Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, MD, FACOG, ABoIM is Iowa’s first fellowship-trained and board certified medical doctor in integrative medicine, having completed Dr. Andrew Weil’s acclaimed fellowship at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine in 2013. She became board certified by the American Board of Integrative Medicine in 2015, and has been board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2002. In 2017 she completed a 500 hour course to become certified in herbal medicine with Dr. Tieraona Low Dog.
Dr. Bartlett Hackenmiller’s passion for integrative medicine and nature therapy arose from her personal journey through raising a child on the autism spectrum, her late husband’s death from cancer, the inadequacies of conventional medicine, and her personal discovery of solace in both outdoor adventure and mindfulness in nature. She and her current husband, Joe, lead workshops combining mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, integrative wellness topics, and the practice of Shinrin-yoku/Japanese forest bathing for women’s empowerment, individuals with special needs, cancer survivors, and others.
She is the author of an award-winning children’s book called A Friend Like John, Understanding Autism, and speaks nationally and internationally to groups on the subject of autism, cancer, integrative medicine and nature therapy. Her passions include outdoor adventure and leading workshops on improving wellness through the natural means of nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, mind-body practices and nature therapy. Her book, The Outdoor Adventurer’s Guide to Forest Bathing, published by Falcon Guides, was released in July of 2019.
Dr. Bartlett Hackenmiller has been quoted in Prevention Magazine (October 2016), Women’s Health Magazine, the American Way Magazine (December, 2016), the Boston Globe (June, 2017), WebMD (August, 2017), and the New York Times (July, 2018) among others, on the subject of nature therapy, and was the subject of a full feature article in Prevention Magazine in August, 2017.
She is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide and is the medical director of the international Association of Nature and Forest Therapy.
Watch a four minute clip of Dr. Bartlett Hackenmiller speaking on the topic of nature and wellness: