Jon Bakker, ND
I discovered naturopathic medicine in my undergraduate studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. I entered this foray into education uncertain what I wanted to do with my studies but with passions for health habits, public health and healthcare equity. I stumbled upon a brand-new degree, the 2nd of its kind in all the United States, entitled “Integrative Therapeutic Practices”. Here I learned in a university setting about homeopathy, botanical pharmacology, nutrition, dream analysis and more. I also met my very first naturopathic physician who ultimately was the person to encourage me to go into naturopathic medicine.
I am an electrician and hair stylist’ son. I am the first generation in my family to attend a 4-year degree granting institution and the thought of being a doctor at that time was so far out of my mind. In fact I was great with the idea of making a career out of being a server. As I moved through my college education, no matter how far I wandered I found myself back on the path towards becoming a naturopathic physician. I feel a true calling for doing this kind of work and having had the privilege to practice it I only find myself invigorated each time I get to meet with a person to discover how naturopathic medicine can serve them.
In my residency at Nature Cures, a practice at the Seattle Healing Arts Center, I learned how to work in an integrative healthcare setting as a primary care physician. In school I also discovered a true passion for helping empower people to create the lives the envision using neurofeedback and biofeedback which I continue to use today. Having been a life-long athlete I have found using physical medicine, both soft tissue manipulation and osteopathic manipulation very helpful to address a person’s physical pain.
When not at the clinic you can find me running, rock climbing, hiking, or back packing outdoors with my beautiful wife, Margaret, and dashing dog, Roethke.
Mental/ Emotional Conditions
Headaches and Migraines
I believe that sustainable changes made to our foundational health habits are the most effective means to improve well-being. When working with people I invest a lot our time into improving sleep, diet, hydration, and nutrition. Every human being is an ecosystem. I believe that if we abide by the laws of our own unique ecosystem that we can move towards living lives that are disease free.