Beyond my gratitude for her support
Beyond my gratitude for her support
Beyond my gratitude for her support

My journey with Junko started about three years ago and I now consider acupuncture sessions with her an important part of maintaining health and returning to health when I get overly stressed or make less good choices. Acupuncture with Junko works for my mental health and emotional well-being in addition to the excellent results for my reproductive health. Before getting treatments with Junko, I had been diagnosed with endometriosis and my husband and I were experiencing repeated failed attempts to get pregnant for almost a year. After more investigation on both our reproductive health, my husband started getting treatments at Yinstill too (with Sean Harris in 2017). I don’t think it was even three months of my husband receiving treatments that we got pregnant. As for my endometriosis symptoms of pain and heavy flows, they have not reoccured as long as I have maintained the diet that works for me and apply the strategies I learned in my sessions with Junko. 

I continue to see Junko for acupuncture and for the space of tranquility Yinstill provides. Junko is so generous and a great listener. I can also highly recommend treatments with Junko for postpartum recovery or recovery from surgery of any kind. 

Since he was a newborn our baby was known for his pleasant temperament. Everyone who meets him comments on how calm and happy he is. I can’t help but think that my weekly sessions of acupuncture with Junko had an influence on his development in utero.  

Junko is so knowledgeable and it’s so clear she is passionate about helping the people who come to her treatment table. Junko is committed to and is very good at considering the individual as a whole social, emotional, and spiritual being in a physical human form. I ask questions of Junko when she is assessing my tongue or putting a needle in and her responses are so often affirming and fascinating. My love and appreciation for my body has grown on this journey of preparing for pregnancy, carrying baby, birthing and healing postpartum. Beyond my gratitude for her support along my fertility/pregnancy/birthing/postpartum journey, I have a deep appreciation for Junko Lodge as a human being. 

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Sean was Pivotal on our Journey
Sean was Pivotal on our Journey
Sean was Pivotal on our Journey

I’ve been seeing Sean for about 5 months now to help with fertility. It has been a really great experience working with Sean. He is a great listener and an excellent practitioner and I think that working with him has been pivotal in helping us get pregnant. Whether it is practical advice or tips, or encouraging words combined with the acupuncture, it has been a truly positive experience and I don’t think I would be at this place now without him. I’d highly recommend getting treatment from Sean.

- Anonymous

The clinic and care you will receive is the most patient-centred, warm, and empathetic I have ever encountered
The clinic and care you will receive is the most patient-centred, warm, and empathetic I have ever encountered
The clinic and care you will receive is the most patient-centred, warm, and empathetic I have ever encountered

My husband and I went to Yinstill for treatment during our fertility journey (including IUI and IVF). As a physician myself trained in Western medicine, I sought out acupuncture with the mindset that it would enhance our fertility and compliment the fertility clinic treatments. What we found, was a complete surprise; under the care of Dr. Harris Fisher, we were supported in the most wholistic way possible. Dr. Fisher is an extremely kind, astute practitioner and his emotional support was exceedingly valuable. The care he provided was creative and touched all aspects of our lives: sleep, nutrition, exercise, relationships, stress management, work-life balance…and the list goes on. Fertility treatments can be very stressful and can impact many areas of your life; Dr. Fisher was an endless source of positivity, blended perfectly with practicality. Due to his care and the acupuncture, my body physically handled the fertility treatments well, and his over all treatment plan really helped us make our way through. We’ve yet to birth our beautiful little baby, but we are well on our way (second trimester!) and I know that I will continue to access Yinstill’s service for labour prep and for any future needs. The clinic and care you will receive is the most patient-centred, warm, and empathetic I have ever encountered. With gratitude.

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Junko helped regulate my cycle and conceive!
Junko helped regulate my cycle and conceive!
Junko helped regulate my cycle and conceive!

I went to Yinstill and saw Junko weekly in an effort to regulate my hormones and cycles when my husband and I were trying to conceive. Her warm and professional demeanour made me feel comfortable from the start (important as I had never been to acupuncture before) and it was relieving to have someone to talk to along our fertility journey. Very quickly my cycles became more regular and within a few months I was pregnant! I continued seeing Junko for the first twelve weeks of my pregnancy and returned to see her at the end – even receiving a treatment as I was in early labour. I truly believe that this last treatment helped me have such a smooth and fast delivery. My husband saw her for a while as well and we both cannot recommend Junko enough!

The front desk staff was always very warm and welcoming and the ambience of the studio itself is very calming. From the moment you walk in off of the hustle and bustle of Main Street you feel at peace, relaxed, and in good hands. Thank you for listening to our concerns Yinstill when Western medicine wouldn’t discuss our fertility until we had hit the one year mark without success!

- Kyla Miller

Not only did we achieve pregnancy and the birth of our beloved baby girl, we learned much about our health, wellness, and life along the way
Not only did we achieve pregnancy and the birth of our beloved baby girl, we learned much about our health, wellness, and life along the way
Not only did we achieve pregnancy and the birth of our beloved baby girl, we learned much about our health, wellness, and life along the way

We had a wonderful experience at Yinstill with Dr. Harris Fisher. Yinstill is a peaceful oasis with staff who greet you warmly at the front door. Dr. Fisher provided acupuncture and so much more on our long journey to parenthood. He is extremely knowledgeable, empathetic, supportive, and ever positive. He meets you where you are, without judgement, and provides care that is perfectly suited to your needs, both physical and emotional. With Dr. Fisher’s gentle guidance and care, not only did we achieve pregnancy and the birth of our beloved baby girl, we learned much about our health, wellness, and life along the way.

All the best,

- Monica and Richard

Good Energy
Good Energy
Good Energy

Sean’s lighthearted energy and gentle needling always have me feeling relaxed and receptive for treatment. I find myself smiling during our interactions. He’s very thorough and is always curious about how to support my cycle through acupuncture. He holds space in a way that is comfortable, inviting, and light. I always feel great after my sessions with Sean!

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A Friendly Practitioner
A Friendly Practitioner
A Friendly Practitioner

Sean is an excellent practitioner with a lovely friendly disposition. He always makes you feel lighter with his effortless warmth. I believe he has a true gift for helping to inspire people on a path of holistic wellness in a real and down to earth way. He is very skilled at working with injuries as well, as he helped my partner overcome several long-term sports injuries. I would recommend him to anyone suffering with chronic pain or injury, or those who want to get their health in better balance.

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Acupuncture for headaches and pregnancy
Acupuncture for headaches and pregnancy
Acupuncture for headaches and pregnancy

Sean is such an incredible practitioner! I’ve seen him multiple times for acupuncture – one of which was while I was suffering form daily headaches during the beginning of my pregnancy. After one treatment with Sean, my headache went away completely! Plus his positive energy and humour is always welcome! Highly recommended as a fertility acupuncturist!!!

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Variety of Treatments
Variety of Treatments
Variety of Treatments

I have been seeing Sean for a variety of issues for the past 6 months and he consistently provides me with great care and attentiveness. I seem to always have something that I can work on in my acupuncture sessions that changes week to week and Sean is always very flexible with my treatment. He is very good at listening to my concerns and determining what is the most pressing issue at hand, while administering treatment that focuses on one main problem while targeting others along the way. I have seen a lot of practitioners in the past and I have been the most comfortable with Sean. He has a way of ease about him, and is lighthearted, humorous and kind.

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Care during Pregnancy
Care during Pregnancy
Care during Pregnancy

Sean was wonderful with my care of my needs while I was pregnant and wanting to ensure a healthy and safe pregnancy and of course a safe delivery. Thanks for everything Sean. Baby Liv is also grateful! 😉

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Yinstill works!
Yinstill works!
Yinstill works!

I am a patient at Yinstill and my experience has been nothing but positive. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for a few years now and were unsuccessful. After attending Yinstill and being treated by Junko, not only did I get the care and support I needed but she worked with me to achieve my goal! Yinstill works! And the best part is all the staff are so caring. I am currently pregnant with my first child and couldn’t be happier. All the tips and treatments that was provided helped so much in terms of fertility to make this possible and I owe the credit to Yinstill!
Thank you so very much for helping me through this journey! I look forward to seeing you guys closer to my due date!

- T.P.

To say that the care and services of the staff at Yinstill were paramount to my success would be an understatement
To say that the care and services of the staff at Yinstill were paramount to my success would be an understatement
To say that the care and services of the staff at Yinstill were paramount to my success would be an understatement

On the eve of the birth of my first child, I find it important to reflect and give gratitude to the people who played an intricate part of my success. I first came to Yinstill on August 12th, 2013 after a laproscopy and miscarriage. I had been told that, at 37, I had little to no chance of successfully carrying a baby to term because of low egg quality and quantity. Needless to say, I was crushed but decided to give IVF and acupuncture a try regardless of the odds.

My first visit with Dr Spence Pentland was full of nerves and ambiguity. I knew I had nothing to lose but could never have imagined how valuable and crucial my treatment over the the next few years would be. He put me immediately at ease, and in my first session, despite a fear of needles, I felt as if I had already let go of something. It’s hard to explain, but I came home feeling rejuvenated. My first IVF worked, despite all the medical statistics stacked against us.

Dr Pentland saw me through two more IVF retrievals as I banked what eggs I could. Each one of those was more successful then the last, with better quality and higher numbers. It truly was a miracle given my diagnosis of having no chance.

Dr Pentland listened intently to my fears, offered the best counsel and cared for me with a deep compassion I did not receive from other members of my infertility journey. He was instrumental in helping me not only stay focused but also remain positive in the face of great diversity. Acupuncture I absolutely attribute to my continuous success.

On my fourth retrieval we decided to do a fresh transfer. It was also at this time that I met Junko as Dr Pentland went away on leave. I was reluctant to pass my care on to someone else, but found Junko to be equally as capable in her abilities and in her compassion for my situation.

After the first transfer failed, I broke down, completely devastated. Perhaps all the doctors were right and this whole venture was fruitless. If not for Junko, I would have given up. Not only with words of encouragement, but also with a reminder that although it didn’t likely make sense right then, I was exactly where I was supposed to be. I’ll never forget the warmth I felt that day and the words that carried me back from a deep darkness, and will forever be indebted.

Ironically, three weeks later and one week before my 40th birthday, I discovered I had become pregnant naturally. I continued to visit Junko through the first 12 weeks of my pregnancy to help baby stay with us. I have now seen Junko in these final days for inducement and after each appointment felt amazingly relaxed. I’m entering into labour and delivery feeling strong and confident thanks to her.

To say that the care and services of the staff at Yinstill were paramount to my success would be an understatement. They are like a family. And while it might take a village to raise a child, in my case it took this family to make one.

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Deeply knowledgeable and sincerely caring
Deeply knowledgeable and sincerely caring
Deeply knowledgeable and sincerely caring

Deeply knowledgeable and sincerely caring, Dr. Fisher and the team at Yinstill have been wonderful.

I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for reproductive wellness professionals.

- JR

Gratitude
Gratitude
Gratitude

I just want to thank you for your support and acting as my “sounding board” and putting up with my sniffles as I reflect on my tough journey.

You’re the best!

- Anonymous

Dr Harris Fisher my testimony for such great treatment and care
Dr Harris Fisher my testimony for such great treatment and care
Dr Harris Fisher my testimony for such great treatment and care

Shortly after getting married in 2013, I had a miscarriage. I was 35 at the time and my husband and I were devastated — I became obsessed with motherhood. “My whole focus turned to getting pregnant. And every month that it didn’t happen, my obsession got worse.” After losing another baby at around 10 weeks, I was desperate. A trip to a fertility clinic with my husband, revealed that I had high levels of follicle-stimulating hormones and lower levels of Anti-Mullerian Hormones. Basically the doctor at the fertility clinic told me that I was running out of eggs and the quality of the eggs were questionable, meaning I was less likely to get, and stay pregnant . The doctor at the Fertility clinic told us egg donor would be our best option, I was gutted and left the fertility clinic feeling heartbroken and even more devastated. I longed to be a mother and to have a child that both my husband and I created together. So I took a friend’s advice and made an appointment with Harris Fisher at Yinstill Reproductive Wellness Clinic. Dr. Fisher assessed me, started me on Chinese herbs and acupuncture treatment. After about 2 months , I was rewarded with a positive pregnancy test. Dr Fisher immediately put me on a “miscarriage prevention” program that included needles and Chinese herbs. And although I constantly worried about losing the baby, I found the treatments painless and soothing. Acupuncture was just so healing for me, emotionally and physically. May 23, 2015 my son, John Atticus was born — my husband and I are forever grateful to the remarkable care, knowledge, support and treatment I received from Dr. Fisher. I plan to resume the treatment with Dr. Fisher when we try for baby number two.

~Theresa

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