Our Practitioners

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Sarah and her best buddy, Oscar

Sarah Thomas, LAc

I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and earned a degree in painting and art education from Pennsylvania State University. In 2008, I received my Masters in Acupuncture at Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute). This was the most brilliant education I ever could have asked for.

I enthusiastically practice 5-element acupuncture, which is the art of treating the intersection of the body and spirit. (See our blog post “What is 5-Element Acupuncture” for a beautiful introduction to this ancient approach). I also use TCM and classical treatment principles learned from ongoing studies with Jeffrey Yuen, 88th generation Taoist priest.

Bob Duggan and Dianne Connelly of Tai Sophia, along with all of my acupuncture mentors and other beloved wisdom teachers, have instilled in me a deep commitment to the treatment of people’s hearts over their symptoms. And a knowledge that the two are, in truth, inseparable.

I also combine craniosacral therapy, herbal medicine, stone and mineral medicine, and functional medicine into my work with patients.

I own and operate Clarity Stone Medicine, a live and online class resource for Chinese stone and mineral classes (ClarityStoneMedicine.com) and teach healing principles and stone medicine at Appalachian School of Holistic Herbalism and yearly at several national conferences including the Southeastern Women’s Herbal Conference.

Everything I do is grounded in my passion to empower you as the expert of your own body. The potentials of this medicine lie well beyond fixing symptoms.

What clearly differentiates me from other acupuncturists:

There’s only a very small handful of 5-Element acupuncturists in Asheville. The foundational theory of 5-Element is that all disease is rooted in the spirit. This means that every physical symptom is somehow grounded in your inner world, your emotions, and your life situation.

This style of acupuncture is able to create deep and permanent change around states like worry, fear, depression, shame, guilt, anxiety, irritability, anger, grief, shock, trauma and so much more.

We can transform these states back to your natural states of peace, ease, calm, self-esteem, pride, joy, creativity, self-worth, motivation, inspiration and clarity.

We will also address issues at the “branches” in each treatment, moving the physical symptoms as well as “root” causes. Each treatment is designed for your unique energetics. Two people with the same headache do not receive the same treatment!

One thing my patients really love about my style is my ability to address such a wide range of issues and then meaningfully connect them – from very physical issues (sometimes using labwork) to very soulful issues (using the depth and scope of Chinese medicine).

Your innate healing ability, in body and spirit, will skyrocket with this kind of support.

To read more on 5-Element Acupuncture, visit the What is 5-Element Acupuncture page on this site.

(NC Acupuncture License #532 and nationally certified with NCCAOM #112481)

Audrey Rowan, ND, LAc

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I believe healing is the art of transformation. The alchemy of change. Poetry embodied in biology. The power of choice, coming from a deep presence and self-awareness that makes dreams a reality. As the Taoists would say, “the only constant is change”. And so my goal is to help you discover how to be more consistently in a state of empowered flow, effortlessly allowing your life to harmonize with the rhythms of your true nature, and finding alignment with true health and well-being.    

I absolutely live for the “ah-ha!” moments in life, those seemingly mundane, yet everyday realizations like lightning strikes of insight, or soft unfoldings of understanding, that disperse the clouds of doubt, confusion and judgement. Embodied experiences that transform all levels of one’s being; integrating mind, body, and spirit. “The journey is the destiny”, a wise woman once said, and working with these ancient healing technologies have the ability to re-awaken your innate self-healing capacities and re-ignite your curiosity and engagement with the journey.  

A bit about my background. I grew up in Southern California, a bookworm from the beginning. My greatest friend my imagination, I was always engrossed in tales of faeries and heroines on epic journeys in mythical lands. Fast forward to college, I was an out-of-the-closet nerd studying Biochemistry and Cell Biology at UC San Diego, receiving my B.S. in 2009. During these years, my own health concerns initiated me on a path of self-discovery, nutrition, and healing. Before I even graduated, I was enrolled to begin my studies at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in Connecticut, which sounded to me as close to Hogwarts as I could get 😉 As someone who looks for magic everywhere, I found it in the healing arts and the science of life. 

This opened the doors to also immersing myself in the deep alchemical wisdom of Chinese Medicine. By the close of 2013, I had graduated summa cum laude with my Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, my Masters in TCM Acupuncture, and certified in Craniosacral Therapy. 

teaching my first craniosacral workshop

teaching my first Craniosacral workshop

To broaden my experience, I have travelled to Guatemala to work in a free field clinic, studied with many wonderful teachers and elders in the Wise Women herbal community, and medicine men in the Jamaican bush. The study of medicine is a forever kinda pursuit and passion. After 7 years of study, the depth and breadth of elegance and dynamic complexity within the interrelated systems of the human body, mind, and spirit continues to amaze, humble, and inspire me.

Through blending East and West, ancient and cutting-edge, I offer a unique weaving of scientific technologies with sage wisdom, practices and philosophies, to activate and catalyze your healing journey.

I hope this provides:

  • a framework for self-revelation and understanding of how your physiology dances with your emotional well-being,
  • your spiritual alignment with your neuroregulatory systems,
  • your biochemical process with your genetic and elemental make-up,
  • and empower your own agency and sovereignty in accessing that deep inner alchemy that already knows how to transform, how to heal, and how to play with these dynamic landscapes.  

From my own experience, I know that nourished human beings lead to a better world for all beings everywhere. And so I am deeply inspired to help others discover how to be productive and creative in whatever it is that makes you feel alive and passionate and empowered. To live a more embodied life. One with deeper awareness of the sacredness and gifts of life.

To see more of my areas of focus, visit our “Who We Can Help” page.

(NC LAc #812 and Nationally Certified with NCCAOM)