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Frequently Asked Questions

What can you tell me about Dr. Hassell's background?

Dr. Hassell graduated from the University of Western Australia. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and is board certified in Internal Medicine. In addition to private practice he is a clinical instructor for internal medicine residents. Dr. Hassell also established the Integrative Medicine Program at Providence Cancer Center and specializes in evidence-based conventional and lifestyle medicine for treatment or reversal of heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, and cancer prevention and survivorship. He lives in Portland with his wife Anna and son Tor.

How do you approach patient care?

Very personally. We’re a small, low-volume internal medicine practice, and we take time with our patients. For an initial appointment or complete physical exam, plan to allow us about an hour of your time. Follow up visits typically last about 30 minutes, depending on the complexity of the issue.

Much of my work involves the diagnosis and care of medically complex patients and includes the use of mainstream investigation and treatment plans. I vigorously apply evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle therapies whenever possible.

Patients are encouraged to be closely involved in their own care, and to keep (and understand) results of laboratory tests and other reports. If we draw your labs we prefer to send you the original lab results with our comments added, rather than a summarized form letter.

We are also happy to schedule consultation appointments for patients who already have a primary care physician.

. . . and if you are a smoker, we are expecting you to work with us to quit . . . now!

What should I expect at my first appointment?

Your first appointment will include a review of your personal and family history and current symptoms, a review of previous laboratory or x-ray data, a physical exam, and recommendations for future tests and treatments. New patient appointments and consultations are scheduled for one hour.

As well as conventional therapies, we will discuss evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle recommendations. We may also consult with your other treating physicians.

What is a consultation?

Consultations appointments are available for people who already have a primary care physician (PCP) but would like to discuss lifestyle medicine, address a particular set of issues, evaluate a difficult medical problem, or get a second opinion. We’ll work closely with your PCP, if requested. Laboratory or other testing may be recommended, and often I will request other specialty opinions.

What is the 1-year or 6-month health transformation program?

It is a personalized patient-doctor partnership for people who are looking for a program with accountability, continuity, and evidence-based approaches using both conventional and lifestyle medicine to improve health and long-term quality of life. The program is designed to deliver a sustainable action plan for reversing type 2 diabetes and heart disease and reducing risk for stroke and dementia, as well as cancer prevention and survivorship, weight management, and medication reduction. For more details, please call our office.