Tap Into Happiness for Better Health

by Millennium Physician Group

Live Your Best Life With Millennium Physician Group Family Medicine Physician Karen de Souza Ferreira Hunt, M.D.

Dedicated and compassionate, Millennium Physician Group Family Medicine Physician Karen de Souza Ferreira Hunt, M.D., helps her patients live their best lives by always bringing her best to the (exam) table.

“I want to be the best doctor I can be for my patients,” says Dr. Karen (as her patients call her). “I have a responsibility to my patients to make them the best version of them­selves, and that means giving them the best version of me.”

That best version of Dr. Karen means listening to what her patients have to say, inter­preting their concerns, and coming up with plans and approaches that are within their reach. She says this means not just changing their diet and exercise but changing their mindsets.

“Only after that fails do I prescribe the appropriate medications for them to reach their goals,” she explains. “I try to veer away from prescribing medica­tions as a first approach.”

She also believes that when your mind is at ease, so is your body, and if it isn’t, that can sometimes slow the process. Explaining that music helps her deal with her own stressors, Dr. Karen recently swapped her stethoscope for a microphone and wrote, recorded, and released an original song called ‘Let Life In’. She says she wasn’t looking to change the world, just to fill some of her free time during quarantine and relieve some stress. Dr. Karen’s not planning to ditch medicine for music, but says she realizes how important the connection between creative expression and wellness is.

“If there’s something that’s a stress reliever for you, makes you release endorphins because it makes you happy, the happier you are, the better you feel, the less pain you feel.”

Several scientific studies have found that happier people tend to be healthier. In fact, researchers have found that higher well-being (happiness) is specifically connected to better general health, less pain, and fewer chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

In addition to recognizing the power of the mind-body connection, Dr. Karen says educating her patients is an important factor in achieving success. She says she’s here to guide them and teach them how to change certain bad habits they may have fallen into and help make them the healthiest they can be.

“I like to educate my patients and explain conditions to them, so they understand where their lab values come from or where their problems are arising from,” she says. “If we identify what is in the way of your health journey’s success, we can fix the problem. Whether it’s mental health, cardiovascular health, or other physical ailments, if you talk, I’ll listen, and we will figure things out together.”

About Dr. Karen de Souza Ferreira Hunt

Karen de Souza Ferreira Hunt, M.D., is a graduate of Universi­dad San Martin de Porres in Lima, Peru. She trained in family medicine at North Shore LIJ-Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York.

Dr. Hunt is board certified in family medicine and has been practicing in Southwest Florida since 2016. In her free time, she enjoys singing, songwrit­ing, and illustrating. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.

Karen De Souza Ferreira Hunt, M.D.Millennium Physician Group Family Medicine Physician Karen de Souza Ferreira Hunt, M.D.

Family Medicine

1528 Del Prado Blvd, S., Ste 100

Cape Coral, FL 33990


About Millennium Physician Group:

Founded in Port Charlotte, Florida, in 2008 and now headquartered in Fort Myers, Millennium Physician Group has grown to more than 700 healthcare providers across the state and growing. With a focus on wellness and prevention services centered on primary care complemented by specialty care, walk-in centers, radiology and lab services, telehealth, and wellness programs, it creates a genuinely connected healthcare experience for patients, Millennium is your connection to a healthier life.

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