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All the acupuncturists on the Sage team are either dual or triple licensed with The State Board of California and the National Certification Commission (NCCAOM).

Our ABORM specialty license is proof of our acupuncturists’ abilities to perfectly blend Eastern and Western protocols for fertility, and pre/post natal care. This is why so many doctors and fertility centers refer their patients to the Sage Wellness Center with confidence.

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“The entire team at Sage is amazing and anyone would be lucky to be under their care!”

– DD

our team - yvette ward



Acupuncturist, Herbalist, ABORM Fellow

Consults by Appointment – See Wellness Concierge Page

Yvette Dellanini Ward, founder of Sage Wellness Center, began her work in Holistic Health Care and Mind-Body Medicine in 1991. She worked as a massage therapist and esthetician as she continued her studies at San Francisco State University receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Holistic Health Studies (1995). Her interest and passion for natural health care led her to the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco where she received her Master of Science degree in 2000. Yvette then went on to become licensed by the State Board of California, as well as the National Certification Commission (NCCAOM), in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Although already a fertility specialist for many years, in 2007 Yvette became one of the first acupuncturists to receive a specialty license blending Eastern and Western Medicine from the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM). In 2020 Yvette will continue to expand her education with a Doctoral degree in the area of Integrative Medicine, at Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California.

Yvette is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and primary health care physician. Her clinical treatments focus on providing comprehensive services – blending Western Science and Chinese Medicine to form a holistic approach to health. Yvette’s specialty is in Women’s Health care, with extensive training and experience in issues concerning fertility, pregnancy support, postnatal care, menopause and gynecological imbalances. In addition, she also has a rich background treating chronic and acute pain, stress reduction and emotional disorders.

Yvette has had the opportunity to study Fertility Acupuncture extensively with such masters as Randine Lewis – Author of The Infertility Cure, Lifang Liang – Author of Acupuncture and IVF, Miki Shima – Founder of Japanese Acupuncture Foundation and Giovanni Macciocia – world renown for his research, writing and teaching of Chinese Medicine. Over the years Yvette has established good working relationships with many of the local medical centers, physicians and fertility centers. She has spent time observing at local fertility centers and embryology labs. Yvette has hosted many workshops and classes in the education of Chinese Medicine, Natural Hormone Balancing and Stress Reduction. Yvette is a professional member of Resolve – The National Infertility Association, Blossom Birth – Peninsula Pregnancy and Infant Education and Support Center, as well as AAOM – American Association of Oriental Medicine.

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our team - melanie pardo


L.AC., M.S.

Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Women and Teen Health Specialist

Hours by Appointment

Melanie is an acupuncturist and herbalist with over six years experience in holistic patient care. She began her formal studies in various holistic health modalities during her undergraduate studies at San Francisco State University, where she obtained a B.S. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Natural Resource Management. There she was introduced to East Asian medicine, Ayurveda and the psychobiology of stress and self-regulatory methods and really fell in love with the sensible connection Chinese medicine brought to the body, mind, and spirit. 

In 2014 she decided to dive into East Asian medicine and acupressure massage at McKinnon Institute in Oakland. Melanie then went on to study Chinese medicine in Portland, at one of the top schools in the country. There she received her Masters in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Melanie is licensed by the State Board of California, as well as the National Certification Commission (NCCAOM), in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Melanie specializes in women’s health, fertility, perinatal care, pain-related conditions and adolescent health. She also excels in treating insomnia, mood and digestive disorders. Melanie’s greatest passion is educating women so that they may feel empowered by their bodies and supporting adolescents in having easeful emotional and physiological transitions into adulthood.

Melanie is currently continuing her education to become a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (A.B.O.R.M.).

our team - stephanie smith


L.AC., M.S.

Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Mei Zen Facial Acupuncture Specialist

Hours by appointment

Dr. Stephanie Smith L.Ac. graduated with her Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, CA in 2009. Afterward, she went on to get her Doctorate at Yo San University in Venice Beach CA, with a specialty in Healthy Aging and Longevity and graduated in 2016. Stephanie also specializes in Chronic Pain, Digestive Disorders, Headaches, Insomnia, Chinese Medicine Dermatology, Facial Acupuncture, Weight Loss Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine as well as Western and Chinese Nutrition and Supplementation.

Acupuncture became Stephanie’s life’s work after she sustained a very serious injury to her back and was in excruciating pain. In search of ways to heal, she consulted with her M.D. and asked what her options were. The doctor said the only things he could do for her were to prescribe pain medications or inject her with steroids in her spine. He said that due to the fact that she would be numb to what was really going on in her body that she could injure herself even worse by not knowing her own limitations. This was not a plausible solution for Stephanie; she wanted to be free from painkillers and find a natural way to heal, so the doctor suggested she try acupuncture. During her very first appointment the acupuncturist inserted the needles and in 20 minutes later about 85% of her pain vanished for the next 48 hours. Stephanie was astounded. She kept up with her treatments until one day the pain completely went away. She then knew that her destiny was to learn about this powerful medicine and to help others on their own healing journey.

Stephanie can not imagine a more fulfilling profession and feels blessed every day to have the opportunity to assist her patients with relieving pain and restoring balance physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

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our team - sachiko shirota


L.AC., M.S.

Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Japanese Acupuncture Specialist

Hours by appointment

Sachi is a California State Board Licensed Acupuncturist. She is a focused, compassionate and professional practitioner who takes patients’ trust very seriously. She employs every modality available to provide the optimal treatment for each patient. She believes in looking at people as a whole, not just a combination of symptoms that are presented at the moment.

Having been in a fast-paced and demanding corporate world for over a decade, she has experienced stress first-hand. She knows what it can do to your physical and mental health and what it takes to juggle work-family-life balance, especially when the children require a lot of time and attention. She has been there and she has done that.

Sachi decided to become a Chinese Medicine practitioner after having an awe-inspiring experience with her own body when she received an acupuncture treatment for the first time. She also has first-hand experience in overcoming fertility challenges with acupuncture and herbal medicine. She has always wanted to share her experiences with other women struggling with infertility.

She is a marathon runner and experienced yoga practitioner, who also enjoys cycling, climbing and hiking. She has a strong belief in nourishing the mind and body with the right nutrition and maintaining an healthy and active lifestyle.

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