Welcome to Yinstill

Hello my name is Dr Spence Pentland and this is my wife Chantal. We are the founders of Yinstill Reproductive Wellness, British Columbia’s premier natural fertility clinic. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to tell you a bit about ourselves.

The family of your dreams starts here

Since 2004 I have focused exclusively on the treatment of people struggling with infertility and reproductive health conditions, passionately combining the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese medicine with evidence-based modern scientific treatments to produce the most effective outcomes.

I have pioneered integrative fertility patient care models with Vancouver IVF centres (The Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Genesis Fertility Centre, and Grace Fertility Centre), and published research in the journal ‘Fertility & Sterility’ on the stress reducing effects of acupuncture when administered in the weeks leading up to an IVF embryo transfer. I am also the author of the book ‘Being Fertile’ and host the ‘Conception Channel’ podcast.

Our Family

On a personal note, Chantal and I too had our challenges with creating our family. It took seven pregnancies to have our three wonderful children. It was when Chantal turned to Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine that our struggles ended. The amazing care at Yinstill gave her and her body the support it needed.

Our Team

I want to emphasize how proud I am of the team of amazing professionals at Yinstill. Their dedication to consistently raising the bar in the field of complementary and alternative reproductive medicine leaves me undeniably confident with their care, and filled with gratitude each and every day.

Over fifty years of collective clinical experience, extensive ongoing specialized training in reproductive health issues, close relationships with world leaders in reproductive medicine, and over 15 years of fully integrated complimentary fertility services and research with local IVF clinics has given us the expertise necessary to be an integral part of bringing thousands of babies into this world.

No one understands your fertility journey better than we do. Each and every day at our clinic is spent connecting with and helping people just like you. These relationships have provided us with a very intimate understanding of how to best support those trying to get pregnant.

Whether you are trying to conceive naturally, preparing for an IVF or IUI, taking letrozole, or faced with the challenges of PCOS, Endometriosis, advanced maternal age, poor egg quality, recurrent pregnancy loss, or male factor infertility, Yinstill can help you optimize your overall well-being and reproductive health, increasing your chances of getting pregnant. Our natural holistic cutting-edge treatment solutions are based on the latest research, ancient wisdom, and proven practices modelled after those who have already achieved what you desire and deserve.

Everyone who desires deserves to experience the gift of becoming a parent. Nothing is more important than family.

We look forward to being a part of your journey.

Dr. Spence Pentland

Dr. TCM, Founder of Yinstill,
Author of ‘Being Fertile’, SAIT

“Over the past seventeen years I have seen the profound effect that infertility has on women and couples. It touches on something so fundamental to our being human that the emotional depths experienced are unlike any other – studies showing psychological impact comparable to the diagnosis and struggle with cancer. Looking through the lens of infertility I have gained intimate insights into the functioning of the body and human spirit. I feel blessed to have been a part of so many journeys toward the creation of family and feel the world needs to know more of these struggles so that we can all better support those who are hurting beyond comprehension.”

Since 2004, Dr. Spence Pentland TCM, has focused exclusively on treating reproductive health stress & pain including infertility, IVF support, endometriosis, PCOS, recurrent pregnancy loss, prostatitis, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. After pursuing undergraduate studies in botany, herbology and horticulture, he went on to graduate with his doctor of TCM from the acclaimed International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, BC before completing his internship at Anhui Hospital of TCM, Hefei City, China. In 2008, he obtained certification with the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM). In 2015 Dr. Pentland also obtained certification with the Canadian Association of Oriental Obstetrical Medicine (CAOOM).

I look forward to being a part of your journey.

Spence

Chantal Pentland

Co-Founder, COO

Chantal Pentland, COO and Co-founder of Yinstill, is in charge of all things design, marketing and human resources. Before Yinstill, Chantal worked as the Creative Director at Nettwerk Records, a local successful label (Sarah McLaughlin, Bare Naked ladies, Avril Lavigne). Her skills in Human Resources and managing talent has come in handy at Yinstill as she thrives working alongside such an amazing team of doctors and practitioners. She is also creative and this lends itself well to her passion for design, graphic design and unique marketing ideas. But most importantly she is a people person and cares deeply about the Yinstill’s clients and staff, and most days you will see her either upfront or in the back chatting away with the clients and staff.

Chantal’s most important motivation is setting a good example of a strong woman for her 3 boys (& yes Chinese Medicine was a key factor with each pregnancy), as well as keeping her family happy, healthy and thriving.

Junko Lodge

R.TCM.P, FABORM, B.A., SAIT

Junko graduated from International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver where she completed the 4 year Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine program . She has been interested in alternative health since childhood. Her grandmother used to pick dandelions and mugwort for cooking. Her father’s side of the family was fond of Traditional Chinese Medicine especially Moxibustion.

She completed touch for health kinesiology level 1 & 2 at M B H Kinesiology College in Osaka, Japan and Western Herbal Medicine Detoxification program . She is a certified therapist in the Preventive Medicine Health & Beauty Association of Tokyo.

After 5 years of being a co-owner of an international English school in Okayam a, Japan, Junko and her husband decided to raise their beautiful daughter in the nature of Canada. Being a mother of a toddler and a teenage home stay student at the same time as being a TCM student wasn’t easy but she enjoyed every aspect of her life with positive, calm energy and a hard working nature as she completed the 3 year acupuncturist program in 2 years.

The amazing gynecology class taught by Dr. Zhi Hong Huang solidified her career path of reproductive health as her focus. She recognizes that hormonal balance, timing, flow of Q i and blood, organ function and how everything works separately and together is at the core of the TCM treatment of reproductive health conditions. Making a family is the same as the universe of Yin-Yang which are opposite but complementary, interdependent, interconnected and interrelate to one another.

Junko
Erin

Dr. Erin Flynn

Dr. TCM, FABORM, MSc, BA

Erin Flynn is a registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Dr. TCM) and a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. She is a member of the IVF Acupuncture Group – a team of doctors providing evidence-based acupuncture services on-site for patients undergoing IVF in Greater Vancouver. She has been practicing professionally since 2006, and has focused her practice on women’s health & fertility, pain & stress management, and preventative medicine.

Dr. Flynn completed the five year DTCM Diploma program at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver. During that time she traveled to China (Hefei, Anhui) and studied acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine at a local TCM hospital. Since graduating from school Erin has continued to take advanced courses from respected leaders in the field such as Jane Lyttleton, Bob Flaws, Debra Betts, Miki Shima, Kiiko Matsumoto, Richard Tan, and Daoshing Ni. In May of 2012, Erin returned to China (Nanjing, Jiangsu) and completed a fellowship in Traditional Chinese Medicine which focused exclusively on the treatment of women’s health and fertility using a combined eastern and western medical approach.

Lara Tisseur

R.Ac, B.A., SAIT

Lara earned an Acupuncture Diploma from the International College for Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver.  Recently, she completed Certification for Acupoint Injection Therapy from the Society of Acupoint Injection Therapy (SAIT) in Vancouver.  Prior to becoming an Acupuncturist, Lara obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography with an Environmental Specialty Certificate from Simon Fraser University. Her interest in Chinese Medicine grew out of her own personal experiences during pregnancy over 16 years ago when she was pregnant with a breech baby. Chinese Medicine helped to turn her breech baby and started a profound interest and journey into Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Through the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lara’s goal is to guide your health and its role in providing a balanced, healthy and empowered quality of life thereby realizing your health and wellness potential.  Her passion is focused on reproductive health and fertility, preconception health care, pain management, stress management, facial rejuvenation, natural anti-aging and preventative care.

Lara
Marni

Dr. Marni Ross

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Marni Ross is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who completed her medical training in Toronto at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2004. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the British Columbia Naturopathic Association. Since early on in her practice, Dr. Ross has had a passion for reproductive health, particularly for supporting women who suffer from irregular menstrual cycles, PMS, hormone imbalances, PCOS, fibroids and reproductive difficulties. Dr. Ross has years of experience in supporting and educating both men and women through the natural conception process as well as through IVF. She continues to attend seminars and workshops to further educate herself in the field of reproductive Medicine.

Dr. Ross is also certified Acupuncture and is trained in Cosmetic Acupuncture, a non-surgical procedure that has proven to be effective in reducing the signs of aging. She has prescriptive authority which allows her to prescribe most conventional medications when necessary as well as bioidentical hormones and thyroid medications. Dr. Ross is a strong believer that health is not just merely the absence of disease, but a state of optimal physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Moninder Chana

R.TCM.P , R.Ac , B.Sc
IVF patient coordinator

Moninder’s journey to becoming a licensed Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner has lead her to become an exceptional practitioner.

She developed a strong foundation of the body’s anatomy and physiology, as well as a thorough understanding of medical research through a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, and discovered Traditional Chinese Medicine from her own personal experience struggling with Endometriosis. After finding TCM’s holistic approach to treating her symptoms she followed a growing passion for learning and treating reproductive health issues.

Moninder has been with Yinstill since 2015 in an administrative role while attending her TCM education. She has since completed a 5 year doctor of TCM program at PCU College of Holistic Medicine. As a registered TCM.P, Moninder utilizes both acupuncture and herbal medicinal treatment to help patients achieve their health goals.

Through working at the clinic, she gained valuable insight to the importance of gratitude and mindfulness and the mind-body connection. Moninder’s aim is to have you not only leave each treatment with a sense of calmness, but with tools needed to help you reach your goals.

Moninder
Julie

Dr. Julie Cahill

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Julie Cahill is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who has a Bachelors of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLSc) from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and did her Naturopathic Medical degree at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, BC.

She is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the British Columbia Naturopathic Association. Dr. Cahill is certified to provide acupuncture and IV treatments.

Dr. Cahill has been practicing in a collaborative environment for many years. She values working together with qualified professionals for the benefit of her patients health.

Elise Greaves RAc. BA.

RAc. BA.

Elise is a Licensed Acupuncturist registered with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of British Columbia. She graduated from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver (ICTCMV) and is a member of The Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) fuelling her interest in evidence-based acupuncture. Elise also holds a Diploma in Fine Arts from the University College of London, UK, and a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of British Columbia.

Using the methods of this ancient system of traditional medicine, Elise aims to help others heal their bodies and relax their minds in order to lead happier, healthier modern lives. She promotes whole health living (mind, body and spirit) to prevent disease and improve resilience. Her treatment style involves a gentle, non-aggressive approach that is tailored to each patient’s individual needs integrating techniques learned from a variety of experts in the field including the balance method as taught by Dr. Sonia Tan, Dr. Yvonne Farrell’s work on extraordinary meridians and Dr. Poney Chiang’s neuro-meridian integrated model of acupuncture.

Elise
Katie

Dr. Katie Jones

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Katie Jones is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who completed her medical training at the Boucher Institute for Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Jones has a dedicated practice involving the advancement of naturopathic reproductive care and integrative medicine. Patient centered care, healthcare provider collaboration and evidence-based treatment, remain critical components of her medical care. From helping patients to conceive naturally, to supporting an IVF journey, to maintaining a healthy pregnancy, she is here to help couples at any point in their fertility journey. From pre-conception, birth and post-partum care; Dr. Jones is in her element.

As an ND, Dr. Jones offers unique clinical attributes, such as a focus on Chinese medicine from a naturopathic perspective. She has a passion and expertise for botanical prescribing, with a priority for customized patient formulas.

Joanna Alvarenga

General Manager

Joanna brings years of experience in customer service, working in the hospitality industry for over 5 years she realized her passion for helping others. When she started working at Yinstill she discovered a whole new world by taking a holistic approach to build a brighter life for herself. 

She looks forward to helping patients and bringing them the support they need.

When she is not at work she enjoys going on long walks, hikes, she is passionate about travelling and her guilty pleasure is watching some reality TV shows. 

Laura

Laura Erwin

Receptionist

Laura is one of the receptionists at Yinstill and her relaxed, calm demeanor will help you feel welcome upon arrival. 

Laura is currently a student of TCM at the Tzu Chi International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, BC, and she is thrilled to be a part of the Yinstill team during this time.  She is passionate about holistic medicine and understands the dedication required for optimal health and well-being. 

When Laura is not working or studying, she enjoys yoga, walks in nature and ecstatic dance. 

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Nora Shilo is a naturopathic physician with a passion for fertility and reproductive endocrinology. Dr. Shilo believes that the body’s ability to create life is one if it’s most incredible functions, and her mission is to assist her patients on this journey by using personalized, integrative medicine to enhance both female and male fertility. Dr. Shilo provides support for natural conception, IVF, and pregnancy, and treats common conditions such as PCOS, endometriosis, and hormonal imbalance using dietary & lifestyle counseling, IV vitamin & nutrient therapy, and other evidence-based methods that are complementary to acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Shilo is also licensed to prescribe pharmaceutical drugs when indicated, and she collaborates with the rest of the team at Yinstill to provide you with the ultimate form of integrative care. Dr. Shilo’s psychology background allows and inspires her to further explore the mind-body connection with her patients by helping them navigate the emotional factors of physical ailments that may be holding them back from complete wellness. Dr. Shilo’s goal at each visit is to empower you by providing personalized, feasible treatment plans, and to work with you to create sustainable changes that will help you achieve your current health goals and enhance your long-term wellness.

Dr. Shilo’s psychology background allows and inspires her to further explore the mind-body connection with her patients by helping them navigate the emotional factors of physical ailments that may be holding them back from complete wellness. Dr. Shilo’s goal at each visit is to empower you by providing personalized, feasible treatment plans, and to work with you to create sustainable changes that will help you achieve your current health goals and enhance your long-term wellness. Dr. Shilo is in good standing with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC) and is a member of both the British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND).

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