Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, M.D. is an OB-Gyn and Integrative Medicine physician from Cedar Falls, Iowa, who practices at Van Diest Medical Center/Mercy Des Moines. She completed OB-Gyn residency at Western Pennsylvania-Temple University in Pittsburgh and is a fellowship graduate of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. She is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the American Board of Integrative Medicine. She holds additional certifications in herbal medicine and is a certified forest therapy guide.
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 about autism called “A Friend Like John, Understanding Autism,” and speaks nationally and internationally on the subject of autism, integrative medicine, and nature therapy. Her book, “The Outdoor Adventurer’s Guide to Forest Bathing,” by Falcon Guides is slated for release in July, 2019.
Dr. Bartlett Hackenmiller has been quoted and featured in numerous publications on the subject of nature therapy, including Prevention Magazine (October, 2016; August, 2017), WebMD, the Boston Globe, Prevention Australia, the New York Times, and the American Airlines American Way Magazine, among others.
She currently serves as medical director for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. More information is available at her website, www.IntegrativeInitiative.com.