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.
Jeff Pufnock, L.Ac, Dipl. O.M.
Since the time he was young, Jeff has desired to help others dealing with health issues. He combined this desire with his love for science by completing a Ph.D in Immunology from Thomas Jefferson University and his post-doctoral studies at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington where he helped develop state-of-the-art immunotherapies for patients with advanced cancers. During his 12 years as a cancer researcher, Jeff realized that these Western medical approaches were only treating the end stage of a person’s disease and had limited success. He began to explore different modalities of holistic healthcare that focus on helping people before their disease develops.
This path led him to Eastern medicine and its holistic view of how disease and imbalances occur in the body. After experiencing success with Chinese medicine for healing his personal health conditions for which Western medicine offered no relief, he chose to step away from scientific research. He then embarked upon a second life journey to study Classical Chinese Medicine in the 4-year Masters program at National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He has been practicing Chinese medicine for 4 years, specializing in pain relief, digestive issues, sleep disturbances and anxiety. In addition to Chinese medicine, Jeff has training in myofascial release, shiatsu (Japanese bodywork) and reiki which he often incorporates into his sessions with patients.
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….