Outside of work, Dr. Hibbeln can be found doing many types of outdoor physical activities such as skiing in the winter, mountain biking and hiking in the summer. He has a great interest in art, especially abstract art of the 20th century and he loves to do sculpture at home, when he has the time. His other favorite past time is traveling. When he travels internationally, he visits the Natural History, Art, Science and History Museums. In his opinion, international travel opens us up the perspectives of how other people view the world and the depth of impact historical changes. France and Italy are particularly favorite spots of his.
Joe Hibbeln, MD
Dr. Joe Hibbeln is a board-certified Psychiatrist with a focused interest in people struggling with major depression disorder, bipolar disorders, aggressive disorders, ADHD and addictions.
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Dr. Joe Hibbeln is a board-certified Psychiatrist with a focused interest in people struggling with major depression disorder, bipolar disorders, aggressive disorders, ADHD and addictions. He also has a special interest in the field of nutritional psychiatry. Different diets have different affects on the mind and body, and taking that into account is something he finds crucial to a wholistic form of treatment along with medications and other alternatives. He feels it is critical to ensure that everyone’s brain receives adequate and fundamental nutrition when looking at their overall mental health.
As a Psychiatrist, he prefers a working collaborative relationship with his patients. In his words, each person has a unique life, unique circumstances and a biologically unique nervous system. Thus, everyone reacts to psychiatric medications and other treatments differently. He feels that patients can best report on their own experience and he strives to create a collaborative relationship where my patients know that what they experience and what they say is one of the most important things.
Dr. Joe Hibbeln is also fond of alternative treatments, having experience with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and esketamine as options for treatment-resistant conditions. Providing alternative options allows for each patient to figure out what they need and what works best for them overall. Dr. Hibbeln believes being on the forefront of clinical research and evolution of treatments is one of the most important parts of his overall practice.
Education & Experience
Dr. Hibbeln started at the University of Chicago for his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Cultural Anthropology. He then got his Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Illinois, completing his later Psychiatric Residency at the University of California in Los Angeles.
After getting his board-certification, he spent time working in settings such as the Sepulveda VA medical center, working with low income patients and offering help to a wide variety of patients. He then spent the next twenty-eight years working with the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, as a physician-scientist. He worked on projects over time such as the role of seafood in omega-3 fatty acid consumption on depression violence bipolar disorder addictions and other society wide problems on mental health, and later on at a university in Bristol UK about the effects of this consumption in pregnant women, of which is among the work he is most proud of.
Certifications & Memberships
- Board Certification in Neurology and Psychiatry
- Clinical TMS Society
- National Academy of Sciences Board evaluating seafood Toxicity