The latest from the Alternative Family Medicine team.

Welcome back to the podcast! In today’s must-listen episode, Chantel got to speak with Dr. Ann-Marie Barter! She is a chiropractor who graduated from the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon, an accredited 4 year Doctoral program that is considered a leader in evidence-based medicine, and the first Chiropractic school to be awarded a federal research grant.

Dr. Barter underwent rigorous clinical training with some of the finest chiropractors. Dr. Barter has also undergone advanced training in Applied Kinesiology, completing over 400 extra classroom hours and is certified to practice Applied Kinesiology.

Dr. Ann Barter shares what is serotonin and how to produce serotonin naturally, and what how to balance neurotransmitters in the brain naturally. You’ll also discover the best foods to improve mood, and the worst foods for mood.

In this episode, Dr. Ann talks all about neurotransmitters. First, she explains that neurotransmitters are the messengers in our body; they are crucial to our overall health and happiness. If you’re curious about how well your neurotransmitters are working, Dr. Ann recommends getting an Organic Acids Test (OAT) done. Plus, Dr. Ann reveals which supplements she recommends to her patients struggling with dopamine levels. Tune in as we talk about the effect carbs will have on dopamine and why ketosis is so essential for our neurotransmitter health.


September 2, 2020 adminFeatured OnPodcast

In this episode, Jess sits down with chiropractor and functional medicine practitioner, Dr. Ann- Marie Barter to deep dive into all things mold exposure.  Mold is such a fascinating topic to explore in regards to how it can affect our health, and most people are unaware of its potential long and short term effects!  In this episode we dive into:

what is mold and different types

how do test for mold

how to address mold exposure

signs and symptoms of mold exposure

and so much more!

This was honestly one of the most eye-opening episodes I’ve recorded, and I hope that it brings so much value to you on your health journey!


Did you know that the mold from that same water leak can wreak havoc on your body as well?

The symptoms are largely general and could be attributed to many other things, or worse yet, make you feel as though you’re crazy when trying to find the source of why you feel so out of sorts.

Join us as we discuss common sources of mold, the signs & symptoms of mold exposure, and how to test for mold in your home with Dr. Ann Barter, a chiropractor and functional medicine practitioner.


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Today we’re about to get an amazing education in neurotransmitters, those very important chemical messengers in our brains. Balancing neurotransmitters through natural methods is an important part of Dr. Ann-Marie Barter’s work in her practice in Colorado. Dr. Ann uses a combination of functional blood chemistry analysis, nutrition, applied kinesiology, and other natural remedies with a functional medicine approach to help people with a host of brain/body issues.

While we may think of neurotransmitters in terms of brain health, when they get out of balance they can also affect the thyroid, blood sugar, gut health, hormones, and so many other issues.


May 21, 2020 adminUncategorized

In what seemed like the blink of an eye, our world changed, and many people that went into an office Monday through Friday were suddenly required to stay home—and work from home. A lot of people have found themselves working from a less than ideal workstation, from a laptop on the couch, the kitchen table, or trying to do everything possible from a phone. After about two weeks of the stay-at-home order, my office started to get an influx of calls regarding neck, back, and shoulder pain.

The problem with home workstations.

The biggest offender I see is laptops. Their smaller keyboard can lead to hand cramps and microtrauma in the wrist, finger, and forearms. They also have a smaller screen, so you may be leaning forward and straining to see the monitor. This creates microtrauma in the neck, shoulder, and upper back, which can be a chronic source of pain and what we call a repetitive use injury, or something that happens day in and day out. An example of this is sitting eight hours per day in front of a computer. This can create injury in the body slowly and will eventually create chronic pain and dysfunction in the muscles.

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The coronavirus is a novel virus. What does that mean?

That it’s never been seen before in a human, meaning that we have to build immunity. Because we don’t have acquired immunity, and due to the highly contagious nature of the virus, it can spread very rapidly. All of those factors feel overwhelming, especially some of the fatality rates in our older population.

So, let’s go over some basic tips for immunity.

This first tip is going to sound silly, but it’s an important one.

  1. Stay hydrated.

Drinking water can flush something that you are exposed to – like the virus – into your stomach. Your stomach is highly acidic, and those gastric juices can break down a lot of things, even, potentially, a virus.


December 11, 2019 adminFeatured OnPodcast

#50 Functional Medicine & Environmental Toxicity | Dr. Ann-Marie Barter

Dr. Ann-Marie Barter, Chiropractor and functional medicine practitioner

Website: https://altfammed.com

Podcast: Fearless Health Podcast: www.fearlesshealthpodcast.com

Instagram: @alternativefamilymedicineandchiroporactic

Interview notes:

Dr. Ann-Marie Barter: life in Chiropractic school, studying nutrition, and functional medicine to forming of the Alternative Family Medicine Chiropractic in Denver and Longmont, CO


December 11, 2019 adminFeatured OnPodcast

“Deep in your gut, 40 trillion chemists are hard at work helping you digest your meals, making essential nutrients you can’t produce on your own, protecting you from disease, and even shaping which parts of your DNA manifest and which remain dormant.” – Ocean Williams

There’s no doubt- gut plays a vital role in your overall health and well-being. It can help control everything from your weight to your mood to brain health, inflammation and immune function.

This week I’m joined by Dr. Ann-Marie Barter to talk all about taking care of your gut health. You’ll learn:


December 11, 2019 adminFeatured OnPodcast

Dr. Ann-Marie Barter is on the cutting edge of holistic healthcare. As a chiropractor and functional medicine practitioner, she helps people get out of pain and reach their maximum potential through her unique approach she has developed after studying under some of the finest minds in her field.

Dr. Barter has always had a mind for high level problem solving. In her early 20’s she was introduced to chiropractic, whereas she had been very skeptical until it changed her life. The treatment was like magic – she felt new and light, like a better version of herself. She immersed herself in school, learning not only the art and science of chiropractic modalities, but also functional blood chemistry analysis, nutrition, applied kinesiology and natural remedies. She now specializes in difficult functional medicine cases, helping people with issues concerning their thyroid, blood sugar, gut health and hormone dysfunction as well as other metabolic conditions.