Susan J. Baumgaertel, MD

Virtual Consultant, Patient Advocate, Menopause Blogger


Dr. Susan Baumgaertel has hung up her stethoscope after 25 years of clinical practice in internal medicine and now owns a novel medical consultation business, myMDadvocate. She serves patients in WA state as their virtual physician advocate, guide, partner, coach, resource, navigator and educator. Common topics include aging with intent, preventive care, menopause, chronic diseases, autoimmune conditions, weight management, behavioral health, cancer and survivorship support, caregiver stress, coping with chronic pain, and referral advocacy. Dr. Baumgaertel also serves as an ally to primary care and specialty physicians and surgeons by helping to “offload” more thorough and deep-dive discussions with patients on medical issues and navigational concerns, a service that our current strained healthcare system often cannot support in a timely manner.

Parallel to her professional services she maintains her passion project website MenopauseMenu which offers nourishing support for menopause and beyond. This free site offers science-based health information, balanced with a holistic focus on personal well-being. All are invited to improve individual empowerment, reinforce sustainable life balance, and build nourishing paths to feeling healthy and well.

Her upcoming book The Menopause Menu will be a great resource for everyone interested in all things menopause!

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Advocate for Patients, Ally to Colleagues.
Susan J. Baumgaertel, MD FACP
Susan J. Baumgaertel, MD

Advocate for Patients, Ally to Colleagues.

Insurance Accepted

Patient-pay, but able to generate a “superbill” for patients to self-submit to non-Medicare insurance (out of network) for potential reimbursement.

Book: The Menopause Menu

“The Menopause Menu” is an all-in-one giftbook, medical guide, and recipe book for navigating menopause!

Susan J. Baumgaertel, MD FACP

Blog: MenopauseMenu

MenopauseMenu is a community hub for all people to find physical and emotional support on the journey toward, into and beyond menopause.

Dr. Susan Baumgaertel's series: Navigating Your Health

Episode 6: Am I in Menopause?

Dr. Baumgaertel reviews definitions for different menopausal stages, clarifies how to understand the early signs of menopause, and gives some great tips on things to pay attention to.

How to Swallow a Pill

How to Swallow a Pill

Susan J. Baumgaertel, MD FACP shares tips & tricks for how to swallow prescription medications, over-the-counter pills, vitamins and supplements.

Theresa Has Grit!

Theresa Has Grit!

Susan J. Baumgaertel, MD explains that October is World Menopause Month, and this story contributes to the celebration of all who have gone through menopause.

The Power of a Diagnosis

The Power of a Diagnosis

Susan J. Baumgaertel, MD writes that in a world of social media campaigns, having a diagnosis matters. Unfortunately, the impact of a lack of diagnosis reaches far and wide too.



Susan J. Baumgaertel, MD: We are all connected – let’s use this power to rise above the individual and collective challenges of our current times.



Susan J. Baumgaertel, MD, shares a personal story about trying new things, taught by three professional athletes in baseball, football and ultimate frisbee.

The True Art of Medicine

The True Art of Medicine

Susan J. Baumgaertel, MD shares special and unexpected personal story about the art of medicine, our human connections, and the art all around us in nature.

Opportunity Knocks

Opportunity Knocks

Susan J. Baumgaertel, MD shares a story that helps us redefine “exercise” and think about it more as “movement” that can be a valuable experience, fun, and even inspiring.

COVID Kindness

COVID Kindness

Susan J. Baumgaertel, MD knows it’s rare to see the words “COVID” and “kindness” next to each other. Her story is less a story about COVID and more one about the human touch.


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