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I am a licensed acupuncturist and primary care provider in California.

I have been treating patients since 1999. 

As an integrative fertility specialist, I help women and couples to conceive either naturally, or in collaboration with Reproductive Endocrinologists who provide Advanced Reproductive Techniques, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), and oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing).


I have helped many hundreds of women and couples to get pregnant and have healthy babies over the past 18 years. 


I have worked extensively in collaboration with reproductive endocrinologists treatments and IVF clinics, so I understand both worlds and can help you understand the best medical options as well as natural fertility solutions, and which are most appropriate for you.

I can help you with a holistic approach that is detail oriented and customised for your unique needs. We will work together in partnership to discover what might be causing your fertility challenges and to bring you back to balance to optimize your health and fertility.

Whether you are in the U.S. or anywhere else in the world, we can work together virtually, in English, French or Spanish.

Professional bio:

-Treating patients with acupuncture since 1999

-Master's Degree in Acupuncture (4 years)

    and additional Certification in Chinese Herbal Medicine (2 years)  

from Maryland University of Integrative Health

-Held multiple private practices including in Maryland, Barcelona (Spain), San Francisco and Sonoma County, California

-At a time when acupuncture was relatively unknown in Spain, founded, established, and later sold the first fertility specialized acupuncture practice in Barcelona, Clinica Tuset. Gave lectures to, formed relationships with, and collaborated with doctors in Barcelona's best IVF clinics, helping to establish a precedent for collaboration between Eastern and Western medicine for fertility patients in Spain.

-Have provided acupuncture onsite at San Francisco Bay Area locations including: University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Center for Reproductive Health, Lane Fertility Institute, Pacific Fertility, Spring Fertility, Marin Fertility, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Laurel Fertility, and Advanced Fertility Associates.

-Have practiced in locations as diverse as (amongst others) an idyllic small mountain village in Spain, to inside of the prison system in Baltimore, to a glamorous location in central Barcelona, inside of a Reproductive Endocrinologist's private clinic, and in the beautiful wellness center of one of the largest and most profitable technology companies in the world, located in Silicon Valley.

-Treatment modalities include: coaching, acupuncture, acupressure, Chinese herbal medicine, functional medicine, laboratory testing, genomic testing, dietary counseling, customized nutritional supplements, lifestyle counseling, reiki energy healing, and heart centered meditation.

-Fluent in English, French and Spanish