Jerusha DeGroote Stephens, LAc
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, two daughters (Delia, 7 and Lucinda <1) and their Australian Shepherd, cat and numerous dairy goats. She enjoys gardening, traveling, yoga, reading and nutritious, creative cooking in her spare time.
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
Brynn Graham, DAOM, LAc
Brynn began her journey into acupuncture and Oriental medicine after suffering with several chronic health conditions as an adult. She was not content with the idea of a lifetime of pain and powerful prescription medications, so she tried acupuncture and Oriental medicine. After several months of weekly acupuncture treatments and daily Chinese herbal medicine, her chronic health issues and her quality of life dramatically improved. She was so impressed with what acupuncture and Oriental medicine had done to improve her life that she decided to enroll in the Master’s degree program at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM). Brynn graduated from OCOM in 2001 and started her acupuncture career in Portland, Oregon. After practicing for 13 years, she made the decision to go back to school, enrolling in the Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (DAOM) post-graduate degree program at OCOM. This program focuses on integrative care, evidence-based medicine, teaching, and research. Brynn graduated from the DAOM program in 2016, and expects to have her course work completed by February 2018.
Brynn has had careers in both Western and Oriental medicines over the past three decades. She began her medical career as a x-ray technologist at one of the larger hospitals in Portland. There, she specialized in surgical x-ray but also performed general diagnostic imaging procedures.
Brynn is passionate about practicing acupuncture and Oriental medicine and is a believer in the power of integrative medicine - she understands and appreciates the strengths inherent in both western and Oriental medicines and how they can work together. Brynn has steeped herself in education and training so that she can delve deep into the health concerns her patients come to her with. She is continually amazed at what Oriental medicine can do both physically and emotionally to address acute and chronic health issues. She will work with you and your other health care providers in helping you achieve your health goals.
Brynn specializes in treating both chronic and acute pain including musculoskeletal pain, sports injuries, and postoperative pain. She has received extensive training in the treatment of chronic pelvic pain issues in both women and men.
Brynn also treats women’s health issues, including painful, heavy, and/or irregular menstrual periods, loss of menstrual periods, infertility, endometriosis, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), low libido, morning sickness and other pregnancy-related health issues. Additionally, she treats many chronic health conditions seen in aging adults such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches/migraine headaches, gastrointestinal disorders (IBD/IBS, SIBO, constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, etc.), fatty liver disease, hepatitis B and C, pre-diabetes and diabetes, autoimmune diseases, Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, chronic fatigue/low energy, and more.
Brynn utilizes both traditional and modern acupuncture and Oriental medicine techniques as well as Chinese herbal medicine to achieve the most optimal results for her patients.
Brynn and her husband (a Jackson, MS native) currently divide their time between Jackson, MS and Portland, OR. They have been happily married for 26 years and have two adult children.
MS Acupuncture License #AC00015
OR Acupuncture License #AC00603
NCCAOM Certified - Diplomate of Acupuncture
MPS (Microcurrent Point Stimulation) Therapy certified
Facial Rejuvenation (Cosmetic) Acupuncture certified
DAOM - Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
Masters in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
BA in Anthropology, Portland State University
Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic (X-Ray) Technology, Portland Community College
Pamela Rhoades, LAc
Pamela Rhoades, LAc, earned her degree, Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM), from the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin, TX. With successful completion of the requirements for Board Certification in Acupuncture, Pamela is now currently licensed by the state of South Carolina and the state of Mississippi. She is a Diplomate with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, (NCCAOM). Besides her Oriental Medicine credentials, Pamela has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology and was a Registered Massage Therapist prior to becoming a licensed acupuncturist.
After undergraduate school, with a degree in Psychology, Pamela decided to give the corporate world a try with American Airlines. The best part of her 14 years with the airlines was all the travel, and the worse part was the stress of the corporate lifestyle, which took a toll on her physical and emotional wellbeing. She decided to make a change and attended massage school because she wanted to help people destress and feel better.
She wanted to continue helping people as she did with massage. While she was living in Austin, TX, she decided to try acupuncture. She went for three or four sessions and received different treatments each time for the same conditions. She was amazed at the benefits she received each time she went. During this same time period her mother was terminally ill and Pamela was navigating the western medical model with her mother. That experience helped her realize there must be a different way. Her decision to take the next step and go to acupuncture school was based on these reasons, and her belief in Chinese medicine strengthened. Her resolve to complete the intense training to become an acupuncturist was instilled in her, and propelled her through.
Pamela loves being able to offer something different and effective to people, introducing acupuncture to them and having them see how helpful it is and how it really is not something to be afraid of. She offers her patients a different perspective to health care and that is really fulfilling to her. The changes that she has seen are on all levels; physical, emotional, and energetic. Having someone feel better after they have tried everything else is an absolutely fabulous feeling! She loves treating younger people to set them on a road of complementary forms to healing. She has learned over the years that true lasting change can take time. She enjoys educating patients about this process and how beneficial it can be. Pamela specializes in treating acute & chronic pain, allergies, migraines, anxiety & depression, digestive disorders, general stress, and insomnia. She has a gentle yet thorough approach and will treat all her patients as individuals.
Pamela owned an acupuncture business outside Charleston, South Carolina for 8 years. Her decision to leave the area and move to Mississippi was because she was a solo practitioner and wanted to join a practice with another licensed acupuncturist. She attended the same school as Jerusha and it’s been the perfect fit. The other reason is that Mississippi only has a few acupuncturists, and the need is great to spread this amazing medicine.
She currently resides in the Belhaven neighborhood of Jackson with her two kitties, Amigo and Loca. This will be their third state of residence as they came from Austin with her! She enjoys yoga, meditation, reading, taking walks in nature and spending time with friends.
South Carolina State Board of Medical Licensure #ACUP0169
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine ~ Diplomat in
Herbology and Acupuncture #
Clean Needle Technique and CPR certified
Education ~ 2005-2009 Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, Academy of Oriental Medicine
1999 - Integrated Massage Therapy - Atlanta School of Massage
1979-1983 Bachelor of Science, State University of New York at Albany
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Jerusha DeGroote Stephens, LAc, Founder
Brynn Graham, LAc
Pamela Rhodes, LAc
Kate Schultz, Receptionist