I’m Dr. Karen Leggett, a board certified physician in family medicine and geriatrics. Welcome to The Women’s Midlife Specialist website, my Internet Home where I help women balance their hormones!
This is my husband, David, and he’s in charge of the tech support and taking care of me! Plus, he’s super cute, sweet, and I like him (just a little!). Inka is our adorable fur baby who does a really good job of hanging out with us and keeping us focused on what is most important in life. Together, with an awesome support team, we’re your specialists for all your midlife hormone changes (and stuff!).
My husband, David and fur baby, Inka, enjoying a relaxing
afternoon on Siesta Key Beach near our home.
I’ve spent the last 17 years helping and supporting midlife women in balancing their sex (reproductive) hormones, stress (adrenal) hormones, thyroid (metabolic) hormones, and gut (digestive) hormones so they can regain their young little chick spirits.
Our programs help you sleep like a contented baby and play like a carefree puppy so you are recharged with energy and passion and can truly love your life, enjoy the day-to-day joys of living, and successfully live out the dreams and aspirations you’ve always had and know you can achieve, to make your world a better place.
I practice what I teach! I know that we women control the aura of our environment! How we act is dependent upon how we feel, so you have to feel great to really achieve your goals! I had to learn this the hard way, but I am so thankful now for the suffering that I went through because it led me to my passion today - to help YOU.
My story might sound familiar to you. A little over 15 years ago I was suffering from profound fatigue with a total loss of passion for life. I was devastated over how I felt and knew it wasn’t normal, or at least it shouldn’t be. Having always been a happy, carefree, and loving person, I was turning into a spiritless robot, going to work every day without excitement and joy in my heart. Every day was a struggle. Though I remained focused on my patients' needs, I felt a distance growing between me and those most important to me, including my beloved husband and son, with whom I had once shared a close relationship. I suffered with terrible insomnia, anxiety, and had no interest in my previously-loved hobbies of gardening, shelling, ceramics and sewing. I couldn’t even focus long enough to watch a movie, would have preferred to avoid sex, and found most of my comfort coming from petting my dog and focusing on my patients' problems. My love for the holidays was so diminished that I volunteered to do hospital rounds during the holidays to avoid Christmas.
Christmas 2001 in a hotel near the hospital where we stayed
so I could quickly get to the hospital for any ICU admissions.
You may not be able to tell, but I was sad and exhausted in
this picture. I wondered if the life I knew as a spirited, happy
woman was over.
When I look at this picture now, I even see sadness and lack of energy in my son and husband’s spirit. That isn’t a surprise to me now. Hind sight is 20-20. And I understand the power that the woman holds for her entire family’s happiness, energy and spirit.
I was fortunate. I was a physician, and knew that what I was feeling could not be explained through conventional medicine. The only explanation left for me at that point would have to come from an oncology workup. I talked with an oncologist friend of mine and told him I was fearful that I had a hidden cancer causing my symptoms. He ordered a panel of tests to look for a possible cause of my fatigue. Bone scan, CT scans and blood work, fortunately, were all negative. It was at this time that I realized there wasn’t anything traditional medicine could do for me and it would be up to me to get my life back.
I started going to every conference available to physicians by the American Academy of Anti-aging, and focused on all of the possible issues related to fatigue. I focused on how to test and balance sex hormones and treat with bio-identical hormones, diagnose and treat Adrenal Fatigue, treat metabolic conditions related to hidden thyroid disorders, and diagnose and treat leaky gut syndrome.
I put everything I learned into practice for myself, and in an extremely short period of time I was completely recovered from the fatigue, total exhaustion, lack of passion, anxiety, and irritability that I had been suffering from relentlessly.
Thanksgiving 2002, fully healed, vibrant and passionate
for life and my family.
Each year, I grow stronger, more vibrant, more productive and more beautiful. My relationships continue to grow and my career continues to prosper and expand. My discovery changed not only my personal life, but changed my career and passion for medicine. As I healed, patients living hours away would find their way to my office for help, sometimes a decade or more after seeking help from other physicians. The rest is history.
When your hormones are balanced you feel great. And that’s how you become great, create an environment that feels great and changes the entire future of everyone you encounter. When you feel awesome, you really do make the people around you happier and healthier. These ripple effects of your hormone balance really do make the world a better place!
Christmas 2015 with David and Inka, my son, daughter-in-law,
grandchildren, parents, and sweet sister and brother-in-law.
Women are amazing beings! And we hold the real happiness of our world in our hands.
I have found that it’s impossible to do anything by yourself. We all need the guidance of an expert, and we need the support of others who have had the same experiences and needs that we have.
I invite you to join us and get the guidance and support you need and deserve. Sign up for our videos and the free training we provide! I look forward to helping you make your life the best it can be, and making a difference in many other people’s lives as well!
I look forward to seeing you inside!
Dr. Karen Leggett