I found Alexis during a very difficult period in my life. My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for over a year and a half and had reluctantly and heavy-heartedly chosen to try IVF. While we felt privileged to be able to access such treatments, the process was devoid of a sense of connectedness, empathy, and sensitivity to how very emotionally, physically, and logistically challenging the standard fertility treatments are. I read that acupuncture complemented IVF and could improve results. I searched the internet in my area and came upon Alexis’s page. I called her and she picked up. Her voice was cheerful and kind and she was able to make room for me the very next day. Upon meeting her, my entire story changed. She welcomed me into a healing space where I no longer felt broken or distressed. At first, just the ability to lay down in a darkened quiet room for 20 minutes was a much needed respite. It forced me to slow down. After several sessions, I began to learn how brilliant acupuncture can be as a stand-alone fertility treatment. It does not treat a woman as infertile; it shuns this vocabulary. Instead, it seeks to balance our overall systems and correct imbalances and blockages. Alexis’s guidance extended beyond acupuncture as she counseled me with dietary tips, herbal recommendations, and kind words and support.
My story ends as I wanted it to, and I write this with a sweet, 3-week old baby girl in my arms. When I received the news that I was pregnant, Alexis was the first to know after my husband and our 11-year old son. When I saw her again a week later she told me that she has known the week before. She had already felt it in my pulses. Throughout my entire pregnancy, her work extended beyond a traditional relationship. She always exceeded my expectations with texts, follow-up, conversations, and general support. Alexis is now much more to me than a healthcare practitioner she is truly part of my story.