Kimberley Benjamin L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.
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 spent many years serving her profession on both the State and National Boards. 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. Kimberley is the owner of Fort Collins Family Acupuncture.
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.
She went on to attend Pacific College of Oriental Medicine to pursue a career in acupuncture. 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.
Samantha Kloss, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.
Samantha first discovered acupuncture and Chinese medicine as a patient at an acupuncture clinic in Asheville, North Carolina. Whilst studying health and wellness at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, she saw major improvements in her health and then decided to study and share the medicine that greatly impacted and improved her life. Samantha then earned her Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, North Carolina.
Throughout her time at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts, Samantha has had the great pleasure of studying under Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist priest, as well as Randine Lewis, a world renowned fertility expert & author of The Way of the Fertile Soul. While in school, she studied Classical Chinese medicine, and became fluent in all five channel systems, utilizing whichever channel system that best suited a patient’s particular presentation and constitution.
While Samantha enjoys treating all conditions, she has a particular interest in treating fertility and gynecological related concerns, dermatological issues, gastrointestinal ailments, and chronic pain. Samantha is passionate about utilizing herbal medicine as an adjunct therapy to aid patients in their own healing process and also incorporates food therapy and dietary advice in her practice as well. Samantha is Clean Needle Technique certified, board certified through the NCCAOM, and certified through DORA in the state of Colorado to practice Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
Samantha believes that we can only go as far for patients as we have gone for ourselves. For this reason, she actively incorporates Chinese medicine principles into her everyday life and is dedicated to cultivating her own personal growth. Samantha recently started studying with Damo Mitchell, director of Lotus Nei Gong International, and is a student of the Daoist internal arts. Samantha believes that as health professionals, our studies aren’t over when we graduate, and she is dedicated to continuing her studies and growth in the expanding field of Chinese Medicine.
When Samantha is not in the clinic, she can be found hiking the many trails with her dog and enjoying all the nature Colorado has to offer!
Kendyll is a student at CSU working toward her B.S. in Nutrition and Food Sciences with a concentration in Nutrition and Fitness. Her role with Fort Collins Family Acupuncture began when she started as one of the receptionists for Natural Health Associates in April 2019, shortly after moving to Fort Collins from Northern California.
When not at work or school, Kendyll enjoys hiking, powerlifting, and spending time with her boyfriend and their three cats!