Meet the Doc: Dr. Kim Hansen, ND
With the start of the new year, we introduced a new feature to our monthly newsletters: Meet the Doc! Each month we interview one of our NFM doctors, providing the opportunity to get to know each one a bit better. We kicked off this feature of with one of our women’s health specialists:
Dr. Kim Hansen, ND
What are your specialties?
I specialize in primary care for men and women of all ages with a focus on women’s health and hormone-related conditions such as PCOS and menopause. I use a variety of treatments from herbal supplements to bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to address the individual needs of my patients. I also perform yearly women’s wellness exams, Pap Smear/HPV testing, and routine blood work to ensure the continued health of my patients and to monitor the efficacy and safety of my treatment protocols.
How did you become a Naturopathic Doctor?
I started on my path to Naturopathic Medicine several years ago while I was practicing as a massage therapist. I saw the immense benefits my clients were obtaining as a result of physical touch and manipulation and wanted to take these benefits one step further by helping them integrate Naturopathic principles into their health and wellness regimen. Now my goal is to help my patients re-establish or maintain their vitality and health through natural and non-invasive measures such as diet and lifestyle education, herbal supplementation, and prescription medication when indicated.
What is one thing you want patients to know about you?
I am interested in getting to know my patients: their goals, their interests, and their point of view. I take my time trying to learn these intricacies and how they may be impacting my patient’s health on a number of different levels. To me, these details are essential to understanding where my patients are coming from in terms of their health, which in turn helps me sculpt out an appropriate treatment plan that will work best for them.
Health tip for the Month:
January is Cervical cancer awareness month. Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that involves the cervix, the lower portion of the uterus that connects the uterus to the vagina. Here are some tips on how you can reduce your risk of developing this preventable cancer:
- Get a regular Pap Smear
A Pap Smear takes a sample of cells from your cervix to look for precancerous changes. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends having a Pap smear performed every 3 years, or every 5 years if combined with human papillomavirus (HPV) testing.
- Follow up on abnormal Pap Smears
If you have an abnormal Pap Smear, it is important to have a follow up Pap Smear to determine if the cellular changes to your cervix have resolved or if further testing is needed to assess your risk for developing cervical cancer.
- Use a condom during sexual intercourse
If you are sexually active, using a condom will greatly decrease your risk of contracting HPV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
- Limit your number of sexual partners
By decreasing the number of sexual partners you have you’ll decrease your chance of exposure to HPV.
- Stop smoking and limit your exposure to second hand smoke
Smoking cigarettes can increase your risk of developing cervical cancer
- Get the HPV vaccine
If you are between the ages of 9-26, you are eligible to receive the HPV vaccine (Gardisil or Cervarix). This will reduce your chances of contracting HPV that may lead to cervical cancer.