Dr. Eric Baumgartner L.Ac., DAOM
Co-Founder + Chief Formulator
Dr. Eric Baumgartner is a father and a pilgrim, and has spent the last 22 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 practices functional medicine, acupuncture, herbalism, and nutrition in Ojai at Alquimia Wellness and also works with patients remotely around the world.
Dr. Baumgartner has had the privilege of studying and mentoring with many amazing clinicians over the years, including Dr. Yvonne Farrell, Dr. Will Morris, Dr. Jeffrey Yuen, Dr. Daniel Kalish, Dr. Jill Blakeway, Giovanni Maciocia, and Juan Ruiz Naupari, among many others. He is currently a student of transpersonal psychology with the Pneuma Institute.
After many years of study and relationship with herbs, and many a blessing granted by the plant kingdom, Dr. Baumgartner was called into service as the chief formulator for Essential Medicina. He continues to cultivate a romantic and rewarding relationship with herbs and plants of all shapes and sizes, and is deeply humbled by the alliances he has built with many of the legendary super-herbs featured in our 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 (our co-founder below), or concocting some nutritious if not always delicious potion, smoothie, latte or salsa.