About Dr. Kimberly
Exceptional Credentials. Exceptional Care.
Kimberly Larson-Ohlsen, MD empowers women in the Denver metro area on their journey to wellness with an individualized approach of conventional and alternative therapies. Dr. Kimberly is certified in treating vaginal discomforts such as pain with intercourse, dryness, burning, and urinary incontinence using the MonaLisa Touch procedure. Her patients are experiencing life changing results.
Dr. Kimberly is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, graduated first in her medical school class from the University of California, Irvine. She completed her residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and trained at University Hospital Medical Center, Denver Health Medical Center and Rose Medical Center. Dr. Kimberly completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona with Dr. Andrew Weil in 2013. She also earned her certification in acupuncture. In addition to launching Integrative Women, she is currently practicing in Aurora at Colorado Complete Health for Women and has been a clinical instructor at the University of Colorado. A great listener, a gifted physician and a thorough practitioner, Dr. Kimberly is dedicated to the overall health and well-being of women throughout the course of their lives.
What makes my approach to patients different or unique?
Patient centered encounter. My holistic philosophy of working with women and helping to educate them to develop a health care plan and a healthy way of life. I believe that each patient deserves to receive the highest quality of care from a compassionate and understanding physician and staff who always focus on your complete and continuous health. I hope to develop an ongoing, accountable approach to health resulting in a higher degree of preventive care and positive life styles, which will result in a reduction of chronic and mental health issues.
How I build relationships/connect with my patients?
It is the art of practicing medicine and a customized approach to each condition that helps me connect with my patients. Everyone is unique and it is exciting and challenging to find what will work best for that individual. It might take time to decipher what combination of conventional therapies and alternative modalities lead to wellness. There may be several interactive encounters to find out what works best. Then as people change, grow and age these treatment options need to be re-evaluated and either renewed, modified or discontinued.
Integrative medicine in general is a partnership between the patient and the practitioner in the healing process. It is a philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative medicine uncritically. Integrative medicine uses a combination of appropriate conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body’s innate healing response. And it tends to use natural, less invasive interventions whenever possible. We focus on broad concepts to promote health and the prevention of illness as well as treating disease. Integrative gynecology specifically deals with woman’s health issues such as painful periods, hot flashes, pain with intercourse, headaches and overall wellness.
Alternative Approaches to Gynecological Care
As an integrative practitioner, I consider all the factors that influence health, wellness and disease. I evaluate the whole patient in terms of mind, body, spirit and community. Together we devise a plan to treat the condition. I remind the patient that this type of approach can take longer to see results. Herbs tend to be not quite as strong as traditional medication, so it may take at least 3 months to see the effects and treatments like AP may take up to 6 session to feel results. If you are looking for specific examples, I wrote a blog on PMS where I discussed use of alternative approaches such as yoga, mediation, calcium, magnesium, chaste tree berry, exercise and acupuncture.
Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of conditions—hot flashes, insomnia, premenstrual syndrome, infertility, nausea with pregnancy, migraines, muscle pain. There are a variety of different types of acupuncture. I was trained (over 300 hours) in Traditional Chinese approach to acupuncture. I take an extensive history, look at your tongue and feel the pulses in your wrists to look for areas of excess or deficiency so that we can tailor your treatment approach to your individual needs. The concept behind acupuncture is that we all have an energetic body in addition to a physical and biochemical body where energy or Qi flows along pathways called Meridians. If this energy is blocked, deficient, excess or unbalanced then Yin and Yang are out of balance and this causes illness. Acupuncture restores balance and facilitates healing.
What is the MonaLisa Touch procedure?
MonaLisa Touch is a fractional CO2 laser. It is not a surgical procedure. There is no cutting, no hormones nor medications. It is essential non-painful. It is done as an outpatient in the office without any anesthesia; although we may use a little topical lidocaine. The procedure lasts for approximately 5 minutes and a probe is placed in the vagina and a hand piece placed on the vulva. The MonaLisa Touch is done 3 times approximately 6 weeks apart, with one annual maintenance treatment. In my experience most patients see results almost immediately.
How does the MonaLisa Touch procedure work?
It allows your body to use its own innate healing response to regenerate vaginal tissue. A probe is placed in the vagina and through the transfer of light energy and the generation of heat leading to the production of new collagen, elastic fibers and blood vessel formation. It bypasses the need for medications such as vaginal moisturizers or local estrogen. It improves vaginal elasticity, moisture of the vagina by restoring the rugae or folds leading to decreased discomfort, pain with intercourse and urinary incontinence, even if you don’t have vaginal atrophy. The vagina is returned to a premenopausal state and both vaginal and urinary tract infections decrease. The outside of the vagina called the vulva can also be treated to decrease the sandpaper feeling that can occur with sex. The MonaLisa Touch improves initiation, receptivity to sex and increases sexually intimacy.
Are there any limitations after the MonaLisa Touch procedure?
Only post procedure limitation is to avoid intercourse for 3-7 days. There are a few women who cannot get the MonaLisa Touch and those include: women with a vaginal, cervical, or other lesions in the treatment area that have not been evaluated or diagnosed; an active vaginal or vulvar infection (e.g. herpes); pregnant or 3 months postpartum; pelvic relaxation beyond hymen; history of radiation to vaginal/colo-rectal tissue; history of reconstructive pelvic surgery with mesh (tension free tape is fine); history of impaired wound healing; history of keloid formation. About 10% of patients develop a slight vaginal discharge or have minor spotting after treatment.
What symptoms/conditions can the MonaLisa Touch procedure treat?
- Natural menopause
- Surgical menopause- removal of the ovaries with or without a hysterectomy
- Perimenopause-can still have symptoms
- Medications—to treat endometriosis or fibroids, chemotherapy, endocrine therapy
- Prolonged breast feeding
- Have mild incontinence with leaking of urine with laughing, sneezing, running or jumping
- Someone without periods because of excessive exercise or an eating disorder
- Premature ovarian failure where your ovaries quit working before the age of 40
- 25% of systemic estrogen users still have symptoms
- Even if you are already using local estrogen 10-20% of women still have vaginal issues
- Lichen sclerosis
I was under Dr. Larson-Ohlsen’s care for acupuncture in the hopes that it would result in me becoming pregnant after trying for 1 1/2 years with no success. In early May I took a home pregnancy test and it was positive! My husband and I cannot be more excited or blessed and we owe it all to the amazing care of Dr. Larson-Ohlsen.
I had experienced sinus congestion for many years trying injections and nasal sprays of various sorts. Upon meeting with Dr. Larson-Ohlsen, she suggested I try acupuncture. After just two treatments my congestion cleared and I have not had a reoccurring problem in over two years. Such a relief! Thank you Dr. Larson-Ohlsen for this gift.
She is phenomenal! Very personable & caring! Gives thorough information for decision-making. Has one of the best bedside manners that I have ever experienced in an OBGYN.
Dr. Kimberly is the most loving and caring doctor I have ever had. She will always spend quality time with me and answers all my questions. I have had several visits with her my last being the Monalisa procedure. This is incredible for vaginal dryness. Never thought there was hope for this. THERE IS!!!!! My experiences with Dr. Kimberly makes me very happy I have her for my doctor. Her nurse is very compassionate and loving which makes the team work with them great. Thank you for all the love.
I used to have urinary incontinence. After my 3 Mona Lisa treatments I no longer have urinary incontinence. It is wonderful!!! My vaginal skin is much softer. I would highly recommend Mona Lisa treatments!!!
Dr Larson-Ohlsen is the most kind Doctor I have ever met. Honestly! She sits patiently and quietly as I recount how awful my Breast Cancer experience and subsequent painful intercourse has been, then advises me as to what I might try. When I first went to her practice, I knew my next step was to try the Mona Lisa Touch Laser for my dry and painful sex life. She and her nurse, Mary are AWESOME!!! They truly helped me get an important part of my life back. I will be eternally grateful to Dr Larsen-Ohlsen and Mary for helping me to get through a terrible chapter of my life. THANK YOU!!!
Dr. Larson-Ohlsen and her staff are very thorough and attentive to your needs. I recently had the Mona Lisa procedure, I have never felt better. The staff and Dr. Larson made me feel very comfortable during the entire visit. The procedure itself has made me feel like a new woman. Complete sensation has returned, no pain with intimacy, and no surprise leaks. This is a wonderful procedure. Thank you Dr. Larson and staff.
Breast Cancer Survivor Personal Testimony for MonaLisa Touch
Urinary Incontinence Personal Testimony for MonaLisa Touch