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 licensure for custom Chinese herbal formulation.
Sarah is one of the first U.S. Senior Members of the Obstetric Acupuncture Association, which holds acupuncturists to the highest standards of education and experience in maternity acupuncture care. She is working toward certification with the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) and is pursuing certification as a birth and postpartum doula with DONA International.
She maintains certifications in BLS (Basic Life Support) for Healthcare Providers and NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation). Sarah is also one of two acupuncturists who sit on the state Board of Complementary Healthcare Providers, which oversees licensure and professional issues for Acupuncturists, Naturopaths and Certified Professional Midwives in Maine.
While a student at Boston University, Sarah completed a study abroad program in Nepal where she became interested in Eastern Medicine. She returned from Nepal and spent two years studying under Dr. Vasant Lad at The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2005 she earned a BS from Lesley University in a self-designed Mind-Body Studies program. 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 has continued as a dedicated student of her teacher and Kototama Inochi Medicine for over a decade.
More recently Sarah has studied with internationally recognized pioneers in the fields of women's health, infertility and maternity acupuncture such as Jane Lyttleton, Debra Betts, Claudia Citikovitz, and Sarah Budd. She is also a current student of herbalist Aviva Romm. Sarah has had a midwifery mentorship since 2016 with Holly Arends Murphy of Birchmoon Midwifery in order to receive direct and comprehensive experience in assisting women through pregnancy, birth and the postpartum.
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.
Sarah began her private practice in Maine in 2009. Although Sarah sees patients for a wide range of concerns, over the past decade she has gained special expertise in the areas of women's health, Lyme Disease and associated co-infections, mental health issues, pediatrics and grief and end of life care. Sarah's special passion is the emerging field of maternity acupuncture and she began attending births as an acupuncturist in 2011. Since that time she has attended several dozen births in both homes and hospitals and enjoys working with women through all stages of pregnancy and into the big, messy adventure of motherhood.
In January 2015 Sarah founded and opened 54 Herrick Integrative Medicine, a five practitioner natural healthcare clinic on Mt. Desert Island, Maine. She is also partnered as an acupuncturist with Holly Arends Murphy of Birchmoon Midwifery and with Nina Emlen of Emlen Family Doula. Sarah maintains excellent relationships with the midwives at both MDI and Maine Coast Memorial Hospitals and is available for both in and out of hospital births as well as prenatal and postpartum care. She is deeply committed to women's health and wellness and to providing supportive, unbiased and high quality care to her community.
Sarah grew up in Gorham, Maine and lived in Boston, New Mexico and Hawai'i before returning to her home state in 2008. She is an enthusiastic paddler, farmhouse-renovator, gardener, knitter and explorer of places in Acadia that aren't marked on the map. She currently resides on Mt. Desert Island with her artist husband, two busy sons and a small flock of chickens.