Unexplained Infertility – treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Interview with Katherine Alexander Anderson

Katherine (MBA, DACM, LAc, FABORM) entered into the study and practice of TCM for infertility through her own personal experience with reproductive challenges. She has an extensive background in the medical field and has operated reproductive health clinics in both New Hampshire and Maine for the last decade. In this interview she highlights her clinical knowledge of treating couples with unexplained infertility with ‘Whole Systems Traditional Chinese Medicine’. As the president of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) she is a strong advocate for patients utilizing properly certified TCM reproductive health specialists when choosing this avenue of care.   ~ Spence



Professional Profile
Bachelor of Science, Health Management & Policy, University of New Hampshire
Master of Business Administration, University of New Hampshire
Masters of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, New England School of Acupuncture
Doctorate of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
PhD Candidate, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine
Licensed to practice Chinese medicine in Maine and New Hampshire

Professional Achievements
Founded almost 10 years ago, and still operating today, a very busy fertility and women’s health TCM clinic. I founded this at a time when many said you couldn’t just specialize in fertility and women’s health and you had to treat everything to survive. I said “if you don’t specialize, you won’t specialize:”. If I you want to know a lot about something then you have to put your heart and soul into learning everything you can. So I did. 

Taking over ABORM after the death of the founder was a huge challenge. I was honored that Ray knew I could do it based on my business degree/experience and success running my own clinic, but to do and do it well during a time of grieving by a membership that respected him was uniquely challenging . There were a lot of sleepless nights and stressful days feeling the pressure to ensure the organization survived. My leadership skills just instinctively took over and I developed a foundational structure for the organization that hadn’t existed before so that it could withstand the current team and time. 

I am honored that at this point in my career I have been asked to share some of my knowledge and wisdom with others. I have been asked to speak again at TCM Kongress for the 3rd time next year, recently spoke at the Evidence Based Acupuncture Symposium to help spread awareness of the research surrounding our profession and just completed writing an article in the Journal of Chinese Medicine on Unexplained Infertility that was a rewarding experience. I am passionate about our medicine and its ability to help fertility patients and love being a conduit, spreading the word in any way possible whether speaking to groups of patients or practitioners.

Professional Experience
Former VP of Operations for long term care organization
Former director of patient service centers for national diagnostic laboratory organization
Founder/Clinical Director/TCM doc – Rhythms Center of Women’s Health

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Spence: Hello everybody. Welcome to another Conception Channel podcast. I’m your host, Spence Pentland. This is brought to you by the Being Fertile Program and Yinstill Reproductive Wellness. We have the privilege today of having our special guest, Katherine Alexander Anderson – welcome to the show!

Katherine: Thank you so much, Spence.

Spence: I’m excited for you to be here, I’ve seen you speak, and we’ve known each other through various means over a number of years now and more now, which is great. Katherine’s going to be sharing her insights from many, many years of clinical practice, specializing in reproductive health, but today, in particular, with unexplained infertility. I’m not sure if it’s technically a diagnosis, but what we see more than anything else, and that can be really frustrating, but in some sense is really, really a positive thing, with Chinese medicine, there’s lots that can help support these ladies. We’ll go into some other things too. Just a little bit of background for Katherine here. She’s 10+ in her current clinics in both Maine and New Hampshire, which I’ve got a geography lesson before we hit record – thank you – specializing in reproductive health. She’s had extensive background in the medical world prior to that, and maybe you can touch on that in a second here, Katherine. Currently, she’s the president of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, specialization board that certifies natural health practitioners in the treatment of reproductive health, and speaking all over the world because the invites keep coming. So, congratulations on all that. I’m going to turn the mic over a little bit to you – do you want to kind of fill in a little bit on everybody, just so they kind of know a bit of your journey to where you’re at today and what you’re doing in your clinic with the ladies that you’re helping?

Katherine: Yeah. Let’s see, I’ve started learning more about Chinese medicine probably fifteen years ago, but prior to that, I had been in Western healthcare, I had a Degree in Health Management and Policy, and a Master’s Degree in Business, and was running nursing homes to start, and then overseeing a chain of nursing homes. So, working for a company in which I was [/x_tab][/x_tabs][x_gap size=”50px”][/cs_element_column][/cs_element_row][/cs_element_section][/cs_content]

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