Your Fertility Speakers
Be Inspired by the Best in the Industry
Meet our WORLD CLASS PRESENTERS who are experts at the top of their game. We’ve hand picked 12 awesome presenters plus of course the IICMC organisers Clare Pyers and Kirsten Wolfe who will also be sharing their knowledge.
Dr Dorothy Sobieszczuk - Embryologist
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.
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 women 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 for the public through The Fertile Soul and for practitioners through Clinical Excellence Fertility Professionals (CEFP)
Lorne Brown B.Sc., CPA, Dr.TCM, FABORM, CHt, CLT is the Clinical Director of Acubalance Wellness Centre (Vancouver BC Canada), and the Founder of Healthy Seminars (Pro D Seminars), and the chair of the Integrative Fertility Symposium.
After a career as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Lorne received his Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Vancouver’s International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lorne has postgraduate training in Clinical Hypnosis, Infertility, low level laser therapy (LLLT) and Functional Medicine. He is the first Canadian to be certifies as a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM.org) Alongside his work at Acubalance, Lorne’s work in to women’s health and fertility includes publishing the Acubalance Fertility Diet in 2009, bringing acupuncture onsite to IVF clinics in Vancouver, as well as establishing the Integrative Fertility Symposium held in Vancouver BC.
Dr. Brown has successfully integrated his entrepreneurial skills and background as a CPA with his passion for Chinese Medicine establishing a very successful fertility practice (www.Acubalance.ca) and pioneering online continuing education through Healthy Seminars (formerly known as Pro D - www.healthyseminars.com) as well as establishing the Integrative Fertility Symposium (www.ifsymposium.com) for CAM Practitioners worldwide.
Lorne published a practice management book for TCM practitioners called Missing the Point: Why Acupuncturists Fail and what they Need to Know to Succeed www.missingthepointbook.com and his latest book on treating infertility will be published in spring 2019.
Lee Hullender Rubin
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, women’s health, and oncology support at the University of California San Francisco Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Hullender Rubin graduated with her master’s degree from Bastyr University (2001) and completed training in residence at the Shanghai Traditional Chinese Medicine University (2001). She completed her clinical doctorate (2009) and post-doctoral research fellowship (2012) from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM). She also completed post-doctoral clinical research certificate from the Oregon Health and Science University (2013).
Dr. Hullender Rubin is board certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. She is the first acupuncturist to also become a fellow of the ISSVD. She was Adjunct Faculty in the doctoral programs at OCOM, Bastyr University, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Visiting Research Faculty at Oregon Health and Science University.
With a special interest in fertility and in vitro fertilization (IVF), she managed an acupuncture program for more than five years at an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) clinic in Kirkland, Wash. In addition to being a clinician, Dr. Hullender Rubin is also an accomplished researcher. Her primary research interests are looking at acupuncture and Chinese medicine’s impact on female fertility and in vitro fertilization birth outcomes and acupuncture’s effect to reduce vulvodynia, a female sexual pain syndrome. She has authored several papers and was invited to present her research at the Mayo Clinic, Columbia University, as well as research congresses for the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Society for Acupuncture Research, British Acupuncture Council, and the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Diseases (ISSVD).
In 2017, Dr. Hullender Rubin was honored with the “Pioneer in the Advancement of Integrative Fertility Care Award,” and was named 2017 and 2018 Top Doctor in Acupuncture by her peers in Portland, Oregon. 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.
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.Her online courses include:
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.
Peter currently presents about twelve professional development seminars each year for Sun Herbal, across Australia and New Zealand.
In 2017, Peter presented four days of seminar material for eLotus, based in California. In 2019 Peter will be presenting a series of weekend natural fertility workshops in New Zealand for Acupuncture New Zealand with a plan to roll this out across Australia thereafter
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 Masters degree in 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 SouthEast 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 and a few in eastern Europe. When he’s not working Peter likes eating nice food, drinking good coffee and sampling fine wine. All invitations are gratefully accepted.
Jane qualified first as a research scientist and then as doctor of Chinese medicine. After more than thirty years of TCM clinical experience and having had the privilege of working in gynaecology hospital departments with some of China's best known specialists, she sits comfortably with the logic of both Chinese medicine and western science and feels both can contribute greatly to positive therapeutic outcomes for the patient.
Jane is a Director of a multi modality medical centre in Sydney where she practices TCM focusing on her specialty in gynaecology and infertility. She is also the Director of the Acupuncture Pregnancy clinics in Sydney and Melbourne. These clinics provide a complete and compassionate holistic service for infertility patients and for IVF patients.
Her qualifications are BSc Hons (NZ), M Phil (Lond), Dip TCM (Aus), Cert Acup (China), Cert Herbal Medicine (China), Fellow AACMA, Reg AHPRA.
Jane is the Author of the preeminent text on the treatment of reproductive disorders with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): “Treatment of Infertility with Chinese Medicine”. Published by Elsevier in 2004 and 2013 in 3 languages and now in its 7th reprint.
And co author with Will MacLean of The Clinical Handbook of Internal Medicine Volume 1, 2 and 3 published by WSU and Pangolin Press.
She lectures at universities in Sydney and internationally.
Jeff began his practice career in 1995 as a remedial massage therapist but quickly saw the light and embraced the world of Chinese medicine. His clinics have had a colourful array of incarnations: mobile, renting a room in a multi-modality clinic, to running his own multi-practitioner clinic and now flying solo in his own multi-bed practice Evolve Natural Medicine in Newcastle Australia.
Confession: Jeff made a lot of mistakes in along the way. But he learned how to reframe these mistakes for what they are: valuable learning curves. Taking heed and moving on, Jeff created a number of highly successful practices (in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Darwin and now Newcastle – his partner likes moving). All of this achieved without selling his soul in the process.
In his travels Jeff observed the tragically high number of highly skilled, competent practitioners failing in practice. Why? They just didn’t have the practice management and business skills necessary to survive.
Passionate about the benefits of natural medicine he created Ethical Practice, a practical resource helping graduate practitioners to industry veterans achieve the success they deserve, with integrity.
Now, while busy running his clinic he also supports practitioners in crafting a clinic that is perfect for them – and the clients that match it. He’s a writer, creates a serious number of videos, runs workshops and is known as an engaging and inspiring speaker at international events, cool events like this one.
Meet Jeff and you will notice he is a passionate man - particularly about helping his clients feel better, calmer and healthier. The same passion and principles drive helping natural medicine clinicians in practice development and success - not by just increasing bookings but also by helping them thrive and fall in love with their practice for the long term.
What’s the bigger picture? Having greater support more practitioners will keep their clinic doors open wide and help more people. In short: natural medicine becomes a stronger, more respected and valued sector by the community at large. After that it’s just a skip to world domination for natural medicine 😉
Yaron Seidman, D.A.O.M., L.Ac. is a Chinese Medicine fertility specialist, having practiced and researched in the field for the past 25 years.
He is an international teacher and lecturer, and founder of the Hunyuan Fertility Method which now has branches all over the world. Dr Seidman was awarded A Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree by Five Branches University in San Jose, CA, following a 2-year fellowship and a 300-hour IVF clinic internship.
In 2002, using his knowledge of Eastern and Western medicine, Dr Seidman established the Hunyuan system of medicine and fertility method, a treatment system that is both forward-looking and grounded in the ancient past. Since then he has been teaching the Hunyuan Certification course to practitioners of Chinese Medicine, researching Chinese medicine as an associate researcher at Harvard, writing seminal texts on Chinese Medicine, and running a busy international fertility clinic.
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 recognised authority in the fields of infertility and gynaecology. 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 fertilisation, and integrative approaches to the treatment and management of autoimmune conditions. Venues have included Columbia University, UCLA, LAC + USC Medical Center (Grand Rounds) and Children's Hospital Los Angeles (Grand Rounds).
Dr. Horn also has an interest in paediatrics 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:
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.
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
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.
Daniel Weber is the author of many books and published articles on integrative medicine. CEO of Panaxea International, Daniel travels extensively, lecturing on modern botanical medicine while acting as a supervisor to post-graduate students. He is deeply committed to research and evidence based medicine (EBM), and works to promote integrative clinics.
Heis Vice-Chair Oncology; World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies and editor of the Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine. Daniel founded the Association of Integrative Oncology and Chinese Medicine and is currently the president.
Daniel is recognised internationally as a passionate and informative speaker, author and promoter of EBM herbal medicine.
Professor Caroline Smith is based at NICM, Western Sydney University. She is an experienced clinical acupuncture researcher with extensive experience in evidence based research including the design, conduct of large multi-centre randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews.
Caroline has published over 120 peer reviewed articles, and has an H index of 28, her research has influenced clinical practice through the inclusion in clinical practice guidelines in Australia and overseas.
Caroline is on the Advisory Board of the Complementary Medicine Field, and editorial board member for the Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Sub-Fertility Group.
Paul Mischel is a deeply experienced and widely sought-after Hypnotherapist, Coach, NLP Trainer and Facilitator. He has over 25 years’ experience in the helping professions and has worked with a wide variety of people and issues.
Paul has personally facilitated 10,000+ people in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa and the U.S.A.
Paul's experience in the natural therapies is quite diverse and he has a wealth of experience in successfully helping clients across a broad range of issues including fertility and business growth.
Paul works with his clients in private clinical settings, workplace environments, sports arenas, hospital wards and operating theatres.
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 female infertility 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
Dr David Wilkinson is a highly qualified, impressively credentialled and vastly experienced fertility specialist in Melbourne. He initially studied at Oxford in England before completing his PhD in London and then specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne.
As a fertility specialist accredited with a prestigious, sub-speciality in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI), he is also a member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Dr Wilkinson performs all aspects of treatment, from cycle tracking, ovulation induction, artificial insemination and IVF to recurrent miscarriage, gamete donation and surrogacy.
Among his most notable achievements is establishing, with Adnan Catakovic,
City Fertility Centre’s Melbourne clinic in 2006. The clinic, which provides IVF and fertility services, has grown steadily over the years, employing nine medical specialists, more than 30 staff members and has completed over 700 cycles per year.
Dr David Wilkinson
BA (Hons) (OXON), MBBS, FRANZCOG, CREI, PhD
As the unit’s Medical Director, Dr Wilkinson plays a large role in quality assurance and audits to maintain the highest clinical standards. He is heavily involved in educational meetings of the specialists, embryologists and nursing sta and regularly takes part in accredited Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) educational sessions. Dr Wilkinson believes that while laboratory standards and medical care are vital, a supportive environment for patients is crucial. Providing such a level of support was the main motivator for establishing the City Fertility Centre unit, a goal that he is proud to have achieved.
Dr Wilkinson, who in 2017 was appointed the head of reproductive medicine at the Mercy Hospital for Women, has an extensive catalogue of research publications dating back to 1987. In addition, he completed a PhD on the human immune system.
- Medical Director of City Fertility Centre Melbourne.
- Head of reproductive medicine at the Mercy Hospital for Women.
- •Established City Fertility Centre’s Melbourne clinic, alongside CEO and Scientific Director, Adnan Catakovic.
- Fully certified fertility specialist (CREI), which is the highest qualification in Australia for a fertility specialist.
- Awarded PhD for studies on the human immune system.
- Has published 20 papers.
Dr Dorothy Sobieszczuk
Dr Dorothy Sobieszczuk has been practising embryology for over 30 years. She commenced her career in clinical embryology at Monash IVF, the world-pioneering IVF centre, where she specialised in male factor infertility, developing novel methodologies that have given basis to a number of standard methods and procedures used in IVF laboratories worldwide today.
Dorothy’s interest in embryology extended beyond just its clinical application and, together with her natural scientific curiosity, led her to take up studies investigating the molecular and cellular mechanisms of early embryo development in animal models. She joined the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology in Strasbourg, France, and subsequently the National Institute for Medical Research (currently The Crick Institute), London, England, where Dorothy completed her PhD. Dorothy identified a new family of genes conserved throughout the species, including human, that govern the processes of early embryogenesis. This led Dorothy to the discovery of a novel mechanism regulating establishment of the embryonic nervous system. The findings of Dorothy’s research were published in Genes and Development and numerous other high-impact peer-reviewed journals.
Dorothy returned to clinical embryology and the southern hemisphere eight years ago and is currently working at Fertility PLUS in Auckland, where she continues to mentor, and usher in the next generation of embryologists. She still enjoys looking for ways to improve the ART outcomes and reports her data and discusses new developments at the national and international conferences.