Dr. Settle has spent the last 20 years 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 late 1990s. She was in the first cohort of physicians board certified by The American Board of Holistic Medicine in 2000 and she completed a fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine in 2009. In 2016, she was board certified by the newly formed American Board of Integrative Medicine. She applies the practice of functional medicine to her integrative psychiatric practice by diagnosing and treating the underlying causes of chronic medical and mental health symptoms.
Dr. Settle also specializes in the treatment of trauma with experience working on a specialty inpatient trauma unit. She competed the two-year Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program through the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis in 1997. She was trained in EMDR in 1995 and uses EMDR and attachment theory regularly in her psychotherapy practice.
Dr. Settle attended Northwestern University where she completed both her BS in biomedical engineering and her MD. During her training, she completed basic research in the Departments of Molecular Biology, Physiology and Biomedical Engineering. After medical school, she completed an internship in medicine and residency training in psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado.