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 pain, addiction and mental health, women’s health (such as PCOS, fibroids, endometriosis, etc), and gastrointestinal disorders. Savannah does not treat fertility, but is happy to refer you to someone who specializes in that area.
Lisa Wand, L.Ac, Dipl. O.M.
Lisa’s passion has always been people and helping them live their best life. After completing a Bachelor’s degree of Nursing Science from the University of Kansas she joined the U.S. Navy as a Registered Nurse and completed 24 years of military and civilian nursing service. This time in Western medicine led her to believe that people should have options for their health and well-being. Lisa obtained a Doctoral Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA where she spent 4 years studying and practicing this often subtle but powerful medicine. She believes that the patient and practitioner working together can achieve the goal of wellbeing.
Lisa has completed additional certifications in Facial and Cosmetic Acupuncture, 5-Element Acupuncture, Cupping Therapy and is a Reiki Master. Her path began with a strong desire to better understand people and what might be possible to help them on their own paths. The results of her studies and pursuits have landed her exactly at this place, at this time, to help others in this wellness process.
Jessi Moore, Front Desk Receptionist
Jessi has over a decade of co-creating pleasant customer service experiences and feels grateful to be serving such a positive and conscious community with Fort Collins Family Acupuncture. Her interest in natural health only strengthened after moving to Colorado in 2015 and she is dedicated to always learning about more loving ways to treat her body and mind.
In 2018 she became recognized as a certified Sacred Women’s Circle Leader which has blossomed into facilitating safe spaces for women to sit within community while sharing in connection, ceremony & celebration. She also enjoys empowering people to live in deeper alignment and harmony by reading natal birth charts and sharing insight into the current energies of our world through Astrology.
Jessi loves spending time doing anything out in nature, a good yoga flow, deep belly laughing, cooking delicious meals & snuggling her kitty Judy.
Lorna Hughes, Insurance Biller
Lorna has been handling all aspects of insurance billing & patient financial accounts for 20 + years in a Primary Care Setting and she has been handing the account for Fort Collins Family Acupuncture for the past 8 years. For any billing related questions, requests for itemized bill, or any other questions about acupuncture insurance coverage, please feel free to reach out to her directly. She can be reached at 970-402-1924.
Lorna enjoys a quiet life in a small town in Georgia….