“Partnering with each patient is a privilege and the results can be life-changing, which is why I love what I do.”
Kristine Kjolhede, MSN, FNP-C, is a certified family nurse practitioner and founder of THRIVE Hormonal Health and Wellness, PLLC.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, Kristine was raised on a horse farm near Columbus, Ohio until her father’s retirement from the Air Force prompted the family’s move to Boerne, Texas, a short distance from his hometown of San Antonio.
Kristine attended Texas A&M University, graduating with a B.S. in Meteorology in 1989. She spent the next 20 years forecasting and broadcasting weather to millions of viewers in markets like Waco, Austin, and the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In 2007 Kristine saw a need to help alleviate fear and educate young children about severe spring and winter storms, prompting her to write a series of children’s books and hosting weather education seminars for teachers.
In 2009 Kristine felt a calling to help others in a more personal way, through the art and science of medicine. In 2013, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Arlington with a B.S. in Nursing. While working as an ER nurse with Cook Children’s Medical Center, she continued her education earning her M.S. in Nursing from Maryville University and certification in Family Practice in 2017.
During this 8-year journey, Kristine grew to realize the sick-care model of caring for her patients wasn’t working, and discovered, personally, the miracle and benefits of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). In 2018 she was trained and certified in the EvexiPEL method, and has never looked back!
Helping hundreds of men and women ages 30-80 get well and thrive through hormone optimization, Kristine addresses the root cause of so many health issues including: anxiety, depression, weight gain/muscle loss, sleep and sexual performance disorders, loss of mental clarity, vitality, and overall sense of well-being.
When Kristine isn’t practicing, she loves sharing the Hill Country life with her husband and 2 furry family members, while being a proud mother to her 22-yr old son (studying at Texas A&M University), and her 19-yr old daughter (studying at Indiana University as a scholarship volleyball athlete).
Tops on Kristine’s to-do list include: Long hikes, running, cycling, working in the yard, and cooking for family and friends.
- Do you accept insurance?
Pellet therapies because they are natural and not synthetically made, are not typically covered by insurance. Some insurance companies will reimburse patients for the procedure. At this time due to the small intimate setting of THRIVE Hormonal Health and Wellness we do not file with insurance.
Lab work: We will code your lab order so you may file with your insurance carrier. If your deductible is high, or your carrier doesn’t cover labs we have negotiated a very competitive cash price for our patients with the most widely accessible lab companies.
- How much does pellet therapy cost?
– $350 for women
– $675-$750 for men (men need much higher dosing of testosterone which lasts longer )
– Compared to other modalities of hormone replacement and symptom management, including medications, injections etc.. the average cost is just $1-2 a day.
– Your practitioner will also recommend, depending on your symptoms and lab work, a combination of vital nutraceuticals critical to ensuring you get the most from your pellets.
- Is there an initial consultation fee?
– 15-minute consultation is NO COST to see if pellet therapy is right for you
– 45min to 1 hour medical/health assessment is $195 which includes your initial lab review, pellet session and 5-week follow up lab review.
- Are Bio-identical Hormones FDA approved?
The ingredients in the pellets are highly regulated by the FDA. Testosterone is a controlled substance and highly regulated by the FDA
- What tests are included in the initial lab work?
– Comprehensive hormone panel (testosterone free & Total, SHBG, estradiol, FSH for women, PSA for men.)
– Comprehensive thyroid panel (including Free T3, TSH, and thyroid antibodies)
– Vitamin B12, D and ferritin
– HGA1C (diabetes marker)
– CRP (inflammatory marker)
– Chemistry panel
- Is pelleting a procedure?
Yes, it is a quick, painless, in-office procedure that requires a small incision easily closed by a simple steri-strip with no down-time. If you feel you aren’t ready for pellet therapy, THRIVE Hormonal Health and Wellness offers other modalities such as creams, troches and oral therapies.