Board Certified Gynecologist and National Certified Menopause Practitioner

Dr. Tara Allmen is a Board Certified Gynecologist, National Certified Menopause Practitioner, Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and CEO of The Allmen Foundation.

After earning her bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, she completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Allmen started her professional career in a private obstetrical practice but ultimately decided to follow her passion for menopausal medicine. She joined The Center for Menopause, Hormonal Disorders and Women's Health in New York City in 1999, focusing her practice on perimenopause and menopause.

In the last decade, Dr. Allmen has educated thousands of medical professionals around the country on menopausal medicine. She has also been featured on television, both in the United States and internationally.

In 2006, Dr. Allmen established The Allmen Foundation, a nonprofit organization. The Foundation supports causes involving women's health, childhood education and animal welfare. The North American Menopause Society, the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to mid-life women's health, refers to Dr. Allmen as a "Visionary" contributor.

Having identified the frustrations of many women regarding objective, scientifically-based advice on menopause or access to professionals who specialize in menopausal medicine, Dr. Allmen created a video called Menopause in an Hour.

Dr. Allmen lives in New York City with her husband, Lawrence M. Kimmel, their two children and a small dog named Sadie.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

Keep Reading Show less