I believe everyone can enjoy good health of body, mind and spirit. In my acupuncture practice I focus on the whole person to bring about lasting healing. I educate patients on changes they can make in their own lives to improve and sustain their health. In these ways I help them achieve their health goals and restore balance in their bodies and their lives.
Sarah became interested in acupuncture as a career during high school. She chose to study physiology at the Lyman Brigg's School of Michigan State University. After undergrad, Sarah continued her education at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR. She spent 3 full years learning Chinese Medicine, including anatomy, physiology, Chinese medical theory, western pathology, acupuncture, Chinese herbology, nutrition, shiatsu massage, taichi, and qigong. She also completed a 1 year internship in her last year of school, where she studied under both Chinese and Western acupuncturists and herbalists. She completed her qigong training with a certification to teach 1000 Hands Buddha Qigong. She also completed a 1 month internship in Japanese acupuncture post-graduation.
After she became a nationally certified acupuncturist, Sarah moved to Houma, LA. There she worked in an integrated medical practice for 2 1/2 years. She also taught introductory shiatsu at a local massage school. In the Spring of 2007 she began her practice Acupuncture Alexandria LLC in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, VA. In May of 2010 she expanded her practice into Springfield/Burke, VA as well.
Sarah has expanded her acupuncture knowledge by taking many continuing education courses. These include Chinese medical theory, the treatment of stress, anxiety, and pain, women's health, GI disorders and allergies. She has studied balance method with Dr. Tan, the Mei Zen Cosmestic acupuncture system, the Battlefield Acupuncture protocol for pain management. In 2015 she passed the ABORM exam and became certified in Acupuncture and Reproductive Medicine. In 2016 she spent 3 days at a hospital in Shanghai China interning in their acupuncture program. She is also in the process of completing a Sports Medicine Certification Course with Whitfield Reeves.
Sarah served on the board of the Acupuncture Society of Virginia (ASVA) from 2011-2015. She is also a member of the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) and the Del Ray Business Association (DRBA). She is licensed to practice in VA: license #0121000459
Laura Breeden, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.
Laura Breeden, L.Ac. is a Virginia licensed acupuncturist and herbalist and nationally certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Before persuing a career in acupuncture, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and worked in the medical, earth science, and computer fields, She studied acupuncture at Five Branches University in San Jose, CA for four years. She graduated in 2013 with a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Laura is certified in Sports Medicine, but treats a variety of concerns including: stress and anxiety, digestive issues, and women’s health issues. and she is currently the secretary and newsletter editor for the Acupuncture Society of Virginia (ASVA).
Laura is a Northern Virginia native who enjoys spending time outside in the many nice parks in the area. She stays active in the community by volunteering at various events throughout the year with Earth Sangha, Trails for Youth, and MORE-IMBA. She is passionate about helping people and caring for the environment. Laura is also a photography enthusiast and has had several of her photos published inside and on the cover of Medicinal Roots Magazine, a Canadian Traditional Chinese Medicine journal.
Laura is nationally certified in herbal medicine and acupuncture and has a current Virginia license. She also took the California certification exam and holds a California acupuncture license.