Speakers

Carrie Jones, ND

Dr. Carrie Jones is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and educator on the topic of women’s health and hormones. She graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), School of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon where she also completed her 2-year residency in women’s health, hormones and endocrinology. Later she graduated from Grand Canyon University’s Master of Public Health program with a goal of doing more international education. She was adjunct faculty for many years at NUNM teaching gynecology and advanced endocrinology/fertility and has been the Medical Director for 2 large integrative clinics in Portland. She is the Medical Director for Precision Analytical, Inc, creators of the DUTCH hormone test.

Click here to view my lecture: The Three Best Friends: Reviewing the Relationship Between the Ovarian Theca, Granulosa and Lutein Cells

Ching-Ling (Lingky) Tan-Bleinroth, MD, Diploma in Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture

Western medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and naturopathy have their own merits. Combined, each complements the other to promote the overall wellbeing of the patient.

“My approach is to focus on both the physical and emotional health. Treatment is based on a combination of western and Chinese Medicine including acupuncture as well as natural remedies and holistic healthcare.”

Click here to view my lecture: PCOS: Western Herbal Approach Using Chinese herbal Energetics

Elisabet Stener-Victorin, PhD

Dr. Stener-Victorin is a senior lecturer and researcher at Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. She has recently received a renewal of the Longjiang Scholar, Chair Professorship at Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, China.

She works with western medical acupuncture research since beginning of 1990 with main focus to investigate the effect and mechanism of acupuncture in reproductive medicine both in clinical and experimental studies. This ended up in a PhD at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2000. After her PhD she went to Japan for postdoctorial research in collaboration with Professor Mieko Kurosawa. From 2005 she has been working full time as a researcher with grants from the Swedish Research Council at the Department of Physiology at the Institution of Neuroscience and Physiology at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. In January 2015 she moved with her research group to the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.

Her research focuses on the pathophysiology of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the most common endocrine and metabolic disorder among women, and the effect and mechanisms of acupuncture and exercise on PCOS related symptoms.

She is a well-known lecturer at international conferences and at acupuncture courses in Europe, US, South America, China, Australia and New Zealand. She has published more than 135 peer-reviewed articles and is in the Editorial Board of JCEM, Human Reproduction, Acupuncture in Medicine and in Journal of Physiology. Since 2012 she is member in the board of Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) and Androgen Excess and PCOS Society.

Click here to view my lecture:  Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: New Insights and an Integrative Acupuncture Approach

Felice Gersh, MD, OBGYN, Fellowship in Integrative Medicine

Dr. Felice Gersh is a globally-recognized expert on women’s hormones, gut microbiome, and circadian rhythm. She frequently collaborates with numerous research organizations and lectures internationally on women’s health topics.

As Medical Director of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, Dr. Gersh focuses on understanding women’s innate physical and emotional make-up. Through her research and practical experience, she has come to understand that women have internal, natural rhythms that are absolutely essential to female health. These rhythms are controlled by hormones, particularly estrogen, and may be kept in balance through both conventional and holistic treatments.

Dr. Felice Gersh also starts with the most natural treatments that produce the fewest undesirable side effects. In most situations, she uses pharmaceuticals as a last resort because, although pharmaceuticals deal with symptoms, they can also disrupt the body’s natural ability to heal and affect women’s reproductive functions.

Click here to view my lecture: Overcoming Polycystic Ovary Syndrome by Addressing the Complex Roles of Endocrine Disruptors, the Gut Microbiome, and the Circadian Rhythm

Fiona McCulloch, ND, RAc

Dr. Fiona McCulloch has published many articles and is a regular contributor to NDNR, one of the leading journals for naturopathic doctors as well as other publications for health professionals. Her popular research-based blog has 30,000 readers per month and her book “8 Steps To Reverse Your PCOS” is a women’s health best seller.

As a woman with PCOS herself, who struggled for many years with its symptoms, she’s passionate about health education and advocacy for women with PCOS, and serves on the medical advisory committee of the PCOS Awareness Association and as an expert on IVF.ca. She is also a medical advisor to Open Source Health – a women’s health technology platform. The Open Source Health Precision Medicine PCOS Project was started in December 2015 and may be the largest ever project to use state of the art genetic and molecular research, science, evidence-based integrative medicine and technology to help the growing under-served community of women with PCOS.

Fiona also frequently lectures to professionals including naturopathic doctors and integrative medicine clinicians and also to students at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Fiona is a proponent of evidence-based natural medicine and peer-reviews for Natural Standard, an database on evidence-based natural medicine.

Fiona is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (2001) and the University of Guelph (Biological Science/Molecular Biology and Genetics).

Click here to view my lecture: Reproductive and Developmental Elements in PCOS: Optimizing Oocyte Quality and Beyond

Kate Levett, BEd, MPH, PhD, AIAS

Dr Kate Levett has been working in health education, acupuncture practice and medical research for over 20 years. She is a specialist in acupuncture, research methods and education. She has qualifications in Education (B.Ed (HME) (Hons I) Univ.Sydney), a Masters degree in research (MPH (epidemiology) (with Merit) Univ. Sydney), an Advanced Diploma in Applied Science (Acupuncture) (AIAS), and bringing these skills together in her PhD from the NICM Research Institute at Western Sydney University.

The subject of her PhD was in the development, delivery and evaluation of an antenatal education program, that used non-pharmacological pain relief methods to manage labour, such as acupressure, for the management of labour.

Click here to view my lecture: Endometriosis & Autoimmune Diseases and the Role of Acupuncture for Treatment.

Laurena White, MD, OBGYN, REI, LAc, Chinese Herbalist

Dr. Laurena White has over 15 years of service and experience in the field of women’s health ranging from birth doula to physician including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. She works closely with a team she has carefully chosen to deliver expert care not only to women, but also to couples trying to conceive. Together with the team, Dr. White facilitates the transformation of complex women’s health and fertility challenges. By helping women and couples address the underlying root cause of their condition, her patients begin to  flourish without taking unnecessary pharmaceutical medications or having fruitlessly invasive surgical procedures. Laurena has developed purpose-built signature programs that are unique to The Eudaimonia Center.

Dr. White integrated her practice by incorporating both allopathic and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment modalities in order to bridge the gaps in women’s healthcare.

Click here to view my lectures:
An Integrative Approach to the Treatment of Uterine Fibroids

The “5 Keys”: Successfully Establishing a Partnership with a Reproductive Endocrinologist/Infertility Subspecialist
 

Leah Hechtman, ND

Leah is an experienced and respected clinician and has been in private practice for over 20 years. She specializes in fertility, pregnancy and reproductive medicine and holds fellowships and memberships with many International organizations.

She has completed extensive advanced training and is currently completing her PhD through the School of Women’s and Children’s Health (Faculty of Medicine [UNSW]). Her research is exploring ovarian biomarkers in women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Premature Ovarian Failure (POF).

Leah is the Director of The Natural Health and Fertility Centre, in Sydney Australia. Over the years she has helped thousands of couples conceive healthy, vibrant children often in situations where they were told there was no hope left.

She is a keynote speaker at conferences locally and internationally to both the functional and complementary medicine communities as well as the wider fertility and gynaecological areas of medicine. She is the author of multiple seminal naturopathic textbooks and is a contributor to journals and other texts within the Naturopathic and Functional Medicine areas as well as general gynaecology, fertility and infertility.

Click here to view my lectures:

Is Her Time Up? Understanding the Oocyte and the Factors that Mediate Reproductive Competence – POI and Infertility

The Complexity, Interplay and Sophistication of the Drivers of Endometriosis

Mark Perloe, MD, OBGYN, REI

Dr. Perloe earned his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University, Hershey Medical Center, and served his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Perloe completed his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Minnesota.

He has extensive experience treating conditions related to infertility including polycystic ovary syndrome, recurrent pregnancy loss, menstrual disorders, fibroids, male factor infertility, endocrine disorders, and other reproductive health problems. His patients have access to the latest in vitro fertilization techniques including fertility preservation, the use of donor eggs, donor sperm, and gestational surrogacy.

Dr. Perloe has served as principal investigator in numerous reproductive health research studies including innovative IVF treatments, ovulation induction, polycystic ovary syndrome, as well as investigational medications for the treatment of male erectile dysfunction. He has served as consultant and a task force member to the Women’s Initiative of the American International Health Association and was active in establishing the first approved endoscopy-training center in the former Soviet Union at the Russian National Institute of Women’s Health.

He has published research in medical journals including Human Reproduction, Fertility and Sterility, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Southern Medical Journal, and the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Click here to view my lecture: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: New Insights and an Integrative Acupuncture Approach

Olivia Pojer, MD, TCM Dr, FABORM

Dr. Olivia Pojer MD, studied medicine at the University of Graz, Austria and graduated to Dr. med.univ. in 2004, general practitioner since 2009. In 2010, she established a medical practice for Chinese medicine in Gleisdorf, Austria.
Dr. Pojer is a lecturer and course instructor of the OGKA (Austrian Society for Controlled Acupuncture and TCM), teaches and lectures in Austria and worldwide. She is a Fellow of the ABORM and holds an Acupuncture Diploma and a Diploma for Chinese Herbal Medicine from the Austrian Medical Association, diploma for further training in “Master-Tung acupuncture” by Henry McCann (USA), diploma for “Integrative medicine in assisted reproduction (ART)” by the German association for reproductive medicine, diploma for advanced training in TCM from the Universities of Nanjing and Wuhan (China).
Since June 2019, Dr Pojer is the President of the OGKA and the author of the book "Secrets from the chamber of Jade-Treatment of erectile dysfunction and lack of libido with Chinese Medicine", published by Müller & Steinicke in May 2017.

Click here to view my lecture: Male Factor: It Takes Two to Make a Baby

Paul Magarelli, PhD, MD, REI, ABORM

If you ask anyone in Colorado about Dr. Paul Magarelli they will tell you that he makes babies for a living. Dr. Magarelli and his team, HQA Fertility Centers, have served Colorado and the Western Region as a Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist since 1998. Over 3,000 babies are part of his legacy, and he has only just begun. His motto of practice began as “High Tech with a Personal Touch” then evolved to “We Heal by Creating Families in an Affordable way”. Recently Dr. Magarelli decided to spearhead a change in how Reproductive Medicine is practiced in the United States. He did this by creating HQA-Fertility Care (said HiKu). High Quality Affordable Fertility Care is a revolutionary approach to helping infertility patients get access to all types of fertility care, including High Tech in the forms of IVF/ICSI and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS/PGD), at incredibly affordable prices. He changed the average fee for IVF from $ 15,000 to $ 7,700 and the typical fees for CCS/PGD from over $ 36,000 to $ 11,000. This is a major shift in the accessibility and affordability of infertility care. He did this while preserving his signature 5 Star service guarantee: he and his staff will provide care in a pleasant, compassionate, competent and respectful fashion. He also created a program in which patients with cancers that may make them permanently infertile, can have an IVF cycle at no fee and this includes medications. He is now advancing care for our military with his Compassionate Corps™ program in which soldiers that have injuries that may affect their fertility can have their IVF medications for two IVF cycles … free.

Dr Magarelli and his wife, Diane K Cridennda, L.Ac., Doctor of Oriental Medicine (NMex), of East Winds Acupuncture in Colorado Springs originated the research to incorporate Acupuncture into IVF treatment cycles. Their C-MAP protocol (Cridennda Magarelli Acupuncture Protocol) is used worldwide to help infertility patients create “One Healthy Baby™”. Both Dr. Mag and Dr. Diane founded and serve on the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine and both are invited lecturers worldwide on topics that range from infertility to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Menopause, Andropause and the treatment of Insulin Resistance.

Dr. Magarelli designed the nation’s first comprehensive clinic to treat Insulin Resistance and its sequelae of diabetes, hypertension, low testosterone, depression, andropause, fatigue and more in his clinic called the Institute for Sustained Health™.

Dr. Magarelli remains the only RE in the city with the ability to diagnose and treat folks both locally, nationally and internationally. He is a graduate of Duke University Health Sciences Residency and UCLA RE Fellowship program. He earned his Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology at the University of Arizona. Recently he was elected President of the nations’ oldest regional fertility organization, the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society.

Click here to view my course: Key Note: Fertile Soil: Exploring Metabolics in Eastern and Western Reproductive Medicine

Paul Turek, MD, Reproductive urologist, ABORM

Dr. Turek is Director of The Turek Clinic (www.TheTurekClinic.com), a men’s health clinic in Beverly Hills and San Francisco. He is a former Professor of Urology, Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of California San Francisco and held the Academy of Medical Educators Endowed Chair in Urology. He is an active clinician and internationally recognized authority on men’s health issues.

Dr. Turek attended Yale College and Stanford University Medical School. Following a urology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Turek was fellowship trained at Baylor College of Medicine. His publications include basic research that focuses on germ and stem cell genetics and epidemiologic studies of men’s sexual and reproductive health problems. He is a consultant to the CDC and NIH. He has received NIH grants to help infertile men become fathers. He is an Advisory Board member of the Men’s Health Care Network and Fertile Hope and Editor of the Reproductive Volume of Netter’s Images, published in 2012. He maintains an active blog at www.TurekonMensHealth.com

Dr. Turek is Past-President of the Society of Male Reproduction and Urology, The American Society of Andrology and The Northern California Urology Society. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Société Internationale d'Urologie and the Royal Society of Medicine (London). In 2009, he founded a free volunteer medical clinic powered by retired physicians for the working uninsured (www.ClinicByTheBay.org). More recently, he executive produced an award winning Hollywood short film entitled “If I Could Tell You.” His hobbies include vintage cars and longboard surfing.

Click here to view my lecture: Male Factor: It Takes Two to Make a Baby

Randine Lewis, PhD, LAc, FABORM

After her basic medical school curriculum, Dr. Randine Lewis received her MSOM at the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medi-cine, interned in China, and received her PhD in alternative medicine. Dr. Lewis has been a governing board member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, as well as a medical expert for numerous online resources. She is the author of The Infertility Cure and The Way of the Fertile Soul, conducts intensive retreats, and teaches workshops for practitioners internationally.

Dr. Lewis is the founder of Eastern Harmony clinic in Houston, Texas, The Fertile Soul Retreat process, and the Continuing Excellence in Fertility Professionals Program. She teaches for the integrative doctoral program at Daoist traditions College of medical arts. She has kept up a regular qi gong and meditative practice and uses elemental self-inquiry and body wisdom meditative and movement processes in her work.

Click here to view my course: Science of the Tao – Ethical Considerations

Ruth Illing, MD, OBGYN, IVF Specialist, Diploma in Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture

Dr. Ruth Illing is a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has medical studies in Bonn, Münster and Berlin. She is a specialist training in Thuringia. Since 1998 training in acupuncture and TCM u. a. with Francois Ramakers, Gertrude Kubiena, Dieter Klein, Ansgar Römer with a focus on gynecology and obstetrics.

Dr. Ruth Illing has training in Western Herbs and TCM after Jeremy Ross at the Vienna School of TCM. Since 2006 gynecological work with focus on reproductive medicine and TCM. She teaches at the Vienna School of TCM and the Society of Doctors for Acupuncture in Vienna. Since 2012 in private practice.

Click here to view my course: PCOS: Western Herbal Approach Using Chinese herbal Energetics

Sandro Graca, Lic. TCM, MSc Candidate, FABORM

Sandro Graca is a lecturer and researcher, a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM), and one of the Directors at Evidence Based Acupuncture. Recently, Sandro completed his MSc in Advanced Oriental Medicine (Research and Practice) with the Northern College of Acupuncture and Middlesex University, focusing on acupuncture for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Originally from Portugal, Sandro moved to Ireland in 2004 and is a graduate of the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine where he obtained his Licentiate in TCM, followed by a four-week program at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.

Sandro is a lecturer on the online MSc program at the NCA in York, U.K., and he is one of the researchers on the Cochrane Review Group for acupuncture for assisted reproductive technology.

In other education and advocacy roles, Sandro is a senior moderator for Healthy Seminars, offering support to speakers and practitioners using the Healthy Seminars learning platform, and he is also the Director for International Membership of the Obstetrical Acupuncture Association (OBAA).

Click here to view my lecture: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: New Insights and an Integrative Acupuncture Approach

 

Sharon Weizenbaum, LAc

Sharon Weizenbaum graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1983 and has been practicing Chinese medicine for over 30 years. Her first gynecology teacher was Dr. Zhu Shu-rong from Shang Hai. In 1990 she traveled to Hang Zhou where she studied herbal gynecology with Dr. Qiu Xiao-mei as well as Chinese language. She continued her language study at Mt. Holyoke College and translates much of her own teaching materials.

In 2007 she traveled back to China to study classic formulas with Dr. Huang Huang, who continues to be one of her teachers. She studied and apprenticed with Kiiko Matsumoto for 12 years and developed Integrative Mandala Acupuncture as a synthesis of her study with both Chinese and Japanese acupuncture teachers.

Sharon is the director of White Pine Healing Arts clinic and educational facility. She teaches the Graduate Mentorship Program and Integrative Mandala Acupuncture nationally as well as shorter courses. Her articles have been published in The Lantern and in the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine. She is known for her engaging, clinically relevant and clear teaching style.

Click here to view my course: Classical Herbal Approach to Pregnancy

Susan Johnson, LAc

Susan Johnson, L.Ac., has been studying and practicing acupuncture since 1982, and is an esteemed teacher of Master Tung’s Magic Points, a potent system of acupuncture handed down as a treasured family secret for generations and made public by Master Tung Ching Chang.

Susan graduated from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA, in 1984. By then, she’d begun an internship with Dr. Miriam Lee, whose influence was life changing for Susan. Susan became Dr. Lee’s primary student and trained extensively with her for many years. Together they traveled to Hefei, China, to study bleeding techniques with Dr. Wang Su-Jen. Susan studied Master Tung’s Magic Points with both Dr. Lee and Dr. Wei-Chieh Young. During the 1980s Susan also worked with Dr. Lee, lobbyist Art Krause, and elected officials to pass legislation expanding the scope of acupuncture in California.

Susan practiced acupuncture in San Francisco until 1988, specializing in the treatment of HIV and AIDS. Through this experience she learned about opportunistic diseases and how to treat difficult and complex disorders such as Kaposi’s sarcoma, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), Candida, cancer, and the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

Since 1988, Susan has maintained an acupuncture practice in Santa Cruz, California. She specializes in difficult and challenging cases, and in helping those with special needs to receive quality health care.

Throughout her career Susan has relied extensively on Master Tung’s Magic Points, and she has been teaching classes on Tung’s Magic Points since 1985. Susan’s passion for Tung’s Points and her desire to share this remarkable system with other practitioners has inspired her to teach seminars and guest lectures worldwide, write articles and produce tutorial DVDs on Master Tung’s Points and the ancient art of cupping. Susan is continuing to work on innovative ways to share Master Tung’s Magic Points with a global audience, making this incredible system available to as many people as possible.

Click here to view my course: Treating Fertility and Infertility Using Tung’s Acupuncture - HealthySeminars IFS

Ursula Ritz, MD, OBGYN, IVF Specialist, TCM Dr, FABORM

Dr. Ursula Ritz studied medicine at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz. She is  a General Practitioner; Specialist in gynecology and obstetrics.

Since 2009, Dr. Ursula Ritz has been focusing on reproductive medicine. She is a senior physician and deputy medical director at the Kinderwunsch Institut Dobl. She has her Acupuncture and TCM diploma from the Austrian Society for Controlled Acupuncture (OGKA).

Dr. Ursula Ritz has study visits to the Universities of Chengdu and Nanjing, China; training in integrative infertility therapy with Kiki Sulistyo. She has been practicing gynecology and TCM since 2016 with a focus on integrative fertility treatment.

Click here to view my course: An Integrative Approach to Recurrent Pregnancy Loss and Repeated Implantation Failure