When Lyn Hogrefe started the Happy Hormone Cottage in 2009, she had one mission… to talk with women. She wanted to share the facts about hormones, health, and disease prevention since she had lived it through her own experience. Years earlier, Lyn needed a hysterectomy and she knew it would launch her into surgical menopause. Lyn’s husband Jeff, a pharmacist, knew what Lyn was about to experience because he saw it every day through his work. Jeff went back to school to learn how to compound bio-identical hormones so his wife wouldn’t suffer through the effects of menopause from lack of hormones… “Not on his watch” as Jeff put it.
The two women would sip tea as they shared stories and found common ground. Lyn would then lead the conversation into educating the women on how to address their core issues instead of masking symptoms with synthetic drugs. She gave women options and she taught the value of BHRT not just for symptom relief but also for overall health and disease prevention. She would suggest women undergo hormone testing then take the test results to their healthcare practitioner who would work with her compounding pharmacist husband to develop an individual wellness strategy.
Clearly there was a need to be filled as the demand for Lyn’s guidance quickly outgrew the confines of the tiny cottage. Lyn leased office space and hired more women to handle the volume of requests for chats (which evolved into consultations). She also had to buy computers and develop a client database. Gone were the simple notepads that stored records. Today, there are three Happy Hormone Cottage offices along the I75 growth corridor in Mason, Centerville, and Vandalia. Their headquarters are at their new IHC (Integrative Hormone Center) & Pharmacy in Centerville.
Lyn never envisioned the booming business her little cottage would become. She is a living example of how a passion can be more valuable than a business plan and how a simple idea can impact the lives of thousands of women.
The teapot is now a Keurig but much has stayed the same, Lyn’s mission is still at the heart of the business, two women still sit to chat and the box of tissue remains in its place while tears are shed and feelings are validated.
Article written by Kelly Kuhlman Brown
Lyn Hogrefe MS Ed
Founder & Exec Director Happy Hormone Cottage Founder Women’s Health Initiatives Foundation Owner IHC & Pharmacy
At our IHC (Integrative Hormone Center) in Centerville, we have our Happy Hormone Cottage headquarters, our IHC for Men Center, and our compounding lab. Our 2 Happy Hormone Cottage satellite offices are in Mason and Vandalia. We reside in the world of functional medicine where our goal is to find and fix the root cause of health issues. We are also genetic testing certified, to enable us to further find and fix the root cause of issues. We are known for women helping women and our motto is: “Get Tested, Get Treated, Get Better.”