Sara Ryan, D.Ac is a native of Rhode Island who returned to New England in 2002 after studying and practicing acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Los Angeles / Santa Monica for many years. Dr. Ryan completed her medical studies at Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, CA. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from this 4-year comprehensive program that encompassed both Western and Eastern medical studies. She completed a one year acupuncture internship at the UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, CA, and she had a private acupuncture practice in Los Angeles prior to opening her Providence, Rhode Island acupuncture practice in 2002.
Dr. Ryan is a former competitive athlete whose interest in complementary medicine evolved from a young age as an adjunct to her athletic training. This slowly evolved into a passion for all Eastern studies. Her world travels exposed her to many forms of healing and holistic philosophies. Among her work, volunteer and travel experiences are: Buddhism studies under the Dalai Llama in Dharamsala, India; Tibetan medicine studies in Dharamsala; serving Tibetan refugees in India; various Western medical settings serving refugees and children with cancer in Costa Rica; working as a dietary supplement specialist in LA, CA; nursing home care in the United States; acupuncture work in an acute pain-management clinic in Los Angeles.
Other studies and certifications include a BA from Boston College; pre-medical studies at Providence College; Nursing Assistant Certification; Dietary Supplement Specialist certification (IACET-approved). Dr. Ryan regularly engages in continuing education in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has pursued extensive studies in pain management acupuncture, infertility acupuncture, Lyme Disease acupuncture and stress management acupuncture. She also attends Lyme Disease conferences regularly to keep herself up to date on latest scientific studies and treatments of Lyme so that she can help her Lyme patients and understand the treatments they are undergoing to the best of her ability. She tends to focus on the above issues in her clinic, but she does not exclude other conditions for treatment. In her practice she treats a wide variety of ailments as so many things benefit from acupuncture.
Acupuncture RI is a warm environment and patients feel at ease from the moment they walk in! Dr. Ryan will help you to feel comfortable, and you will know that you can talk with her and share your health concerns in a non-judgmental environment.