About Dr. Michelle Hansen
Dr. Michelle Hansen is a licensed naturopathic doctor who provides a full spectrum of care for a wide range of health concerns. She studied and graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM – formerly National College of Natural Medicine) in Portland, Oregon in 2013. Dr. Hansen works closely with her patients to determine the root cause of their health concerns and to develop an individualized treatment plan to support their needs and to create optimal function in the body to help overcome disease.
Growing up in the foothills of Santa Barbara, California, Dr. Hansen spent a significant amount of time outdoors – hiking and backpacking, swimming in local creeks, climbing trees, and in general, exploring all that nature had to offer. The natural world helped shape, and continues to inspire, Dr. Hansen’s approach to healthcare and medicine.
After attending and graduating from Santa Barbara High School, she attended the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. During the summer before her senior year at UCSC, she sustained a serious foot injury while camping in the Sierra Nevada mountains with her family. Her 4 months recovery period and associated physical therapy pushed Dr. Hansen towards a career in the health sciences, specifically physical therapy. This new interest culminated in her moving to Oregon in 2007 where she began taking pre-med classes at Portland Community College as well as Portland State University, eventually enrolling at NUNM. After graduating and passing her national board exams, she moved back to Santa Barbara to begin her practice.
Dr. Hansen began building her patient base in Santa Barbara, working independently for two years, but yearned for a more collaborative practice environment. In late 2014, she was offered an opportunity to help build this collaborative approach by joining Sunrise Natural Medicine in Bakersfield, California. She traveled to Bakersfield one week per month so see patients, and continues to do so. In 2016, she joined Dr. Lizzie Clapham at Pathways to Natural Health and found her perfect fit.
Dr. Hansen helps her patients develop optimal and sustainable health, and believes strongly that the body’s innate healing mechanisms should be reinforced and not suppressed. To achieve positive results, Dr. Hansen employs many different modalities with her patients including botanical medicine, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, lifestyle counseling, physician-grade nutritional supplementation, intravenous nutritional therapy, and more.
Dr. Hansen loves her community in Santa Barbara and feels honored to be able to assist people in their goal toward optimal health in her home town. When she’s not seeing patients, Dr. Hansen enjoys live music, traveling, swimming in the ocean, camping, playing beach volleyball, and having adventures with her fiancé, Eric.