Menopause Is Having A Moment
Millions of us are experiencing the symptoms of menopause every day.
While each journey is different, every one of us need support a safe space to learn about what is happening to our mind and body.
And to have the tools to meet these new challenges head-on.
How It All Began
The StellaVia story starts with Carol Mehas, beauty and wellness maven at some of the world’s most well-known brands. When she began to experience some of the symptoms of menopause herself, she began looking for truly effective solutions. Carol recognized a gaping hole in the women’s wellness market and saw the need for a safe space to help women–one that has largely been ignored, glossed over by the medical community, and often taboo between sisters and BFFs.
Determined to help women navigate this sometimes trying time of life, Carol collaborated with Dr. Allyson Shirkhande and Dr. Jessica Shepherd to bring StellaVia to life.
Finally, a place to ignite a new you.
At StellaVia, our goal is to let you continue to thrive—numerical age be damned—with by-women-for-women, doctor-formulated SuperBotanicals™ that consistently meet your needs. And a safe space to ask even the most cringey questions without even a hint of shame. You may be changing in ways you never expected, but with this change comes growth, strength and wisdom.
Meeting your needs and offering relief starts with dismantling the stereotypes that come with ageing and menopause. We want you to know there are a variety of remedies available for allowing you to get back to your most vibrant self. We aim to share the wisdom of Board Certified doctors who believe in a holistic approach to wellness.
Meet The Founders
Dr. Allyson Shrikhande
Dr Allyson Augusta Shrikhande is a board-certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist. She is the Chair of the Medical Education Committee for the International Pelvic Pain Society and has published multiple peer-reviewed articles on the treatment of pelvic pain in academic journals. But first and foremost, she is a woman who listens to, and seeks to improve the lives of women every day. Formerly affiliated with Weill Cornell, Dr. Shrikhande was part of the Weill Cornell Medical Center Women’s Health Musculoskeletal Outpatient Clinic. Dr Shrikhande is the founder of Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine, with numerous sites across the country taking care of women and men suffering from chronic pelvic pain and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. She received her training at:
- The Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland Medical School
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School
- NYU Langone Medical Center/RUSK Institute
Her approach to helping women navigate through menopause is holistic: “As a rehabilitation doctor I focus on wellness and restorative ways to heal the body and treat the symptoms. We optimize our patients’ quality of life with focus on nutrition, sleep, sexuality, sociability and overall function.” Please add Dr. Shrikhande to your StellaVia Menopause Team. She is here for you.
Dr. Jessica Shepherd
Dallas-based board certified OB/GYN, women’s health expert and minimially invasive surgeon Dr. Jessica Shepherd is a renowned expert when it comes to women’s wellness and sexual health. She is the Chief Medical Officer of Verywell Health and founder and CEO of Sanctum Med + Wellness, a concierge practice that focuses on menopausal issues.
Dr. Shepherd strives to educate women on their how their bodies work during different life stages using a holistic approach, concentrating on physical, sexual and emotional health. One of her personalized treatments focuses on how to create a natural transition into menopause with a variety of holistic and medical options. She is often featured as an expert in the field on outlets including the Today Show, Dr. Oz, CNN and MSNBC. In her (rare) spare time, Dr. Shepherd serves on the board of the Ross University Medical School Alumni Council the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the AAGL Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Please tune in to StellaVia to learn more about Dr. Shepherd and the tips and tricks she knows will help ease your journey into peri-menopause and menopause.
StellaVia founder (and beauty and wellness industry veteran) Carol Mehas understands the intricate juggling act necessary for being a successful working mother and wife—and how much feeling “off” can affect every aspect of life. In her many years in the beauty and wellness industry she has garnered experience in strategic global branding, merchandising and visual communications for international brands including L’Oreal, Kiehls, Shu Uemura and Lancome. She also held a Product Development role at Sephora which took her to Paris as well as New York and San Francisco in search of new technologies and trends.
Carol, a mother of three who currently lives in Ohio and Southampton, N.Y., was born and raised in Virginia, and moved to New York City after graduation to follow her dream of becoming a force in the beauty and wellness world. With her experience came an awareness of an underserved population: women going through menopause. There was simply nowhere to turn for truly helpful products, up-to-the-minute news, and a forum where any question is open for discussion. She immediately sprang into action and has focused her attention on the launch and growth of StellaVia (meaning: “by the light of a star,”), as her passion. She endeavors to empower; make women feel as potent as they have before. Not to deny aging or gloss over the last decades, but instead to embrace the future with time-earned confidence, dignity and vibrancy.
With the invaluable input of two world-renowned women doctors, she has created gummies to help relax you, mists to help cool hot flashes, tonics to help spark your libido and chocolates to lull you to (and stay) asleep. And, just as important, a safe haven to seek information and sisterhood about this sometimes vexing, inevitable time in a woman’s life.
And this is just the beginning. The conversation around StellaVia will be one of inclusivity (never shame), confidence and shared knowledge, with the StellaVia community’s voices leads you on your journey. Join in.