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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

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Acupuncturist, Herbalist, ABORM Fellow

Consults by Appointment – See Wellness Concierge Page

Dr. Yvette Dellanini Ward DTCM, LAc., founder of Sage Wellness Center, began her work in Holistic Health Care and Mind-Body Medicine in 1991. She founded Sage Wellness Center in 2000. Yvette had no idea her passion for natural health would blossom into a thriving Integrative Wellness Center, supporting families of the Peninsula for over two decades. Yvette is honored to assist in the healing process and has dedicated herself to her life’s work, supporting those in need. Her commitment to advanced education, trainings and clinical experience has allowed her to become an expert in her field. Yvette is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and primary health care physician in California. Her clinical treatments focus on providing Western Science and Chinese Medicine, to form a holistic and integrative approach.

Yvette is currently continuing to expand her education with a Doctoral degree in TCM, with emphasis in Integrative Medicine, at Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California. Yvette is a graduated of American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco where she received her Master of Science degree. She went on to became licensed by the State Board of California as an Acupuncturist, as well as the Nationally (NCCAOM), in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. In 2007 Yvette became one of the first acupuncturists to receive a specialty license blending Eastern and Western Reproductive Endocrinology Specialty (ABORM). Her undergraduate studies were in Psychology and Holistic Health at SFSU.

In Yvettes earlier years as an acupuncturist she traveled extensively to study with some of the greatest “Masters”. She had the opportunity to study Fertility Acupuncture with Randine Lewis – Author of The Infertility Cure, as well as Lifang Liang – Author of Acupuncture and IVF. She had the privilege to study with Miki Shima – Founder of Japanese Acupuncture Foundation, and the world renown Giovanni Macciocia – known for his research, writing and teaching of the Foundations of Chinese Medicine.  

Over the years Yvette has established good working relationships with many 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. In her free time she loves spending time with her family, in nature or at the beach, hiking or gardening.

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our team - sachiko shirota


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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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Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Chinese Rehabilitation

Hours by appointment

Lucia Foltanova Kajima is a Senior Level Acupuncturist and a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Her practice philosophy is based on integrative care and working along with other medical professionals for the best patient outcome.

In her therapeutic approach, Dr. Kajima relies on her multi-disciplinary training and specific techniques for neurological conditions based on traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine and evidence from modern research. Dr Lucia completed her doctorate studies with focus on women’s health and pain management at American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco and obtained her master’s degree from Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley.

Her primary treatment modality is acupuncture, including scalp acupuncture and electroacupuncture that are complemented by traditional Chinese rehabilitation called dao yin,acupressure, shiatsu, bodywork, moxa, herbal and herbal or supplement prescriptions, guidance in nutrition, exercise, self-care, and lifestyle choices.  She also trained in the acupuncture department specializing in pain management and neurological disorders in Zhengzhou and Guangzhou, China, and hospitals in the Bay Area such as UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine or California Pacific Medical Center Sutter Health – Davies Campus (In-patient Rehabilitation for stroke and traumatic brain injury, Out-patient Physical and Occupational Therapy).

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Andrea Shafir, LAc MA


LAc., MS, MA

Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Master Counselor

Hours by appointment

As a highly trained, seasoned medical practitioner, as well as a master counselor, Andrea can help you address your physical well-being and mental health, offering diagnosis, treatment, and effective coping mechanisms.

Andrea holds a BA in biology from Oberlin College, Masters Degree equivalent in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

A lifelong learner, Andrea’s cache of offerings draws from her advanced training in functional and integrative medicine, anti-aging protocols (A4M), women’s health and reproductive medicine, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Sports Medicine Acupuncture, Tai Qi and Qi Gong. She is a credentialed practitioner in California, giving her patients full access to healthcare using her expansive license, as well as her deep trove of knowledge and experience in naturopathic medicine and TCM.

Among other things, Andrea has worked as an assistant midwife for home and hospital births, provided care in the nation’s first integrative medicine public health facility, established a complementary medicine department at her community hospital, co-led a research study measuring the impact of acupuncture on quality of life for cancer patients, provided mental healthcare to underserved urban communities, and is trained as an EMT.

Andrea surfs, kayaks, and scuba dives, is/was/will be again an avid world traveler, a musician, and an aspiring photographer. Andrea is a polyglot currently studying German, Portuguese, and Swahili.

Andrea is committed to making the world a better place and is specifically devoted to environmental conservation, racial justice, LGBTQIA+ communities, and issues concerning the safety and well-being of women and children worldwide.

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