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., CDCES, CPI is skilled in thyroid sonography and evaluation 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

Nyla Gail Cooper, APRN at Hanson Diabetes

Nyla Gail Cooper, APRN, CDCES

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

Nyla has over 30 years working in healthcare, with more than 12 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse in the hospital and Veterans Administration setting.

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Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science Nursing
South University, Florida


Bachelor of Science Nursing
Edison College, Florida

Professional Experience

Over 30 years working in healthcare with 12 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse in the hospital and Veterans Administration setting.

Practical Experience

Hanson Diabetes Center / Hanson Clinical Research Center, Inc
Adjunct Professor – Florida Southwestern State College
Lee Memorial Health System and HCA Hospitals – Staff Nurse


Insulin Pump Management
Continuous glucose Monitoring Systems
Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist
Good Clinical Practice for conducting clinical research
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Professional and Society Memberships

American Diabetes Association
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Association

Community Board Membership

Living Smart Diabetes Self-Management Program – Advisor


Sub-Investigator for diabetes related phase 3 and 4 clinical trials

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
  • Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist
  • 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.

Dr. Lenita Hanson is at her deskLenita Hanson MD, F.A.C.E., CDCES, CPI

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

Dr. Hanson is:

  • Certified in diabetes education and insulin pump therapy
  • A Fellow of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
  • A Certified Principal Investigator for clinical research
  • Medical Director for Hanson Clinical Research Center
  • Quality Coordinator for Living Smart Diabetes Self-Management Program

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

Award for Lenita Hanson, MD, Best Minority Physician 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