About Dr. Sara Ryan

Acupuncture RI - 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. She attended Boston College for undergraduate studies and Providence College for pre-medical studies before attending acupuncture school.  She opened 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; extensive work with our Veterans for pain management and PTSD.

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 infertility acupuncture, 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 feels that complete health requires the integration of all parts of our being, and this means that we must be broad-minded in order to accomplish this in our modern complex life. Along with traditional Chinese medical methods, she believes in skillfully integrating and respecting western nutrition and western medical modalities to create optimal health.

Her patients comment that they feel very comfortable talking with Dr. Ryan and that her clinic is warm and inviting.  She infuses her treatments with warmth, humor and caring and this takes away from the anxiety that patients often report when going to a doctor's appointment.