Marla Ahlgrimm graduated from the University of Wisconsin, School of Pharmacy in 1978. From there, Marla Ahlgrimm became deeply involved in pioneering women’s health issues, specifically related to the effect hormones have on women throughout their lives. This was a time when women’s health was not a topic of conversation. Marla Ahlgrimm knew, however, that men and women had distinctly different needs where the state of their bodies were concerned.
As one of the first healthcare professionals in the United States to recognize and develop treatment options for ‘Premenstrual Syndrome’, Marla Ahlgrimm co-founded Madison Pharmacy Associates, the first pharmacy in the nation to specialize in women’s health in 1982. Marla Ahlgrimm and the health care professionals at Madison Pharmacy Associates earned a national reputation for their innovative work with women with symptoms due to PMS, perimenopause, and menopause.
Marla Ahlgrimm has been dedicated to women’s health since the late 1970’s. In addition to her research, Marla Ahlgrimm is committed to providing education and support for women facing hormone and other health challenges through the creation and distribution of the PMS Access newsletter and nationwide toll-free telephone access for women and their doctors. To help ensure these efforts will continue for generations, Marla Ahlgrimm established the Marla Ahlgrimm Scholarship Fund at the University of Wisconsin. This money is awarded to outstanding pharmacy students who have shown an interest in women’s health.
As Marla Ahlgrimm continued to learn more about the impact of hormone changes, she developed individualized treatment protocols for women. This work extended into the founding of Women’s Health America by Marla Ahlgrimm in 1993 to provide women with customized hormone prescriptions to address the complex and unique hormone changes in women. During its time, Women’s Health America served the needs of greater than 300,000 nationwide, using the expert training and knowledge provided by Marla Ahlgrimm.
Marla Ahlgrimm has documented her work and its impact in numerous journal articles and in the books, The HRT Solution and Self-Help for Premenstrual Syndrome. Marla Ahlgrimm and her leading-edge efforts in women’s health and hormonal therapy have been recognized with the titles of “Distinguished Alumni” at UW Madison and “Woman of Distinction” from the YWCA.
Marla Ahlgrimm lives in Wisconsin where she serves on the University of Wisconsin, School of Pharmacy’s Board of Visitors. While her impact has garnered national recognition and attention, Marla Ahlgrimm was always primarily motivated by helping women live healthy, fulfilling lives and is honored to have had the opportunity to serve many of the same women she treated years ago, but now through menopausal and postmenopausal hormone therapies.
After 30+ year career, Marla Ahlgrimm retired in 2016. She continues to mentor many rising pharmacy and health care professionals and remains an in-demand speaker and educator.