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 Traditional Chinese Reproductive Medicine 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) 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 Association of BC (CTCMA – http://ctcma.bc.ca) and many are certified Fellows of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM – http://aborm.org).
What makes Yinstill unique is our many years of integration with two of BC’s largest 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’, creator of the Being Fertile Program (BFP+)
“Over the past fourteen 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
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 graduated from the International College for Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver where she completed the three-year Acupuncture Diploma program. Lara is a registrant of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC (CTCMA).
She is a Registered Acupuncturist with an interest and passion in reproductive health, facial rejuvenation, pain management and other health concerns and conditions.
She enjoys helping patients achieve wellness by discovering the patient’s unique needs, primary issues and areas of imbalance. She balances the body using acupuncture and other Traditional Chinese therapies such as cupping, moxibustion, electro stimulation acupuncture (EA), facial rejuvenation, tuina and auricular acupuncture. Lara aims to set newcomers to acupuncture at ease by explaining the process in a language that you can understand. A huge believer in work-life balance, she derives tremendous satisfaction from helping patients achieve their own health goals that will ultimately improve their overall quality of life.
Lara has integrated holistic medicine and health in her life from an early age. She was raised in the Caribou region of Interior BC, where her experiences in nature were every day and her gratitude towards natural balance and healing grew. Lara’s passion for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) grew out of her own personal experiences during pregnancy with TCM over 15 years ago when she was pregnant with a breech baby. TCM helped to turn her breech baby and also started a profound interest and journey into Chinese Medicine. She studied environmental studies at SFU before gaining an invaluable appreciation of the medical philosophy surrounding Eastern culture.
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).
Jaclyn Guse is the GM of Yinstill Reproductive Wellness. She is an open-minded and welcoming individual with an interest in alternative medicines and health practices, which stems from her own personal health journey. Jaclyn is dedicated to providing a supportive and sacred space for the patients of Yinstill. She is deeply motivated by the impact of positive change that comes from patients experiences at the clinic. She believes that the work being done at Yinstill spreads seeds of hope, joy, and growth in our community and she is grateful to be able to contribute to the support system that patients rely on during trying times.
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
Dr. Heidi Lescanec is a Naturopathic Doctor with over 16 years of experience blending the latest scientific research with natural, clinically proven forms of medicine.
Naturopathic Medicine is a primary healthcare system that draws upon both modern and traditional approaches in order to restore optimal health. Dr. Lescanec views health as a positive state where all systems are functioning optimally as a whole — mind, body and spirit.
Her main areas of focus are hormone health: fatigue, thyroid conditions, menstrual irregularities, menopause, fertility and pre-conception care; and digestive issues: SIBO, IBS, IBD, and food sensitivities.
With vitality being the goal, she aims to empower people not only with the best medicine to transform their physical health but also the knowledge and tools to make positive sustainable changes that truly enhance their lives. In her spare time you’ll find her experimenting in the kitchen, hiking and exploring the coast. She also is a regular contributor to Eco-Parent magazine.
Growing up immersed in wilderness Adrienne took full advantage of her surroundings, spending all her free time mountain biking, hiking and snowboarding. Active her whole life, she felt the need to focus her studies on treating those with activity-related injuries. She began her education with a degree in Kinesiology at Langara College in Vancouver, B.C. Following this, she studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in her hometown of Nelson. There, she finished the 5 year Doctorate of TCM. She went on to further her education and graduated from Matt Callison’s prestigious Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program in San Diego, making her one of the only certified sports medicine acupuncturists in Canada.
Focus: Men’s and Women’s Reproductive Health, Pregnancy Support, Chronic and Acute Pain Management, Stress Relief
“Whether you are in pain, need support for reproductive health or require treatment during pregnancy, I have the skills, education and experience to help.”
As a registered acupuncturist in Ontario, Sean graduated from the respected International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver, is a fellow of ABORM (American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine), and a member of The Society for Acupoint Injection Therapy. He has mentored with pioneers in the field of Chinese medicine and reproductive health – Dr. Spence Pentland, Dr. Harris Fisher, and Dr. Erin Flynn – and he is an associate of Yinstill Reproductive Wellness in Vancouver.
Sean is incredibly passionate about the power of acupuncture to get people healthy and keep them healthy. He believes that traditional and modern medicine should complement each other to best serve the patient.
Alison was immediately drawn to the practice of holistic medicine when she first experienced treatment by a homeopathic doctor. She knew that being so completely seen and heard by the practitioner was an integral part of her healing process. Wanting to be a part of this healing movement, she applied for and entered the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) program at the highly-regarded Academy of Oriental Medicine in Austin, Texas.Over the course of her studies, and in keeping with her undergraduate degree in psychology, she was consistently drawn to matters of the spirit and mind and to those in particular of women’s health. After completing the program at AOMA and being recognized as a practitioner of TCM by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (US), she found her place at the Texas Center for Reproductive Acupuncture where she practiced for four years. Her time at TCRA, by virtue of both the team and the couples seeking treatment further informed her how each person is unique and requires a treatment approach and plan that is uniquely theirs.