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.
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
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
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
Over 30 years working in healthcare with 12 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse in the hospital and Veterans Administration setting.
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
Good Clinical Practice for conducting clinical research
DOT /IATA shipping infectious substances
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
- Nurse Practitioner
- Certified Diabetes 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.
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
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
Dr. 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.