Kristi Hundt MA, LAc is a Nationally Board Certified Diplomate of Acupuncture and a Licensed Acupuncturist with a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the State of California and certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Kristi began her study of herbal medicine while living in Colorado in the 1990s and working as an herbalist’s apprentice. This study brought her to the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) where she graduated in 2001 with a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine and a certification to teach Qi Gong. The Herbal Medicine program at OCOM is widely understood to be the most demanding in the nation. Kristi’s practice of Chinese Herbology is grounded in ancient texts as well as cutting edge pharmacology. The nuanced nature of prescribing herbal remedies is truly a science and an art that takes passion and commitment to master. It is a livelong study that she enjoys. Kristi has been studying wellness and nutrition since 1993 when she began her Ashtanga yoga practice. She considers herself fortunate to assist patients on their road to wellness and draws from a variety of therapies including acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, bodywork, lifestyle coaching, Medical Qi Gong, and mind-body practices.
Although her medicine allows her to benefit people with all disease patterns, she has focused her clinical work on treating patients in these areas: Women’s Health, sports and traumatic injuries (especially sciatica and joint pain), pediatrics, upper respiratory disorders, Addictions, Diabetes Mellitus, thyroid imbalances, adrenal fatigue, digestive disorders, insomnia, anxiety and depression, circulatory issues and cardiovascular disease. Her integrated approach also focuses on assisting patients before, during and after chemotherapy and radiation as well as recovering from a joint replacement surgery, and the management of auto-immune diseases. She encourages questions and views her role as a health care provider as an educational one. She applauds the role of awareness in feeling strong and works to create this space for her patients. Longevity medicine is an important part of her practice as she finds true health is one of life’s biggest assets.
Kristi enjoys the quiet, nature-oriented lifestyle of the Santa Ynez Valley where she both lives and works.
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland OR 1998-2001Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine
University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO 1992-1996Bachelor of Arts, English Literature and Environmental Studies
Nitartha Institute, New Brunswick Canada Summer of 2000Eastern Philosophy and Meditation
Memberships & Certifications
- California Acupuncture Board, Licensed Acupuncturist
- National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Diplomate of Acupuncture
- Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Certified Qi Gong Instructor in Soaring Crane and Jade Longevity styles
- Solvang Chamber of Commerce, Member
- Santa Ynez Valley Women’s Club, Member
- Daughters of the American Revolution, Member