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IICMC 2023 | Breathing Life into your Practice
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Meet our 2023 WORLD CLASS FERTILITY PRESENTERS who are experts at the top of their game. We’ve hand picked 12 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 will also be sharing their knowledge.
Our 2023 BONUS Speakers
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Meet our 2023 BONUS WORLD CLASS FERTILITY PRESENTERS who are experts at the top of their game. These bonus content will be available for 3 day pass holders: 11 extra hours of content just for you.
Through the looking glass: The Yin Qiao Mai in Preconception Health Care
Semen Analysis From A Chinese Medicine Perspective
Clare Pyers & Kirsten Wolfe
Simple Success: Herbal Formulas For Reproductive Health
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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 people trying to conceive.
She has trained over 350 Acupuncturists in The Fertile Life™ Method and offers ongoing mentoring as well as courses https://academy.kirstenwolfe.com.au
Despite her significant business success, Kirsten’s core values remain heart-based, not dollar-based. This means she brings a warm and supportive approach to her work and has a great desire to see TCM practitioners succeed, both as professionals and as people
The Fertile Life™ Method has been built around Chinese Medicine, the latest clinical research and the teams 100+ years of combined experience of working with people 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 27 years, give Kirsten a unique understanding of the human body and spirit. Kirsten has treated thousands & thousands of people and helped them conceive from the easy case to the most difficult cases, where she was their last chance.
She has been practicing TCM for 23 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 15 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 2023
Dr. Randine Lewis, author of The Infertility Cure (2004), The Way of the Fertile Soul (2007), The Spirit of the Blood (2022), and Birthing The Tao (2023), has become a leading expert in female health with Chinese medicine around the world. She founded Houston’s Eastern Harmony Clinic, created The Fertile Soul Method, and teaches acupuncturists through her Continuing Excellence in Fertility Professionals program. Utilizing ancient Taoist wisdom, her revolutionary retreat process has transformed the lives of many thousands of women. She currently teaches doctorate programs in integrative Chinese medicine, speaks internationally, conducts healing retreats, and provides individual healing sessions.
Olivia Pojer is a General Practitioner, chairwoman and course instructor of the OGKA, lecturer at the Medicine University in Graz and co-organizer of the TAO Congress. She holds a TCM diploma and an acupuncture diploma from the Austrian Medical Association, is trained for ear acupuncture, took a special training "Master Tung Acupuncture" with H. McCann. She holds a diploma in Integrative Medicine in Assisted Reproduction (ART) from German Association for Reproductive Medicine, Diploma for Advanced Training in TCM from the Universities of Nanjing and Wuhan (China).
Olivia is a fellow member of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) and a book author: "Integrative treatment of male infertility with Chinese Medicine" (2022) Singing Dragon and "Secrets from the Jade Chamber - treating erectile dysfunction and loss of libido with Chinese medicine" (2017) Verlag Müller & Steinicke. She is co-owner of the center Femme&Fertile near Graz
Travis is a highly skilled and dedicated Acupuncturist with 22 years of experience as a Practitioner of Chinese & East Asian Medicine. During this time, he has continually adapted and expanded his clinical knowledge and skills by undertaking an internship at Guangxi Traditional Chinese Medicine University & Hospitals (China), worked as an acupuncture clinic supervisor at Australian College of Natural Medicine, studied Japanese Acupuncture traditions including Meridian Therapy, Dr. Manaka’s protocols and Shonishin (Japanese Paediatric Acupuncture), and Neoclassical Acupuncture. Travis is a life-long Martial Artist and incorporates into his practice lifestyle therapies aligned with the most current research and practices pertaining to optimising health span and life extension.
Travis co-founded and co-owned Mornington Chinese Medicine with Kirsten Wolfe from 2005-2015, and still works alongside Kirsten as a senior practitioner. He operates as a general practitioner with a specific focus on male health and fertility, and most notably Shonishin, paediatric acupuncture of which he has become renowned for over the past 15 years. Travis has a passion for treating children of all ages with this amazingly gentle but powerful protocol and is pleased to be able to offer families natural and holistic solutions for their children’s healthcare needs.
Mary-Jo Bevin is a Chinese medicine practitioner with a wealth of experience and a passion for helping women through all stages of their lives. Based in Melbourne, Australia, for the past 20 years she has combined her background in research science with her continued study into many facets of Chinese medicine to gain a deeper understanding of how it all works in clinical practice. Mary-Jo is a self-proclaimed “herb nerd” with a deep understanding of Chinese herbs, and loves the targeted results her patients experience with this medicine. She has a passion for all facets of women’s health, from menarche to menopause, and a special interest in supporting women through their pregnancies.To read more about Mary-Jo click here
Naava Carman has been in specialist practice as a TCM Acupuncturist and Herbalist for almost 25 years and spends most of her time working with tricky multi-faceted Reproductive Immunology issues in people over 40 such as recurrent miscarriage, unexplained infertility and multiple failed ART cycles, and supporting diverse folks in bigger and trans bodies on their reproductive journeys. When she isn't practicing, Naava spends time Mentoring and Coaching other practitioners (she is a qualified NLP Practitioner), and runs the Fertility Support Trained Community. You can check out her training on www.fertilitysupport.training which houses The Advanced Level Diploma in Fertility Acupuncture. This is the most comprehensive post-graduate integrated medicine course available in this field and is designed to help Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners gain an in-depth understanding of some of the most complex areas issues in fertility, such as the role of the immune system and how Traditional Chinese Medicine can support artificial reproductive techniques like IVF, IUI and ICSI. .
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!)
Dr. Lee Hullender Rubin is an internationally recognized, award-winning doctor of acupuncture and a leader in the field of integrative reproductive medicine. As the founder of Rosefinch Health, Dr. Lee blends compassionate care with over two decades of clinical experience specializing in fertility, IVF support, pelvic and vulvovaginal pain, and cancer-related support. In addition to her work as a clinician, Dr. Lee is also an accomplished teacher and researcher of acupuncture and integrative East Asian Medicine, having authored more than 30 publications during her career.
She recently founded Rosefinch Academy, a continuing education hub for acupuncturists to learn how acupuncture and integrative medicine can support fertility.
Lee Hullender- Rubin
Genevieve Le Goff practices and teaches an ancient form of Chinese medicine that has its roots in the Classical Era of Chinese history (Han dynasty and prior).
Classical Chinese medicine views the human body as a microcosm of the universe. Therefore the health of the planet is inseparable from ours. In keeping with the highest precepts of the classical Chinese medical canons, a good doctor seeks to understand physiology in an ecological fashion, and to honor the roots of these insights by the observation and protection of natural rhythms.
After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Environmental Studies & Ecology, and the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences with a MS in Traditional Chinese Medicine,
Genevieve Le Goff
Genevieve Le Goff
Genevieve continued her training in midwifery and gynecology, as well as received extensive post-graduate training in Classical Herbal Formulation at the Hunyuan Institute and at the Institute of Classical East-Asian Medicine. She practices at the crossroads of two sister lineages she apprenticed in, the Fire Spirit School and the lineage of Tian (Bawei) Heming, who followed in the tradition of Zhang Zhong Jing's Shang Han Za Bing Lun. Her practice focuses entirely on classical herbalism, with a specialization in fetal-maternal medicine. She is constantly engaged in research and study to further her ability to help her patients.
Genevieve Le Goff is the mother of two wonderful girls, both born at home. She is a Reiki practitioner at the master level, and has been an herbal apothecary since 1998. She also directs a State and Nationally accredited Continuing Education Program for licensed acupuncturists, bringing prominent scholars, sinologists and clinicians to the Bay Area to teach seminars. She has been designing and teaching continuing education curriculum in the since 2012. Her lectures are attended nationally and internationally.
BONUS Speakers for IICMC 2023
Amy Forth is a Chinese Medicine practitioner, educator and researcher with a special interest in IVF support, Fertility, women's health and pregnancy care and is committed to the development of integrative models of health care.
Amy is the Director of The Acupuncture Pregnancy Clinic Alexandria, located in Alexandria Specialist Day Hospital in Sydney, alongside IVF Australia and the Managing Director of Acupuncture Pregnancy Group a network of 6 Integrative Chinese Medicine Clinics across Australia that offer research-based IVF, fertility, and pregnancy care.
Amy has been in practice since 2008 and known for warm, knowledgeable, and evidence-based approach to care. Amy also is supremely passionate advocate for Chinese Medicine and Integrative and team approach to care through education, research, and practice development.
Amy has presented widely on acupuncture and integrative practices in hospitals, IVF clinics and at conferences and universities. In 2018 Amy with A/Professor Gavin Sacks created The Alexandria Multidisciplinary Education Series a lecture series about IVF, Fertility and Women’s health conditions. This series aimed to stimulate inter-professional education, collaboration, and the cross pollination of ideas between healthcare practitioners from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. Amy also created 2022 a comprehensive mentorship program for budding practitioners, a comprehensive intensive six months Integrative Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture training program including modules on IVF support, Natural fertility, women’s health conditions, male fertility, and Pregnancy care.
Amy’s research includes a Masters of Global health that focused on the Integrative Medical (IM) practices of GPs, an AIMA led project on interprofessional communication, and a NICM Health Institute led research project that investigated the IM practice and education needs of Australian GPs. In addition, Amy has been involved in several clinical trials investigating the use of Acupuncture for IVF, PCOS and Endometriosis.
Amy proud to lead a network of clinic that are dedicated to providing integrative approach and team based to care for patients, in which patients can feel comfortable that their traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners will communicate and coordinate their care with other healthcare providers in their team to ensure their care plan is transparent, clear, safe and comprehensive.
TOPIC - Igniting an Integrative approach for IVF
Gain the confidence to ignite integrative practice which features an evidence base practice, good interprofessional communication, and a coordinated and collaborative team approach in which all the appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines can be utilised to achieve optimal health and healing.
Integrative Medicine (IM) is defined as “The practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.”
What are the specific ingredients needed in TCM practice to ignite and fuel an Integrative Medical approach to IVF care? This talk addresses the practical aspects of integrative approach such as: The evidence surrounding the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in IVF care, the importance of relationship of patient and health care providers and the key aspects in achieving a patient centered approach and establishing a multi-disciplinary and Integrative approach to care such as good interprofessional communication and treatment plans, patient centered care, and a coordinated and collaborative team approach.
Dr. Brandon Horn, PhD, JD, LAc, FABORM is a lecturer, researcher and clinician in the fields of acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition. He received his Bachelor and Juris Doctorate degrees from Ohio State University, his Master degree in Oriental Medicine from Samra University and his PhD in Classical Chinese Medicine from American University of Complementary Medicine, where he currently serves as the Chief Academic Officer.
Brandon is a recognized authority in the fields of infertility and gynecology. He has publications in journals such as 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 such as 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. Venues have included Columbia University, UCLA, USC County hospital (Grand Rounds) and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles (Grand Rounds).
Genevieve Le Goff
In researching how to help couples have healthy babies, Brandon developed an interest in fetal development and pediatrics. He accepted a position at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles as Clinical Supervisor and Deputy Director of the acupuncture program. Brandon currently devotes one day per week to treating under-served children at Children's Hospital. He also supervises Master and Doctoral level students working in the Pain, Rheumatology and Endocrinology departments alongside some of the top pediatricians in the country.
In addition to working at CHLA, Brandon is also on faculty at UCLA Medical School where he teaches third year medical students. Brandon also has a private practice in Los Angeles, CA. When not working, Brandon can be found hanging out with his daughter, fiddling with electronics, reading, hiking or sleeping.
Jani Wittaker, nee White (in the process of dropping her married name) is an acupuncturist andsenior lecturer specialising in Fertility, Pregnancy, Andrology, and Paediatrics.
Her busy Harley Street practice (UK) has always been within Western medical consultant offices, where she has had the privilege to work closely with her orthodox counterparts and was able to provide her patients with a seamlessly integrative experience.
Since 2006 Jani has been an internationally recognised lecturer in the field, and from 2009 she wrote and taught the Obs & Gynae modules of the Oxford Brookes University MA Acupuncture programme. Integrative practice is the hallmark of all her syllabi and lectures. Conferences are her happy place and she has delighted in the opportunities to speak with colleagues all over the world.
The pandemic threw so many curve balls for so many of us, and it was in 2020 that Jani made the decision to retire from practice.
Jani Wittaker nee White
She has happily put down the stresses of running a clinic filled with angsty patients, and is now fully focussed on writing and lecturing. As well, she enjoys working as a birth doula and has recently begun to train as a death doula; seeing them in, seeing them out. She is particularly grateful to be part of these essential life experiences.
Jani began her studies in 1995 at the Worsley College of Traditional Acupuncture. She wasraised in the 5 Element teachings, which has evolved and expanded to fully embrace the Channel Theories of Classical Acupuncture.
Her practice and teaching is fundamentally rooted in the Heart, and is always, first and foremost concerned with how we can bring peace and balance to everybody’s heart - patients, students, colleagues, friends and family.
Put On Your ‘White Coat’
Staying Resilient Whilst Balancing a Demanding Clientele.
Having a Fertility and Obstetrics practice pretty much comes with a guarantee that you will be dealing with a highly stressed patient base.
Not conceiving is something that touches the very core of our most existential reckoning in our connection to the meaning of life - the drive to procreate that is beyond all will, all cognisance. When we are unable to conceive this eats at our very deepest sense of purpose and hollows out our confidence in who we are.
Fertility-angst is a razor wire of hope vying against the destabilising incapacity to trust. It messes with our heads, and our hearts, and the toll resonates in every atom of our being. And when a hard-won pregnancy is achieved it often comes with this deeply embedded inability to trust, which leads to an unsettled pregnancy that becomes - not the anticipated time of joy - but rather a held-breath tiptoe through a minefield of doubt and fear. And exhausted women struggle to birth, and struggle to recover, and so very often this longed-for child can feel like an enormous burden of unexpected trials.
Not every fertility patient, not every pregnancy, but as Chinese medicine physicians we are all too often the port of call for this type of anxious patient, and we’ll usually have on our books the more stressed kind of clients (did I say freaked out?).
This lecture is all about understanding the self-care we can bring to our own practice that will help to shield us from the way a cohort of needy clients can drain our own energies and reserves.
We will look at the tools and strategies that can give us a strong immunity to the angst, stress and woe, giving a wide-open space for our compassion to be fully active without taxing us.
Drawing on sources from across the medical spectrums, and especially in light of the recent pandemic - and the flourishing of the discussions around burnout - this lecture is designed to help us find safe ways to give with open hearts as we simultaneously protect ourselves.
Dr. Sean Tuten has practiced Chinese medicine for over 20 years with a focus on women’s health, fertility, and pediatrics. He has taught throughout the U.S. and internationally since 2004. In 2016 he founded the Classical Acupuncture Mentorship, a comprehensive introduction to the complement channels of acupuncture.
From 2000 - 2008, he co-founded and acted as clinical director for the Village Health Project, a non-profit Chinese medicine clinic working with local grassroots organizations and indigenous healers to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic in southern Africa. Sean has studied with Ann Cecil-Sterman, Jeffrey Yuen, Diane Gioioso, Claudia Welch, Brenda Loew and others. He has run the Classical Acupuncture Mentorship since 2016
In his personal life Sean enjoys quality time with friends and family, climbing peaks, relaxing in hot springs, being a nerd, and the Oxford comma.
Genevieve Le Goff
Through the looking glass: the Yin Qiao Mai in preconception health care
The Extraordinary Vessels play an important role in peripregnancy care. Their treatment can help optimize a person’s system for the challenges of pregnancy and are essential in postpartum support. The Yin Qiao Mai specifically can be seen as the channel equivalent of Vitex agnus-castus (Chasteberry): it regulates the endocrine system and balances the hormones. Treatment of the Yin Qiao can foster a sense of solidity and strength, supporting patients in clarifying their intentions for pregnancy and preparing them for the transformation to come. In this lecture, we will explore a brief overview of the extraordinary vessels generally and then dive deeply into the reflecting pool of the Yin Qiao Mai
Caz Butler is an acupuncturist and herbalist in Naarm / Melbourne. She works predominantly with women, girls and non-binary people to assist with their menstrual health, reproductive and pregnancy care. While studying at Southern School of Natural Medicine, she was mentored by Doug Davies, Helen Lichtenstein and Chamundi Phoenix. After graduating she spent one month in Nanjing observing clinical work. She has been lucky enough to be both mentored by and work in the clinics of Kirsten Wolfe and Steve Clavey. In 2023 she has organised a Zoom meetup for practitioners to come together monthly to read and discuss the Nei Jing Su Wen on a Sunday morning, mostly in their dressing gowns.
In her previous life she majored in English and Theatre and spent time in Massachusetts learning all things performance and Shakespeare - a perfect warm up to delving into the scholarly poeticism of Chinese medicine. The intersection between art and medicine will never cease to amaze.
Connecting with her patients is an important part of her practice and she places a great emphasis on arming them with the tools to change habits in order to aid the medicine. She believes in the importance of understanding the medical system that her patients move through to best support their fertility, pregnancy and gynaecological health.
She will continue to badger the Chinese medicine community to hang out for picnics and to learn from one another in both an organised and also a casual fashion whenever she can.
The Doctor Grieves too’
Ssupporting your patients & yourself through loss
The topic of Caz’s presentation was nowhere near her mind until April this year when her daughter Jean tragically died at birth. As Caz wrestled with the grief and shock in those early days and weeks, she knew that she would be out and teaching, guiding others around grief as soon as she was ready. As the journey continued, she realised how many experienced practitioners from every field still feel uncertain that they are providing the best care possible for their grieving patients.
Not only this, she witnessed the burden of grief that they themselves bear, bringing to mind the first two principles of acupuncture practice from the Nei Jing Su Wen,
“The first is: regulate the spirit.
The second is: know how to nourish the body” (Unschuld).
Please be ready for very frank anecdotal and systematised information in this talk regarding miscarriage, infant loss and grief
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