as the Master of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in Dublin, Executive Director of the Women and Children’s Clinical Academic Directorate within the Ireland East Healthcare Group and founded the National Maternity Foundation, which supports the work of the NMH.

She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the American College of O&G and an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine from NUI for her contribution to women and infants health. She was awarded an honorary fellowship of the UCD Medical School and a UCD Alumna Award.

Dr Rhona Mahony joined the board of Halocare and currently serves on the Board of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group. She is currently working with Trinity Business School to develop a healthcare leadership pillar within the Business School, where she sits on the Advisory Board of TBS and on the executive education board.

Emily Power Smith

Emily Power Smith is Ireland’s only Clinical Sexologist. She is also an Art Psychotherapist, Sexuality Educator, and Professional Trainer and Facilitator.

She has a Masters Degree in Sexology, which is the scientific study of human sexuality, and a Post Graduate in Art Psychotherapy.

She is a professional committee member of the World Association of Sexual Health and the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists, as well as being a fully accredited member of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists. 

Emily was the resident sexologist on the Ryan Tubridy show on 2FM. She is currently a guest lecturer at the Crawford College of Art and Design at the Cork Institute of Technology where she teaches trainee art therapists how to approach sexuality within therapy from a sex positive standpoint.

She also writes a weekly column in the pull-out health supplement in the Evening Herald which covers sexuality and relationships.

Maria Lucey

Maria Lucey is a CORÚ Registered Dietician and a member of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from Trinity College.

She worked as a Clinical Dietitian at Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, as a Registered Dietitian in Care of the Older Adult for Nutricia AMN Ireland and is currently a Senior Nutricia Care Dietitian and Team Lead for Danone.

She has conducted dietetic reviews in community residential care facilities to provide evidence based nutritional care to all patients, provided a point of contact for nursing staff for dietetic concerns regarding their residents, and currently provides a clinical dietetic service to a community area in Dublin as well as managing a busy and varied clinical caseload in nursing homes, residential care facilities and individual consultations.

Lorraine Keane

Lorraine Keane is a former TV Presenter and Blogger, who currently runs Fashion Relief for Oxfam.

Lorraine began her extensive career as an AA Roadwatch Public Relations Manager Reporter in 1993 and has since worked for RTÉ, TV3, UTV and ITV during the 90s.

She is the curator and host of ‘Keane on Style,’ which was an award-winning roadshow of Fashion Designers, Independent Boutiques, Hair and Make-up Professionals and more, who were hand-picked by Lorraine to showcase, demonstrate and advise. In 2015, she won a business award for ‘Keane on Style’ events, naming her ‘The Most Influential Figure in fashion and Beauty in Ireland.’

She has also worked as a host for a wide variety of ceremonies and events, such as The Gala Awards in 2014 and 2015, the L’Oreal Ireland Hair Awards in 2007 and the Prince Charles visit to Dublin in 2006.

She is now running Fashion Relief, which is a fundraiser offering people the opportunity to get clothes from their favourite style icon, brand, boutique or designer in aid of Oxfam.

Aisling Grimley

Aisling Grimley runs a website called ‘My Second Spring.’

‘My Second Spring’ began in 2013 as a place to talk about menopause and have since shared thousands of women’s experiences and expert advice to help women through menopause.

She is also founder of ‘The Silk Pillowcase,’ which she made to help women with their menopause symptoms. She produces silk pillowcases, silk eye masks and silk face masks. Silk is a natural fabric with inherent anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic properties, and makes hair feel silky as well as reducing skin lines you may get from regular pillowcases.

Emma Ahern

Emma will be on the podcast alongside Aisling Grimley.

She is a patient who wanted to share her story with other women to help them feel less alone.

The podcast is available on any podcast streaming service such as Spotify or Apple Podcast.

To listen to the podcast on Spotify go HERE

For more about Dr Mary Ryan go HERE