Janet E Settle, MD

Janet E. Settle, MD, ABHM, FAARFM has spent the last 18 years of her 21-year private psychiatric practice studying and implementing medical treatments that have been successively referred to as “alternative,” “complementary,” “holistic,” and now “integrative.”

Disillusioned by the limits of conventional psychiatry early in her career, she trained through apprenticeship in 5 Element Acupuncture during the 1990s. She was in the first cohort of physicians board certified by The American Board of Holistic Medicine in 2000. She completed a fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine in 2009. She was board certified by the American Board of Integrative Medicine in 2016. She has authored chapters in two integrative mental health textbooks and articles for several psychiatric publications.

She serves as clinical faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Early in 2017, Drs. Settle, Shannon and Van Derveer will teach the first psychiatric residents’ course in integrative psychiatry at CU.


She applies the practice of integrative medicine to her psychiatric practice by diagnosing and treating the underlying causes of stubborn mental health symptoms including:

  • Hormone imbalance or deficiency
  • Pre-diabetes/metabolic syndrome
  • Environmental toxins (including mold and heavy metals)
  • Gastrointestinal issues/dysbiosis (bacterial and fungal)
  • Nutrient deficiency
  • Food allergies
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction
  • Low grade chronic infections
  • Autoimmunity/chronic inflammation

She also specializes in the treatment of trauma with experience as the psychiatrist on a specialty long-term inpatient trauma unit. She competed the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program through the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis. She was trained in EMDR in 1995 and uses EMDR and attachment theory regularly in her psychotherapy practice.