About Dr. Michelle Hansen

write-up picI am a licensed naturopathic doctor who provides a full spectrum of care for a wide range of health concerns. I help my patients develop sustainable health and wellness in their lives.  I am trained as a primary care doctor who can diagnose disease, order lab work, administer intravenous and intramuscular nutrients, and prescribe hormones and physician grade nutraceuticals.

Although I work with many different health concerns, I emphasize the importance of gastrointestinal health in all of my patients. I see balance in this system as being a prevailing factor in overall health. I also work extensively with patients with thyroid disease, adrenal fatigue, autoimmune disease, and hormonal imbalances. Additionally, I love to work with children and teens and feel that this is a demographic that could greatly benefit from and underuses naturopathic medicine. As many conditions develop over time, the early years in one’s life are extremely important for setting a foundation for long-term health.

I work closely with each patient to determine the root cause of their health concerns and develop an individualized treatment plan to create optimal function in their body to help them overcome disease. I believe strongly that the body’s innate healing mechanisms should be reinforced and not suppressed. I employ many different modalities including botanical medicine, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, lifestyle counseling, nutritional supplementation, intravenous nutrition, vitamin injections, and hormone replacement.

I attended undergraduate college at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2004. I moved to Portland, Oregon in 2007 where I attended Portland Community College and Portland State University as I worked toward completing my premedical requirements. In 2009, I entered into a program at the National College of Natural Medicine, where I earned a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2013. After completing my schooling, I was ready to return home to Santa Barbara to start my medical practice. In 2016, I joined Pathways to Natural Health to work alongside Dr. Lizzie Clapham. I am committed to and passionate about naturopathic medicine and I feel grateful to have such an amazing community to work within.

 

About NCNM:

The National College of Natural Medicine is the oldest naturopathic college in the United States. It was established in 1956. It is also one of the most well-known naturopathic institutions worldwide. NCNM’s Doctor of Natural Medicine is an accredited 4-year intensive doctoral program that trains holistic primary care physicians.  Naturopathic training includes two years of  in-depth science including subjects like anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, diagnosis, and pathology. The last two years involve learning western study of disease, diagnosis, and treatment, with an emphasis on natural therapeutics. To graduate, students are required to complete 3500 hours of classroom instruction, 1500 hours of supervised clinical training, and an additional 250 hours of outside observational training in medical clinics or hospital settings. Upon graduation and completion of rigorous national board exams, ND’s are awarded a license as Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine and are qualified to work as primary care physicians.

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