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Breaking Barriers: How Denise Pines Is Redefining Menopause & Women’s Health

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Age enthusiast, longtime community health advocate, and media pioneer, Denise Pines is breaking barriers and redefining menopause and women’s health.

She is a trusted resource for women as they pursue midlife wellness. She founded WisePause Wellness, a pro-aging health, education, and workplace training platform and The FemAging Project which hosts pitch competitions and provides innovators and investors in the health and tech industry sector with research reports addressing innovations specifically designed for women ages 40+. 

She’s also the co-founder and CEO of Tea Botanics and the inspiration behind Hot Flash Tea. Pines is the president of the Osteopathic Medical Board of California, past president of the Medical Board of California and serves on the Board of the Federation for State Medical Board.

Pines co-founded Women in the Room Productions and is an award-winning filmmaker producing 12 documentaries including “Birthing Justice” which examines the Black maternal health crisis in America and her next film “The (M) Factor” opens up the conversation on menopause and releases on PBS October 18th.

In this podcast episode, Denise discusses her advocacy for women’s health during menopause, her struggles with menopause, and the creation of WisePause Wellness, and Tea Botanics to address menopausal symptoms.

Denise emphasizes the need for more research, especially for Black women and women of color, and discusses her upcoming PBS film “The M Factor” to raise awareness about menopause.

The episode also touches on the importance of holistic care, workplace support for menopausal women, and Denise’s personal self-care practices.

For more, take a pause. Get cozy, and join us in The Pause Pod. Let’s Perimenopause and Prosper!

In this episode:

00:00:00: Episode Trailer

00:01:12: Introduction to Denise Pines

00:02:48: Denise’s Journey and Career Evolution

00:06:02: Creation of WisePause Wellness and T Botanics

00:09:34: Research and Data Collection

00:12:28: Upcoming Film “The M Factor”

00:13:13: Significance of Research Data

00:18:12: Challenges in Medical Education

00:19:19: Film Focus

00:24:55: Genetics and Environmental Impact

00:27:22: Hot Flash Tea

00:32:57: Expansion of Product Line

00:34:44: Andropause and Mental Health

00:38:13: Empowerment through WisePause

00:43:19: Momentum around Menopause

00:47:15: Workplace Support for Menopause

00:51:59: Self-Care Rituals

00:55:01: Connect with Denise

00:55:36: Closing remarks

Connect With Denise

WisePause: Website

WisePause: Instagram

Tea Botanics

Tea Botanics: Instagram

Connect With Me/Dixie:

Instagram – The Pause Pod

Instagram – Personal






Additional Resources For Support:

Join The Menopause Lab: A six-week course for people experiencing menopause

Take the Menopause Quiz: Find out if you might be experiencing (peri)menopause

Menopause blog posts: Various posts about the menopausal phase

The symptoms checklist: A checklist with over forty symptoms you can check off

The menopause question list: A list of questions to ask your healthcare partner

The Pause Pod FB private community: Private Facebook Community. Click the link to Join.


I am by no means a medical professional. I am a Licensed and certified Biology/Health teacher/educator and award-winning beauty/wellness founder. Any information shared on this and future podcasts is my point of view or that of the guests. Please consult with your primary care partner for advice and treatments for your health and well-being. Please read the entire disclaimer Here.

I'm a teacher, beauty/wellness founder, and Qigong Instructor. My work exists to support women and people experiencing the menopausal transition on their health and wellness journey. I believe in the sacredness, wholeness, and expansiveness of well-being and the menopausal passage, and I care deeply about teaching and creating experiences and safe spaces that provide support.

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