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Dr. Eric Baumgartner is a father and a pilgrim, and has spent the last 21 years in the study and practice of medicine traditions from around the world. His father and grandfather were both physicians, and though he grew up suspecting he would be a doctor someday, he had no idea that his path would lead to Chinese medicine.

He currently holds a Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Emperor's College, as well as a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with a Family Medicine specialization from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine including subspecialties in Women's Health, Pediatrics, Mental Health, Neurology, and Orthopedics. He studied Functional Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Daniel Kalish of the Kalish Institute, and continues to study transpersonal psychology, alchemy, and comparative theology within the Pneuma Institute. He practices functional medicine, acupuncture, herbalism, and nutrition in Ojai and Santa Barbara, California.

Dr. Baumgartner is also co-founder of the Essential Medicina Tonic Latte product line. He continues to cultivate a romantic and rewarding relationship with herbs of all shapes and sizes, and is deeply humbled by the alliances he has built with many of the legendary superherbs featured in the products.

In his spare time, by heritage and by grace, he is an organic tree gardener and wildcrafter, aspiring solar artist, kitchen alchemist, and backcountry naturalist, prone to sudden bouts of singing and absurd voice impersonations, usually to be found digging, writing, playing with his kids, adoring his wife, or concocting some nutritious if not always delicious potion, smoothie or salsa.


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