Donna Nikander, DNP – Boulder Bioidentical Hormones
Boulder Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Donna Nikander, DNP is an Integrative Functional medicine doctor who uses Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) as part of a total wellness plan that addresses all aspects of your health. Dr. Nikander has over three decades of experience providing patients with safe and effective medical treatments.
Dr. Nikander recognizes the interconnected nature of your body and mind. Because of the way your health is balanced between different systems, she looks at your health as a whole when developing a personalized treatment plan, as opposed to only looking at your presenting symptoms. In this way, the unique expression of your health and vitality is supported and healed.
Using a mind-body-spirit approach that is rooted in the connection between science, spirituality and energy, Dr. Nikander focuses on caring for each patient as a unique individual. Her belief is that we are all endowed with the wisdom and strength that help us live our very best life.
Dr. Nikander has treated numerous Boulder, Longmont, Broomfield, and surrounding Boulder County, Colorado men and women with Bioidentical Hormones. She will spend time listening to your medical history and looking at the totality of what may be influencing your hormonal balance and long-term health.
Bioidentical Hormones and Integrative Functional Medicine
The current system of medicine tends to be oriented toward acute care, which is the diagnosis and treatment of an illness that is short-lived and sudden. In these cases, physicians treat the immediate problem with drugs or surgery. Unfortunately, acute care medicine does not address the increasing need for treatments of complex, chronic conditions that occur as you age and puts stress on your body.
Doctors that practice integrative functional medicine are trained to assess the underlying cause of disease instead of only treating one symptom at a time, as in acute care medicine. In the integrative functional medicine model, doctors will seek out the source of your health imbalance. Dr. Nikander will take your lifestyle, diet, genetics, environment and stress levels into account when assessing your health. This holistic approach helps the doctor identify underlying health conditions that may be causing multiple symptoms. Using integrative functional medicine in combination with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can result in numerous benefits, including:
- Better Hair and Skin
- Better Quality of Sleep
- Decreased Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke
- Improved Bone Strength
- Improved Mood and Brain Function
- Increased Energy
- Increased Libido
- Lower Cholesterol Levels
- Resolution of Hot Flashes
- Weight Loss
By getting to know and understand the underlying causes and contributing factors of your health concerns, Dr. Nikander is able to provide the most effective Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy protocol for each patient.
Getting Started with Bioidentical Hormones
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy treats hormone deficiencies by using only hormones that are identical to the hormones found in your body. The most common hormones replaced are estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and thyroid hormones. Boulder Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Donna Nikander, DNP will assess whether you would do best on only one of these hormones or with a combination of them.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy differs from traditional hormone replacement therapy in its use of natural hormones. Synthetic, man-made hormones used in traditional hormone replacement do not match the chemical structure of the hormones produced by your body and not used in natural, bioidentical hormone therapy. Bioidentical hormones are typically made from plants like soybeans and yams. A compounding pharmacy makes them into different delivery methods and concentrations depending on the needs and preferences of the patient.
- Dr. Nikander offers the following services to address your health needs at all levels:
- Botanical Therapy
- Integrative Physical and Mental Health and Wellness Evaluation
- Integrative Psychology
- Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic Counseling
- Nutrition Therapy
- Transpersonal Psychiatric and Psychological Counseling
Dr. Nikander uses integrative functional medicine and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to increase longevity, support lifestyle changes, help you reduce stress, and heal any symptoms of hormonal imbalance. She sees good health as a positive and vital way of experiencing life, not merely the absence of disease.