Whether you are trying to get pregnant and fulfill the dream of completing your family, or if you just want to feel well again, Yinstill, British Columbia’s premier natural reproductive health clinic provides hope, resources and natural integrated treatment for people experiencing infertility and related conditions, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), and pregnancy.
It is our goal to help put you back in control of your life, work with you to determine your unique needs so we can offer the support and treatment options necessary to get you pregnant and create a happy healthy family, and restore the quality of life you deserve.
We believe nothing is more important than family. Everyone who desires should be able to experience the gift of becoming a parent. We understand that the struggles of infertility can be extremely difficult. We believe holistic support is necessary during these times and are passionate about delivering the care required along this journey.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in combination with Naturopathic Medicine is re-inventing the way people get pregnant. Our Doctors collective experience and specialized training in the treatment of reproductive health issues is unsurpassed in Vancouver. All of our practitioners are licenced with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners & Acupuncturists of BC and the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC.
What makes Yinstill unique is our many years of integration with BC’s IVF clinics; the Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine (PCRM), Grace Fertility, and Genesis Fertility Center. These relationships have served to deepen our understanding of what women and couples are going through, and how to better support them on their journey.
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.
Chantal Pentland, Office Director and Co-founder of Yinstill, is in charge of marketing, graphic design, social media, and human resources. Chantal has spent her last decade as the Creative director at Nettwerk Records, a local very 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 along side such an amazing team of doctors and practitioners. Most of all she is creative and this lends itself well to her passion for design, graphic design and unique marketing ideas. She offers free in-house graphic design work and marketing advice for our practitioners. She cares deeply about the Yinstill’s clients and the practitioners, and most days you will see her up front or in the back connecting with the clients that come in.
Chantal’s most important motivation is setting a good example of a strong woman for her two (soon 3, & yes Chinese Medicine was a key factor with each pregnancy) young boys, as well as keeping her family happy, healthy and thriving.
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.
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.
Dr. TCM, FABORM, MSc, BA
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.
R.Ac, B.A., SAIT
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.
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).
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.
R.TCM.P , R.Ac , B.Sc
IVF patient coordinator
Dr. Julie Cahill
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.
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.
Dr. Katie Jones
B.A., Naturopathic Doctor, Registered Herbalist (AHG)
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.
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.