We have some exciting news to share with you coming out of our VIPcare primary care clinic in Lady Lake. We’ve added to our team again. Meet our newest health care provider, Dr. Cherie Hansen.
Dr. Hansen comes to VIPcare with over 23 years of experience and passion caring for patients. She is a board-certified primary care physician specializing in family medicine and addiction medicine.
Who is Dr. Cherie Hansen?
Dr. Hansen is a Florida native, born at Eglin Air Force Base in the western Florida Panhandle. It was certainly no accident that Dr. Hansen decided to go into medicine.
Her great great grandfather started a hospital in Indiana and cared for patients regardless of their ability to pay. Then her great grandfather made house calls by horse and buggy. And her uncle was one of the best surgeons in Orlando during his time.
Although medicine was in her blood, it wasn’t Dr. Hansen’s first career path. She began as a professor teaching various science courses, including Theory of Evolution, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, and Ecology.
“I enjoyed teaching at the college level while continuing my studies,” she said. “However, I began to focus more on human health and wellness, and it was a natural progression for me to apply to medical school.”
While traveling in South America with a group from school, Dr. Hansen got the final shove she needed to become a doctor. During one of their hikes, a local cut his leg very badly. Fortunately, an EMT who was part of their group was able to pull out his bag, clean, and suture the wound, preventing any severe complications.
“I saw how limited the care was there and how much good could be done with the right skills and knowledge,” Dr. Hansen said. “I was impressed and wanted to learn the skill to be able to take care of someone if they needed medical help.”
Following Her Destined Medical Path
With the support of her husband, John, Dr. Hansen began medical school in her late 20s, finally following the path she was destined to take. To say going to med school was a huge commitment would be a slight understatement as Dr. Hansen and her husband certainly had their hands full.
For instance, at that time, her oldest daughter was seven, and she then became pregnant with her second daughter during her fourth year of medical school.
“I wanted to fake my own death when I started my internship with a brand-new baby,” she said. “Fortunately, my husband bought a papoose and took over baby care. I learned to sleep when I could.”
In the end, all of the hard work and sacrifices were worth it. Dr. Hansen loves helping her patients and feels grateful to be useful and appreciated. Being a physician has given her confidence.
“I feel like superman when I put on my lab coat, I transform into someone else,” she said. “I truly enjoy taking care of my patients and passing along my education to them.”
To learn more about Dr. Cherie Hansen, click HERE.
Providing 5 Star Primary Care Service
At VIPcare, we not only provide you with great health care, but we help you achieve Better Health. We pride ourselves on providing you with providers who care and always put your health and needs first, such as Dr. Hansen in Lady Lake. Our providers’ specialties make it possible to provide you with specialized care that’s built just for you!
Come Meet Dr. Cherie Hansen at VIPcare Lady Lake
Join us in welcoming Dr. Cherie Hansen to VIPcare Lady Lake. Schedule an appointment with her today and see just how great she is. She is currently accepting new Medicare Advantage patients; call 352-751-9900. If you live outside the Lady Lake region, CLICK HERE to find a VIPcare provider near you.