Jessica Baker is an acupuncturist, herbalist, aromatherapist and educator. Her passion for sharing the messages of the plants is reflected in her private practice and her teachings on aromatherapy, herbalism, and Chinese medicine. As a continuing education provider to acupuncturists and nurses, she teaches the importance of traditional medicine to health care professionals as well as lay people. She teaches at several herbal symposia and acupuncture conferences throughout the U.S. and has taught at the Arcata School of Massage and the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism and she is an Assistant Supervising Practitioner at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
She studied Chinese Medicine at Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, CA, where she received a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2008. She holds a Diplomat in Oriental Medicine through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is a Licensed Acupuncturist in California and Colorado. She is a Medical Qi Gong Practitioner and has also studied Medical Aromatherapy through the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy and with Jeffrey Yuen. She is a certified Acudetox Specialist (ADS) through NADA and has worked extensively with veterans and others with PTSD. In 2008, she co-founded the Humboldt Veterans Acupuncture Project to provide free acupuncture to military persons with PTSD.
Jessica has been an avid reader and writer since she was a young child. Her passion for different cultures was fueled by growing up in a military family and living in Germany as a teenager. As an undergrad at the University of Georgia she studied Classical Literature and Greek, and developed a love for languages and ancient cultures. After three years her focus shifted when she took a Religions of Asia class and began her exploration of self. In 1997, she left university and moved to northern California. Her herbal journey began at the Dandelion Herbal Center with Jane Bothwell. In 2001, she had the opportunity to complete a Community Herbalist Certification Program with renowned herbalist Christopher Hobbs, LAc, where she was introduced to Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnostic techniques, classical Chinese theory, and herbs. She is on the faculty of the Holistic Cannabis Academy.