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Dr. Nikol Hopkins, D.N.

DOCTOR OF NAPRAPATHY

A leader in naprapathic medicine in the Chicago area for over ten years, Dr. Hopkins is an expert at discovering the underlying causes of disease and health challenges — and then creating individualized treatment programs to prevent, reverse, or stop them. A practitioner of functional and nutritional medicine — a patient-centered approach that focuses on the whole person — Dr. Hopkins works to restore health and balance in her patients, particularly focusing on proper nutrition and digestion. Based on tests that identify biochemical and metabolic imbalances, Dr. Hopkins develops patient-specific protocols that reduce stress, detoxify the body, boost immunity, reduce weight, and more. Dr. Hopkins is known for her extensive knowledge, and for the unwavering support and commitment she brings to each patient’s journey to optimum health, wellness, and vitality.

What is Naprapathy?

Derived from osteopathy and chiropractic medicine, naprapathy is a holistic approach to wellness that incorporates manual medicine, nutritional counseling and therapeutic modalities, specializing in the treatment of pain caused by connective tissue disorders.

Credentials

  • Board-certified in naprapathic medicine
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine
  • Institute of Functional Medicine advanced certification

Affiliations & Accrediations

University of Michigan
Medical School
Board and Fellow of Anti-Aging and
Regenerative Medicine
George Washington University Metabolic Medical Institute
Fellow of Metabolic Medicine
University of Southern Florida Stem Cell Fellowship
Fellow of Stem Cell Therapy
Ageless Aesthetic Institute
Stem Cell Accreditation
International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine
Independent Research Board
Bioidentical Hormone Doctors Nationwide
Recommended Physician
Forever Health
Suzanne Somers' Recommended Physician 
American Academy of Anti-Aging
Board and Fellow of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine

Testosterone Therapy

Men need testosterone to live well—not just for optimal mental and physical health, but to prevent chronic illnesses. With years of experience evaluating and treating low T, Dr. Savage customizes each treatment, using testosterone pellets or injections to optimize effective and safe improvements in health, energy, stamina, sex drive, and performance.

Testosterone Pellets

Testosterone pellets are the only method of testosterone therapy that delivers consistent, physiologic levels of testosterone, thus avoiding fluctuations in hormone levels—and in mood and energy—that can be caused by other methods of delivery. Lasting from four to six months, pellets are the most effective, safest, and convenient form of testosterone replacement.

How Pellets Work
Each Tic-Tac-sized pellet contains crystalline testosterone. During a brief and painless in-office procedure, pellets are implanted under the skin in the upper buttock area. The incision is so small it can be closed with a piece of tape. Once implanted, the pellets deliver a stable, steady dose of testosterone.

Proven Results
Studies show that pellets are the superior form of testosterone replacement therapy in increasing lean body mass—muscle strength and bone density—and decreasing fat mass; and in improving libido, sexual response, and performance. Proven benefits include increased strength, coordination and physical performance, and improvement in concentration and memory. The change starts within days. There is more data to support the use of pellets than any other method of testosterone therapy.

Injections

Injected into the thigh, glute, or deltoid muscles, testosterone is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. One advantage of injections is flexibility—dosages can be changed with each injection, if necessary, to achieve optimal concentrations. Administered weekly, biweekly, or bi-monthly, testosterone injections can boost energy, sex drive, and quality of erections; increase lean muscle mass; decrease body fat; boost memory and concentration; and relieve anxiety and depression.

Testosterone Therapy: Safe and Effective

What You Should Know
  • Low testosterone is a well-established medical condition that negatively affects male sexuality, reproduction, general health, and quality of life.
  • Symptoms and signs of low testosterone occur as a result of low levels of testosterone and may benefit from treatment, regardless of whether there is an identified underlying origin.
  • Testosterone therapy for men with low testosterone is effective and evidence-based.
  • There is no established testosterone level that reliably distinguishes those men who will respond to treatment from those who will not.
  • There is no scientific basis for withholding testosterone therapy to older adult males.
  • Testosterone therapy does not increase the risk of prostate cancer.
  • Testosterone therapy does not increase the risks of heart attacks or heart disease.
  • Testosterone therapy has benefits for cardiometabolic disease, including diabetes
While there are risks associated with testosterone therapy, these are generally related to improper dosing; these risks include acne, blood clots, hair loss, and breast development. With decades of experience in administering appropriate testosterone therapy, we encounter these side effects in our patients infrequently.