Want to know more about Dr. Lauren?

Dr. Lauren Hacker is a Naturopathic Doctor who believes that great health is measured by the vitality of one’s body, mind, spirit and community. Born and raised in Centennial, Colorado, Dr. Lauren feels fortunate enough to have grown up in such a beautiful state where a connection to nature is easy to achieve.

She truly does believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, which is why she chose to pursue a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine: a field leading the way in patient-centered natural care.

Prior to attending Bastyr University, one of the nation’s top schools in naturopathic medicine, Dr. Lauren finished her undergraduate studies in English and Chemistry at Western Colorado University in Gunnison. She loved her small-town, western-slope education and hopes to one day retire to a rural community. These days, she’s grateful to be giving back to higher education as an adjunct faculty member in the Integrative Healthcare program at MSU Denver in addition to her private practice.

Dr. Lauren is also an avid book nerd, weightlifter, swing dancer, and animal lover with a penchant for education. True to her Colorado roots, when she’s not in the office or reading books, you can find her outside in the Colorado sunshine hiking trails with friends. She also enjoys spending time with her family and creating hands-on learning opportunities for patients and healthcare professionals alike!

Dr. Hacker is also a member of her state and national associations, the AANP and COAND, and previously served as Secretary of the Association for Naturopathic Revitalization, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating nature-based experiential conferences for patients and naturopathic practitioners.

Professional Affiliations:

Colorado Association of Naturopathic Doctors (member)

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (member)

How does she practice?

Dr. Lauren’s practice focuses on naturopathic women’s health by helping patients to understand their bodies and their symptoms.  She believes in creating straightforward, simple plans that empower patients to grow into their best health. In addition to easy-to-follow treatment plans that patients help to create, she also believes in educating patients so that they can engage in their well-being with better understanding and self-advocacy. 

That’s why her practice is a root-cause women’s health and family medical clinic — because Dr. Lauren believes that symptoms are the body’s warning signs that only go away when you find the cause. She is passionate about helping patients with PMS, menstrual cramps, pelvic and abdominal pain, endometriosis, PCOS, fertility, digestive disorders, hypo/hyperthyroidism, anxiety, and depression reclaim their vitality. 

Dr. Lauren uses modalities that serve to shift mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual disease in a least-force, least-invasive way. She’s had extensive training in botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, nutrition, physical medicine, and mindbody coaching. Additionally, she is trained in craniosacral therapy, Rubimeds, and as a death doula.

TESTIMONIALS

How did she get into Naturopathic Medicine?

A Teacher at Heart

From the time I was 13 years old, I wanted to be a teacher. One of my teachers suggested this career to me when I was in middle school because I loved catching fellow students up on what they missed in class when they had sick days.

Eventually, this plan evolved into becoming an English teacher so I could work during the school year and spend my summers writing novels. While in high school, I was fortunate to become actively involved in an outdoor leadership and experiential education program available there. It changed my life and continues to influence me in a multitude of ways.

From Books and Backpacking to Chemistry

In college, I continued to work towards my ultimate teaching goal: I wanted to work for a backpacking company out of Leadville where students spend a semester of their junior year learning core curriculum while backpacking across southern Colorado. But, in my last semester of general education credits, I ended up having to take “Chemistry for Non-Majors” and it was so fascinating that I picked up Chemistry as a minor! Suddenly my love of science, literature, and teaching was born!

More Gelato Isn’t Always a Good Thing

But college was also tough for me because I started feeling sick all the time. Originally, I thought I was dying of a continuous heart attack (what ended up being heartburn due to eating too much gelato and drinking too many whole milk lattes at my college job as a barista). I eventually couldn’t eat anything other than bread, meat, and water without getting nauseous because my stomach was so inflamed. A friend suggested that I see her Naturopathic Doctor, who ran a food panel test on me and, again, my life was changed by science! (In case you were wondering, dairy was definitely on that panel).

The Trail Becomes Clear

After college, I worked in administrative positions for an online university. I knew I wanted to continue on to graduate school and originally quit my job to go to law school. However, an impromptu trip to Peru inspired me, and that inspiration continued when I couldn’t get home due to flight issues and ended up stranded with no money in North Carolina, where a friend at Duke Medical School put me up for a few days until I could get home. She introduced me to Atul Gawande’s book, Being Mortal, and I realized what I really wanted to do was help people advocate for better health and better death. When I learned that one of the principles of Naturopathic Medicine is “Docere,” or doctor as teacher, that was it — I signed up for pre-requisites and integrative health courses at MSU Denver that summer and a year later, found myself at Bastyr University.

The Teacher, The Trail, Healthcare, and You

I continue to be grateful for the power of people in my life who helped inspire and support my journey that ultimate led me to become a Naturopathic Doctor — I wouldn’t be here without each of those pieces of my story. Almost daily I find that I am able to better educate my friends and family so that they can advocate for themselves in the face of major and minor medical choices. I also feel empowered to advocate for myself, getting to the bottom of symptoms, avoiding limited treatment options or unfavorable medication side effects when possible, and feeling more connected to my mind, body, spirit and community. I’d like the same opportunities to be available to more people, so I invite you to come work with me for better health.