Symptomatic results experienced by millions are what has made chiropractic the largest drugless healing art in the world. Many have experienced, countless conditions resolved when, through chiropractic, the healing power of the body is unleashed. Chiropractic doctors practice natural, drugless, non-invasive health care and rely on the body’s ability to self-heal. When confronted with a physical problem your safest and most effective first choice for health care is chiropractic. Our belief is chiropractic first, drugs second, and surgery last.
The professional practice objective of the chiropractic method focuses on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the muscular system and their effects on the nervous system and general health, with special emphasis on the spine. Such mechanical disorders called vertebral subluxation dysfunction can interfere with the body’s function and its innate ability to heal itself because the spine houses and protects the spinal cord, which is the information highway of our being. The chiropractic adjustment optimizes health by normalizing the nervous system through specific and gentle adjustments to the spinal vertebrae. When the vertebrae are returned to their proper alignment the nerve supply is restored, healing is enhanced. Chiropractic treatment at Sage Health emphasizes manual therapy, spinal adjustments, and other joint and soft tissue manipulation, and includes exercises and health and lifestyle counseling.
Meet the Chiropractic Staff
KIRSTEN SAGE, DC
Chiropractor and Founder of Sage Health
Dr. Kirsten Sage is a native Californian and graduate of San Francisco State University, where she studied Kinesiology and went on to earn her doctorate of Chiropractic at Life West College. She graduated from Life West Magna Cum Laude in 2000. She followed her dream of practicing in a beach community and moved to Encinitas to open her first practice with her husband, scientist and surfer, Carleton Sage. Her chiropractic practice evolved and she co-founded a multidisciplinary clinic called Active Balance. Moving on from Active Balance in 2007, she founded Sage Health, a wellness center featuring chiropractic, acupuncture, and therapeutic massage. Her practice serves a variety of ages from infants to seniors. Her passion is the art of chiropractic and she is honored to be a part of improving her patient’s lives. Her goal as a chiropractor is simply to improve the function of the nervous system and her avenue into this delicate system is through the spinal vertebrae. There are twenty four movable bones in the spine called vertebrae and when those bones become misaligned (subluxated) our bodies are not able to function properly. She frees the body of subluxations and this helps to establish normal balance in the body thereby effectively reducing pain and optimizing health.
Dr. Sage’s repertoire of skills includes manual therapies such as Active Release, Graston, and ChiroSage (a unique blend of chiropractic and therapeutic soft tissue massage technique). These skills help to address tension in the muscular and fascia systems. It makes sense because the muscles are attached to bones and when the vertebrae misaligns, the muscles adapt to the stresses placed upon them. Dr. Sage not only adjusts the vertebrae, but releases the muscular stress and teaches her patients exercise techniques necessary to stabilize their bodies to protect them from further injury.
Dr. Sage provided Active Release therapy for triathletes in the Kona 2009 Hawaiian Ironman and through her volunteer work, became inspired to start training again for triathlon. May 2010 she accomplished her goal of finishing the Wildflower long course triathlon which included 70.3 miles of swim, bike, and run.
Dr. Sage’s study of health includes the ancient art of acupuncture and herbology as she is a current student at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. When she’s not helping her patients she is enjoying her family and two daughters, Ginger and Kira.
A.A. San Francisco City College
B.A. San Francisco State University ~ Kinesiology
C.M.T. San Francisco School of Massage
D.C. Life Chiropractic College West
Certificate in Chiropractic Pediatrics.
Active Release Technique certified in upper extremities, lower
extremities, and spinal
Kona Ironman Active Release Provider
Graston Technique Certified
NAET Advanced I Certified
SARAH MACKAY, DC
Dr. Sarah Mackay, a new associate at Sage Health, is a licensed Chiropractor. Excited to now serve within the Encinitas community. She has joined Sage Health after 13 years at ROC Wellness in Mission Valley where she practiced with her husband. Over those 13 years, she had three children and took some time for the family while her husband pursued chiropractic and law school.
Raised in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Sarah earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology (Applied Ecology) from U.C. Irvine. Then began working as a food chemist. Back pain and illness began to overcome daily living and so began a pursuit of alternative health and wellness. She moved back to Los Angeles to assist her family with operations and research for their family owned nutraceutical company. Prompting her to then pursue even further her passion of health. She then graduated Cleveland Chiropractic, Los Angeles in 2002.
Dr. Sarah focuses her care on low and moderate force adjusting techniques for all ages. She is a Certified Chiropractic Pediatric practitioner and has completed coursework through the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association/Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice and the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics specifically Webster technique. Utilizes diversified technique, SOT, activator, and flexion/distraction.
She is an adjunct professor at National University writing and teaching coursework related to combining therapies and practices of conventional medicine and complementary alternative medicine including healing environments, Ayurvedic practices, TCM, and Tibetan practices.
Dedicated to providing complimentary community education on health and wellness topics such as nutrition, electronic screen syndrome, raising healthy children, backpack safety, stress and pain management, and many others upon request and interest.
She is a devoted wife and mother. Married to Colin Mackay, DC JD and blessed with three amazing children. Miles age 12, Molly Joy age 9, and Bobby age 7. Daily activities include carting the children to hockey, baseball, swim, gymnastics, surfing, and church. Hobbies are gardening, ballet-barre classes, pilates, and making sure to laugh within the day.
HELAINE SHPRITZ, DC
I love to make the process of healing fun. My patients inspire me to
learn more and explore more ideas and ways of thinking. There is no
one-size-fits-all approach because health is as individual as your
fingerprint. I’m here to help you feel lighter and brighter in your
I want people to leave feeling they play a big role in their own
healing because that’s my own experience. After I sustained an injury
as a professional dancer, chiropractic treatment was the only lasting
relief I found. And that’s why I became a doctor myself.
In practice since 1997, I see clients from teens to retirees in both
San Diego and San Francisco. Even my husband and two sons count on me
to keep their spines healthy.
I use several different modalities, including muscle work, cupping,
gentle chiropractic adjustments and breath work. In fact, exercise is
an important support for my treatment, so you may find yourself
stretching, crawling on the floor and moving more.
Our sessions should empower you, not make you feel reliant. Let’s
work together so you learn to take care of yourself in better ways.