TAC Board of Directors
Sarah Prater L.Ac. - President
Sarah previously served as the President of the Indiana Association for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (IAAOM) and is the current TN Representative to the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) and a member of the ASA Nominating Committee.
Sarah is the acupuncturist and owner of the Tennessee Center for Reproductive Acupuncture in Knoxville, TN and has a passion for supporting couples through infertility. In 2019, she started a second practice in Maryville, TN called Maryville Acupuncture. She has published fertility research in the American Acupuncturist,written for Meridians: The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and worked for Patient Centered Research Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), through the NIH.
Sarah relocated to Tennessee after practicing in Indiana for 8 years. She lives in Maryville with her husband and son. She is an avid cyclist and spends many hours in the hills of East Tennessee.
Nikki Peoples L.Ac. - Vice President
Nikki grew up in San Jose, California in a neighborhood comprised of people from many different cultures. Both of her parents had a love of Asian culture, and, therefore, passed this along to her.
Accordingly, she became involved in martial arts training during childhood, and continued to study martial arts throughout her life. This includes Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Budokon Martial Arts and Yoga, and she currently practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as yoga.
Upon graduation from high school, Nikki attended the U.S. Naval Academy and served on active duty for 8 years. She served an additional 8 years on active duty after entering the reserves and retiring after 20 years of Naval service. Throughout that time, she had the opportunity to travel the world, visiting over 20 different countries. She also participated in many high impact, contact sports. These experiences made her intimately familiar with pain and the daily challenges that injuries pose to one’s quality of life. Consequently, she decided to explore alternative methods of dealing with pain through holistic medicine and prevention medicine, like acupuncture and herbal therapies.
Nikki has interacted with many people of different ethnic, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds as well as those with unique life experiences. Her goal is to ensure that her clients are comfortable enough to share their experiences. She aims to get people to envision themselves in perfect health...in full discovery of their true nature, unique in body, mind and spirit.
Nikki completed her acupuncture training in 2006 and graduated from the the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in 2008. From 2007-2009, she studied Chinese herbal medicine with renowned 88th generation Taoist priest, herbalist and acupuncturist of the Jade Purity School, Dr. Jeffrey Yuen. She also apprenticed with Dr. Du Li, previous Lead Doctor and Professor at Tian Jin University Teaching Hospital in China and National Clinic Research Center of Acupuncture from 1986-2000 and prior board member of the raditional Chinese Medicine Association of Georgia.
Nikki is currently the owner of Satori Acupuncture of Knoxville near Farragut. She is a general practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese medicine where she treats many veterans as well as the general public.
Jodie Manross, L.Ac. - Secretary
Jodie Manross is a nationally board-certified acupuncturist. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and her Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture (TSCA) in New York City in 2011. At TSCA, she trained with master acupuncturists who provided treatment to a wide array of sports and dance injuries - from players of the NY Jets and Giants (National Football League) as well as NY Yankees and Mets (Major League Baseball) - to the New York City Ballet and Broadway performers. Additionally, Jodie has extensive training in pediatric acupuncture and is East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s (ETCH) first acupuncturist. Jodie also has a busy private practice in the Bearden area of Knoxville, TN.
Jodie is the alternative Tennessee representative for the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA), is the secretary for the Tennessee Acupuncture Council (TAC), and on the Acupuncture Now Foundation (ANF)’s Hospital Task Force.
Jodie Manross is also a singer-songwriter and has opened for artists such as BB King, John Mayer, and Sugarland. She has had music featured on television shows such as "So You Think You Can Dance," and her four albums have been used by various dance companies throughout the United States.
William Alexander, L.Ac., LMT - Treasurer
William prides himself in giving care to clients as he would wish others give care to family, friends, and himself. He received his Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Bachelors in Nutrition from The Midwest College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Chicago. He is currently in the process of completing his Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with a focus on preventive care and fertility. In addition to his education in Eastern medicine, William has been a licensed massage therapist since 2003.
William completed his internship at one of the busiest acupuncture and Oriental Medicine free clinics in the country, MCOM, where he had the opportunity to treat a wide variety of conditions.
William grew up in Union County, KY, and later moved with his family to Chattanooga, TN, where he attended The McCallie School. He received his Bachelors of Science in Economics from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. William enjoyed living in New York and Chicago, but wanted to return to Tennessee in order to start Affinity Acupuncture and raise his family. He and his wife, Cassie, moved to Nashville in May 2011, and welcomed twins in late 2012.
When William is not working, he spends time with his wife, kids, and pets; avidly follows University of Kentucky basketball; hikes; and practices archery.