About Hanson Diabetes Center

The Hanson Diabetes Center is your local source for Diabetes Management and Education in Charlotte, Sarasota and DeSoto counties.

We are committed to providing you with the most current information and treatments for managing your diabetes. Our “Living Smart Diabetes Self-Management Program” is recognized by the American Diabetes Association. Classes are offered monthly in our state-of-the-art conference room, located next door to our Diabetes Center.

The Diabetes Center is located in Port Charlotte, Florida; patients come to us from all over Southwest Florida. Our experienced team of health professionals includes an endocrinologist, nurse practitioner, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educators and a dedicated office staff.

State-of-the-art Thyroid evaluation and management is also provided at the Hanson Diabetes Center

Lenita Hanson M.D., F.A.C.E., CDE, CPI, our board certified endocrinologist, is skilled in thyroid sonography and fine needle aspiration of thyroid nodules. Her thyroid expertise ranges from diagnosing basic thyroid imbalance to the management of thyroid cancer. Dr. Hanson also provides other endocrine services on a limited basis.

Hanson Clinical Research Center Logo

The Hanson Clinical Research Center is located adjacent to the Diabetes Center.

You can volunteer to participate in industry sponsored diabetes clinical trials at our Center. We provide opportunities for anyone interested in becoming part of clinical research. The study medication which is provided is already available in pharmacies or is in the final phase before approval for marketing. RESEARCH CENTER FACTS, FOR SPONSORS


Telemedicine Check-ups with Hanson Diabetes CenterHaving problems with your blood sugar control or need a quick thyroid evaluation. Save time traveling to the office by conducting your interim office visit from the convenience of your home, office, or while you are traveling. For many people, telemedicine is an attractive option when they need professional consultation for a minor problem. A virtual visit can deliver effective health care.

Telemedicine can be provided to you via your mobile device or PC by two-way videoconferencing that makes the interaction significantly more like an in-person visit. You will chat with either our physician or Nurse Practitioner who will conduct your visit in a secured environment.

The visit is scheduled by appointment and after-hours visits are available!

Telemedicine is a convenient way to receive interim care but it is not a replacement for office visits or urgent care. You will still need to be seen in our office for your regularly scheduled appointment. In an emergency, you should always call 911 or go the emergency room.

To schedule a telemedicine appointment, CALL our office at 941-624-4800.

Diabetes is a chronic disease affecting the entire body. Care management requires a team approach because of the complexity of the disease. The team includes these members:

  • The patient, who is responsible for self-management
  • Endocrinologist
  • Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant
  • Certified Disease Educator
  • Registered Dietitian

We are proud to have a team of qualified professionals available to serve you. We work closely with your Primary Care Physician, Podiatrist, Ophthalmologist, Cardiologist and Exercise Specialist to complete your care. These experts are also a part of your diabetes or thyroid care team.


Hanson Diabetes Center building,Port Charlotte

Lenita Hanson MD, F.A.C.E., CDE, CPI

Medical Director – Hanson Clinical Research Center

You can expect compassionate and caring treatment from Dr. Lenita Hanson. Often you might find only professional credentials here. Dr. Hanson provides you with information that allows you to "meet" Dr. Hanson as a person as well as a physician.

Dr. Hanson's Professional Credentials:

Dr. Lenita Hanson received her undergraduate training through the City University of New York and her residency and fellowship training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York.

  • Board Certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism
  • Certified in diabetes education, insulin pump therapy and thyroid fine needle aspirations
  • A Fellow of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
  • A Certified Principal Investigator for clinical research
  • An active member of several national medical committees

Award for Lenita Hanson, MD, Best Minority Physician at The 16th Annual FMB Golden Stethoscope

Awarded to Lenita Hanson, MD, at the 16th Annual FMB Golden Stethoscope

Located in Port Charlotte FL, Dr. Hanson limits her medical practice to Adult Endocrinology and Diabetes. She works closely with certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians and diabetes specialty groups to create a team-approach to diabetes care for her patients.

In 2002, as an added resource for her patients with diabetes, Dr. Hanson sponsored the Living Smart Diabetes Self-Management Program.

Today, the Living Smart Diabetes Self-Management Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and serves to meet a community need through outreach.

Dr. Hanson coordinates a monthly free diabetes resource group, participates in local health fairs, and volunteers to speak to various community groups. Watch for information on these events on this website and in local news media.

Women’s Lifestyle Magazine featuring Dr. Hanson

Cover of Women's Lifestyle Magazine featuring Dr. HansonDr. Hanson was selected to appear on the cover of “Woman’s Lifestyle Magazine”. In the article about her in the magazine, she answered the following questions:

Q: What do you love about what you do?
A: Improving the quality of life of my patients.
Q: When are you happiest?
A: I’m happiest when I have the satisfaction of knowing that I have made a positive difference in someone’s life whether it be family, friend or stranger.
Q: What is your favorite pastime?
A: Oil paining both seascapes and landscapes.
Q: What is most important in a friendship?
A: Trust and dependability.

Dr. Hanson’s Favorite Pastime

Click on the pictures below to view some of her oil paintings