Dr. Catherine Hansen
Dr. Hansen completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University, followed by a fellowship in Sexual Health, a Certification in Menopause and a strong alignment with an integrative approach to care. After realizing her desire to educate, she completed a Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Hansen’s passion for reproductive health shines through her ongoing participation in the various teaching, education and facilitation roles she holds through her academic affiliations.
Why did you choose your specialty?
I was captivated as soon as I started learning about the female reproductive system and all the miracles people are capable of, physiologically, through reproduction and childbirth. I knew from a very young age that I would spend my life studying to be a gynecologist, even before I knew what a gynecologist was. I have become a life-long learner and remain continually fascinated by all that humanity can accomplish and the way we function individually and in relationship to others and our world. It is through our sensations, made possible by our human form that we physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually experience interconnectedness with people and the world around us. These beautiful experiences are a gateway to a life of connection, love, joy and purpose.
What three words would you use to describe your approach to providing care?
Integrity; Excellence; Mindfulness.
What tips do you often share with your patients who are just starting their fertility journey?
For individuals and couples initiating fertility care, an important element is that people function best in connection with self and others. For this reason, requesting supportive resources, a helping hand or a loving partnership are vital on your journey. Asking for the support you need and advocating for your best interests is a sign of strength, not weakness, and will provide the foundation needed along a road that will, undoubtedly, have both ups and downs. As you reach out to others – deep roots will hold you firm. As you stay connected to your own inner knowing – self-compassion and clarity will guide your steps
Formal education credentials:
Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Obstetrics and Gynecology (Canada & U.S.)
Masters of Public Health (MPH)