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Chris O’Donnell, LAc

An expert in orthopedic acupuncture and dry needling for pain care and rehabilitation.

Chris O’Donnell is a distinguished practitioner with over 20 years of experience providing musculoskeletal pain care and rehabilitation. His thorough understanding of body mechanics and precise treatment techniques effectively alleviate pain and accelerate recovery, helping patients return to their daily activities and sports.

Chris is particularly skilled in working with patients who are potential candidates for surgery, working with them to help prevent surgery when possible or to provide comprehensive support both before and after surgery to provide optimal recovery.


Chris O’Donnell specializes in orthopedic acupuncture and comprehensive pain care, applying his extensive expertise across a wide variety of methods including dry needling, motor point acupuncture, modern neuro-anatomical acupuncture, classical acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, and manual therapy.

In our clinic, Chris excels at integrating these approaches within a team setting to develop tailored treatment plans that ensure thorough and effective patient care.


A Bay Area native, Chris O’Donnell’s dedication to medical excellence in acupuncture was sparked by his own recovery from a sports injury. He has actively sought additional training and education throughout his career, beginning with his post-graduate Diplomate in Acupuncture Orthopedics in 2004. Chris has refined his skills in diverse clinical settings, including UCSF Medical Center and as a Qualified Medical Examiner for the state of California.

Recognized Expert and Celebrated Teacher

A recognized expert in his field, Chris is also a celebrated teacher and clinical supervisor, currently holding a position at Acupuncture and Integrative Medical College (AIMC) in Berkeley. His involvement in education and his continuous engagement with healthcare professionals underscore his dedication to advancing integrative pain care practices.

Professional Affiliations & Experience

  • Diplomate in Acupuncture Orthopedics (National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics, NBAO)
  • Trigger Point Acupuncture / Dry Needling, Myopain (2024)
  • Clinical Supervisor, AIMC Berkeley, 2023
  • Adjunct Faculty & Clinical Supervisor, ACTCM (2016 – 2023)
  • UCSF Medical Center Orthopedics and Neurosurgery (2003 – 2005)
  • CA Acupuncture License #AC9133