About The Practitioner
Russell Koester is a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in the state of California and maintains national certification through the NCCAOM as a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.). He graduated from Five Branches University, Santa Cruz with a Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM). During his time in Santa Cruz Russell served the Monterey Bay Peninsula at Pacific Grove Acupuncture specializing in chronic pain management. He is now rooted in Sonoma county with his family and maintains a private herbal medicine practice as well as being the resident acupuncturist at Sonoma County Indian Health Project as part of an intergrative health team. Russell is specializing in herbal dermatology and immunology after completing an in-depth and intensive training with world renown master herbalist Mazin Al-Khafaji. As an athlete he additionally has a strong focus in orthopedic sports acupuncture as well as Kiiko Matsumoto Style (KMS) acupuncture. Russell has a true passion for traditional medicine and loves taking on unusual or difficult health concerns.
Prior to perusing Traditional Chinese Medicine, Russell spent his time in concert halls and class rooms as a preforming musician, teacher, and avid supporter of the arts. As a classically trained musician, he learned the dual importance of diligent study and creative expression. The skills cultivated in the study of music, his personal journey in meditation, martial arts, and the study of classical Chinese texts all serve him in his current practice.
Russell’s latest endeavor is fatherhood and the fine art of dad-jokes. Outside of the clinic you can find him playing with his daughter, Imogen, and partner, Hannah. You might also run into him at the farmer’s market, hiking, mountain biking or rock climbing.