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Co-founder of Five Flavors Herbs

Benjamin is one of the Bay Area's most respected and knowledgeable herbalists and a licensed acupuncturist. With over 20 years of experience, Benjamin has studied at Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz, CA, and the Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hangzhou, China. Additionally, he completed a four-year clinical apprenticeship with Michael Tierra.

To create effective herbal formulas and treat patients, Benjamin synthesizes his deep knowledge of Chinese and western herbal medicine with modern medical perspectives. This exceptional approach has been recognized industry-wide. He serves patients through Paeonia Integrative Medicine.

An esteemed educator, Benjamin regularly lectures at institutions and symposia nationwide. He has been on the faculty of Five Branches University, A.C.C.H.S., East/West School of Herbology, and American School of Herbalism. He has lectured at California School of Herbal Studies, UCSF, and many other institutions as a guest lecturer and has been involved in training physicians in natural medicine internationally.  

In addition to his work as an herbalist, Benjamin is on the board of directors of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved. He spends his free time cooking and studying music .


Ingrid Bauer, MD, MS

Co-founder of Five Flavors Herbs

With experience that bridges Western and Eastern medicine, Ingrid brings rigorous scientific knowledge to Five Flavor Herbs. A graduate of the UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program and the American School of Herbalism in Santa Cruz, CA, Ingrid integrates plant-based medicine into mainstream healthcare.

Ingrid is passionate about bringing holistic care to people from all walks of life. Her master’s research focused on Latino health beliefs and traditional medicine at a bilingual clinic in Oakland, CA, and she teaches workshops about herbal medicine at conferences and schools, including UC Berkeley.

Ingrid is an avid cook, yoga practitioner, gardener, and Spanish language enthusiast.









Signe Porteshawver

Pharmacy and Wholesale Accounts Manager

Armed with a BS from Tufts and studies in both business planning and Western herbalism, Signe expertly oversees our practitioner relationships, pharmacy staff, and product curation. She also helps with a wide array of operations tasks from inventory to sales. Signe spends her free time dreaming up a medicinal cocktail company, weeding her porch garden, and crafting with paper and fabric.









Brian Longmire

Laboratory Manager

Part of Five Flavors Herbs since day one, Brian built out our lab and now manages Quality Control Operations. He works tirelessly to bring all products into compliance with the FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practices. When not ensuring our herbal extracts are consistent, safe, and efficacious, Brian is on the heels of classical music, usually on two wheels.








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