Eric Baumgartner is a father and a pilgrim, and has spent the last 15 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 knowing 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 and practices acupuncture, herbalism, and nutrition in Ojai, and at Alchemy Arts Center in Santa Barbara, California, where he also serves as Clinical Program Director.
Eric is a student of essential shamanism and transpersonal psychology within the Pneuma System, and integrates the teachings of Pneuma into his clinical practice. He is also currently integrating Functional Medicine into his practice under the mentorship of Dr. Daniel Kalish of the Kalish Institute.
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, or concocting some nutritious if not always delicious potion, smoothie or salsa.