Dr. Hennie was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1955, the middle of 6 children. Both of her parents were physicians (but none of her siblings!). At age 6, she remembers deciding she was going to become a doctor while going with her mom to a “Well Baby Clinic” in downtown Baltimore.
Dr. Hennie is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a B.A. in Medical Ethics; she later received her M.D. in 1981 from George Washington School of Medicine in D.C. Against the advice of her East Coast colleagues, she decided to do a Residency in Family Practice, which was a brand new specialty. She chose Family Practice because it was the only postgraduate training that included exploration of the effect that health or illness has on someone’s personal life. She completed her internship and residency at The University of New Mexico Family Practice Residency program and at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio.
She and her husband were in the National Health Service Corps from 1985-1997. The National Health Service Corps is a division of the Health Department, which places Primary Care Physicians in medical clinics to help people with limited access to medical care. Dr. Hennie developed an Adolescent Medicine Center in Cleveland, a migrant health center in rural Ohio, on an Indian Reservation for the Oneida Indians in Wisconsin and was on the faculty of a Residency Program where she was the Director of Women and Children’s Health.
In 1997, she and her family moved to Santa Fe New Mexico, where she worked on a school health project to improve truancy rates and offer medical care to struggling students. Healthy Tomorrows, a mobile clinic in which Dr. Hennie and her team of a school nurse and a social worker, saw patients in the parking lots of 4 different schools each week.
Through working with school kids and their families and in the National Health Service Corps, Dr. Hennie realized that she needed to broaden her understanding of the root causes of illness and that “wellness” is not achieved by being on the right medications!
In 2003, she began studying Integrative Medicine with Thomas Rau MD and was certified in European and Biological Medicine. She then created an Integrated Health Center, which included a dentist, acupuncturist, chiropractor, sound therapist and movement specialist. In Santa Fe, she taught wellness classes in a community center; hosted a weekly radio call-in show; volunteered at the Teen Health Center at Santa Fe High School where she taught healthy sexuality to eighth graders and their parents.
She moved to New Jersey in 2014 and spent 3 years working in Integrated Medicine at Morristown Memorial Hospital. She is now joining The Midwives of New Jersey so that she can again focus on Women’s and Children’s Health.
Dr. Hennie was married for 24 years and has 5 fabulous children. Her hobbies include athletics of all kinds, and she was a member of the Wise Fool New Mexico Women’s Circus since 1999 performing on stilts, trapeze, partner acrobatics and clowning!
She truly believes that modern health care needs to be expanded to include an understanding of systems biology, of individual uniqueness and the interconnectedness of body, mind and spirit.