Braxton Ponder operates the Ponder Natural Health clinic in Pagosa Springs, CO. The clinic offers treatments based in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but informed by modern research and applications. Braxton earned his Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree (MAOM) from the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin, after commencing his studies at the International Institute of Oriental Medicine. Braxton has also been certified as a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.) by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). This designation includes certification in Clean Needle Technique and Chinese Herbology and Western biomedicine science. Braxton's training includes adjunctive therapies such as moxibustion, tui na, acupressure, cupping, auriculotherapy, and dietary and lifestyle recommendations. Braxton has also undergone advanced training in Trigger Point therapy through the continuing medical education program of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and has completed certification as a yoga instructor and personal fitness trainer.