Mark Kastner, L.Ac.

Mark Kastner, L.Ac.

col-mark-400Mark Kastner, an Acupuncturist and Herbalist licensed by the California State Board, has been in private practice since 1987. Mark studied Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China and completed his degree at California Acupuncture College in San Diego, California. He is the author of Alternative Healing (Henry Holt Publishing, New York, 1996), a complete A-Z guide to more than 150 complimentary therapies. He also published a novel entitled “Closing the Circle”(Lotus Publishing, San Diego, 2008), which delves into healing interpersonal relationships. As a pioneer and specialist in the field of Holistic Health, Mark has actively been involved in the local promotion of integrative medicine. He started a revolutionary radio talk show, The Alternative Medical Hour, which was a weekly informational forum for complementary medicine. Mark has made numerous guest appearances on KNSD news (local affiliate of NBC) as the Holistic Medical Adviser responding to viewer’s questions. He has been featured in several articles in the San Diego Union-Tribune to date. Over the last Five years he has been teaching Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Pacific College of Oriental Medicines graduate program. Over the years Mark has worked with numerous major sports teams including the Los Angeles Lakers, San Diego Padres, and San Diego Chargers. Understanding the need to educate the public, Mark’s goal is to bring holistic medicine to the forefront and integrate it with Western therapies. He currently lectures and leads workshops on national level teaching orthopedic acupuncture.

Private Practice

1987 – 1993 > Founder and Director of Park Blvd. Health Center, San Diego, California
1994 – 1996 > Founder and Director of East West Center for Health, San Diego, California
1996 – Present > Circle of Living Wellness Center, San Diego, California


1973 – 1978 University of California, San Diego, California
1983 – 1986 California Acupuncture College, San Diego, California
1985 > International School of Acupuncture, Beijing, China Clinical and Academic Internship
1987 > California Acupuncture Board, Acupuncture License

Professional Experience

1995 > Holistic Medical Advisor, KNSD News, San Diego. Local Affiliate of NBC [Live on air Q&A]
1995 > Holistic Medical Advisor, The Alternative Medical Hour [San Diego Based radio talk show]
2002 > Founder, Families Forever, San Diego [Non-Profit organization, Integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine for teenagers with drug addictions]
2007 – Present > Professor of Graduate Studies, in Orthopedics at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego Campus


1996 > Author, Alternative Healing, (Henry Holt Publishing, New York) [A-Z guide for complimentary therapies]
2008 > Author, Closing the Circle, (Lotus Publishing, San Diego)