Our Practitioners

Bart Beckermann, L.Ac East Asian Medicine Herbalist, M.Ac.

After many years of seeking and exploring different paths to healing and transformation, Bart was introduced to Chinese Medicine while attending the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism in northern California. Within moments of the first few needles he received, he felt the effective power and healing potential of acupuncture. Quickly knowing that Chinese Medicine was his calling in life, within a few short months, he enrolled in the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, where he studied Five Element Acupuncture and Medical Qigong, then graduated with a Master’s degree in Acupuncture in 2012. Post graduation, Bart felt the pull to learn Chinese Herbalism and began studying Chinese Herbology at the Maryland Institute of Integrative Health, where he graduated with a Certificate of Chinese Herbology in 2014. Bart also studied Classical Acupuncture and advanced pulse diagnosis in the lineage of the living Daoist master, Dr. Jeffrey C. Yuen with Ann Cecil- Sterman, L.Ac. and Evan Rabinowitz, L.Ac.

In 2018, after learning about CBD hemp extract being used to treat non- intractable seizures in children, Parkinson’s, various inflammatory diseases, chronic pain, and insomnia, Bart began using it himself and in his practice with fantastic results. Quickly realizing that no one was approaching Hemp Medicine from the perspective of an herbalist, nor combining hemp extract with Chinese Herbs. Seeing what had to be done, along with fellow acupuncturist Chloe Weber, Bart founded Radical Roots.

Bart has been in private practice in Manhattan, treating people suffering from insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic or acute pain, autoimmune disease, and more. At this time, Bart is thrilled to join his wife, Jennifer, in stepping into Acupuncture Williamsburg as the next phase of his lifelong path of service through healing.

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Robert Branch, L.Ac. MSTOM

Robert Branch is a board-certified, Licensed Acupuncturist who has been in practice for over 20 years. He received his training at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where he earned a Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine, encompassing both acupuncture and herbal medicine. Robert also trained in acupuncture cancer care at the Bendheim Center For Integrative Medicine at Memorial-Sloan Kettering hospital in New York City where he participated in clinical trials and patient care. Robert specializes in pain, injury and stress management, but has treated a variety of health issues over the years. He is also a Certified Medical QiGong practitioner and enjoys performing daily Qi Gong exercises, Tai Chi and  “Chi Running.” Robert’s approach to acupuncture therapy incorporates his belief in the energetic synthesis of mind, body and spirit, always mindful of its effect on the “whole” person.

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Dr. Sarah Emily Sajdak, DAOM, L.Ac.

Hi, I’m Dr. Sarah Emily Sajdak (DAOM, L.Ac) and I think there’s something about us creatives that attracts us to alternative medicine. We don’t like to be limited by tradition and other people’s systems don’t typically work for us. We’re always forging our own paths. And the Traditional Chinese Medicine holistic approach to health is very much about finding the unique path to health that works for you.
There is no “one-size-fits-all” prescription with what I do.
When we have our sessions together, we’ll get into the details that traditional Western medicine doctors will never ask about. My questions might seem mundane at first, but I like to dig into the minutiae to see what may have been missed. Very often, it’s a tiny detail that connects the dots and shows the way to heal.
If you’re wondering what I mean, stick out your tongue! (and check the results with my Tongue Diagnostic Guide). You may find some surprising answers – and if you find more questions, we can talk about it on a free 10-minute call!
Yeah, Traditional Chinese Medicine is different. It takes the whole you – your body, your lifestyle, your eating habits, sleeping habits and stress into account. In fact, the first question I’ll ask you is “Do you like your job?” because that alone can deeply affect your health.
A lesser known aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine is working with energetic impressions – energy work, or balancing spiritual and physical disharmony. So I also observe things like how you move your body, the cadence of your voice, the shade of your skin, the color of your eyes, where your body stores weight — all of those and more tell me what may be out of balance.
Then we’ll work together to bring you back into balance, so you’ll feel like the best version of yourself.
My specialties include healing migraines, acne and fertility issues using a blend of:
• Acupuncture
• Herbs, supplements, and diet – the “food as medicine” approach
• Mindfulness & Mindset to reduce the stress that can block healing from happening
What is it like to have a session with me?
A lot of my clients tell me they feel profound, unconditional love when they leave my sessions that they carry into the rest of their weeks — that’s a side effect, I guess? Others tell me it’s like speaking to your intuitive best friend, who knows a lot about different ways to heal naturally.
In my coaching sessions (Traditional Chinese Medicine minus the in-person acupuncture), I will ask you questions to get to know the whole you. From there I will make recommendations of herbs, supplements and realistically doable lifestyle changes (ie. I’m not going to tell you to move from New York to a monastery, or change your high-stress acting job to rural chicken farmer). We will try things and see how you feel, moving towards what makes you feel better.
And in the process, you’ll find that…
Your migraines decrease in frequency and severity (I used to have terrible migraines — they led me to Traditional Chinese Medicine!)
Your skin clears and brightens, and you’ll notice that lines, acne, dryness, puffiness, and under-eye circles reduce, and skin tone evens out.
Your natural rhythms and fertility come back into alignment (because your whole self comes back into alignment).
Your body wants to be in balance. What I love about Traditional Chinese Medicine is that it uses every single tool to help you get there. You won’t just fix your health issue. You’ll change your life, and love every second.
Things I’m into:
Breaking rules and questioning stories. So many of us put limits on ourselves that don’t need to be there. I’m all about throwing out what doesn’t work, and building a new system.
Lions Mane and Reishi mushrooms are amazing for mood, mental clarity and energy.
Not sticking your tongue out in photos. Once you know what you’re looking for, it’s way too personal (your tongue tells your whole life story!).
Watercolor painting, drawing, clarinet, piano, ukulele (hey, I told you I was a musician!).
My qualifications:
• I hold a doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine and certificates in dermatology and fertility.
• I have a Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.
• I’m nationally board certified (NCCAOM) in Traditional Oriental Medicine, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
• I hold state licensures for acupuncture in California and New York.

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