Meet our Acupuncturists

Kirsten Sage, D.C., L.Ac

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.

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    Lina Yerkes L.Ac

    Lina was born and grew up in Italy. At a very young age she became fascinated with Oriental medicine when at a Health Fair she met an Asian doctor skilled in Chinese medicine and martial arts. He spoke with her of Qi energy (Chi) and of the qualities of Yin and Yang and how their balance affects every condition of body and mind. After that encounter, she began to read all she could about ancient medicine and its benefits. Following a tragic event in her family, she discovered the detrimental side effects and limitations of Western medicine and vowed to someday find a way to help people recover and transform their health using alternative medicine. Many years later, Lina’s life long dream became a reality when she had an opportunity to study Chinese medicine and achieve her Masters of Science from California’s renowned Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She is now a Primary Care provider and is a certified licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist.

    Lina has over a decade of experience in the field of Chinese medicine and enjoys educating her patients on the powerful vital force that is inherent in each of us. She is committed to helping individuals achieve good health and live a more balanced life in the midst of our stressful modern world. She offers various diagnostic skills that include-acupuncture, Traditional and Japanese meridian therapy, cupping, guasha, moxibustion, food therapy and herbal medicine, which have been known for centuries to promote wellness and longevity. She absolutely loves treating many conditions. She has extensive experience in pain management, women’s and men’s health, fertility, digestive disorders, immune enhancement, weight management and mood or sleep disorders.

    Lina firmly believes that good health and vitality is possible at any age and is committed to helping as many people achieve it through the practice of Chinese medicine.

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    Dr. Angela Firpo DACM, LAc

    Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

    Dr. Angela Firpo DACM, LAc is passionate about holistic healing. She attended San Francisco State University for cultural anthropology and holistic health. At San Francisco School of Massage she specialized in shiatsu and reflexology. She relocated to San Diego to earn a doctorate ofChinese medicine at Pacific College of Health and Science. She loves to relieve pain, and assist patients to bring out their healthiest selves. In her treatment, she loves to address stress, mental, emotional issues. She looks forward to meeting you where you are currently and guiding you to your ultimate goals.

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    Robert Rohlmeier, L.Ac.

    In addition to being a massage therapy teacher, Rob has been a master acupuncturist and massage therapist for over 25 years. Because of his insatiable curiosity for how life works, he continues to learn about new and different therapeutic modalities. There are so many variables involved in having a happy, fulfilling, and healthy life. On all levels, he feels maintaining good health resolves itself down to two core precepts: 1) enthusiastically express your creativity and 2) keep your vessels and channels open and flowing. Don’t repress, stifle, offend, block or overspend your creative juices and all will be well. This is why he loves acupuncture, massage and their associated modalities (like cupping and gua sha) so much.

    His treatment approach is to balance the root cause of his patient’s problem. He does this by finding underlying imbalances through the patient’s pulse, tongue diagnosis, and muscle testing. He also addresses the branch, which is the symptom that brings his patient in for a treatment. Through his gentle approach of using acupuncture, a vast number of conditions can be treated. Using his fabulous blend of modalities, information transfers through the body’s tissues and into the cells is where the magic of healing happens!

    • 1992 Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine The American Institute of Oriental Medicine
    • 1987 Massage Technician The International Professional School of Bodywork
    • 1999 Holistic Health Practitioner The American Institute of Clinical Massage
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Does Sage Health take insurance?

Different providers take different types of insurance. It is important to note that coverage can vary case by case and you will need to contact your insurance company for the most accurate information. No insurance is accepted for massage through our practice, however you can request a superbill to submit to your insurance on your own terms. If you have any questions about what insurance our providers take, please call the front office!

For chiropractic:

Dr. Sage takes: United Healthcare, Optum, Blue Cross, Blue Shield

Dr. Ariel takes: United Healthcare, Optum, Cigna, Aetna, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Kaiser, Health Net, Scripps, SCAN

Dr. Sarah Mackay takes: United Healthcare, Optum, Cigna, Aetna, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Kaiser, Scripps

For acupuncture: 

Dr. Sage takes: United Healthcare and Optum

How can I get a superbill?

You can get a super bill by calling the office and they can email it to you at their earliest convenience or while in office the front office staff would be happy to assist you!

What are your hours?

Monday-Friday: 8am-6pm

Saturdays: 9am-1pm, 1pm-5pm is by appointment only

Sunday: By appointment only

What services do you offer?

Sage Health offers chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, and skin care services. Additionally, we have blends of modalities such as chirosage, acusage, and C.A.M. treatments. Add-on services include:kinesiology taping, graston, fire cupping, traditional cupping, and medi-cupping. We offer cold laser, NAET, ART, kinesiology taping, acupressure, and bach flowers.

I’m a new patient, what should I do?

First off, welcome! To schedule as a new patient you can book online or by phone for a “new patient exam” for either chiropractic or acupuncture. If you are planning to use insurance, please let us know by calling the front office so we can verify your benefits and best support you through your health and wellness journey!

Does Sage Health have a membership program? How does it work?

Yes! We offer a membership program that gives patients access to discounted rates for our services! There is a one-time sign-up fee of $100 and a monthly auto-debit of $80 that will be credited to your account to use toward our services. If you are interested in becoming a member, we offer 15-minute membership consultations to discuss our program. Those who complete this consultation will receive a 30-minute massage gift certificate as our way of saying thank you! To sign-up for a membership, call us at (760)753-2157.

Does Sage Health sell retail?

Yes! We have a variety of skin care products, vitamins, bach flowers, handmade jewelry by Dr. Sage, KT tape, CBD gummies, CBD cream, and much more! View our shop

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