Our People

Sara Stieg, M.S., L.Ac., FABORM

Sara is a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in women’s health, fertility and pregnancy support. From the start of her practice in 2006, her focus has been on reproductive medicine. Sara is guided by the principles of integrative medicine, often collaborating with doctors and other health care practitioners to maintain continuity of care.

Passionate about helping couples achieve their goal of becoming parents, it brings her great joy to be part of this personal and meaningful journey. The foundation of her nurturing and supportive approach is a commitment to keeping her patients informed so they can be active participants in achieving optimal health.

Sara was first introduced to acupuncture as a student at the UC Santa Cruz where she earned a Bachelors degree in psychology. After experiencing great success using Chinese medicine to treat her own health issues, she continued her graduate studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine so that she could share its benefits with others.

Sara completed a Masters of Science degree from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. She has also received advanced postgraduate training in the fields of gynecology, reproductive medicine, pregnancy and pediatric acupuncture.

In 2007, Sara co-founded the Acupuncture Program at Pacific Fertility Center (PFC), a leading Assisted Reproductive Therapy Clinic in San Francisco. The focus of the Acupuncture program was to provide onsite treatments to women on the day of their embryo transfer and well as support them before and after their cycle. Sara continues to provide fertility acupuncture to patients that are undergoing assisted reproductive therapies at clinics in the San Francisco Bay area.

Sara has been a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM) since 2009. ABORM certification demonstrates the highest competency and advanced knowledge in the field of both Western and Oriental Reproductive Medicine.

Sara lives in West Marin and keeps her own balance by spending time with her husband and their three kids, hiking, practicing yoga and enjoying travel whenever possible.

Tiffinie McEntire Tang, L.Ac., MS TCM,

Tiffinie is a women’s wellness specialist, licensed acupuncturist and herbalist who specializes in fertility, women’s health, pregnancy and postpartum support. She earned a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM).

During her clinical internships at the San Francisco Women’s Community Clinic, California Pacific Medical Center’s In-Patient Rehabilitation Center and the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic, she was introduced to the integration of Chinese medicine and both western gynecology and orthopedics, which has informed her methodology ever since.

In addition to her private practice with Nest, Tiffinie co-founded the Acupuncture Program at San Francisco’s Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) in 2007, where she and her co-team supported patients undergoing Assisted Reproductive Therapies (ART) for over 6 years. The practice at PFC was one of the first on-site acupuncture clinics in an IVF clinic the U.S., and it continues to serve it’s community using the model that Tiffinie & Sara created in 2007.

A passionate advocate of holistic health care since first receiving acupuncture and studying Asian philosophy on her own for more than thirty years, Tiffinie completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a minor in Holistic Health at San Francisco State University. She then pursued a brief career in medical journalism before devoting herself to her true passion, Chinese medicine. Her extensive background in Chinese philosophy and Buddhism allows her to share the benefits of mindfulness and simple meditation techniques with her patients to deepen their healing process.

She maintains her knowledge of eastern and western reproductive medicine by sharing information with colleagues and taking extensive courses taught by great masters in her field. In addition, Tiffinie has participated in developing on-going research to bridge the gap between the East and West. Overall, she encourages her patients to keep learning, too, to optimize their own healing experiences and lives.

Tiffinie has recently broadened her practice and expanded to the lovely isle of Alameda as Good Witch Wellness & Apothecary. You can find her there treating patients, tinkering with herbs, and preparing to launch her line of herbal apothecary tinctures. Tiffinie also likes to spend her free time exploring the wonders of California with her husband and son, growing food and medicinal herbs in her family garden, connecting with community, and rebooting with walks along the beach.

Dawna Ara, MSOM, L.Ac.

Dawna Ara, L.Ac., MS. is a Licensed Acupuncturist and practitioner of Functional Medicine in California. She received her Master’s degree from the Acupuncture & Integrative College in Berkeley, Ca. Before joining Nest Acupuncture Dawna ran a busy Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine clinic in Pasadena, Ca where she specialized in Women’s Health and Pain Management. Along with being a Licensed Acupuncturist Dawna is a trained massage therapist and incorporates bodywork into her treatments. She has completed a functional medicine mentorship with the Kalish Institute as well as studied at the Institute of Functional Medicine.

Dawna is experienced in treating a wide range of Women’s health issues including fertility, miscarriages, menstrual irregularities such as, PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, painful periods, acne, migraines, IVF, pregnancy, symptoms of pre and post menopause, such as weight fluctuations, foggy thinking, mood changes, and hot flashes. She provides assisted reproductive treatments for IVF transfers at UCSF. She also has advanced training in treating digestive issues, mental health, chronic pain, fatigue, and disorders of the immune system.

Dawna takes a holistic and personalized approach to treating each patient. She does this by taking the time to get to know each person who walks in the door. She’ll asks questions about your current and past health, your diet and digestion, how successful you have been at managing stress, your sleep patterns, your emotional and mental state, your relationships and lifestyle habits, as well as observe your physical constitution.

Dawna uses acupuncture, functional medicine lab testing, nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, bodywork, and dietary and lifestyle recommendations that are carefully chosen to be personal to you and your story.

Dawna has been practicing Integrative Medicine since 2006.

Shirliey Fung, M.S., L.Ac.

Shirliey Fung is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of California. She is NCCAOM board-certified in Oriental Medicine and Chinese herbal therapy and certified in Maya Abdominal Massage from the Arvigo Institute. She graduated in 2006 from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine in Washington State with a Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina. She is a former Fulbright Fellow to Taiwan.

Shirliey worked for nearly ten years as a journalist before her own health issues lead her to try acupuncture and herbs. She had such a profound healing experience with this effective medicine that she changed careers. She feels blessed and honored to be able to share this wonderful medicine with others.

Shirliey’s practice focuses on women’s health and fertility. Her personalized treatments help women and men achieve their fertility goals through acupuncture, herbs, Maya Abdominal Massage, diet, and lifestyle support. Shirliey’s goal is to assist each patient with his or her individual fertility journey, supporting both emotional and physical health along the way.

Shirliey, her husband, and her two dogs recently moved to the Bay Area from Seattle. She enjoys yoga, bicycling, walking the dogs cooking, and reading and writing.

Carissa Kelly, M.S., L.Ac.

Carissa Kelly is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist in the State of California who specializes in Nutrition and Detoxification, Women’s Health, and Fertility. Carissa earned a Bachelors Degree in Nutritional Sciences in 2003 from Michigan State University. Being fascinated by the inner workings of the body, mind and spirit, she went on to study Traditional Chinese Medicine and earned a Masters Degree from The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Carissa believes Diet and Nutrition therapy truly impact overall health and hormones for men and women, and once the body has the right nourishment, it truly can heal itself. She employs therapies such as Chinese Medicine, Functional Medicine and Nutrition Therapy to enhance the quality of life of others using the least invasive and most effective treatments. She utilizes food as medicine in her practice as well as whole food supplementation.

As an advocate of Integrative Medicine, Carissa finds that her best results come from evaluating patient lab tests from a Functional Medicine perspective and treating each individual with Acupuncture, Diet and Lifestyle modifications.

Carissa has also spent the last 15 years studying mindfulness, self-inquiry and meditation. She uses this experience and knowledge daily with herself and patients with the understanding of the mind-body connection in healing.

In her free time, Carissa can be found practicing yoga, meditation, traveling or reading a great book related to health and self-inquiry.

Maya Musick, MS, L.Ac.

Maya is a board-certified acupuncturist and herbalist specializing in women’s health—supporting women during all stages of life including teenage years, family planning, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause.

Maya’s passion for medicine began at a young age. Her desire to specialize in women’s health was nurtured in her teens after being selected by the local hospital to shadow labor and delivery nurses. This unique experience allowed her the opportunity to witness the miracle of birth on a regular basis, each time leaving her in awe of life and the power of the human body.

As she began her academic study of health and healing Maya experienced a profound transformation of her own health with acupuncture and herbal medicine. She knew she had found her calling and dedicated herself to a four year Master of Science degree at the prestigious American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Maya continues to enhance her knowledge and skill set studying extensively with experts in the field of natural fertility enhancement, birthing, and mother care. She integrates her practice of Maya Abdominal Therapy into her treatments providing women with the profound benefits of hands on healing.

A cornerstone of Maya’s practice is her ability to enhance patient treatment
with education and insight on nutrition, stress reduction, and healthy exercise. Her personal interest in real food, meditation, and qigong, an ancient Chinese martial art, greatly enhances her skills in this area. She studied and worked on organic farms throughout North America and Europe, and continues a decade long formal study and practice of qigong and meditation.

Veronica Ang, L.Ac., Dipl Om, MS

Veronica is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist of over 10 years. Her specialities include: women’s health, fertility,pregnancy, post-partum recovery, children’s health, facial rejuvenation, seasonal wellness and food as medicine. She’s also a member of the Holistic Pediatric Alliance.

Veronica treats a wide range of women’s health issues including endometriosis, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea,infertility, PMS, hormonal imbalance, irregular menstruation, post-partum recovery and menopause. In the treatment of children, Veronica utilizes a special type of “needle-less” Pediatric Acupuncture called Shonishin. It’s very gentle, effective and involves brushing, stroking and stimulation of various points and meridians to promote health. If necessary, acupuncture, with “actual” needles, can be used- if the child and parent are open.
She treats children from 3 months to adolescence and offers Seasonal Wellness Treatments for all, but believes they are of great importance especially for children, parents, grandparents and adults in frequent contact with children.

Furthermore, Veronica believes in the importance of using food as medicine and loves coming up with delicious ideas and recipes to help people become master health promoters in the kitchen. In the specialised anti-aging treatment of Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation, whole body wellness is taken into account in order to make people look more youthful and vibrant. Veronica believes that it’s not actually a cosmetic treatment, but rather a way of promoting “beauty” that results from true health. Fine lines, wrinkles, and skin issues can improve with regular treatment.

Veronica contributes to the Huffington Post and writes articles about TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and also writes a weekly blog about how to use food as medicine from a TCM perspective at www.thecupofwellness.com

Her personal story of how she was led to TCM involves childhood health problems which eventually became her “woman’s health” problem. Her previous health issues and personal wellness journey laid the foundation for a life long commitment to helping others with similar issues.

When not in clinic, Veronica is most likely spending time with her son and husband, gathering wild fruits and herbs, growing food or Chinese herbs, enjoying music, or writing.