Acupuncture for Infertility Now Offered at Shady Grove Fertility Center


Contact: Ali Williams of Shady Grove Fertility Reproductive Science Center, +1-301-545-1350, [email protected]

Nation’s leading fertility center announces opening of an onsite holistic care center

ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In a formal acknowledgement of the value of combining Western and Eastern medical techniques to optimize patient care, Shady Grove Fertility Reproductive Science Center, the nation’s largest fertility and in vitro fertilization (IVF) center, announces the opening of a full- service holistic center in its Rockville headquarters offering complementary therapies such as fertility-focused acupuncture and yoga.

As of Oct. 1, Pulling Down the Moon — founded in 2002 in Chicago through a similar alliance with Fertility Centers of Illinois — will offer Shady Grove Fertility patients the option of supplementing their conventional treatment program with Integrative Care for Fertility(TM), its proprietary holistic approach that includes fertility yoga, acupuncture, massage, nutrition counseling, spiritual guidance and more.

“Our physicians have long recognized the importance of the mind- body connection and have provided increasing levels of alternative services in the 17 years since Shady Grove Fertility opened,” said Robert Stillman, MD, Shady Grove Fertility’s Medical Director, who nine years ago spearheaded a formal relationship with several local complementary medicine experts in acupuncture, yoga, mind-body nutrition, massage therapy and smoking cessation. “The logical next step for us is to offer a full array of fertility-specific holistic services under our roof through this alliance. As a premier clinical research facility committed to advancing the science of fertility treatments, Shady Grove Fertility has a responsibility to ensure that complementary fertility treatments are carefully considered as part of the care next to traditional fertility technologies.”

Open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Shady Grove Fertility’s Rockville headquarters at 15001 Shady Grove Road, Pulling Down the Moon staffs five acupuncturists and two yoga instructors, as well as massage therapists and nutritionists. “Our philosophy is that the best infertility treatment involves a truly holistic approach that maximizes potential for a successful conception and pregnancy through a range of therapies — from ancient Chinese healing arts practiced for thousands of years, to the latest techniques developed by today’s Western-trained researchers,” said Tamara Quinn, who along with Elisabeth Heller, co- founded Pulling Down the Moon after both women succeeded at conceiving following a combined East-West treatment program. “When it comes to fertility treatment, the whole truly is greater than the sum of its parts.”

A grand opening celebration is scheduled on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. for Shady Grove Fertility patients, medical staff and the media. The “Wine and Chi” party — “chi” in ancient Chinese culture is life force or energy flow — will feature complimentary acupuncture demonstrations on doctors and patients alike.

For more information, contact Ali Williams, Marketing Coordinator, Shady Grove Fertility, at 301-545-1350 or via email at [email protected]

About Shady Grove Fertility Center

Shady Grove Fertility Center is America’s largest progressive, private practice fertility center performing more than 3,500 in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles annually, including 400 egg donation cycles and an equal number of ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination cycles annually in 2007. Twenty-one reproductive endocrinologists plus PhD scientists, and geneticists as well as 350 specialized staff care for patients in 11 full- service offices throughout the Washington DC, and Baltimore areas. Shady Grove Fertility offers a comprehensive range of fertility treatment options including IVF, donor egg and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), as well as resources to address all patients’ needs–medical, emotional, and financial. Shady Grove Fertility conducts clinical research in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health. Since Shady Grove’s inception in 1992, more than 15,000 IVF babies have born. Shady Grove Fertility physicians have been featured as experts for comment on media outlets such as NBC’s The Today Show, The New York Times, NPR’s Diane Rehm Show (WAMU-FM 88.5, Washington, DC), and Parent Magazine. Washingtonian magazine listed Shady Grove among the area’s Best Places to Work in 2007. For more information, visit http://

About Pulling Down the Moon

Pulling Down the Moon, (PDtM) a fertility-focused holistic healing center that developed the trademarked Integrative Care for Fertility(TM) service, a set of individualized, holistic therapies designed to treat infertility via yoga, acupuncture, massage, nutrition counseling, spiritual guidance and more. Founded in 2002 in Chicago through an affiliation with the Fertility Centers of Illinois (FCI), PDtM operates three full-service holistic healing centers in Chicago-area FCI clinics. PDtM co-founders Tamara Quinn and Elisabeth Heller, M.S., are registered yoga teachers and co- authors of Fully Fertile: A Holistic 12-Week Plan for Optimal Fertility (Findhorn Press, February 2008). Their work has been featured by media outlets such as ABC, Fox, NBC, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times,, Conceive Magazine, Yoga Journal and more. For more information, visit http://

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