Fertility & Pregnancy Wellness
At Tennessee Center for Reproductive Acupuncture, we focus on fertility and pregnancy wellness.
We are passionate about fertility and pregnancy wellness.
Our evidence-based treatment protocols are designed to work with your cycle whether you are trying to conceive naturally or using some type of ART like IVF, IUI, or medicated cycle. We work closely with your doctor's plans and use acupuncture to support your cycle, reduce side effects, and improve your chances of pregnancy.
During pregnancy acupuncture supports your body, mind and spirit. We can help treat many common pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness, fatigue, swelling, and pain. We even work with women after to address issues like milk production and postpartum depression.
Our approach is simple. We use natural, evidence-based treatment protocols to improve your reproductive health.
Sarah Prater, L.Ac. Founder and Acupuncturist
She has had the honor of helping many women give birth to happy, healthy babies and has a diverse background that enables her to fully support you
through your journey. Her passion for helping her patients expand their families shows in every aspect of her work. She takes the time to get to know you and find the treatment plan that is best for you.
Sarah strives to stay up to date with current research in her field and is constantly updating her protocols to offer the maximum benefit. Her wide breadth of experience allows her to work cooperatively with reproductive endocrinologists and OB/GYN’s to provide the best care for her patients.
Sarah has been practicing acupuncture since 2008 and relocated to Tennessee in 2015. She lives in Maryville with her husband and two children. She is an avid cyclist and spends as much time as she can in the mountains.
B.S. Biology: Indiana University-Bloomington 2005
M.S. Oriental Medicine: Southwest Acupuncture College, Santa Fe, NM 2008
Board Certified by the National Certification Commission f or Acupuncture (NCCAOM) and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM): DIplomate of Oriental Medicine
Licensed Acupuncturist: Tennessee: 297
After graduation, she furthered her education infertility and prenatal acupuncture and has specialized in infertility since 2011. She has published research in the American Acupuncturist, written for Meridians: The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and worked with the
Patient Centered Research Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
Sarah is the Past President of the Tennessee Acupuncture Council and serves as Tennessee's representative to the American Society of Acupuncturists.
Alexandria Russell, Office Manager, Licensed Acupuncturist
She is a certified NCCAOM and licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in Tennessee. She graduated at the top of her class from Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in 2021.She has been working and studying with Sarah since 2019. She specializes in general wellness, psycho-emotional support, digestive symptoms, reproductive health, and cosmetic acupuncture. Alex is an active member of the Tennessee Acupuncture Council and the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA). She serves as the Immediate-Past Chair of the ASA- Student Committee. She lives in Norris with her husband and grandparents and enjoys hiking, reading and traveling.
B.S. Psychology, Minor Biology; Summa Cum Laude: Old Dominion University, 2016
Masters Diplomate of Acupuncture, Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine, 2021
Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture (NCCAOM):
Diplomate of Acupuncture
Tennessee License: 460
Alex has worked and interned in various acupuncture clinics since 2015. She furthered her education while in school by taking classes in fertility and prenatal acupuncture along with continuing to study with Sarah. Alex is an active member of the Tennessee Acupuncture Council and the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA). She serves as the Immediate-Past Chair to the ASA- Student Committee.
Elizabeth Newman, Office Manager
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She is our office manager and currently attending school at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine, where she'll build on her passion for holistic healing practices.
Elizabeth's professional background is in trauma and crisis work, as well as advocacy and nonprofit development. Strengths-based approaches that honor every individual's experiences
and agency, as well as the greater collective, resonate with her.
She and her partner spend the majority of their energy outdoors- mountain biking, camping and attempting novice herbalism and gardening. When inside, she likes to cook, eat and make art.
Her cat's name is Bobby, after Bobby Hill.
Appointments are available. You can schedule via phone, email,
or schedule online.
Treatments around embryo transfers are available by appointment. Please call 865-315-3845 or email us for more information.
Cancellation Policy: We take special care in finding the best appointment time for your cycle and schedule. If you need to cancel for any reason, please kindly give 24 hours notice. If you are unable to give us this notice, you may be charged a $50 cancellation fee to be paid before your next appointment.