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Yo San University (YSU) of Traditional Chinese Medicine - 2019 YSU Integrative Women's Health & Reproductive Medicine Symposium.

This exciting 2-day symposium showcases the work of leaders in the area of Integrative Women's Health & Reproductive Medicine, highlighting the latest advances, practices, and challenges. Participating speakers include experts from TCM, reproductive endocrinology, psychology, research and more.


Part one:

  • Endometrial Receptivity: Integrative Perspectives (Daoshing Ni, PhD, L.Ac)
  • Integrative Approaches to Unexplained Infertility (Katherine Alexander Anderson, L.Ac)
  • Contemporary Research on Integrative Approaches to Women’s Healthcare (Raheleh Khorsan, PhD)
  • Using Yoga & Mind-Body Techniques to Reduce the Stress of Infertility (Brenda Strong, Fertility Coach)
  • Latest research and advancement in TCM Protocols for PCOS (Lorne Brown, L.Ac)
  • Trauma & Stress in Challenged Reproduction (Cheryl Arutt, PsyD)

Part two:

  • Insights on Care: Poor Responders to IVF (Richard Marrs, MD)
  • Current Concepts in Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening of Human Embryos (Richard Buyalos, MD)
  • Female Sexual Pain: Navigating Impediments to Fertility (Denise Wiesner, L.Ac)
  • TCM Perspectives on Primary Ovarian Failure for IVF (Shiaoting Jing, PhD, LAc)
  • Reading the Cards: What Semen Analysis Really Means (Paul Turek, MD)
  • Dissolving Obstacles in Life and in Pursuit of Family (Mao Shing Ni, PhD, L.Ac)

The objectives of this 2-day symposium are:

  1. To provide an update on current clinical practices and integrative management of select conditions in Reproductive Medicine and Women's Health, including Menopause, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), common gynecological malignancies as well as general fertility care.
  2. Provide acupuncturists with practical clinical knowledge on how acupuncture / TCM can be integrated into the care of patients with the above-mentioned select conditions.
  3. Provide acupuncturists with insight on the role of acupuncture / TCM in optimizing pregnancy ratesand the future of integrative fertility care.

Dr. Laraine Crampton has taught several Ni family qigong forms for twenty-three years. She considers qigong one of the most valuable self-care assets in her own life, as well as in the lives of her patients and students. She graduated from Yo San University in 1998, and completed Yo San’s DAOM in Healthy Aging in 2014. Dr. Crampton is Dean of the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program at Yo San, and a member of Yo San’s Qi Cultivation, academic and clinical faculties. Since 2006, she has directed and taught Clean Needle Technique courses/exams for the CCAOM for Southern California campuses. She is editor and co-author of Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology, and series editor for Chinese Herbal Formulas and Applications and other texts from the Art of Medicine Press. Dr. Crampton has a private practice in Santa Monica.

After my career as a chartered accountant (CPA), I went back to school and then began practicing as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturist in 2000. I’ve had the privilege of repeatedly witnessing the human body’s innate ability to heal when it is provided with an optimal environment. I am passionate about helping my patients harness their inner healer and become active participants in their own healthcare.
I strongly believe in the importance of an integrative approach to health, which led me to establish the Acubalance Wellness Centre in 2000. I continually seek out and obtain certification in various energy psychology/belief change modalities – including clinical hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, PSYCH-K, Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT), and Emotional Freedom techniques – and I incorporate these belief change modalities in my acupuncture & laser sessions with my patients. My aim is to empower them to take the reins of their physical and emotional well-being.
In addition to my role as clinical director at Acubalance Wellness Centre, I founded Healthy Seminars to provide acupuncturists and functional medicine practitioners with access to a comprehensive selection of online continuing education courses. In 2015, I founded the Integrative Fertility Symposium, which is the largest conference focusing on treating reproductive health issues using an integrative approach.
I deeply enjoy sharing my knowledge with others, so I offer workshops on awakening your inner healer and mastering skills on manifesting. I frequently speak at international conferences and events. Please visit the Media & Events page to find out when my next workshop or lecture will be.

“Lorne Brown practices what he preaches, and his passion for creating a thriving, rewarding medical practice is infectious.”

– Randine Lewis, L.Ac., Ph.D. Author of The Infertility Cure

Brenda Strong is a 500 ERYT Yoga teacher, and pioneer in the field of Yoga for Fertility. She developed and taught an educational workshop, The Four Fields of Fertility, the foundation of the online course Soulful Conceptions. Her unique approach to Yoga has helped couples worldwide conceive since the year 2000. She holds an honorary doctorate from Yo San University for her inventive work using acupressure and yoga in her Fertility Ball Method, and creating Mind/Body programs like Breathe to Conceive, Yoga4Fertility, Yoga4Partners and Yoga4Pregnancy. Ms. Strong has taught at the Mind/Body Institute at UCLA and Newport Beach, founded StrongYoga4Women, produced and starred in an educational, empowering line of yoga DVDs to help women and couples face the stress of infertility. She has given key note speeches for TEDX Women, the American Heart Association, EMD Serono, and Fertility Clinics in California, New York and Florida. In 2005 she became the National Spokesperson for the American Fertility Association and was, through 2018, National Spokesperson for Path2Parenthood, the largest inclusive patient advocacy group for LGBTQ prospective parents. Two time EMMY-Nominated Brenda Strong is a two-time SAG/AFTRA Award-winning actress for her work as Mary Alice Young on the ABC hit series Desperate Housewives. She can currently be seen as Mrs. Walker in the upcoming season of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix and Is reprising her role as Lillian Luthor this season on Supergirl on the CW. She also just finished her short film directorial debut #3 Normandy Lane. Brenda is a proud advocate for Womenʼs Wellness and Mind/Body Wisdom and happy to be part of this forum.

Dr. Arutt holds a Doctor of Psychology degree from California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, where she received the Outstanding Doctoral Project award for her clinical dissertation Healing Together about couples and trauma. A licensed psychologist and expert in PTSD, Dr. Arutt recognized that her background working with couples and trauma was tailor-made for the ART community after welcoming twins nearly 15 years ago via IVF. In addition to her private practice she teaches Clinical Interviewing, Ethics and Professional Development, Sex Roles and Gender, and Intercultural Processes and Human Diversity to Ph.D and Psy.D. students.

Dr. Cheryl Arutt is often called the "Voice of Reason" by fans of HLN, CNN and DiscoveryID for her on-point psychological analysis of high-profile cases and news of the day, and enjoys speaking about psychotherapy, gender, trauma recovery, and infertility.

Katherine Alexander Anderson, MBA, DACM, L.Ac. FABORM, is the current President of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), and is leading the organization to ensure patients worldwide receive care from the most highly skilled practitioners. With over 20-years experience in the healthcare industry including long term and sub-acute care and diagnostic laboratory clinical operations, Katherine has been on the forefront of delivering quality patient care for decades. Nationally board certified in acupuncture and oriental medicine and having worked extensively in western medicine, Katherine understands an integrated approach to healthcare. She has clinics in Maine and New Hampshire and has dedicated her practice exclusively to reproductive issues and women’s health.

She completed her Chinese medical school training at the New England School of Acupuncture where she studied Chinese acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine. She is board certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (Dipl.OM) by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. She completed her clinical doctoral studies at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and is a PhD candidate with Shulan College and Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine. She is conducting research on the effects of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine on infertility and menstrual cycles. She is an international speaker and is passionate in educating women about the benefits of Chinese medicine and its profound effects on their cycles and overall health.

Dr. Richard Buyalos is board certified in reproductive endocrinology, obstetrics and gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. A graduate of the Thomas Jefferson University Medical College in Pennsylvania, Dr. Buyalos serves as associate clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine and is internationally recognized for his work in infertility, reproductive-aging, and polycystic ovary syndrome.

With over 25 years of experience, since 1983, in ovulation induction and assisted reproductive technology (ART), he has published more than 70 scientific articles, abstracts and book chapters, and is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists and the Society of Reproductive Surgeons.
Dr. Buyalos has served as faculty for courses on advanced operative laparoscopy and pelvic reconstructive surgery. He has received awards from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, given prize-winning presentations at the Annual Meeting of the American Fertility Society, and received the "Best Doctors for Women" award by Good Housekeeping magazine in 1997.

Dr. Buyalos serves on a variety of committees for both the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is an ad hoc reviewer for several scientific journals. Additionally, he is co-director for Fertility and Surgical Associates of California.

Dr. Richard Marrs is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He attended medical school and completed postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas. Dr. Marrs completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Southern California. During his fellowship training, he acquired skills in cell culture; studied the ultrasound monitoring of follicle development; and along with Drs. Vargyas and March developed ovarian stimulation protocols; all of which would play essential roles in establishing this country’s second In Vitro Fertilization program in 1981. He made medical history in 1986 with the first pregnancy from a thawed frozen embryo.

Dr. Marrs was founder and first President of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. He was a member of the Society’s Ethics Committee, which produced the first document in the United States on the ethical treatment of infertility using the reproductive technologies. Dr. Marrs has published over 200 scientific articles and book chapters on human reproduction, and has authored the popular “Dr. Marrs’ Fertility Book.” He has received numerous honors and awards, including the first Career Achievement Award from the American Fertility Association. As one of the founders of modern fertility treatment, Dr. Marrs is considered to be one of this country’s premier male fertility doctors. He has dedicated his life’s work to helping couples fulfill their dream of having a family. Dr. Marrs is the founder and managing partner of California Fertility Partners and a leading Reproductive Endocrinologist & Specialist

Denise Wiesner L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., founder of the Natural Healing and Acupuncture Clinic in West Los Angeles. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Kinesiology (UCLA), an Master of Arts in traditional Chinese medicine (Emperor's College), and is a certified sex coach. She is a member of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), and a charter member of the Fertile Soul: Clinical Excellence in Fertility program. Denise specializes in women’s health, sexuality, and fertility since 1994. Denise has taught professional seminars to medical doctors, OB/GYNs, and nurse midwives. In addition she is a professor in the doctoral program in Chinese Medicine, Fertility, and Women’s Health at Yo San University. She is also the author of the upcoming book, Conceiving with Love, A Whole Body Approach To Creating Intimacy, Reigniting Passion and Increasing Fertility.

Dr. Mao is a Licensed Acupuncturist, a Diplomate of Chinese Herbology and a Diplomate in Anti-Aging. He is currently in general practice with special interest in immune, hormonal and aging related conditions. He was awarded the Outstanding Acupuncturist of the Year Award in 1987. Dr. Mao along with his brother (Dr. Dao) and their father founded Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Monica. He is currently director and a professor of Chinese medicine at Yo San University. Dr. Mao is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the AOM ALLIANCE, American Society of Acupuncturist, the American Association of Acupuncturist & Oriental Medicine and National certification Commission for Acupuncturist & Oriental Medicine Diplomate in Chinese Herbology.

Dr. Turek is Director of The Turek Clinic (, a men’s health clinic in Beverly Hills and San Francisco. He is a former Professor of Urology, Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of California San Francisco and held the Academy of Medical Educators Endowed Chair in Urology. He is an active clinician and internationally recognized authority on men’s health issues.

Dr. Turek attended Yale College and Stanford University Medical School. Following a urology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Turek was fellowship trained at Baylor College of Medicine. His publications include basic research that focuses on germ and stem cell genetics and epidemiologic studies of men’s sexual and reproductive health problems. He is a consultant to the CDC and NIH. He has received NIH grants to help infertile men become fathers. He is an Advisory Board member of the Men’s Health Care Network and Fertile Hope and Editor of the Reproductive Volume of Netter’s Images, published in 2012. He maintains an active blog at

Dr. Turek is Past-President of the Society of Male Reproduction and Urology, The American Society of Andrology and The Northern California Urology Society. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Société Internationale d'Urologie and the Royal Society of Medicine (London). In 2009, he founded a free volunteer medical clinic powered by retired physicians for the working uninsured ( More recently, he executive produced an award winning Hollywood short film entitled “If I Could Tell You.” His hobbies include vintage cars and longboard surfing.

Shiaoting Jing PhD, LAc received her Oriental Medicine degree after completing a five-year medical program at Gan Su College of TCM. She also has an MA and an OMD degree from the prestigious Beijing University of TCM, the largest and most advanced medical training institute in China. Ms. Jing has 20 years of experience in teaching and clinical practice, and has expertise in gynecological disorders, including infertility, endometriosis, and PMS.

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