Jessica Barnhill, MD
Integrative Family Medicine Physician
Dr. Jessica Barnhill is an Integrative Family Medicine physician who is passionate about whole-person focused health care and the contribution of mind-body medicine and creative arts to healing and recovery. She spent the first several years in practice providing primary care in community health centers, including serving as Chief of Family Medicine at Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham. She also worked as a primary care physician at Piedmont Health Services in Chapel Hill where she and Dr. Sara Koenig treated opioid addiction. At Piedmont Health Services, she also received specialized training and clinical experience in the care of transgender patients.
During her years providing primary care in community health centers, Dr. Jessica witnessed first-hand how patients fall through the cracks of our health system. She was also struck by the limitations of the conventional medical approach that treats symptoms of disease instead of building foundations of health and wellness. Driven by her commitment to transforming patient care, she elected to return to training and is currently completing a three-year post-doctoral research fellowship in the Program on Integrative Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.
Dr. Barnhill is a facilitator in UNC School of Medicine’s Healer’s Art course, and she has published work on trauma informed approaches to health provider wellness. Her own experience with illness informs her practice of medicine. She is a breast cancer survivor who continues to use multiple treatment approaches to support her own healing and wellness post chemotherapy including mind-body medicine, chiropractic, acupuncture, group support, expressive art, supplements and conventional medicine.
Dr. Barnhill has received additional training in expressive arts, narrative medicine, and mindfulness. Her specific interests include the use of creative arts in medicine and the integrative treatment of chronic disease, chronic pain and addiction.
Dr. Barnhill received her BA from Duke University, attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her residency in Family Medicine at the Greater Lawrence Community Health Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts. In addition to completing her research fellowship in the Program on Integrative Medicine in summer 2020, she is pursuing a masters degree in Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with anticipated completion in 2021.
Dr. Barnhill uses she/her pronouns. She prefers to be called Jessica, but will answer to Dr. Barnhill, Dr. Jessica, “doc”, etc.