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.
Formal Education: 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 years learning Chinese Medicine, including anatomy, physiology, Chinese medical theory, western pathology, acupuncture, Chinese herbology, nutrition, shiatsu massage, taichi, and qigong. During her training she became certified to teach 1000 Hands Buddha Qigong. She also is a nationally board certified acupuncturist with the NCCAOM.
Work Experience: After acupuncture school, 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. She is happy to still work in Del Ray two days a week at Chrysalis Chiropractic. In May of 2010 she expanded her practice into Springfield/Burke, VA and currently shares space at Burke Wellness Center three days a week.
Continuing Education: 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 has also taken a number Sports Medicine Certification Course classes with Whitfield Reeves.
Professional Involvement: 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
For Fun: Besides practicing acupuncture, Sarah enjoys a number of outdoor activities. You'll often find her hiking with her Australian Shepherd on the weekend or at the stable with her favorite horse before work. On her time off she enjoys travelling and exploring both new and familiar places.