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Founded in 2019 by long time area acupuncturist Sarah Prater, Maryville Acupuncture was created to give more East Tennesseans holistic, integrated medicine options.

Prater has more than a decade of experience in acupuncture, devoting her career to supporting couples struggling with infertility at her Knoxville practice, The Tennessee Center for Reproductive Acupuncture.

At Maryville Acupuncture, Prater and her staff will strive to work integrative to support the achievement of your health goals, and ensure you have access to the best possible care while we work closely with your team of doctors.

We’re honored to bring acupuncture to our neighbors here in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and look forward to being a part of your health care team!

Sarah Prater

L.Ac., Clinic Owner

She has been practicing acupuncture since 2008 has devoted her career to supporting couples struggling with infertility at her Knoxville practice, The Tennessee Center for Reproductive Acupuncture. In addition to practicing, Sarah is a past president of the Tennessee Acupuncture Council and is Tennessee’s representative for the American Society of Acupuncturists. She lives in Maryville with her husband and 2 children and spends as much time i n t he mountains as she can.


B.S. Biology: Indiana University-Bloomington, 2005
M.S. Traditional Chinese Medicine: Southwest Acupuncture College-Santa Fe, NM, 2008
NCCAOM Diplomate in East Asian Medicine Medicine
Tennessee License 297

Kate Sisson

L.Ac., RN, Licensed Acupuncturist

She is an NCCAOM diplomate, licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) and registered nurse (RN) in the state of Tennessee. Since beginning practice in 2014, Kate uses both her education and life experience - as a personal trainer, bellydancer, aerialist - to support her patients. She specializes in pain management, injury/surgery rehab, stress management for neurodivergent folks, anxiety/depression, women’s health and cosmetic acupuncture. She lives in Maryville with her daughter, son, partner, two very independent cats and one very codependent dog. She loves hiking, house plants, yoga, and brewing chai.


B.S., Science Technology and Culture, Ga Tech, 2004
M.Ac.OM, Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine, 2014
Detox Specialist, NADA, 2014
Fellowship, Pain Management and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Seattle Acupuncture
Associates, 2015
Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture training, Hampton’s Acupuncture, 2017
RN/ADN, Chattanooga State Community College, 2019
Advanced Facial and Cosmetic Acupuncture Certificate, Michelle Gellis
Acupuncture, 2022
NCCAOM Diplomate of Acupuncture
Tennessee License 312

Jennifer Broadwell

L.Ac : Licensed Acupuncturist

Jennifer is an NCCAOM diplomate, licensed acupuncturist and herbalist since 2011. She has been a licensed nurse since 2000. She has worked in many settings including the women’s health, oncology, and neurology units within hospitals and has been in private practice for eight years. She is committed to providing the highest quality personalized care to all her patients.


Florida AP 3041 TN 453

Alex Russell

D.Ac., L.Ac. : Doctor of Acupuncture, Licensed Acupuncturist

She is an NCCAOM diplomate 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 and then went on to finish her doctorate at Five Branches University in 2022. She specializes in general wellness, psycho-emotional support, various orthopedic pain, digestive symptoms, fertility and reproductive health, just to name a few. One of her hobbies involves keeping up with evidence based acupuncture practices and research. Alex is an active board member for the Tennessee Acupuncture Council and is serving on the nominations committee for the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA). She has a passion for mentoring up-and-coming acupuncture students. She lives in Norris with her husband and grandparents and enjoys hiking, reading, and traveling.


Doctorate of Acupuncture, Five Branches University, 2022
Masters Diplomate of Acupuncture, Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine, 2021
NCCAOM Diplomate of Acupuncture
Zheng Gui TuiNa Training, 2019
B.S. Psychology, Minor Biology; Summa Cum Laude: Old Dominion University, 2016
RYT-200, Atma Bodha Yoga, 2016
Tennessee License 460

Mark Drake

L.Ac. Licensed Acupuncturist

As a licensed acupuncturist, Mark enjoys treating the wide variety of conditions that the human body can present with, but he has a particular affinity for assisting patients smooth out the mental-emotional challenges that so often show up with the human experience.

Prior to acupuncture school, he had a 15 year career as a yoga and qigong instructor, and loved the challenge of tailoring each class to the individual needs of the students.

Creativity has always been an important part of his life, whether as a stage actor, singer, composer, or purveyor of musical instruments, learning to play as many as possible, even if terribly so.

He lives in Knoxville with his wife, who is a veterinary dermatologist, and their fierce, long-haired chihuahua, Jack.


Master’s Diploma of Acupuncture, Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine, 2022  
Bachelor of Music - Theory/Composition, University of Tennessee, 2017
Certifications in Polarity and Craniosacral Therapy, Acu-Polarity Institute for Well-Being, Costa Mesa, CA

Elizabeth Newman

Office Manager

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.

Jessica Payne

Office Manager

Jessica became a part of the Maryville Acupuncture team in June 2024 as their new office manager. She has a professional background in customer service, management, and western healthcare. She is excited to grow in her position and aims to maintain a positive and welcoming environment. Jessica is a Maryville native and enjoys spending her free time with her partner, family, and fur babies. She loves a good book, traveling, and helping others.


B.S.  Exercise Science, Maryville College, 2023