Health, Wellness and the Latest Research

Physician Heal Thyself, Heal Thy Patients. . . In Nature

Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, M.D.
Medical Director
Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs

Research confirms the health benefits of time spent in nature, everything from improving mental health and cognition to lowering blood pressure, boosting immune function and fighting cancer. Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, Medical Director of ANFT, shares her personal journey of healing in nature that has transpired into a wellness modality for her patients. She will also discuss studies linking nature and wellness, share about an emerging coalition of doctors who prescribe nature, and discuss ANFT’s future research collaborations.

Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, M.D. is a certified forest therapy guide (Cohort 10) and is the medical director of ANFT. She is also an OB-Gyn and Integrative Medicine physician who currently lives and practices in Iowa. 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 both the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Integrative Medicine and holds a 500-hour certification in herbal medicine. Dr. Bartlett Hackenmiller’s interest in 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, dealing with physician burnout, experiencing the inadequacies of conventional medicine, and discovering personal wellness and solace through both outdoor adventure and mindfulness in nature. She and her current husband, Joe, share a passion for leading workshops combining outdoor adventure and the practice of forest bathing for women’s empowerment, individuals with special needs, cancer survivors, veterans 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 on the subject of autism, integrative medicine and nature therapy. Her book, “The Outdoor Adventurer’s Guide to Forest Bathing,” is slated for release by Falcon Guides in the summer of 2019. More information is available at her website,