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Sadie Hays, Licensed Acupuncturist

West Buffalo Street,119
Ithaca New York , 14850
United States

Exceptional experience all around....

Everything about my acupuncture visits with Sadie has been wonderful! Her warm, caring, empathetic, insightful and intuitive nature as well as her acupuncture treatments have resonated deeply with me in both body, mind, and spirit. It's been amazing, healing, and just what I needed and I always feel better post treatment. I've been getting acupuncture for over 15 years from various practitioners, all of which were positive experiences but her care resonates on a whole other level. Sadie has my highest recommendation and I'm thrilled to be working with her!

Even more excellent

Some treatments are even more excellent that others. This week's was certainly one of those. Just sayin'... Full of thanks.

High level of sensitivity, care

Amazing bedside manner! I get the feeling that Sadie Hays really cares about my health, in the short and long term. Very grateful to have found her.

Amazing skill and effective treatment!

Highest marks!

I have had ten sessions with Sadie now, and I like her more and more each time. As others have said, she's a fantastic listener, really wants to know what's going on. Once she's taken it all in, then her brilliant mind gets to work. Each treatment protocol I've had I have enjoyed so much. And this last one was the best: she "solved" a long-standing problem by really probing, then reaching a great solution on how to address it. I feel tons better now. I am so, so thankful to have Sadie in my life!

Another successful defrag

Sadie takes time to investigate potential problems and tailors each visit according to those issues. She is competent, professional, and caring. I highly recommend

Thorough, attentive

Highly recommended. In addition to excellent, warm, comprehensive care in a welcoming environment, Sadie Hays offers helpful commentary to help me understand the approach.

Consistent Quality Care

I can’t say enough good things about my experience with Sadie. I revisited the practice needing a physical and mental reset after having no luck with western medicine. Sadie continues to show a level of care and attention I have not found in other practices.

Sadie is a gem!

I went to Sadie because of arthritis in my spine. Sadie developed a multi-pronged approach. We had acupuncture sessions each week. She also encouraged me to go for walks with friends, which helped loosen up my spine and lesson the feelings of isolation during lockdown. A paste of turmeric, honey and other spices mixed with warm milk was advised as well as taking fish oil supplements.Gradually the pain lessened in my back. Drinking the turmeric milk and walking with friends lifted my spirit as well. Many thanks for taking me on this journey, Sadie!


Sadie took extra time to listen to my emotional and physical needs. She gave me insightful feedback. I arrived feeling tired and emotionally worn out. I left feeling calm. Thank you, Sadie!



Sadie is great!

I treasure Sadie as one of the healthcare providers that keeps me well. She is a skilled acupuncturist and a great, patient listener. She's smart, funny and sensible.

Excellent practitioner

Sadie is amazing with children. She makes them feel so important. Her treatment works wonders for my child. She is getting relief from her allergies. She is always excited to her appointments.

Sadie is great!

I went to see Sadie Hays, L.Ac for my first time getting acupuncture. I really appreciated her demeanor, she made me really comfortable (especially during COVID), and explained things in a very accessible and knowledgeable manner. I really enjoyed it, and highly recommend her!


Amazing practitioner!

Thank you so much Sadie! My daughter’s chronic congestion improved so much just with the first visit! You have a way with making my child feel so comfortable and so valued during the appointment.

Always an important part of my week.

Great experience

Sadie was wonderful from beginning to end. She answered my initial call and we set up our appointment easily. Sadie was a great listener during our teleconsult and offered good guidance as applicable. She was really focused on pinpointing my specific issues. The treatment was timely and Sadie checked in regularly to see how I was doing. Sadie also took coronavirus precautions seriously.

I will certainly book with Sadie again when I am visiting Ithaca.

Needed Respite in the midst of continued Pandemic

Sadie Hays always make me feel respected and cared for. She listens with compassion and is very skilled at acupuncture. The office is very clean and she is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the space is comfortable and safe.


It's good to have Sadie, back in business. She does an expert and compassionate job of applying acupuncture and I am looking forward to being able to continue my therapy.

Rest and Recovery

Sadie has a way of diffusing stress and her ability to listen is a true gift. I am an exhausted mama of a teething baby and my session with Sadie was the boost I needed to make it through another day.

Great with kids!

I took my 11 year old son to see Sadie due to a lingering illness. Her straight forward, yet gentle way of talking put him at ease and made him very comfortable with trying something new. Her expertise and attention to detail make her a wonderful health resource. I am so very grateful to have her support when facing health challenges with my children!

3 R's after a visit with Sadie

Whenever I visit Sadie for treatment, I always leave feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and really listened to. This past week I arrived still shaken after a minor surgery and suffering with a major sinus headache. When I walked out the door, I was breathing more freely, regaining my sense of smell, and feeling pain free. Sadie is a blessing.

Great treatment

The treatment by Sadie was very helpful and reduced the pain considerably.

Phenomenal practitioner

Sadie is deeply committed, caring, funny, relatable, and sooooo intelligent and effective! She has my extremely picky ten year old eating out of her hand - they genuinely adore one another. And the treatments are both effective for our chief complaint, and they turn my kid into a soft, happy, buttery noodle afterwards. What’s not to love?

Sadie is so helpful!

Sadie is a deeply knowledgeable, caring and skilled practitioner. Each time I go to her for a treatment I walk away feeling better! So grateful to have her as a health care resource.

Acupuncture is great for kids!

My son Isaac is now 9 yrs. old, and started seeing Sadie when he was 6. He would get allergies that would lead to asthma, and even pneumonia. Sadie helped him to feel comfortable working with her, and their relationship is an important one in his life. His allergy reactions are very minor now, and his asthma is hardly existent. Acupuncture and Sadie have made a huge difference in his life! I highly recommend it, and especially for children - Sadie is great with kids!

Sadie Cares

Sadie is professional, knowledgeable and caring. She listens well and asks thoughtful questions! She has helped me through many health challenges as well as personal and family issues. I highly recommend her.

Healing Treatment

I came to seek treatment for severe pelvic pain.
Sadie was able to help heal my condition with regular acupuncture treatments.
I am so glad I came Sadie.
Sadie is very professional and caring.


Typical American Male Finding the Atypical American route to Wellness

I am a relatively new client as I just started seeing Sadie at Sweet Fern Studio for acupuncture a couple of months ago. I started going to help the healing of tendinitis I had in both elbows which had not responded to other medical treatments as well as a life long battle with headaches that I thought she might be able to help with. During the initial consultation Sadie was so engaged and invested that I also ended up spilling the beans about my life-long struggle with all those yucky emotional things that us fellas don't like to talk about...anger, anxiety, depression, you know...feelings! The tendinitis and headaches were like nothing for Sweet Fern Studio to knock out of the park, BOOM...I'm "cured". Now I have focused the sessions to whole body wellness and I am feeling more empowered and more in tune with what I need in order to be at my best. I am starting to find out who I am under all that mental-emotional discontent. Sadie at Sweet Fern Studio has helped begin a transformation in me that I had almost given up on ever finding! I can not say enough; however, as a T.A.M., I feel as if I have already said too much! If you are not well physically, emotionally, or spiritually, make an appointment today!!!!!


I’ve been struggling to get a solid night’s rest for a long while trying everything I could think of and once again Sadie’s magic touch did it again!!

Genuine, amazing treatment

The reason I decided to move into the office next to Sadie is because she has the magic combination of a) amazing treatment skills, b) the desire to really connect and understand what’s wrong and find long term solutions and c) genuine, caring, and fun personality.

Very Helpful

Sadie is brilliant and insightful. She provides excellent acupuncture to my 3 yo daughter while playing with her. My daughter feels completely at ease and I always feel supported as a parent.


Total Wellness

A feeling of complete trust in Sadie and her skills! I can not stress enough how beneficial these sessions are for me. I feel like Sadie and the Atmosphere at Sweet Fern Studio strengthens me and helps me have a wide window of tolerance internally and externally! Give her a chance and you will be hooked!

Lady seeking wellness

Sadie is a phenomenally gifted, caring acupuncturist! She really listens and makes sensible, creative suggestions to move you towards wellness. I have been under Sadie’s care for several years and experienced a myriad of health challenges including mental fogginess, breast cancer (including double mastectomy surgery and a year of chemotherapy,) specific joint pain, a few instances of the common cold (which she was able to completely cure in one session!) I highly recommend her as a practitioner and an amazing person. I usually see her 3-4 times per month and cannot imagine going through life’s challenges without her wonderful assistance!????????????????????

Feeling tuned up and grounded for spring transition

Yesterday I went for a spring tune up with Sadie and really feeling it was worth it. It felt very restorative while I was there, I’m still feeling the positive energy today a day later. My time for self-care is limited-this was a great use of my time. I love the accessibility of Sadie’s downtown office, so easy to walk to from downtown. The space is so thoughtfully designed. Sadie is a great listener and is able to glean the important information to choose to best treatment. Highly recommend!! We’re blessed to have her.

Sadie is Terrific!

I am so glad that I am incorporating acupuncture into my wellness plans. I feel the benefits after each session!

Great experience

Sadie is so caring and made me feel comfortable from the start. I've had great results with her treatments.

Sadie is a wonderful and healing

Sadie's kind ear, gentle touch, and intuitive nature combined with her vast knowledge of Chinese medicine make her a wonderful practioner. I always leave her office feel cared for and better off than when I came. She is a wonderful acupuncturist!

In good hands

Initial visit was based on a web search and a need to relieve some back pain. I was pleasantly surprised from the moment I communicated with Sadie. She exuded confidence and command of her work and was genuinely interested in finding custom fit care for my problem. To make it even more appealing the work is reasonably priced.

A Place of Peace, Comfort, and Healing

I have tried many alternate modalities in Ithaca for headache relief and healing and I had almost given up on trying something new when I decided to make an appointment with Sadie in the midst of one of my worst migraines. She was both caring and confident. I can honestly say I woke up this morning with relief having both slept amazing for the first time in many many years and feeling an energy returning and the headaches diminishing. Sadie is a gentle soul and she will listen to you and be thorough in seeking to understand your specific needs and what will work for you. I can't say enough great things about Sadie and her kind approach and I have only been to one appointment so far.


Sadie is just the best and we are so fortunate to have her in our community. An appt with her embodies all that I've entitled this review with (& probably more).

Sadie makes magic happen!

I can't say enough about how wonderful my experiences have been with Sadie. She is an extremely gentle, genuine, and most importantly knowledgeable practitioner. I always walk away feeling incredibly better than when I came in. If you've ever wondered about acupuncture but were fearful to give it a try, I promise you that Sadie does not disappoint.

Testimonial #44

I've seen many TCM practitioners throughout my life in Ithaca and around the world, but I've enjoyed working with Sadie the most. She is not only a skilled acupuncturist and herbalist but also a genuinely caring and compassionate healer. I really appreciate that she patiently listens to my concerns and clearly explains her reasoning for my course of treatment. For example, she had us look at a mirror together and explained to me what she sees when she looks at my tongue so that I can understand what is going on in my body. I have already seen improvements in my skin condition since working with Sadie. The studio space is beautiful, calming, and thoughtfully designed. Moreover, her services are very reasonably priced, especially when you purchase a treatment package. I recommend Sadie to all my friends.

Testimonial #43

Sadie has a real knack of listening both to body and heart. I have been seeing Sadie for a couple of years and I believe she and acupuncture have assisted in stabilizing some long term medical conditions, encourage healthier eating in such a fun and caring way, and contributed to my well being.

What a calming place

Sadie Hays does a wonderful job, provides a safe and compassionate place.

Always better afterwards

Sadie is a wonderful, knowledgeable, humble, caring, compassionate professional. I always feel better after an acupuncture session. She helps me get in touch with what’s going on inside my body in several areas: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. She can and will suggest herbs, homeopathic remedies and eastern meds that she can sell or can be purchased from local retailers. I highly recommend her!

good results in calming setting

I am halfway through treatment for facial paralysis from Bell's Palsy. Sadie has definitely boosted the rate of recovery. I only wish my doctor had recommended acupuncture earlier. Very calming setting (many patients are asleep!) and helpful advice.

Goddess Warrior of Healing

I remember during one of my first visits with Sadie I was venting to her about what was wrong with my body and what needed to be fixed. I knew I was in a special place when she responded by saying "why don't we take a moment to appreciate everything that is functioning within your body." No one had EVER brought this perspective to me before. It's that shift from wanting to cure the "problems" of the body to creating daily health with compassionate curiosity that has led me to back to Sweet Fern for over 2 years and counting.
Sadie's deep care and knowledge for and about the body is incredible. When she is with you, she's present, she's curious, she's attuned, she's light-hearted and always provides the most detail-oriented work. I am so grateful to her in my life. Thank you for creating such a resilient space at Sweet Fern that fosters healing from within.

5 Stars

So well taken care of!

I love working with Sadie. She takes such great care of your needs and truly engages with a thoughtful and tailored approach of healing. She'd be 6 stars if that were a thing.

Tuned up

After an acupuncture session with Sadie, I always leave feeling deeply listened to ... and breathing more freely! As I move into my eighth decade, I've had treatment for a variety of complaints, from swollen knees to sinus infections. Last spring I came in after a fall, and Sadie diagnosed the exact fractured wrist bone, referring me for more treatment. She had deep knowledge, deft technique, and a bedside manner that is grounded, practical and nurturing.

5 Stars

Energy and Relief

Last week visit to Sweet Fern Studio brought me great relief, bringing back much needed energy. I was confident the treatment would have this positive effect as I have had this experience many times under the care of Dr. Hays. I usually see the doctor every two weeks and she keeps me going. She is very attentive to my needs. And the peaceful space at Sweet Fern makes it the perfect setting for healing body and soul.

Acupuncture at Sweet Fern

I highly recommend Sweet Fern for healing and renewal. I have received acupuncture treatments from Sadie for a few years now with wonderful results on both a physical and emotional level. I always look forward to her caring and compassionate presence.

A Beautiful Oasis

"Sweet Fern Studio is tucked away near the old "Octopus" and provides a gentle respite from hectic small-city life. The space is clean, bright, pretty and calm. Sadie has a wonderful healing presence, and getting acupuncture from her has helped me with a couple of different health issues. Definitely give it a try! "

very pleasant experience

" Nice setting for a massage. The waiting area was very comfortable and relaxing. The use of screen dividers to subdivide the larger therapy room into private individual areas was nicely done. Temperature of heated massage tableand drapings added to my comfort and enjoyment of the session. I have recommended to others."

Sweet Fern Studio

"I have had acupuncture and medical massage (Sadie and Rose) and have found both practitioners very helpful, caring, and empathetic. I really appreciate the physical/mental check-ins pre- and post-session, the attention and focus on my areas of need, and the advice!"

Good Experience

"Thorough visit, good experience. I have some hope that my problem, which has been difficult to solve by other disciplines, will be resolved. Keeping my fingers crossed!"

Calming and Supportive

"Sadie does a great job with acupuncture, treating anxiety, sleep disturbance and overall health well being"


"Sadie truly has a gift with children. I brought my 14 month old in (plus her very hungry, very sleepy, very fussy 3 year old brother), and she was so kind and gentle in the midst of sick and fussy little ones. I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone. The studio itself was a beautiful and welcoming space. I definitely look forward to going back soon!"


"Sadie is an amazing acupuncturist. She can adapt to anything with warmth, humor, and grace, and her treatments have long lasting effects. I recommend her often!"

Sadie was knowledgable and helpful

"I was very impressed by Sadie, and after only one treatment I can see some differences in my condition. Encouraging! "

Not as scary as he thought!

"I think that giving the gift of acupuncture may have been one of the best investments I've made in a very long time. The recipient of my gift, while a bit unsure and shaky the night before his first appointment, tells me that it wasn't scary and he barely felt a thing. He says that his pain level has decreased with the initial visit, and that he enjoyed his time at Sweet Fern. Sadie's skillful techniques and caring manner are already improving his quality of life. Thank you, Sadie!"

supportive and encouraging

"Sadie has been such a great support to me as a new mom. In addition to preventative care for children, she offers helpful insights with diet and sleep. Sessions with Sadie always give me greater confidence about how to optimize my baby's health. Thank you, Sadie!"

so great with kids

"I have seen Sadie for acupuncture for years and was excited to have her start working with my kids a few months ago. She is so great at engaging with both of them during their treatments! They are comfortable 100% of the time they are at Sweet Fern. I am so thankful to have her as a support for my family's health. "

A Healing Place

"I took my 3 year old to Sweet Fern for the first time yesterday. He isn't always comfortable in a new environment, but Sadie got down on his level and made him feel right at home. He referred to her studio as "a healing place" and seemed relaxed through the whole appointment. Sadie gave us some tips to help with his very dry skin that I look forward to trying more at home."

We Love Sadie! And Shonishin!

"We started seeing Sadie for Acupuncture for my toddler's asthma and it has helped immensely. We go bi-weekly and look forward to our visits. The space is warm and inviting, with a great play area for kids. Sadie makes my son feel comfortable and makes me feel he is in the best care possible. She has helped make his asthma more manageable and has helped make me feel more at ease with the whole asthma situation. "

I feel great!

"I have been seeing Sadie for a few months now and have been getting bi-weekly treatments. This past week I was having some digestive problems and my ankles and feet had been getting swollen. I felt so fantastic after the treatment, my stomach has been much better and the swelling in my ankles has been greatly improved. Acupuncture is part of my regular care to stay feeling great. Thank you so much Sadie!!"

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"Being a professional massage therapist myself, I am quite familiar with the power of bodywork and other alternative therapies. My visit to Sweet Fern Studio was my first as the recipient of acupuncture. After suffering with a pain in my right leg for approximately 6 weeks (being treated by other alt methods) I thought I'd give acupuncture a try. Boy am I glad I did!! Today is day #4 post-treatment and I have been PAIN FREE ever since I left their office. Sadie was excellent and kind! Well done!"


The atmosphere is coming, inviting and bright. They were able to get me and quickly & focus on my needs"

Soothing Space

"Sweet Fern has been fantastic. They have really created a serene space and the staff are great! We see Sadie for pediatric acupressure."

Great experience and look forward to more!

"Amazing how great and gently Sadie was with him! He is only 2yrs old and he was very relaxed and comfortable there."


"This is an Ithaca oasis of serenity and healing."

Worth it

"I have been going to Sweet Fern for several years and I go back because the staff is skilled, polite, accommodating and enjoyable to interact with. The location is quiet and off the main path, room is comfortable and table set up is great. The environment is just as relaxing as the message. Combined they make for a great experience."

Wonderful massage and environment

"I had such a wonderful experience at Sweet Fern Studio. I felt listened to and cared about. The environment was cozy and warm.

Sadie is great!

"She saw me with little notice and even squeezed me in for a follow-up on a day she is not usually in. Takes her time getting to know patients and their needs. Highly recommend."

comfort and healing

"Sweetfern is a special place, made even better by the care and skill these healers employ when working with you. I always feel better after visiting them. The first place I turn to in Ithaca for acupuncture or massage. "

Lovely Place!

"The serene vibe welcomes you as soon as you set foot in this lovely space. The staff are wonderful, and my first experience was first rate."

Great environment and wonderful sessions

"I have both massages and accupuncture here and I see results. A grear place to go for therapy for skin conditions like psoriasis!"

Great studio

"This is a very pleasant studio run by people that know what they are doing. I recommend that you give it a try."

Children's full moon clinic

"What a wonderful experience for both my daughter and I! Sadie has a way of connecting with children that is warm, professional and age appropriate. My daughter, age 5, was communicative, curious and open with Sadie right from the start even though this was a completely new experience for both her and I. As a parent I felt very informed by the end of the visit and left with numerous tools we have already used at home! Thank you!!"

Children's full moon clinic

"My daughters age 5 & 3 attended the children's full moon clinc. Sadie was attentive and in tune with their energy. Both girls just seemed to comfortably melt into her table. As she worked, Sadie shared her observations with me and gave me tips about signs to look for, and points I could massage to alleviate certain tensions. The minute we were out the door, my children asked when we could return! "


"If everyone in the world visited here we would have world peace the next day. You should go and take care of yourself. "

Excellent acupuncturist!

"I have had 3 acupuncture visits with Sadie and each has been a very positive experience. She listens to my concerns, and is able to see the big picture of what is going on. She explains her approach and treatment in a way that makes sense to a non-eastern-medicine person. I look forward to continuing with her for my care, and I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a down-to-earth and caring acupuncturist."

Accupuncture with Sadie

"I wish I had not waited so long to start acupuncture with Sadie. I had a concussion 6 months ago. Western medicine does not really "treat " concussions, it is just a monitor and wait approach. I know the acupuncture sessions with her have helped tremendously and I would highly recommend Sadie to anyone having post concussion symptoms. You will feel so much better in body and spirit! "