Sarah is a board certified licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac) in Maine and is certified as a Diplomate of Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She also holds Maine certification for custom Chinese herbal formulation.
Sarah graduated from Lesley University in Cambridge with a BS in Mind-Body Studies and completed a study abroad program in Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal with Naropa University where she became interested in Eastern Medicine. She spent two years studying under Dr. Vasant Lad at The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2007 Sarah completed her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) at Southwest Acupuncture College in Albuquerque.
While completing her Masters degree at Southwest Acupuncture College, Sarah chose to undertake mentorship with Dr. Jeffrey Meyer in Kototama Inochi Medicine, a unique form of diagnosis and treatment based on pulse diagnosis, acupuncture, moxibustion and bodywork. Kototama Inochi Medicine is lineage based and was originated by Masahilo Nakazono Sensei. This form of medicine is passed directly from student to teacher and requires years of relationship with a teacher, study, inquiry and practice. Sarah spent over 800 direct clinical hours studying alongside Dr. Meyer and continues as a dedicated student of her teacher and Kototama Inochi Medicine for over a decade.
More recently Sarah has studied with renowned nutritionist Tom Malterre in the area of Functional Nutrition, and completed an extensive coursework in Oriental Medicine for use in Infertility with Jane Lyttleton and Acupuncture during Pregnancy and Childbirth with Debra Betts.
Sarah is currently becoming certified as a doula for home and hospital births and is mentoring with Certified Professional Midwife Holly Arends Murphy of Penobscot.
As part of her clinical mentorship, Sarah worked extensively with families effected by abuse and trauma through an Albuquerque battered women's shelter and with foster children and parents through the treatment foster care organization La Familia. Sarah has also worked with many children dealing with ADHD, autism and learning disabilities through Albuquerque's Community Lighthouse. During her mentorship she completed over 1200 hours of clinical rotation, providing treatment to hundreds of individuals of all ages.
From January of 2006 to May of 2008, Sarah was the program coordinator for the international non-profit organization Acupuncturists Without Borders. Sarah co-coordinated AWB's New Orleans Recovery Program, which provided 8,000 free treatments to the people of post-Katrina New Orleans. She spent time on the ground in New Orleans in 2006. Sarah also provided coordination for AWB's California Wildfire Relief Effort of 2007 and worked on a nationwide project to bring free acupuncture for post-traumatic stress to veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Prior to her involvement in the acupuncture community, Sarah worked as an herbalist for two of the nations leading Ayurvedic physicians, Dr Vasant Lad and Dr. Sunil Joshi. She also taught yoga and had a practice in Ayurvedic medicine in both New Mexico and Hawai'i.
Sarah currently is in private practice at 54 Herrick in Southwest Harbor. She also attends births with Holly Arends Murphy of Birchmoon Midwifery in Penobscot and provides doula back-up for Nina Emlen of Emlen Family Doula on Mt. Desert Island.
Sarah grew up in Gorham, Maine and lived in Boston, New Mexico and Hawai'i before returning to Maine in 2008. She is an enthusiastic paddler, gardener, knitter and explorer of places in Acadia that aren't located on a map. She currently resides in Seal Cove with her artist husband and two busy sons where they live amidst the constant (and occasionally maddening) renovation of their 130 year old farmhouse.