How the integration of assisted reproductive techniques and Classical Chinese medicine provide a complete and complementary approach to your reproductive health. Please join Dr. Jeffrey Nelson and Andrea Thorpe L.Ac to learn how effective this integration can be.
Davina Fankhauser, a trained educator and counselor, is a long-term family and children’s advocate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Communications and a Master’s Degree in Education. She has experience managing the national helpline and online services for RESOLVE: The National Infertility Organization and has served as Director of Advocacy for Resolve of New England.
Davina has personally and professionally lobbied in support of fertility health benefit mandates at the Massachusetts and Maine State Houses. She led the strategic effort to update the Massachusetts Definition of Infertility in 2010 by working closely with legislators. In addition, Davina has lobbied for infertility health benefits, national funding and family-building legislation in Washington D.C. Davina has established supportive relationships with fertility patients, medical clinics, legislators, businesses and organizations working within the field.
The greatest accomplishment in Davina’s life is that she is a mother of two children, after 15 years of trying to build her much wanted family. For eight years she and her husband lived in states without insurance coverage mandates to diagnose and treat their infertility. She experienced, first hand, a lack of access to medically necessary care. This led to an undiagnosed medical condition that caused multiple miscarriages. Most of the treatment options Davina and her husband ultimately chose stemmed from financial pressures rather than medical recommendations. She has lived the cost associated with making such decisions.
Davina is driven to teach others how to advocate for themselves in the hope that they will be spared the pain and heartache known to accompany infertility, especially when denied access to timely and appropriate treatment. In addition she is passionate about helping youth preserve their reproductive health.
Dr. Jeffrey Nelson
Dr. Nelson’s research interests include all aspects of reproductive medicine. These include optimization of pregnancy rates through individualization of IVF treatment protocols, advanced reproductive technologies and extended culture of human blastocysts, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), and blastocyst transfer.
He is also an expert in third party reproductive solutions, including egg donation for women of advanced maternal age, gestational surrogacy, and embryo donation as well as fertility preservation through sperm banking as well as ovarian stimulation followed by oocyte cryopreservation and storage gender selection.
Dr. Nelson co-authored one of the largest clinically relevant studies determining optimal ovarian stimulation protocols for IVF.
Dr. Nelson has also authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and has presented his findings at professional conferences which have included both national and international audiences. Dr. Nelson is the longest standing member of HRC Fertility, having joined the practice in 1992. For the past two decades he has delivered comprehensive personalized care to fertility patients all over the world.
Andrea Thorpe, LAc, FABORM is a lecturer, researcher and clinician in the fields of acupuncture and herbal medicine. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Chinese medicine from the London School of Acupuncture and a master’s degree from Yo San University where she graduated with honors. Following graduation, she underwent a 3-year fellowship specializing in gynecology and reproductive medicine and completed residencies in hospitals in London and in China. She is board certified in oriental reproductive medicine and is currently pursuing a PhD with a special interest in the application of Chinese medicine theory in support of embryo implantation.