Kristi Stoddard L.Ac.
Kristi Stoddard, L.Ac.
Kristi was inspired to dedicate her life's work to acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine after the profound personal experience of having her own asthma successfully treated and eliminated by an acupuncturist and herbalist. In her early twenties at that time, Kristi was working in a corporate setting, but gradually became more interested in the wonders of Chinese medicine. She eventually stepped off the corporate ladder and enrolled in the three-and-a-half-year long master's degree program in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz, California. This program integrated the practice of Chinese herbal medicine with acupuncture, a breadth of training that the majority of acupuncturists in Washington do not have. Although acupuncturists are not considered primary care providers in Washington, she brings with her the knowledge and experience of that designation from her training and licensure in California.
Bachelor’s degree and Master’s of Education from
Harvard University
Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from
Five Branches Institute, California
Nationally board-certified as a Diplomate in Acupuncture by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) since 2002
Nationally board-certified as a Diplomate in Chinese Herbology by the NCCAOM since 2002
Licensed acupuncturist in Washington
(since 2002) and California (since 2001)
Specialty study in fertility with Randine Lewis, Ph.D., a recognized leader in the field; with women's health lecturer, Cindy Micleu; and ongoing continuing education in the realm of women's health, endocrinology, and reproductive health.

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“Having never been to an acupuncturist before, I was hesitant and wary prior to my first meeting with Kristi. Almost immediately upon meeting her, I was put at ease not only by her professionalism and knowledge, but also the passion she exhibited for the world of Chinese medicine. Her words showed the breadth of her knowledge, and her actions exuded confidence and approachability. With that comfort level established, we immediately began a course of treatment addressing my ongoing digestive issue. This course of treatment involved acupuncture, as well as a Chinese herbal tea remedy. Within a very short amount of time, this issue that had been plaguing me for several years seemed to come under control. I cannot truly express the positive impact this change has made in my day-to-day life. I am extremely thankful to Kristi and would highly recommend her services.” - Neil V.

“I appreciate how well Kristi listens and her attention to detail. She is patient and always shows a true concern in finding solutions. Kristi's treatments have made a noticeable positive impact on my health overall. I started seeing Kristi specifically for stress and sleep issues and the results far exceeded my expectations. Falling asleep and staying asleep has improved tremendously. I would highly recommend Kristi's services to anyone!” – Dan C.

“My first acupuncture experience was with Kristi and I could not imagine going to anyone else!  She is kind and compassionate and has a way of putting you at ease, even if you are nervous (which I absolutely was).  After her treatments, I always leave feeling great-- calm, relaxed, and happy.  In fact, I usually feel better as soon as I walk into her office, which is peaceful, comfortable, and immaculately clean.  One of the things I love the most about her is that she looks at the big picture and tailors each treatment to your unique needs.  I can't say enough great things about Kristi.” – Ashley A.

“I first went to Kristi for help with some pain 5 or 6 years ago. I've since been back during both of my pregnancies for herbs and acupuncture treatments, and can not say enough about her approach and level of knowledge. She listens to what you have to say and is kind and caring. We should be so lucky to have all health care professionals practicing at the same level as Kristi. ” – Elif C..

“I came to Kristi with a variety of health problems, including asthma, menstrual issues, digestive issues, and joint pain. My treatment included acupuncture and Chinese herbal pills and teas. I have a very sensitive system, and Kristi did an excellent job selecting herbs that were gentle and not irritating, and that accommodated the pharmaceutical medications I take. My health has continued to improve over the half a year or so I have worked with Kristi. I'm very thankful for Kristi's support and for her treatments!” – M.M.

“I highly recommend Kristi to anyone who is seeking acupuncture treatment, especially for women who are pregnant or trying to conceive. I started seeing Kristi at the very beginning of my pregnancy, about 8 months ago. I've been very impressed with her knowledge of Chinese and Western medicine when it comes to reproductive health. She's been such an excellent resource during my pregnancy, taking the time to answer my many questions. I was relatively new to acupuncture when I started seeing Kristi. Her calm and patient demeanor put me at ease and her office space is very relaxing and serene. The acupuncture treatments have been so helpful in relieving pregnancy symptoms, chronic stiffness in my neck and shoulders, and also in reducing my stress level. I feel so relaxed after each treatment. I will definitely be continuing treatments with Kristi after my baby is born!” – Mary Beth H.