About Dr. Jennifer Bahr ND
When Personal Passion Meets Unrivaled Skills Success Ensues
I know your struggles because they are my own. I battled with my moods from the age of 16 until 32, when I finally broke free. It took so much energy fighting the depression that always reared its ugly head no matter what I did. I felt defeated, broken, and hopeless every time it overpowered my will to fight it. My moods hurt me in so many ways – school, work, relationships, and my health.
My medications saved my life, but they also made me feel awful. I didn’t sleep well, I couldn’t think clearly, my sex drive flatlined – I just didn’t feel like myself anymore. And I gained weight – a lot of it. All thanks to the damage my medication did to my thyroid. Even with all of this, no matter how much I pleaded with my psychiatrists, they wouldn’t take me off my medication. They always pointed out how poorly I felt every time I had stopped on my own.
The frustrating thing was I knew they were right. But I also knew that they had to be missing something.
I had always intended to become a doctor, a psychiatrist in fact, but it was my own experience with the conventional system that made me question if it was truly the best way. Thankfully, I found naturopathic medicine. It was exactly what I had been looking for – a blend of conventional and natural medicine.
Through years of schooling, obsessive research, unrelenting learning, and countless hours of working with patients, I have refined my process for helping women break free from the chemical shackles of medication AND the emotional shackles of untreated mental health conditions.
Your Advocate For Better Healthcare
Advocacy is not about me, it is about you. It’s about your community. And it’s about all the ways your community interacts with the world. We are truly in this together, and the health of each individual impacts the health of those around them. We impact each other through our behaviors that in turn impact our diet and lifestyle. We affect our planet through the medications we use that end up in our soil and water, and the ways we are impacting our environment impacts all of our health.
I guess what I am trying to say is that this is bigger than any of us. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the enormity of need in the world and what it would take to change even my small part of it.
Then, it occurred to me how strongly mothers impact everything in the world. They impact how their kids are raised and are the lighthouse that guides their family’s values. They impact corporate practices through the mighty power of the pocket book. Even government policies frequently succumb to the power of motivated and dedicated moms.
I had my answer. I make the biggest impact by helping the mothers before they even become mothers. By helping a woman get off the medications that can harm her developing baby I not only help her to be stronger and more capable, I help her children and her children’s children as well.
An activist all my life, I spend more time than the average person pounding the pavement and advocating for health care around my state Capitol in Sacramento. I make an annual trek to Washington, DC to advocate for you, the patient, the federal level as well. My end goal is to make policy changes that ensure we truly have a HEALTHcare system instead of a SICKcare system.The changes are complex and deep and it’s not an easy calling.
When I look deeply inward and am honest with myself, the real, most important activist work that I do is with each individual and family that I help.
I received my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, where I focused my clinical studies on homeopathy, nutrition, and mental health. Prior to that I was an Arabic translator for the US government and served 6 years in the US Navy. I received my Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Neurobiology from the University of Maryland. In my free time I enjoy yoga, running, photography, and hiking with my husband and friends.
University of Maryland – Bachelor of Science, physiology and neurobiology
Defense Language Institute – Arabic
Bastyr University – Adjunct Faculty (past) (endocrinology, mental health, gastroenterology)
US Navy – Arabic linguist
Defense Contractor – Arabic linguist
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (Member, House of Delegates)
Psychiatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (Founding Vice President)
Endocrinology Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians
National Center for Homeopathy
National Alliance on Mental Illness
International Bipolar Foundation
Click the link below and discover what is possible when working with Dr. Bahr. Get that life that you always wanted and learn how you too can throw off the chains of medication, have a healthy pregnancy, and most importantly give your baby the best start possible.
"Dr. Bahr is nothing short of amazing. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder when I was 17 years old. For the next 6 years my condition seemed to get worse. My medication was constantly changing especially in the last 3 years. I started to believe that the rest of my life would be for the most part flat and lifeless. I didn't want the mania and depression any more and I just hoped that my psychiatrist would find a medication that would provide lasting results. It wasn't until about a year ago (fall 2014) that I read an article about Dr. Bahr. It was overwhelming to read about someone who had experienced and had managed to overcome the struggles that come with our diagnosis. It seemed incredible that while many medications are a life saver, there was so much more to becoming well as a whole person. I went to see Dr. Bahr a few weeks later and have been having follow up appointments since. Although I still have a long way to go in my journey to wellness, my family and friends agree that the last 12 months have been the best since I started experiencing Bipolar symptoms in 2006. Dr. Bahr has shown me no end of kindness and compassion. She can empathize with my struggles which has helped take the loneliness away that I and no doubt many others experience when trying to cope with a mental illness. I feel that Dr. Bahr has cared for me in the same way she would a close friend or a member of her family. I would definitely recommend Dr. Bahr to anyone that wants to become well as a whole person." - G
"Dr. Bahr is an amazing individual and a great doctor. Her knowledge is built on a foundation of genuine warmth and care for others. Her ability to support those in their healing process, physically, mentally, and emotionally, is hard to find in the medical community. As a patient, I felt like she connected with me heart to heart, she displayed her compassion both in character and poise, and she asked the questions other doctors had dismissed in order to find the reason why I was feeling the way I was. Her intuition is impeccable. I felt like she continually sought to understand me as a whole person and to formulate a treatment that was unique for me. She also explained what was happening within my body and how the treatment she was implementing would help address the cause for the imbalance I was experiencing." -Laurie
Hi Dr. Bahr, I want to thank you for all your guidance in successfully pulling me out of the depths of anxiety and panic. I am back to work now and recovered at about 95%. No prescription meds anymore! You were so correct with my anxiety occurring at times of hypoglycemia, that I can predict when I'm going to be in trouble and I eat before the event. I am using all the health supplements regularly and will continue taking them. I am also continuing with practice of CBT, breathing techniques, meditation and my homeopathic remedy. You pointed this out and now I realize that driving and seeing patients is not the cause of my anxiety, it's anticipatory and already present before I leave home with the schedule deadlines, so I'm working on that 5%. I will keep your website on my desktop for other possible future ailments (hope none) that may occur to my family and/or myself, and I will happily and highly recommend your care to others! Thank you for getting my life back! Grateful and Sincere, V.