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Nina Hamza, MD

Haizal (Nina) Hamza, MD, recently returned to Ridgeview Chanhassen Clinic as an internal medicine doctor. She sees adult patients for annual exams, illness care, and the diagnosis and treatment of chronic medical problems. Dr. Hamza works with patients to “find that balance in taking care of your health while still living your life.”

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It's all in the family: Why your family's genetic history matters to you and your physician

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD on Nov 27, 2018 1:30:00 PM

My dad is my favorite person in the entire world. Even if it’s his fault I have this unruly frizzy hair. Growing up, I railed against the injustice over being the one to get his hair, while my sister got his incredible work ethic and unshakeable will power. Unfortunately, when it comes to family, you can’t pick and choose what you get.

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Talking to my - and your - kids about vaping dangers

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD on Aug 28, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Years ago, I watched a movie called "Thank you for smoking." It starred Aaron Eckhart. It is hilarious and well written, but makes you cover your mouth in shock before you laugh. Eckhart plays a hot-shot tobacco executive named Nick Naylor who spends the movie justifying his lifestyle and his product. In one scene, he talks about how he never flies on private jets, because if he can convince just one kid on the airplane to pick up smoking, he's "Paid for my flight. Round trip!"

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Eight easy steps to start meditating

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD on Nov 28, 2017 12:57:41 PM

I’m writing this piece about meditation not as a well versed, practicing for years, can float-in-the-air guru. I’m writing this as a wannabe. Because, come on, all the cool kids are doing it.

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Topics: Fitness/activity, Primary Care, Women's Health

Can yoga improve your mindful well-being?

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD on May 24, 2016 2:51:36 PM


I first heard the term mindfulness only about five years ago. I was listening to MPR on the car radio while they reviewed a book about mindfulness. Ironically, I don't remember the name of the book because I wasn't paying attention. The concept was fantastic in its simplicity.

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Topics: Wellness

Can yoga reduce lower back pain?

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD on May 17, 2016 10:00:20 AM

Back pain is tricky. It's frustrating for both patient and physician. It's no wonder we, as primary care providers, end up referring back pain to physical therapists, chiropractors, pain management specialists, neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons. We'll take help wherever we can get it, in the hope of making our patients feel better.

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Topics: Fitness/activity

What are the benefits of practicing yoga?

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD on May 10, 2016 1:09:10 PM


So many of my recent conversations with friends and family have started with "When I turned 40." Here's another one: When I turned 40, I decided to try some new exercises that could potentially take me through my elder years.

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Topics: Wellness

Are free health screenings worth your time?

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD on Jul 28, 2015 11:39:22 AM

Ridgeview’s Dr. Nina Hamza provides a Q&A on the topic.

I recently went to a local fair and among the brats, lemonade stalls, and booths selling honey there was also a booth willing to screen me for neuropathy. 

I was confused about what neuropathy screening entailed and it occurred to me that most others would be too. But this is just one of my issues with these free health screenings. 

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Topics: Wellness

Doctor’s Advice: What to expect at your annual physical

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD on Jul 2, 2015 11:12:00 AM

My colleague has a cartoon taped to his desk. It has a man, down to his boxers, sitting on the doctor’s exam table, his body covered in post-its. The caption reads, “My wife has a few things she wants you to look at.

You’d be amazed how many times we hear that (without the post-its) every day. We’re usually glad for anything that takes you to your provider before a problem gets out of hand, but contrary to popular belief, a physical is not the ideal time to bring in that list. The time you have for your physical should be spent in finding and preventing diseases, not fixing ones that already exist.

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Topics: Wellness

End of Life Care: Be Prepared with Advanced Care Planning

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD on May 26, 2015 1:23:59 PM

Understand Critical Healthcare Decisions for End of Life Care 

Living wills, advance directives, health care proxy, power of attorney. It gets confusing because there are so many different names and words for what essentially has the same goal. I prefer the term honoring choices because of its clarity. All of these methods ensure that what happens at the end of your life is what you want. Honoring choices you’ve made.

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Topics: Wellness

How do you start an exercise program?

Posted by Nina Hamza, MD on Apr 23, 2015 2:47:00 PM

One doctor's tips to start an exercise program

When the first days of spring finally arrives, I often feel like a bear coming out of hibernation. In winter, I marvel at those people riding their bikes or going for a jog in -30 degree weather. I am most definitely not one of those people.

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Topics: Fitness/activity

Medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues. In case of an emergency, please call 911. 

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