Sprouted Heart Acupuncture and Wellness is named after the artistic whimsy of our owner's daughter, Delia.  Her heart-shaped drawing inspired the logo you see above. The child's self-expression describes the outpouring of love she feels for life within, representing what we want to provide for you as our patient. As adults, those expressions can get lost in the pain and suffering of life. However, as humans, we have an amazing capacity to heal and be well; to reach our true health potential, and to feel balanced are a few of our goals for you. We are dedicated to walk with you on your path to wellness, in hopes that you find joy and peace along the way.

Jerusha D. Stephens, LAc, FABORM, is licensed by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure and is a board certified Diplomat of Acupuncture and Herbology, nationally certified by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). She is presently Founder and President of the Mississippi Oriental Medicine Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to acupuncture advocacy. Her work with MOMA helped to usher in Mississippi’s inaugural Acupuncture Practice Act in 2009, which allowed for the licensure and regulation of the profession in her home state.

Jerusha has been studying and practicing Oriental Medicine since 1998. She graduated from the Academy of Oriental Medicine in Austin, Texas, in 2002, with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. In 2006, Jerusha became an international ambassador of Oriental medicine with her onboard work with Royal Caribbean International Cruises. Through demonstrations, seminars, and providing treatments to a culturally diverse array of patients, Jerusha was able to travel the world doing what she loves best. Now at home, she strives to contribute to the well-being of the community and educating the public about the benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

Jerusha is proud and honored to become the first licensed acupuncturist in Mississippi.  She is a member of the Jackson Spine Society and became the only Mississippi acupuncturist to earn a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, which distinguishes her as a specialist in helping men and women facing fertility issues with an integrative approach to their health, in 2010.

Jerusha currently resides in Florence, Mississippi, with her husband, daughter and their two Australian Shepherds, cat and numerous dairy goats. She enjoys gardening, traveling, yoga, reading and nutritious, creative cooking in her spare time. She is expecting a second daughter in December 2017.

Credentials ~
Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure #AC0001

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine ~ Diplomat in Herbology and Acupuncture #020367

Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Medicine - 2010

Clean Needle Technique and CPR certified

Education ~ 1999-2002  Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin

1994-1998 Bachelor of Arts, English, Mississippi State University

University of Puebla, Mexico Summer foreign language program


Jerusha DeGroote Stephens, LAc, Founder


Reception and Administration