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What Patients Say

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"I absolutely feel that the fertility coaching you offered me throughout our work together was not only practically useful but emotionally a mainline of faith hope and survival through the process. I feel like I could not have done it without you. I mean that."


“Please know that I think of you often with fondness and immense gratitude.  Things are very busy, can you believe [our daughter] is turning a year old in 3 weeks?  I still, and will always, credit you with the miracle that was her conception, safe pregnancy and birth.”

“I had acupuncture with you pre and post my IVF transfer on 8th, and you'll be glad to know  . . . I just found out I'm pregnant. The whole process felt so much better this time, due in no small measure I'm sure to your extraordinary gift and attention. I didn't have any cramps this time, and floated around the hotel feeling more on holiday than recovering from medical treatment. We know it's just the first step on a long journey but we've never got this far before and we're feeling positive - perhaps it's something to do with those seeds you taped to my ears. I've felt in a state of grace ever since! Thank you so much."


“You have given so many of us what we wanted and needed along our journey to health & happiness. It's actually been 3 years since I've seen you.  We began fertility treatment in April 2012 and by May I was pregnant.  I continued to see you throughout my pregnancy and in February 2013 I had my daughter, _______.  Since then it's been a busy 3 years watching her grow.  I'm still in awe of her everyday.  I absolutely love being a mother and I owe that to you and your absolute dedication to what you do. . . . And although I haven't been back to see you you've always held a special place in my heart during that very vulnerable time of my life.  You will always be a part of her "birth story"  because I believe acupuncture is what my body needed to kickstart my ability to conceive.  After all, my husband and I had been trying for 3 years "naturally"  and  I was on fertility medications for a year and a half.  Until I combined that with acupuncture we had been unsuccessful.  And only four treatments in I found out I was pregnant!    . . . You’ve literally given us [a] life and have made us happier than we could have ever imagined!”

“Thank you for the part you played in helping this life come to be.  Valerie, [my husband] and I believe you have been the greatest factor in this wonderful, glorious improvement in our 7 year odyssey.  She [our daughter] is a blessing and you will always be held sacred in my heart as the most important part of the process that allowed her genesis.  Thank you.”

“My husband and I had been trying to conceive for over a year, and I had just been diagnosed with polycystic ovaries, which had caused my menstrual cycles to be irregular, few, and far between (sometimes with over 100 day cycles).  I had been feeling frustrated, dejected, and pretty hopeless.  At that stage, I decided to apply both Western medicine (with an RE) and Eastern acupuncture (with Valerie) to my TTC regimen.  Each week, Valerie would patiently ask about where I was in my cycle, where I was in my Western medications, where I was on my emotional scale. Valerie took the time to really listen to what I needed - both physically and mentally - and would tailor a specific acupuncture treatment to my needs.  Each week, I would leave the office feeling relaxed, refreshed, encouraged, and at peace.  I'm happy to report that within 4 months, I got pregnant!  I'm so happy that we decided to pursue both Eastern and Western medicine at the same time.  I feel that acupuncture really helped my body adjust to the side effects of the fertility medications and gave me much needed mental peace as well.  We are now just coming out of our 1st trimester, and can't wait to share the news with our families and friends in a couple of weeks.  Good luck to those of you on your fertility journeys.  Valerie is great acupuncturist, and you won't be disappointed!”

-K.H., Sausalito, CA

Just wanted to share our good news with you. I had a positive pregnancy test yesterday! [My husband] and I would like to say a 'very big thank you' for your help and encouragement. Your kind words really meant a great deal to me. We couldn't have managed without you!"

"I realize (with some embarrassment!) that I forgot to email you following my treatment with you in April last year to let you know that I was fortunate enough to become pregnant! You will probably not remember seeing me but there was one thing in particular you said to me during my treatment which had a huge impact on me.  You told me that I appeared to be doing everything I possibly could to help me conceive except believe it would happen.  I carried that positive thought with me during my treatment at Institut Marques and the result has been a successful pregnancy. I am therefore absolutely delighted and very proud to announce the arrival of X – born X December 2007. I have attached a couple of pictures – one just after he was born and the other more recent. My husband and I  can’t thank you enough for your help and support at a very crucial time in our quest for a family."

"Thank you for acupuncture you did for me a few weeks ago during donor ivf transfer at Instituto Marques.

The main difference I found having acupuncture during transfer was that it controlled the surge of adrenaline I get at transfer time (the counting and deep breathing you recommended seemed to work well) and the rest afterwards was good - my partner said it was the quietest he had ever seen me.

The great news is that I am pregnant and from the blood tests the hormone levels are very high so we could have twins. Thank you Valerie - its just wonderful the work you people do."

"I came to see you in May before and after my embryo transfer. I’m delighted to say I had a strong positive pregnancy blood test result yesterday. Valerie, you have a wonderful talent and I felt so serene and warm after our last session, so thank you for helping the magic work."

“I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to write to you, but you have been on my mind often. You may recall that you treated me in Barcelona in August 2008 when I was undergoing an IVF transfer at the Clinic Dexeus. Our treatment was successful and our daughter X was born on X May 2009. She has just turned one year old and is beautiful. I am certain that the acupuncture treatments which I had with you in Barcelona were a real contributor to the treatment working out and I continued to have treatments throughout my pregnancy too and had a trouble free time. So a big thank you to you from me and my husband X, we feel so lucky to be blessed with our daughter and to have crossed paths with you.”

“I often think of you when I see my two younger kids (photo attached) that probably wouldn’t be here without you!”

"I just had to let you know that this morning I had a positive pregnancy test result! As you can imagine, I am over the moon with excitement and happiness! Thank you so much for treating me on ET day. I am sure that being so relaxed before and after embryo transfer made all the difference and needless to say I have recommended you to all my friends!"

“Always enjoy my treatments from Valerie. She's played an important role in my pregnancy journey. She's taught me better diet changes, the difference between quality vitamins and herbs and most importantly how we can use our bodies to heal. Thank you!”

“Hi Valerie, You probably already suspected this but I confirmed last Thursday that I am, in fact, pregnant! I know this would not have happened without you.”

“How to say 'thank you'? Well, the simplest way must be to write 'thank you'. The path to where I am today began with one needle, in my right thigh I recall, almost two years ago. Your guidance is invaluable beyond mere words, as is your common sense and wisdom."

"By the time I was introduced to you last year, I was convinced the pain I had been suffering would never go away.  Over one year of frustrating doctor visits and sports medicine specialists hadn´t been able to help my sciatica. I knew nothing about acupuncture and no idea what to expect.  From the first visit, you put me at ease,  understood my pain and began treatment.  After the first few visits my pain had substantially subsided, by the fourth month it had completely gone away.  I have a tremendous respect for professionals as talented and gifted as you.  I am so thankful.  I owe you so much Valerie!"

“Five element acupuncture with Valerie Mendels has been incredibly helpful for me in my transition to move away.  I came in for basic stress relief however what I received was far from banal.  Valerie is a gifted acupuncturist, she not only has been practicing for awhile but is truly talented and uses her intuition to give great results.  She is always thoughtful and thorough in her work.  I have already recommended her to many people and hope that her business flourishes.  Really can't recommend her enough.” -Anne B., Petaluma, CA

Valerie Mendels was my very first acupuncturist. . . Even from our initial phone conversation I felt that she was someone very special, she was immediately calm and warm and compassionate.  A great healer can set the healing process in motion from the first interaction with their patient, this is exactly how I felt in Valerie's presence.  I didn't come in with any particular health problem, I was interested in promoting my own wellness and deepening my awareness of life.  This was something Valerie was immediately enthusiastic about.  In every session Valerie gave me her undivided attention in a way I had never experienced before.  She is one of the most thoughtful people I have ever met, choosing her words carefully and with great wisdom.  I always looked forward to spending an hour with her each week.   Her treatments were incredibly potent too.  I will never forget the way I felt when I walked out of her office after my first treatment.  I felt like I was floating but also very calm and focused.  Most distinctively, I felt an incredible openness in my heart.  My chest literally felt expanded, leading me down the street as I walked.  After only a few weeks of treatment I was feeling terrific.  I had so much more energy and it was a balanced grounded sort of energy.  Friends started commenting that I seemed calmer and happier.  Physical symptoms that I hadn't even asked for help with started to improve or go away completely, things like menstrual cramps, headaches and food cravings.  Actually my experience of acupuncture with Valerie was so transformative that less than a year later I decided to go to school and study acupuncture myself!  Now I am treating my own patients and I often find myself thinking, "what would Valerie have done here?".  I am forever grateful to her for bringing me my first experience of this amazing medicine and for being such a positive role model as a practitioner.” 
-Katie F., Gainesville, FL
“I met Valerie in April after being diagnosed with a painful incurable disease and in a state of great distress. I can remember the pain I was when we started and how she took care of me in a very intensive manner, working on me twice a week. After four months of treatment I can say my life is night and day and I'm sure that Valerie contributed to the great progress I've done. Valerie is very gentle and a great listener;  you can tell she truly cares and acts as a partner on your way to recovery. I can say that I feel immediate stress relief as soon as  she start working on me. I did traditional acupuncture before but I'm still surprise how responsive I am to Valerie's method. I would highly recommend Valerie to anyone who is looking for pain relief and well being.”      -Melanie D., San Francisco, CA



“Valerie, I feel SO much better with more energy, creativity and bright mental and emotional mood. Thank you much.”

-C.L., Sebastopol, CA

“You are still, hands down, the best practitioner I have ever seen, and that was when you were in student clinic!”


“Valerie is great!”  . . . “I decided after hearing about a friend's wonderful experience with Valerie that I wanted to try it for help with mood problems as an adjunct to psychotherapy.  This was a great combination, and I have felt better this year than I have in a long time.  Valerie is intuitive and very giving of her time, and I would highly recommend her to anyone.”  -Kelly B., San Francisco, CA
“Valerie literally changed my life. I went to see her for migraines and insomnia and ended up with a totally new career which I love. She helped me though what I realize now was a difficult period in my life.  The 5 Element style of acupuncture she used helped me to see things more clearly and gave me the strength and will power needed to make a huge change in my life. I am so grateful to her for this. Valerie is a very open and understanding person. She has the perfect combination of being very professional and yet warm and caring at the same time. I would recommend her to everyone, whether they have physical or emotional problems, she is just great.”  
-Tania S.
“From the first moment I met Valerie, I knew seeing her was going to be an interesting adventure.  What I didn't realize was that I was going to experience a deep sense of well-being that can only be described as deliciously timeless.  Valerie is wise, gentle, and intuitive.  At the same time she is very professional and cares about results- her focus is on her patients from the moment they step into her world.” . . . “It is practitioners like Valerie that make acupuncture a path to well-being.”    -Brenda O., Pleasanton, CA
“Hope you remember me-- client until your departure to Spain and still learning from your healing and guidance. I've started a new phase in my life and you keep popping into my mind with the desire to let you know what a profound impact you are still having in my life.  . . . As I think and reflect over the changes in my life in the last few years I keep coming back to you. . . . Your concern and compassion planted the seeds that provided both the essence and the initial nurturing for the growth. . . I just wanted to make sure you new what a powerful, positive difference you've made in my life."
"I´ve been meaning to write you for quite some time now.  I imagine you are settled in San Francisco and doing well  . . .  I came to realize after a few visits how much I enjoyed your company, your treatments and healing touch.  I sincerely miss the visits.  You are a top notch professional Valerie.  I have no doubt success will find you wherever you are. The world needs more people like you.  I really do mean that.  What more can I say other than I am deeply thankful for my time with you and your healing touch."