Root is a small, multidisciplinary, patient-centered, integrative Primary Care center, founded in 2015. Our scope of practice includes Primary Care for infants through elders, Herbalism, Functional Medicine, Osteopathy, and Acupuncture.
Sarah Byrne, MD
Sarah is a Board-Certified Family Medicine physician who graduated from the Tufts University Residency program with a concentration in Integrative Medicine. She attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where she addressed her graduating class as a Commencement speaker and received the school’s Family Medicine Award. Throughout her medical training and practice, Sarah has widened her approach to healing, including studies of Energy Medicine and Functional Medicine. Most recently, she is working toward her Certification as a Clinical Herbalist under the mentorship of Tieraona Low Dog, MD. Her dream is to revolutionize Primary Care by building a model of empowerment that incorporates joy, nature, and deeper connection to ourselves, each other, and the planet. In her spare time, she loves playing in the backyard with her husband and two boys, sitting by fires, dancing, taking endless pictures, and any activity that involves dressing up in a costume.
Caitlin Stauder, DO
Caitlin earned her medical degree from NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. She subsequently completed her Family Practice residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, where she was chief resident her final year. After residency, Caitlin completed a fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine/Neuromuscular Medicine (OMM/NMM) also at St. Barnabas Hospital. She uses osteopathy to optimize the body’s innate ability to heal, searching for the health, rather than the illness, in each patient. She believes the body is composed of interconnected systems that need to be comprehensively considered during treatment, rather than focusing on one symptom in isolation. She practices this approach with all of her patients, ranging from newborns to geriatrics. Caitlin grew up in Maine and now lives in Boston with her husband and two miniature dachshunds. She has a DO from NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine and a BA from Bowdoin College.
Mary Jo MacKinnon, FNP-BC, ND
Mary Jo is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who graduated with her Doctorate from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado. Her degree included an emphasis in Holistic Health and her practice is rooted in treating the whole person: mind, body, spirit. Her professional experience has been broad and includes Primary Care, Functional Medicine, college healthcare and cannabis medicine. She believes an individual’s health is their own personal journey. She utilizes her knowledge and experience to look for the root cause of a patient’s health concern or issue. She is certified as a Reiki Master and Yoga Instructor. She encourages her patients to “play” instead of “exercise”. She summited Mt.Kilimanjaro in 2010 and knows if she can climb that mountain, anyone can climb theirs. Her personal interests include photography, kayaking, boating and anything involving nature & her family, including her dog, Colby, who she is training to be a Therapy Dog.
Rachel French, MAOM
Rachel graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She then received her Master’s of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from the New England School of Acupuncture in 2009. She is board-certified in Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) and licensed by the Board of Registration in Medicine. During her post-graduate studies, Rachel participated in the Global Acupuncture Project in which she treated the locals of Uganda as well as training nurses, midwives and other healthcare providers in basic acupuncture protocols. It was here that she first became inspired to create a clinic, which offered accessibility to all members of the community. Rachel’s practice of acupuncture is very gentle. Her style is eclectic, accessing many different systems with a focus on Traditional Chinese Medicine inspired by the Daoist classics, Dr. Tan-style distal treatments and trigger point therapy.
Sara Cyr, CHC
Sara Cyr, CHC is a Certified Health Coach and a certified Peggy Huddleston workshop facilitator who adores working with people who are ready to be healthier and are looking for a partner to journey with. As a health coach, Sara guides clients toward better health physically and emotionally using different aspects of health such as nutrition and exercise. As a Peggy Huddleston workshop facilitator, Sara helps people reduce stress and heal faster by teaching mind-body techniques to help people draw on their own inner wisdom to shift out of stress and fear and into calm and health.
Liz is our Practice Manager at Root Family Medicine. She came to Root in 2018 for a practice that is more aligned with her own beliefs about health and wellbeing. With more than 10 years of experience in Boston's teaching hospitals, Liz has worked as both a clinical medical assistant and an administrator. she sees the incredible value Root offers to our patients and staff and is eager to build on the mission. When not at work, Liz is spending as much time as possible with her family. They enjoy visiting museums and taking road trips. Liz is proud to be a part of the Root Family and hopes to further advance the wellbeing of our community.