Team Bio

Melissa Reitz, MSc, FNP-BC, RYT-200, IF

“There’s never been a time in my life when I haven’t worked supporting women. It’s my calling,” says Melissa. “In college, I volunteered at our women’s resource center, educating students on sexual wellness and sexual violence prevention.” Her next stop: A stint in the Peace Corps at a women’s cooperative in Ecuador. “I met many nurses who told me that I have a nurse's heart,” she says. “Witnessing the impact of caring for women prompted me to join the field. Eventually, I got my masters, which enabled me to make more independent and individualized decisions with my patients.”

She pursued hormonal care “because women were coming to me with all kinds of perimenopausal and menopausal issues. I knew I would be experiencing this life stage soon and realized I needed to become the expert for them, and for myself.” Her personal journey through perimenopause has only made her a better clinician. “My sleep is impacted, I can’t drink wine, I’ve had to figure out new ways to manage my weight,” she says. “But I’m grateful, because I’ve gained so much empathy for my patients.”

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