Before I met Aimee, my husband and I had been through several unsuccessful IVF cycles. As a result, while I researched new fertility practices, I also researched complimentary treatments that might help increase our chance for success. I was really surprised to find so many positive articles about the connection between acupuncture and the successful treatment of infertility. At the same time, a colleague being treated by Aimee told me that infertility was one Aimee’s specialties, so I decided to make an appointment. I was immediately impressed by Aimee’s warmth, the depth of her knowledge and her professionalism. I have never had an M.D. ask me as many questions about my diet, habits or general health. She was amazing.
Coincidentally, the clinic where I decided to be treated for infertility actually recommends acupuncture as a complimentary treatment to their protocol. In fact, they advise acupuncture treatments both before and immediately after embryo transfer.
I actually started seeing Aimee about seven months before my IVF cycle started and I always felt like we were working together towards a goal. My sessions were always wonderfully relaxing and restorative. In addition to the acupuncture, Aimee also advised me on dietary changes that could aid conception and prescribed herbal teas that I drank up until the time that I began my IVF medications. One big bonus was the fact that Aimee treated all of me and, not just my infertility and, as a result, my migraines and a few other health issues also improved. When it was time for the embryo transfer, Aimee adjusted her schedule so that she could treat me both before and after the embryo transfer. When I found out that I was pregnant Aimee was the second person I called after my husband.
About six weeks into my pregnancy I lost one of the twins I was carrying, something that’s rather common with IVF. When I called Aimee to let her know she immediately ordered special teas and changed my treatment in order to give the second baby the best possible chance. As a result I’m now 15 weeks pregnant and plan to see Aimee throughout my pregnancy. When the baby arrives you can be sure that there will be a picture of Aimee holding the baby in our baby book!
C.A.S., Jersey City, NJ
I never really paid much attention to the fine details my face. I know that I’m an objectively attractive woman, but I’d always thought that the essence of my beauty lay in my eyes and my smile. So here I am in my early to mid fifties, noticing that neither eyes nor smile could compete with the progressive droopiness of my neck and cheeks, or the frown of concentration between my eyebrows. Ultimate flower child, I could not imagine surgery or botox to retain my youth. And anyway, I thought I’d like the definition of an older face. But I see that in my thoughts, I’d have only lines that would reflect my character, wit and experience, not extra flesh that would make me look sort of indistinct and down- as though I were giving up. I signed up for acupuncture for facial rejuvenation almost on a whim, largely because Aimee was successfully treating me for something else. After around 4 or 5 treatments, I could see that my cheeks and neck had lifted and my brows were much less “frown-y.” But what I really see is myself: the warmth and excitement of my eyes and my smile. Nothing on or around my face competes with them – or worse, cancels them out. And my skin glows from the attention! I love it!
M.A., Piermont, NY
I was seeking help with chronic sinus pain that none of my doctors have been able to effectively treat, and was referred to Aimee by a colleague. From the first few visits, I was so happy and impressed by the personal attention – no doctor had ever asked so many questions about my overall health or how I feel day-to-day.
After just a couple of months, the acupuncture and herbal supplements started to help my sinus pain and headaches. I could actually feel the pressure subsiding. Then I began to learn how many other ways Aimee could assist me. With a combination of stress-reducing techniques, herbs, and nutrition advice, Aimee has helped me feel better and lead a healthier lifestyle (Wow!) She encouraged me to improve my diet with practical, weekly tips. I’ve cut back significantly on sugar and carbs (no small task!). My digestion is noticeably better, as Aimee suggested I take a probiotic every day, consume only organic milk, and reduce dairy intake. What’s more, she’s helped lessen my PMS symptoms, particularly awful night sweats. She got rid of an itchy skin rash on my leg that three dermatologists couldn’t cure for more than a year. Aimee treats the whole person, not just a symptom. She’s extremely professional and really listens to her patients. Especially if you’re a woman with chronic ailments that you’ve come to just tolerate, I definitely recommend contacting her. You might be very pleasantly surprised!
S.P., New York, NY
My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for 3 years now, without success. I was ambiguously diagnosed with”unexplained infertility”. All of my hormones were in check, I was ovulating, tubes were clear, and my husbands sperm was up to par. I had considered acupuncture, but never really understood how or why it worked. I came to Aimee upon the referral of a friend whom she had treated, successfully, for secondary infertility. Aimee asked me questions that, in my opinion, had absolutely NOTHING to do with fertility, or my lack thereof. She explained how certain foods can make the uterus “cloudy” and “inhospitable”. She talked to me about a host of issues and made sense out of my case.
Furthermore, she put me at ease, with her knowledge and experience in the field of fertility. She convinced me to meditate and to eat organically. After two months of acupuncture and herbal teas, my periods changed, my mood improved, my energy lifted, my clothes fit better, my skin was glowing.But, I still wasn’t pregnant. After four months, upon Aimee’s recommendation, my husband and I decided to try another IUI (this would be our 6th insemination). It worked! At this moment in time, I am 15 weeks pregnant. Aimee is more than an acupuncturist and herbalist, she is a teammate- cheering for you and educating you, every step of the way.
N.S., New York, NY
I began seeing Aimee in December of 2004, upon recommendation of a coworker. I was having severe stomach problems and had already had a colonoscopy, endoscopy and every other gastrointestinal test known to man. According to doctors, “nothing was wrong with me”, yet I was continually losing weight and feeling run down. After my first visit with Aimee, I was put on an easy to follow food plan as well as herbal supplements. Soon, my stomach vastly improved, I put back on a bit of weight and was able to return to eating out and enjoying food, instead of being worried about how the food would digest! Aimee also helped me to realize how my various health issues – sinuses, stress, gastrointestinal – were connected and contributing to my overall health. Since beginning to see her, I have been extremely healthy and better able to recognize situations that might adversely affect my health and handle them effectively. I look forward to seeing Aimee every week – she is my acupuncturist, nutritionist, therapist and friend all wrapped into one! Most importantly, I finally feel like I have a partner and teammate in my quest to better health.
M.D., New York, NY
My body has always taken good care of itself. I trust it, love it, rely on it. We have a good relationship. Then midlife/menopause hits- disrupted sleep, layered clothing that I could de-construct at a moment’s notice, a midriff that would no longer easily forgive the occasional and casual ice cream binge, a libido that seemed to have abandoned me after many fine years together. At first, hormone replacement worked moderately well to assuage the sleeplessness, the hot flashes and sexy decline, but I disliked its likely long term effects, taking daily ‘medication’, and, most difficult, the sense that my body could no longer take care of itself.
I was glad to hear about acupuncture as an alternative for the hot flashes, at least, based on its success for a co-worker. Aimee suggested that I diary my hot flashes when I began treatment with her. I recordedusually 8 or more a day that I’d rate 7 to 9 on a scale of 10 in terms of intensity and duration. With about 10 treatments (over a 4 month period) I experience one flash every couple of days that I’d rate about 2 or 3 in intensity. Best of all- I immediately got my sleep back!! And have slept soundly almost every night since I began treatments. Libido- renewed energy and interest in creating with my husband our sexuality for this next piece of our lives. And not much need for those ice cream raids.
M.A., Nyack, NY
I have suffered from night eating disorder for many years. I had tried everything to overcome this including anti-depressants. Nothing helped. Since I started treatments with Aimee, my life has changed. The night eating happens so rarely now it’s barely worth mentioning and I am no longer on the antidepressants. I’ve gone to her for other ailments also, such as migraines and bronchitis. Where prescriptions failed, I always found relief with Aimee’s treatments. When I first was referred to an acupuncturist I was extremely skeptical but now I refer all my friends and family to her. She made a believer out of me!
C.H., Nyack, NY
A few sessions with Aimee made me feel mentally and physically like a new person. After years of seeking out traditional western medicine, a few sessions with Aimee did for me what no MD could do. I felt 100% healthier and more in control of my mind and body. Getting a new kind of treatment can be scary, but I felt total confidence in Aimee and it paid off. She understands that no two patients are alike and therefore no two treatments are alike. She’s more than an acupuncturist- she is nutritionist, an herbalist and a therapist. The experience of being treated by Aimee is like no other because she works at her patients pace, you never feel rushed or brushed aside. She is incredibly compassionate while still being a consummate professional-in fact she’s a natural-born healer.
P.W., New York, NY