Meet the practitioners of Sage!


Sage Collective Member, L.Ac, MSTOM, NCCAOM Board Certified Acupuncturist/Herbalist
Tanuja Jagernauth is an artist, prison abolitionist, and practitioner of Traditional East Asian Medicine. A 2007 Albert Schweitzer Fellow and Fellow for Life, Tanuja believes that offering sliding scale services within a framework of harm reduction, body/fat positivity, and trauma informed practice facilitates health and healing in a way that is liberating for the practitioner as well as the patient.A graduate and faculty member of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, she uses the tools of acupuncture, herbs, nutrition strategies, bodywork, body-centered writing, and National Acupuncture Detoxification Association treatments to facilitate healing and transformation in individuals and the community.With years of activist experience in movements against violence against women, against globalization, and for healing justice, she believes that every individual and group treatment is a deeply political act of surviving and working to thrive in a world that is so beautiful and also deeply violent. As an immigrant, woman of color, and former crisis counselor, she is committed to witnessing and supporting the process of healing from wounds that may have been inflicted at any stage in a person’s life. In addition to treating a variety of physical, emotional and mental patterns of imbalance, Tanuja feels comfortable with the sometimes-long process of understanding and healing from various kinds of trauma and internalized oppression. She does her best to honor and work with people of all body types, expressions, and sizes, meeting them where they are at, no matter what their individual health and healing goals are. Please contact Sage at sagecommunityhealth@gmail.com to schedule an ear seed training, group ear acupuncture session, body-centered writing workshop, private acupressure skillshare, or treatment with Tanuja.


Sage Practitioner, Asian Body Therapist/Shiatsu Practitioner
Stacy Rene Erenberg is a healer, musician, activist and co-founder of Sage Community Health Collective a Healing Justice Project in Chicago.  Her healing work is rooted in the principles of providing harm reductionist, body positive and trauma informed services to clients. Stacy’s healing practice is a mixture of Tui Na, which is Chinese Massage that includes stretching, pulling, and acupressure, Shiatsu Meridian Therapy and Reiki. Stacy is a Reiki Level II practitioner and a certified Asian Body Therapist. Each bodywork treatment Stacy gives is unique to that particular person’s personal wellness goals. Currently she is pursuing a degree in music education at Chicago State University. When she’s not studying or doing healing work she is hanging with her son, or singing with her band.  For information on her upcoming performances and other projects visit http://stacyrene.com

*Stacy is currently on maternity leave but will begin practicing Bodywork again in the Spring. Contact her at shiatsustacy [at] gmail [dot] com to make an appointment.


Sage Practitioner, L.Ac, MSTOM, Asian Body Therapist, NCCAOM Board Certified Acupuncturist/Herbalist
Tell us a little about what brings you to the work you do at Sage.

Herbs and plants have been part of my life since I was a kid. Summers were spent camping with my dad and gardening with my grandma. But I didn’t know that China had such a long written history of herbalism, or that I could study it, until I was in my late twenties. I started to have a lot of menstrual and urinary difficulty. I’d take Western drugs and they would help for a while and then all of my pains would come back. A friend of mine from Chicago Women’s Health Center suggested Chinese Medicine. I remember being skeptical and very nervous. But after that first acupuncture and herbal experience, I felt so much better and haven’t felt sick like that again!

Before I learned about Chinese Medicine I was interested in community work. I was an Americorps VISTA for a year. I also worked at the Center for Urban and Economic Development and the Chicago Mutual Housing Network. Practicing Chinese Medicine allows me to work with folks in a different way. I’m able to help people to be more aware of their mind body connection. Once this connection happens, it becomes easier to see what things in our lives lead to health, happiness, and the fulfillment of our personal goals, and which promote dis-ease. Sometimes it’s challenging when folks are in tough economic or physical situations where they might have less choices about their lives. In this situation, Sage becomes a place where they can come to relax and focus on themselves for awhile. Most of the time people who come to Sage experience temporary or permanent relief from frustrating symptoms.

Tell us a little about the work that you do at Sage.

Every day that I walk into Sage I feel so lucky. Stacy and Tanuja are amazing to work with and I love all of our patients and supporters! Some days I am working in the community room, others I am seeing people privately, or hanging out on Friday nights to share NADA ear acupuncture. Herbs and points are on my mind as people come and go. Either way, I am in a comfortable, beautiful space, talking to people, and watching them relax into the moment. I feel great after a day’s work!

Are there particular ailments that you have personal or professional expertise in treating?

Chinese Medicine treats patterns. Different patterns can come about because of lifestyle, strong emotions, past traumas, diet, and the environment. When we are not feeling well or are in a state of dis-ease, it’s because our bodies are out of balance. I like family medicine because I’m able to see different patterns. I have good experience treating palpitations, digestive complaints, anxiety, insomnia, back pain, knee pain, allergies and so much more. When my son comes home from school with a cold, he asks for herbs and usually has complete relief within a day or so. Patterns that have been around for a long time can take longer and require more work. Sometimes we are working on keeping the pattern from getting worse.

When you are not at Sage, what are your favorite things to do?

I also practice qigong, a form of energy work. I’ve had the opportunity to study qigong with Eva Wong. I also love to read and take nature walks.

You can contact Jen by emailing her at jencwade [at] gmail [dot] com


Sage Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist

370133_100005472513382_519740882_qTo schedule with Mercedez, email Sage at sagecommunityhealth@gmail.com or call 312.582.4458


Reiki Practitioner
IMG_4880Courtney is a queer Black femme healing conduit who believes in the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Courtney is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Masters of Social Work Program and sees her Reiki practice as a way to live her social justice truth.
Through trauma-informed Reiki sessions Courtney channels Reiki energy to heal and balance your chakras, help release trauma, induce relaxation, and tap into the body’s healing ability. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of healing. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. Courtney believes that intentional self-care is necessary and sacred.
​She loves helping people figure out a self-care plan that works for their unique needs. She is currently in the process of creating workshops on self-care aimed at human service professionals. ​
Courtney’s self-care includes long hot baths, quality time with her cat Arima, time in nature, and music.


Sage Practitioner, Licensed Acupuncturist
sonya Sonya is a board certified acupuncturist and herbalist. Although a dance injury first led her to acupuncture as a patient, she quickly embraced the wide application of this time-tested medicine in healing both body and mind. Innate curiosity and a desire to help others heal through natural means led Sonya to begin formal study of Chinese medicine. She has trained at both the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago. Sonya’s 16 years of experience as a teacher have finely tuned her skills of listening and clarifying choices that help people find their own healthy balance.  When she isn’t teaching, or acupunctur-ing, Sonya can be found biking slowly through Chicago to a yoga or dance class.  She is excited to join forces with the wonderful people at Sage in their work to bring affordable care to Chicagoland.


Sage Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist
Kris Piedra is a Licensed Massage Therapist and nursing student who has been in practice since 2008. They believe in providing affirming bodywork for ALL bodies and strongly believes in the healing power of consensual touch. Kris is trauma-informed and understands how important it is to have a safe space in order for people to release stagnant and triggering energy and believes Sage provides that in all regards.


Sage Bodywork Practitioner
Hello, I’m Mirlos Jaber. I am now a massage therapist at Sage. Before I was a massage therapist I did administrative office work, and most of you first met me as a volunteer, scheduling appointments and receiving payments for services rendered. I have been a volunteer at Sage for over a year now. While volunteering at Sage I was also working for a chiropractor doing clinical work and relaxation massage. Within that year I completed my state licensing process. Therefore you will now see me at Sage doing both administrative support and practicing massage. I come for a long line of healers and I’m grateful for the knowledge they have passed down. I acknowledge the wonderful teachers who instructed me at the Cortiva School of Massage. I give thanks for the classmates and all the therapist I do trades with, because they have been my teachers too. Massage and Self Care has opened my world a different ways of treatment and healing for the body, mind and soul. I hope to see you at Sage and that you too benefit from the various forms for healing services offered at Sage. I look forward to working with you. See you at Sage.
For more information, please visit Melissa’s website at www.melissassanchez.com.


Sage Practitioner, Asian Body Therapist/Shiatsu Practitioner
sandiShiatsu is a Japanese style of bodywork that utilizes the body’s natural abilities to heal itself through stimulation of acupressure points. It is performed on a soft futon on the floor with the receiver wearing comfortable clothing. Shiatsu can relieve aches and pains while addressing emotional stress and internal organ issues. Sandi came to Shiatsu looking for a way to heal after becoming “burned out” as a union organizer. Her studies helped her to understand how injustice can manifest as illness. Her work for a more just world informs her approach to bodywork, and she is excited to learn more about this by working with Sage.


Sage Practitioner, Yoga Instructor
nerissaNerissa Osby is a Black queer femme native of St. Louis. She just graduated from DePaul University with her Master’s in Sociology and is supper excited to see all of your cute faces in various yoga poses! Nerissa has been a healer for over a year now and specializes in creating space in her classes that is queer/trans and body positive. If she could met and have dinner with any animal it would be a sloth and they’d discuss the depletion of the rain forest while hanging out on tree branches. If you’re interested or know for sure you’re ready to sweat, clear your mind, and find grounding in your life try out a class.


Sage Practitioner, Registered Nurse, Health Educator, Certified Doula
gentryStephanie Gentry-Fernandez is a bilingual (Spanish/English) ICTC-certified Full Circle Doula. As a registered nurse, health educator, artist, and organizer, she has long advocated for the use of trauma-informed, holistic, and culturally sensitive frameworks that use harm reduction to be inclusive to all people seeking healthier lives. Using evidence-based practice, Stephanie incorporates emotional, spiritual, and physical support during pregnancies by honoring traditional birthing customs and promoting breastfeeding. Stephanie is a native life-long resident of Chicago’s South Side and is committed to providing services to all Chicago-area residents, particularly those living in the south side and south suburbs.For the past 15 years, Stephanie has been a source of support to people in crisis through venues as diverse as juvenile detention centers, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, homeless drop in centers, rape and domestic violence crisis hotlines, and community empowerment and faith-based organizations. Over the years, Stephanie has learned it is imperative to meet people where they are at, provide education and advocacy, and support their decisions in making healthier choices, which are all important components of harm reduction and trauma-informed frameworks.Contact Stephanie at stephanie.gentry@gmail.com if you are interested in having her be your doula.ImageStephanie Gentry-Fernandez es una ICTC-certificada bilingue (espanol/ingles) doula de servicio completo. Como enfermera, promotora de salud, artista, y organizadora, ella ha luchado para promover e informar de la manera mas natural, integral, y con respeto cultural a cualquier situacion traumatizante. Tambien incorpora la reduccion del daño para ser mas inclusivo a cualquier persona que esta buscando una vida mas saludable. Basado en la evidencia de embarazos, Stephanie incorpora apoyo emocional, espiritual, y fisico durante los embarazos, y hace honor a las costumbres tradicionales del parto, y tambien promueve la alimentacion con leche materna. Stephanie es una nativa y residente toda su vida del lado sur de Chicago, y se compromete a dar servicios a todos los residentes del area de Chicago, particularmente a los que viven en el sur y en los suburbios del sur.Por los ultimos 15 años, Stephanie ha sido una fuente de apoyo para personas pasando por crisis tan diversas como centros de detencion juvenil, albuergues de violencia domestica, albuergues y centros de apoyo para indigentes, lineas de emergencia para violacion y violencia domestica, y centros comunitarios para fortalecimiento, y organizaciones basadas en la fe. A travez de los años, Stephanie ha aprendido que es imperativo aceptar a la gente en el momento en que esté, educar, y apoyar sus decisiones. Todos estos son componentes importantes para reducir los daños y disminuir situaciones traumaticas.Puede mandar un email a Stephanie en stephanie.gentry@gmail.com si usted quiere que Stephanie sea su doula.