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Our 2020 Speakers
IICMC 2020 | The HEART of FERTILITY
Meet our 2020 WORLD CLASS FERTILITY PRESENTERS who are experts at the top of their game. We’ve hand picked 17 awesome presenters to allow in-depth learning + golden nuggets on FERTILITY | PREGNANCY | POST NATAL to take home plus of course the IICMC organisers Clare Pyers and Kirsten Wolfe who will also be sharing their knowledge.
The Heart of the Acupuncture Practice: One Method to Treat Many Conditions
Healing from, with, and through the Heart: The Role of the Heart in Chinese Medicine and Reproductive Health from the Yellow Emperor to Qi Zhongfu to Wang Fengyi
When You’re Between a Rock and a Heart Place – Navigating the Ethics of ‘Fertility Acupuncture'
Dr Nick Lolatgis
Treating autoimmune infertility with IVF - Thinking outside the box
Breast disorders and vaginal discharge
Viruses and their effect on reproduction. Herpes, HPV, Influenza, SARS and others
Viruses and their effect on reproduction. Herpes, HPV, Influenza, SARS and others
Lichen Sclerosus, Autoimmunity and Fertility - a Medical and Psychological Connection
Reducing the Burden of Infertility
Lucy Lines - Embryologist & IVF Project Manager
Influencing outcomes - what REALLY makes a difference?
Once you stop learning you start dying
Event Hosts & Speakers
IICMC Co Director
Kirsten Wolfe is the principle Acupuncturist & the director of Mornington Chinese Medicine, as well as the founder of The Fertile Life Method. She works closely with a team of acupuncturists that deliver expert care to couples trying to conceive.
She has trained over 150 Acupuncturists in The Fertile Life™ Method and offers ongoing mentoring.
The Fertile Life™ Method has been built around Chinese Medicine, the latest clinical research and the teams 50+ years of combined experience of working with couples trying to conceive.
It provides both couples and individuals who have been experiencing primary and secondary infertility, whether through IVF or trying to conceive naturally, with a comprehensive program of natural treatment options to conceive and achieve a successful pregnancy.
Her passion for Women’s Health and a culmination of studying complimentary medicine over the past 25 years, give Kirsten a unique understanding of the human body and spirit.Kirsten has treated thousands of couples and helped them conceive from the easy case to the most difficult cases, where she was their last chance.
She has been practicing for 17 years and has solely focused on treatment of Reproductive and Women’s health conditions such as infertility (natural and IVF), pregnancy, pre-birth, labour and postnatal care for the past 13 years. This has allowed her to become one of Australia’s leading Chinese Medicine experts in the field of fertility.
Kirsten strives to integrate traditional and complementary care in order to effectively improve and maintain her patients' life-long health. Her expertise provides patients with comprehensive treatments to address the needs of individuals and couples suffering from infertility and subfertility.
Kirsten has built a strong reputation on the Mornington Peninsula in gynecology and fertility providing optimal patient care pre and post natally alongside midwives, gynecologists and obstetricians.
Clare Pyers is the founder of the Heavenly Qi podcast, the author of Integrative TCM Guide: Pathology and is the director of the Discover Chinese Medicine clinic in Melbourne.
She has a background in Chemical Engineering and since completing Chinese medicine education, Clare has undertaken extensive study in the field of Integrative medicine.
Clare's clinical practice focuses on hormonal balancing and fertility treatment, and she specialises in complex cases especially to do with fertility related autoimmune and thyroid disorders.
Clare is known for her highly practical and clinically focused conference presentations and has presented live to audiences both here in Australia and abroad. She loves to meld her practical problem solving approach with a heart-focused approach to clinical practice.
IICMC Co Director
Her presentations clearly highlight her perspectives on what's useful and what's not when it comes to using either an integrative/nutritional approach with your patients or simply coming back to the foundations of our amazing system of Chinese medicine diagnostics and treatment principles.
Clare has a passion for sharing knowledge within the Chinese medicine profession, and to help create a stronger sense of collegiality and community amongst practitioners worldwide. She knows that many practitioners can feel professionally isolated, and don't get nearly as many opportunities to "talk shop" about all things Chinese medicine as they would like. Clare also knows there are a lot of practitioners who enjoy learning in less formal ways, and they want more ways of accessing thought provoking clinical content other than run-of-the-mill webinars and face-to-face CPD events.
Clare created the Heavenly Qi podcast as a way to help address these problems, and since early 2016 Clare has co-hosted many episodes on a range of clinically relevant topics. In the episodes she shares her perspectives and insights on many aspects of Chinese medicine and has interviewed many world-renowned Chinese medicine experts to help practitioners around the world learn from their expertise and knowledge.
Clare has an extraordinary ability to analyse data, identify patterns and reformulate information into easily understandable frameworks. Her ability to analyse blood test results and clinical symptoms to have a more refined and powerful diagnostic tool have allowed her to reach a greater level of clinical effectiveness than with using Chinese medicine alone. Clare has explained her approach to interpreting blood test results into a Chinese medicine diagnosis in her book Integrative TCM Guide: Pathology.
Clinical practice is Clare's main professional focus, however Clare does have a real passion for helping practitioners to get better outcomes for their patients. She teaches Chinese medicine practitioners around the world how to integrate nutritional medicine and pathology testing into their practice. Her integrative approach to Chinese medicine clinical practice helps practitioners to achieve increased patient compliance, increased patient retention, develop stronger rapport with their patients and to be able to unlock more challenging clinical cases than before.
Speakers for IICMC 2020
Dr. Randine Lewis, author of The Infertility Cure, has become the leading expert in treating infertility conditions naturally. Her powerful Eastern program combined with her vast knowledge of Western reproductive medicine has helped many thousands of woman throughout the world, get back their fertility, their hope, and their lives. Dr. Lewis began her studies in Western medicine, and after suffering through her own fertility challenges, overcame them with Chinese medicine. After finishing her medical studies in China, she earned a doctorate in Alternative Medicine, the basis of the program she now offers through The Fertile Soul.
Debra has a background in nursing graduating from the London College of Acupuncture in 1989.
With a practice based in women’s health in 1997 she developed a specific interest in treating pregnancy and began teaching specialised acupuncture courses to midwives in 1997.
This led to the publication of articles on the use of acupuncture and acupressure in obstetric practice in 1999 and her book “The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth” in 2006, with subsequent translations into German and French.
Debra completed her PhD on the use of acupuncture in threatened miscarriage in 2014 through the University of Western Sydney and currently supervisors master’s students through the New Zealand School Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
She is a clinical supervisor at a hospital antenatal acupuncture clinic and a multibed maternity clinic in Wellington New Zealand. In addition to clinical practice,
Debra continues to be involved in promoting the use of acupuncture in pregnancy through running acupuncture training modules for midwives, an online mentoring programme for acupuncturists, as well as publishing and lecturing internationally on the use of acupuncture in obstetric care.
Further information about the acupuncture training course for midwives is available through e mailing Debra
Honora Lee Wolfe, Dipl.Ac., the founding director at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 1976, went on to study tuina massage at the Shanghai College of TCM during 1984, ’85, and ‘86.
Ms Wolfe still teaches regularly at Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado.
Completing her acupuncture training in 1988, Ms. Wolfe has taught at many national and regional acupuncture colleges and conferences in North America and Europe and is the author or co-author of several books, including:
Sally Charles is a Chinese Medicine practitioner with a wealth of experience who has been in practice since 1981 and a lectured for over 25 years.
Sally has held a long time interest in fertility and gynaecology as well as infection, epidemiology and post viral complications and autoimmunity, respiratory disorders and Wen Bing.
Sally studied extensively in hospitals and at the Nanjing College of TCM, China since 1981 and completed a Masters in Health Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine) at UTS in 2001.
Sally is also an educator who was director of Studies 1985-1988 at Acupuncture Colleges Australia (ACA) and lectured at ACA (now UTS), UTS, UWS, London School of Acupuncture and Sydney College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
She was the Chairman of AESO (Australian Acupuncture and Ethics and Standards Organisation) now AACMA, from 1983 to 1988 examining overseas applicants.
Sally presented seminars on Psychological Disorders in TCM in New York, London, Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand from 1988 to 1992.
In 2018 Sally presented a one day seminar on Chinese Medical approaches for Failed Implantation and Miscarriage due to autoimmune disorders in relation to Wen Bing theory.
Currently Sally runs a busy private practice in Bondi where she has a special interest in patients with reproductive issues caused by implantation failure or miscarriage.
Sarah Fogarty is a researcher, massage therapist and acupuncturist. Sarah has a passion for providing care for parents who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal loss.
She runs workshops on caring for parents who have experienced loss and she runs the Helping Hands Project: massage and care after loss, which provides a free massage for parents who have experienced loss in the last 2 years.
Sarah completed her Masters in 2006 and her Doctorate in 2011 on acupuncture as an adjunct treatment for eating disorders.
She has presented at a number of international and national conferences and run a number of acupuncture workshops in Sydney and an AACMA state workshop in Victoria. Sarah is a research fellow at Western Sydney University.
The link to Helping Hands is https://www.drsarahfogarty.com/helping-hands/
Sabine Wilms is the author and translator of more than a dozen books on Chinese medicine. With a PhD in East Asian Studies and Medical Anthropology, she specialises in bringing ancient Chinese wisdom to life.
In addition to writing, translating, and publishing her work through her company Happy Goat Productions, she lectures at conferences and schools around the world and mentors private students and small groups through her “Imperial Tutor” mentorship program imperialtutor.com
Some of her favourite topics are gynaecology, paediatrics, medical ethics, and “nurturing life” as envisioned in the Chinese medical classics.
Her publications include translations of Sun Simiao’s writings on gynecology and pediatrics (Venerating the Root); of the Divine Farmer’s Classic of Materia Medica (Shennong Bencao Jing); and of two books on Wang Fengyi’s system of “Five Element Virtue Healing” (Let the Radiant Yang Shine Forthand Twelve Characters); as well as extensively annotated translations and discussions of the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic, Plain Questions (Huangdi Nei Jing Suwen) Chapter Five, the “Great Discourse on the Resonant Manifestations of Yin and Yang” (published as Humming with Elephants); and of Qi Zhongfu’s Hundred Questions on Gynecology (Nüke Bai Wen, published as Channeling the Moon).
With a strong academic background in early Chinese philosophy, science, cosmology, and language, she is known for her historically and culturally sensitive approach to Chinese Medicine but also sees it as a living, effective, ever-changing, and much needed response to the issues of our modern times. She lives happy as a clam on Whidbey Island near Seattle.
Peter Kington hails from Brisbane, Australia and is the founder of Conceive – Natural Health & Fertility. A generalist at heart, Peter’s clinical interests include fertility, gynaecology, IVF support and men’s health.
Peter is registered with the Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Australia in the divisions of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. He is also a member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).
Peter has been presenting professional development seminars to colleagues since 2010 and where possible, contributes papers to acupuncture and Chinese medicine conferences.
For a number of years Peter was the face of Sun Herbal’s professional development seminar series, presenting across the mainland capital cities and Auckland.
In 2017, Peter presented four days of seminar material for eLotus, based in California and in 2018, Peter was the keynote speaker at Acupuncture New Zealand’s annual conference in Wellington.
Early 2019 saw Peter present two, two day seminars in New Zealand for Acupuncture New Zealand and in late 2019 Peter was working on programs for rollout in 2020.
Peter has also taught acupuncture to undergraduate students at the Endeavour College of Natural Health (formerly Australian College of Natural Medicine) between 2005 and 2010 and again in 2016 and 2017.
In addition to his Chinese medicine qualifications, Peter holds a Master’s of Reproductive Medicine from the medicine faculty within the University of New South Wales. Peter also holds a Master’s degree is history and American studies, a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and a Bachelor’s degree in politics and history.
Peter’s previous work history includes - thankfully - a short career in retail and a long stint as an international Tour Director with an American tour company.
These days, Peter’s travel is mostly for pleasure and has included most countries in South East Asia, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Canada, Mexico and over thirty states in the USA. Peter has travelled to most countries in western Europe, some in Scandinavia, a few in eastern Europe and loves nothing more than carb loading in Mediterranean Europe.
When he’s not working Peter likes eating nice food, drinking good coffee and sampling tasty wine. All invitations are gratefully accepted.
During his 32 year career in obstetrics and gynaecology, Dr Nick Lolatgis has played a leading role in many of the pioneering developments in women's health care; and today, is acknowledged as a world authority on devising and implementing advanced strategies for improving the success of treating all male and femaleinfertility problems.
Under his leadership and care, the recently formed Centre for Infertility Solutions (CIS) is now providing all couples with a highly personalised and pro-active approach to overcoming difficulties with conceiving and successfully completing a pregnancy ~ through combining both Immunological and IVF avenues of treatment.
Dr Nick Lolatgis is an Honorary Lecturer in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University; a Director of the Monash Family Planning Service; and was a previous Director of the Epworth Endometriosis Centre in Melbourne.
Dr Nick Lolatgis MBBS, FRANZCOG, FRCOG, CIS Founder
Special Achievements and Interests include:
Investigating and developing revolutionary IVF technologies during a 32 year association with Monash IVF
Pioneering advanced laparoscopic surgery for women
Conducting research into the causes of infertility and recurrent miscarriages
Reducing pain and infertility in endometriosis patients through state of the art medical and surgical treatment
Providing advanced medical and surgical care to women with polycystic ovarian disease
Investigating and managing the role of the immune system in infertility
Conducting research into the role of stem cells in the treatment of infertility
Founded CIS to better enable all couples to experience the joys of becoming parents
Dr. Brandon Horn, PhD, JD, LAc (FABORM) is a lecturer, researcher and clinician. He received his bachelor's degree and juris doctorate degree from the Ohio State University, his master's degree in oriental medicine from Samra University and his PhD in classical Chinese medicine from the American University of Complementary Medicine, where he currently serves as the Chief Academic Officer.
Dr. Horn is a recognized authority in the fields of infertility and gynecology. He has publications in Fertility & Sterility, Alternative Therapies in Women's Health, Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the Journal of Chinese Medicine.
He lectures both in the United States and internationally on topics including the treatment of women with poor ovarian quality, the use of acupuncture to improve uterine receptivity, the use of acupuncture in support of in-vitro fertilization, and integrative approaches to the treatment and management of autoimmune conditions.
Dr. Horn also has an interest in pediatrics and, along with Wendy Yu, developed the acupuncture program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles where he has been treating children with severe autoimmune and neurological conditions for over 8 years. He is currently the deputy director of the program and supervises interns.
Dr. Horn and Wendy Yu have also produced several very popular seminars on infertility including:
- Optimizing Ovarian Reserve - Participant comment: “I just wanted to say that I have been going through Brandon & Wendy's online Ovarian Reserve course, and I am simply dumbfounded by the incredible depth of the concepts and materials presented in this course
- Acupuncture Strategies to Dramatically Improve IVF Success - Participant comment: “An excellent speaker and presented useful clinical information. He was very clear, articulate, and easy to follow. He had my full attention throughout the entire seminar.”
- Latest Seminar: New Insights into the Eight Extraordinary Channels in the Treatment of Infertility and Miscarriage - Participant comment: “After 20 years in clinical practice, it is not often that I encounter material that I find revolutionary and game-changing. Brandon Horn’s new course on the Eight Extra Meridians picks up where he and Wendy Yu’s course on Optimizing Ovarian Reserve left off, and takes it to the next level. Absolutely brilliant presentation.
Wendy is a lecturer, researcher and clinician in the fields of acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition and functional medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science in physiology from Rutgers University and Master's degree in Oriental medicine from Samra University. She is also board certified in Oriental reproductive medicine and has been in practice for over 15 years.
Wendy specializes in the fields of gynecology and reproductive medicine and has a special interest in epigenetic influences on fetal and childhood development. She has publications in Fertility & Sterility, Alternative Therapies in Women's Health, and Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She lectures both in the United States and internationally on the treatment of infertility using acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition.Wendy was the first acupuncturist to be awarded hospital privileges at Children's Hospital Los Angeles where she was asked to head the pediatric acupuncture program in the department of Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine. She is also a clinical professor at Yosan University, where she helped set up an externship program with CHLA.
When not treating patients, Wendy can be found chasing her kids around, shopping at the farmers market, researching obscure and underground sources for local and sustainable food, cooking, composting, gardening and taking lots of photos.
Naava Carman is a Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncturist and herbalist who has specialised in treating female and male fertility, gynaecology and obstetrics for over 20 years. Her London practice is focused on women who are 38-45 years old with complex, multifaceted fertility issues, such as autoimmune disorders, unexplained infertility, failed IVF, recurrent miscarriage, hypermobility, PCOS, endometriosis and other inflammatory conditions.Naava is also a committed educator, having run training courses and given lectures across the UK and internationally for a number of years. Last year she launched her own online training platform for practitioners wishing to gain an Advanced Level Diploma in Fertility Acupuncture. Naava is a member of the RCHM, a registered Supervisor for the British Acupuncture Council and a Mentor for Doula UK.
Lee Hullender Rubin is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, clinical researcher and international academic lecturer. She is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist specializing in fertility, vulvovaginal diseases, and women’s health. Dr. Hullender Rubin graduated with her master’s degree from Bastyr University (2001), her doctorate (2009) and post-doctoral research fellowship (2012) from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM), and post-doctoral clinical research certificate program from the Oregon Health and Science University (2013). With a special interest in fertility and in vitro fertilization (IVF), she managed an acupuncture program for more than five years at an IVF clinic in Kirkland, Wash. She is a clinical researcher and has published several research papers looking at acupuncture and Chinese medicine’s impact on IVF birth outcomes. Recognizing pain during intercourse is a common barrier to fertility, she completed a pilot study looking at acupuncture augmentation of lidocaine as a treatment for vulvodynia, a female sexual pain syndrome.
Lee Hullender- Rubin
Dr. Hullender Rubin is Adjunct Faculty in the doctoral programs at OCOM, Bastyr University, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is also Visiting Research Faculty at Oregon Health and Science University. To help her colleagues integrate with assisted reproductive treatments, she offers online training to Chinese medicine practitioners on how to safely and effectively integrate with IVF treatments. Dr. Hullender Rubin maintains a private practice at the Portland Acupuncture Studio within a conventional gynecology practice and continues her collaborative IVF work as an acupuncture associate at Oregon Reproductive Medicine. In 2017, she was honored with the “Pioneer in the Advancement of Integrative Fertility Care Award,” and was named Top Doctor in Acupuncture by her peers. She has been interviewed on KING-TV, CBC Radio, CBS Radio Grow Cook Heal Podcast, Yin Yang Podcast, and featured in Portland Monthly, Seattle Metropolitan, and Vancouver, BC’s Georgia Straight.
I am Lucy Lines, Embryologist turned Fertility Project Manager and Guide, creator of Two Lines Fertility, wife and mother of 2 little people.
It is my goal in life to ensure that when people reach a non-reproductive part of their lives, that they can look back over their reproductive years and feel content that they did everything they could with the information available to them at the time. They may do that surrounded by children, or surrounded by mountains or dogs or tarantulas if that floats their boats.. but wherever they find themselves, I don’t want them to look back with regret and nagging worry that perhaps they didn’t do ‘enough’
I help women and couples who are trying to conceive to create the families they are dreaming of, I help them to understand the overwhelming field of assisted conception.
I come backed with 20 years experience in the fertility ‘industry’ - 12 years as a clinical embryologist and global customer support embryologist, 5 years in GP education and 3 years working one on one with women and couples, supporting their individual fertility journeys - Over all those years I have helped to create literally thousands of families
When Im not supporting women to become Mums (and men to be Dads), you’ll usually find me (pre-‘rona) in a Melbourne Cafe having a coffee with friends, entertaining my 3 year old or sleeping (which is my super-power!)
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