There is little doubt that Ronda Wimmer is one of the most credentialed health care providers to join Acupuncture Today's group of distinguished columnists. The list of academic degrees Dr. Wimmer has attained covers a vast expanse of natural and sports medicine. She earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and athletic training from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona (1992) and a PhD in natural medicine/nutrition from the California College of Natural Medicine (1993) before beginning her acupuncture studies at South Baylo University, from which she graduated in 1997. She has also studied abroad at the University of Heidelberg and the New Zealand School of Physiotherapy. In addition to being a licensed acupuncturist, she is a medical herbologist; a licensed massage therapist; a certified sports medicine specialist/sports performance specialist; and a certified athletic trainer (courtesy of the National Athletic Trainers Association).
Dr. Wimmer has been an educator since 1983, and is the author of several textbooks on pathophysiology, kinesiology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. She currently divides her time between teaching at Chapman University, Cal State University at Long Beach, and Goldenwest College. She also runs an integrated sports medicine center in Newport Beach, California, and has worked as a trainer/consultant with professional and amateur athletes for several years.