Searching For A Shot Of Gold

Wellness plan boosted by testosterone injections restores retiree’s energy leve

Having always been an active person, Robert Tehan grew concerned when his vim and vigor began to wane.

“I just wasn’t feeling like myself,” laments Robert, a 59-year-old Connecticut native.

It was a difficult time for the retired corrections officer, who spent 21 years of his career working in a maximum- security prison before retiring and moving south.

“I was tired and lethargic all day,” he explains. “I’ve always enjoyed lifting weights, working out and staying in shape, but I was finding it hard to go to the gym. And I wasn’t getting the results I wanted out of my workouts. I was also starting to feel a little depressed.”

Interestingly, that energy-filled locale led to a solution for his listlessness.

“I knew Richard from the gym, and one day we got to talking,” Robert recalls. Richard J. Hanel, MSN, ARNP, is the owner and primary health care provider at Focused Men’s Health in St. Augustine. He evaluates, treats and refers patients to specialists as needed to benefit the patients’ overall health and wellness.
“He said my issues were signs of low testosterone, which is extremely common in men my age,” Robert says. “So, I went to Richard’s office for a complete workup.

Effective Injections

“Mr. Tehan first came to see me in 2019,” Richard recalls. “He had a history of uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as low testosterone. He was overweight as well.

“After getting his diabetes and blood pressure under control by changing his medications and getting his diet and exercise on track, we focused on the hormone portion of his treatment. In doing that we recommended testosterone replacement therapy, which eased his depression, helped with muscle tone and gave him better health and wellness.”

Testosterone replacement therapy essentially brings patients back to their youth by restoring the male hormone to rejuvenating levels. In addition to making patients feel younger, it optimizes muscle, brain function, sexual desire and physical fitness.

Robert receives his hormones through weekly injections. Richard taught him how to give himself the shots, which Robert says is “a very simple process that takes only minutes to do.”

“Like I’m 35 Again”

“Since I started the hormones, I’ve got this new-found energy,” Robert enthuses. “My energy is pretty much through the roof now. My workouts are crazy. I actually had to cut back a little bit so I didn’t get hurt. I have to remind myself that I’m 59, not 29. But the hormones have me feeling like I’m 35 again.”

Robert has great respect for Richard. He trusts the provider completely.

“Richard is a great guy,” Robert concludes. “He’s very smart and knows what he’s talking about. He’s really easy to talk to, more so than any other medical professional I’ve met. I feel totally comfortable with him. And he really cares about each patient. He doesn’t use a cookie-cutter approach. I highly recommend him.” ■

© FHCN article by Patti DiPanfilo


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    • Focused Men's Health

      Founded in 2019 Focused Men's Health is one of St. Augustine's premier total wellness centers. They offer services for men and want to have you looking and feeling your best! They offer competitive pricing and insurance is not accepted. Thei... Read More

    • Richard J. Hanel, MSN, ARNP

      Richard J. Hanel, MSN, ARNP, has worked in health care for 34 years. He started in 1987 as a medic in the Army and served 16 years on a forward advanced surgical team. He earned his initial nursing degree in 1994 and worked as an operating ro... Read More