About Dr. Sara Ryan
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, as well as acupuncture and Chinese herbology. She then completed a one-year acupuncture internship at the UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, CA.
Dr. Ryan attended Boston College for undergraduate studies and Providence College for pre-medical studies before attending acupuncture school. She practiced acupuncture in Los Angeles prior to opening her Providence, Rhode Island acupuncture practice in 2002.
She 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; and a one year acupuncture internship at UCLA.
She has been an acupuncturist in her own Rhode Island clinic for over 20 years, emphasizing pain management, fertility, and multiple other conditions that can be found in the “treatment” section of this website.
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); continuing education with emphasis on the treatment of gynecological disorders and fertility, pain management, acupuncture facelifts and chemical dependency, among others. Dr. Ryan engages in continuous medical training as new educational opportunities arise. In her practice she treats a wide variety of ailments.
Dr. Ryan emphasizes a holistic approach to healing - she and the patient work together to promote health by reviewing nutritional, fitness and lifestyle goals. She also believes in integrating and respecting western nutritional and medical modalities to create optimal health.
As a practitioner and on a personal level, Sara loves to laugh and is kind and compassionate. She will always go above and beyond for people. In her free time, she can be found hanging out with her three puppies, kayaking, skiing, and participating in outdoor activities. She has a love for travel and shares this with her son and other family members.
She will make you feel at home and you will always know that you are being cared for on a professional and personal level!