Joe Neidhardt received his medical degree from the University of Alberta. He did research on stress management through a Canadian government grant and incorporated environmental awareness into his preventive practices. He taught behavioral medicine at the University of British Columbia. He later trained at the University of New Mexico in psychiatry and has worked within Indian Health Service in the US and spent one year on Vancouver Island as a psychiatrist. He worked with Navajo medicine people to develop training for mental health professionals together with his wife, Dr. Mary Roessel. He is board certified in psychiatry and holistic integrative medicine, certified in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and provides trauma-based treatments in Santa Fe, New Mexico.