Patient Reviews / Quotes

Patient reviews and quotes

Sara's great. I'm more sensitive to the needles than most people, and Sara figured this out right away. Within a few treatments, she had refined my treatment and all was golden. I have recurring back pain, and it just melts away after treatment. I also have acid reflux and ulcer problems, and Sara was able to notch down my "heat" so that i weaned myself off of chronic western meds. She's also very well-versed in nutrition, and drug side-effects/interactions, and recognizes when symptoms are the result of something ingested. For example, i asked if something could be done about some tinnitis that had just appeared, and she asked me if i have been taking antibiotics. In fact, i had just gotten off a round of antibiotics. That kind of awareness blows my mind. My pcp would not only not make a connection, but poopoo the whole idea. She also listens and learns about your routine and daily lifestyle, much the way a native-american shaman would do. You'd be surprised how many ailments are caused by the way you sit or the people whose company you keep. Sara picks up on this stuff and makes you aware of it.

I have to add, i actually live in Boston and drive down an hour to see her. I've tried other acupuncturists in the Boston area just to avoid the commute, but ... i've gone back to Sara. I'll also add that she had been recommended to me by colleaugues at the Federal Reserve Bank who had used her services, one for back pain, the other for trouble conceiving (and had tried ALL the humiliating treatments that western medicine offers) (... she has a baby now !).

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I started seeing Dr. Ryan 8 years ago for a variety of serious medical conditions. Her steady and persistent approach along with an ample understanding and knowledge of her field and beyond makes her a prodigy of the art. Whether seeking simple balance in life or relaxation or ailments treatments, Dr. Ryan is a solid resource. More importantly, she really cares. She is the best. Find out for yourself. Marc D. Sorel

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Reviewed 11 months ago

Jennifer W. "I've been seeing Sara for treatment for a few years now, she has helped me so much! She's caring,patient, and kind. She never rushes you, or judges you, but listens to all your concerns. I have been helped on so many levels by Sara. I have chronic pain, I was in a car accident years ago and I suffer from lyme. She has helped me manage and relieve my symptoms. I consider meeting Sara, a life changing experience, one of the best things that has ever happened to me! She has helped me in ways I never thought possible. For all of you out there that think there is no hope for you and you want to give up, don't! Go see Sara, you won't be disappointed, I promise! Thank you Sara, you're the real deal! :)" JW

They've stayed open past their closing times many times when I've needed help. They've never turned me away when I've needed them. They would never suggest that I buy something that wasn't necessary, and never pressured me. They were always very considerate and professional. I've been places before where they were argumentative and angry, so I was nervous that I would encounter that here as well. Instead, they were very calm and understanding the entire time. I could tell they really care about everyone who visits them. I would definitely recommend them to people I know. I was more than happy with the treatments. Its great that they always make sure to return my phone call as soon as possible. They've never left me waiting long and are so quick to reply.

IP: XXX.XXX.29.178

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Reviewed 11/20/2012

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I have been battling chronic illness and pain for many years.  In that time I've tried many therapies, conventional and alternative, and very little has offered relief.  So when I first went to see Sara (Acupuncture RI), I didn't expect much, and was worried that the needles might cause additional pain. When I related these fears to Sara, she couldn't have been kinder.  She really listened.  She asked questions that would pinpoint the nature of my problems.  She told me that we could go as slow or as fast as I wanted, and if at any time I experienced discomfort to let her know and she would back off -- but she was pretty sure that it would be painless.  I laid back, breathed deeply, and tried to relax (I even closed my eyes).    After a moment this of self- preparation, I told her I was ready -- she could put the needles in.  At that point she let out a laugh.  "I already did," she said.  When I opened my eyes Sara had an impish grin.  She had finished setting the needle points in my legs and was about to start my torso!  I never felt a thing.  As my treatment progressed, about fifteen minutes into it, a deep, intense relaxation overcame me -- a warm, sleepy sense of well-being.  I even nodded off for a few minutes.

But did it help my pain?   Yes!  After a few sessions I noticed my pain had eased -- it was much more tolerable, almost like someone had turned down the volume.  I noticed also that I had cut way back on my pain meds.  After a few weeks my pain was nearly gone.  It had shifted from a constant companion, in the forefront of my mind at every moment, to a low-level discomfort, gradually fading until it was barely noticeable   It still returns once in a while, and when it does I know to go back to Sara for a few sessions, a tune up.  Though, I admit this is something I enjoy, as over time I feel like I've become friends with Sara.  I really enjoy our time together.  Her clinic is bright and clean, and the atmosphere is professional, warm, and nonjudgemental -- a wonderful experience from start to finish.  I recommend her highly.

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I've been seeing Sara for treatment for a few years now, she has helped me so much! She's caring,patient, and kind. She never rushes you, or judges you, but listens to all your concens. I have been helped on so many levels by Sara. I have cronic pain, I was in a car accident years ago
and I suffer from lyme. She has helped me manage and relieve my symptoms. I consider meeting Sara, a life changing expierience, one of the best things that has ever happened to me! She has helped me in ways I never thought possible. For all of you out there that think there is no hope for you and you want to give up, don't! Go see Sara, you won't be disappointed, I promise! Thank you Sara, you're the real deal! :)

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I couldn't believe how great the clinic looked. It was very obvious that they took pride in the appearance. Their office was well organized and clean. I could tell they took a lot of time making sure it was presentable. Not only were they able to provide every service I was originally promised, they went above and beyond and exceeded my expectations. I didn't experience any unnecessary pain during my visit, and I was amazed at how much better I felt after I left. They really made an effort to keep me out of pain while ensuring that my treatment was a success.

IP: XXX.XXX.44.130

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Reviewed 2/25/2012

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Sara demonstrates a warmth and caring in her practice that I rarely see in healthcare today. Our initial meeting was almost 30 minutes of questions and discussions before treatment began. She was really interested exploring how all aspects of my life related to health, not just treating the symptoms. While she certainly knows her stuff, she really excels at listening to her patients and tailoring her treatment plans to meet your needs.

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I first went to Sara about a year ago. I was in intense pain from a car accident I was in when I was younger. I have suffered neck, shoulder,and arm pain for about 20 years now. By my fifth visit with Sara, I felt most of my pain was gone! I never thought I would feel better again, but I do because of Sara. She is a warm, kind, and caring person. She never rushes, but takes her time talking with you, and sharing your concerns. Going to her was one of the best things I have ever done!!!

After my first session for severe back pain related to Lyme Disease, I experienced immediate relief. I was absolutely shocked. I had been taking Vicodin and was ready to take another one, but left the office without needing anymore! The muscle pain had melted away. I have never seen an acupuncturist before but I will now be a regular client. I cannot believe how much pain relief I got after one visit. As someone who does not want to rely on narcotics for pain relief, and has a chronic disease, Lyme Disease, which causes me severe pain on a daily basis, I feel like I have found a new lease on life with Dr. Ryan. She is amazing and makes you feel so comfortable and right at home. What a wonderful experience. I will actually be back twice this week!

Was this provider's office too loud?

Not at all, it was very peaceful and quiet

Did they follow up with you after your appointment?

Yes, they made sure I had everything I needed!

Did this provider use excessive foul language?

Not at all! They are always respectful and courteous!

Were you able to get answers to simple questions from this acupuncturist without scheduling an appointment?

Yes. They do their best to answer my questions.

Is this acupuncturist easy to reach in an emergency?

Yes, they answered my call right away

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