Kimberley Benjamin L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.
Kimberley Benjamin is the owner of Fort Collins Family Acupuncture located in Fort Collins Colorado. Kimberley’s first experience with acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) was in the late 90s when she was working in a cigarette smoke-filled environment. She developed a deep chest cold. Kimberley’s roommate insisted she go see “her” doctor. As they were to the doctor’s office, Kimberley had no idea her life was about to change forever; she just hoped to get relief from her cold. The acupuncturist, Dr. Wang, treated her with acupuncture, Tuina, and Chinese herbs and sent her on her way. Her cough and phlegm were gone in two days, whereas most of her colleagues lived with these symptoms for weeks. At that point, Kimberley started using acupuncture and Oriental medicine as her primary health care—from knee pain to common colds—and she has never looked back.
In 1997 Kimberley received her BA in sociology with an emphasis in social work. She received her Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine degree 2008 from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California. In 2008 Kimberley became certified as a diplomate in acupuncture and Oriental medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and she obtained her Colorado license to practice acupuncture in January 2009.
Kimberley is currently the Past President of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado. She believes in not only helping the individual but staying involved and contributing to the AOM community-at-large. Her hope is that anyone who needs the benefits of AOM can have it readily available to them as part of their insurance coverage.
Jennifer Bao, L.Ac, Dipl. O.M.
Traditional Chinese medicine has been a part of Jennifer’s life since she was very small. Jennifer was born in China, and she recalls that as a little girl, she watched her paternal grandmother, a Chinese herbalist, make prescriptions for her patients using natural herbs and minerals. Jennifer moved to the U.S. when she was four. It was due to these nostalgic memories that Jennifer decided to pursue a career in the natural healing arts.
In 2010 Jennifer received her Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Finger Lakes Schools of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seneca Falls, New York. Jennifer also studied at the ZheJiang Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital in HangZhou, China in 2009. In 2010 she received both her certification as a diplomat in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and her Colorado license to practice acupuncture.
Jennifer specializes in women’s health, pediatric care, acute and chronic pain management, and facial rejuvenation.
Savannah Russell, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.
Savannah’s interest in Chinese medicine began in 2009 when she took a Wilderness First Responder course where she met an acupuncturist who showed her a few acupressure techniques. She was really impressed by what he had done simply by pushing on certain areas of the body.
A few months later she moved to San Diego, CA where she discovered Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Throughout her schooling, she had the privilege of doing internships at Rady Children’s Hospital and the UC San Diego Owen’s Clinic, as well as several on campus internships with outstanding supervisors who specialize in women’s health, autoimmune disorders, gastroenterology, geriatrics, and sports medicine. Her love for Chinese medicine continues to grow with each day.
In 2015 Savannah received her Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine, as well as her certification as a Diplomat in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She obtained her Colorado acupuncture license in 2016. Savannah completed her National Acupuncture Detoxification Association training and became a certified Acu-Detox Specialist in May 2017.
Savannah has a special interest in treating addiction and mental health, menstrual disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, and autoimmune disorders.