Dear Spence, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the great work you do each and every day. I’m very happy that we got to meet you and benefit from your wonderful care. During the past 2 years, we had to overcome a lot of roadblocks and I’m very grateful for your guidance on how to remove and overcome them. It was a lot of work, many tears, lots of fears, and many choices but it was most definitely all well worth it. My struggles changed me. But without it, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. My story will always be my story and you will always be part of it. I’m already looking forward to the day when we get to tell it to our daughter or son.
Before visiting Spence, I felt so alone, frustrated, disappointed, and sad every month when my cycle would start yet again. We met with Spence who is the sweetest person and so caring and knowledgeable in his field. He always made us feel like we weren’t alone in this struggle and gave us encouragement and support throughout the whole process. After seeing Spence for 3 months and following his recommendations, I got pregnant and we were beyond thrilled. Today we have a beautiful healthy baby boy! I believe that Spence’s skills played a pivotal role in our ability to conceive and would like to thank him for helping create our little miracle.
Dr. Pentland was extremely supportive and truly took the time to listen to my questions and concerns. He clearly has a wealth of experience working with fertility patients and in-depth knowledge of every step of the process. I felt that my treatment was tailored to my particular situation and my regular sessions were one of the most fulfilling & relaxing parts of my week.
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 next few years would be. He put me immediately at ease, and in my first session, despite my reservations, I felt as if I had already let go of something. It’s hard to explain, but I felt rejuvenated. Dr. Pentland listened intently to my fears, offered the best counsel, and cared for me with deep compassion. He was instrumental in helping me not only stay focused but also remain positive in the face of great diversity. To say that his care and services were paramount to my success would be an understatement. He is now like a family.
After a long and frustrating journey with infertility I am proud to announce that I am 14 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby! My husband and I recently had the pleasure to see our angel baby on ultrasound and we were amazed to see the beautiful result of our endurance and resilience. We would not be at this settled place without the help of Dr. Spence Pentland.
Our journey began almost two years ago. After six months of trying we had ourselves checked out by the fertility doctors. At first we appeared to be “normal” and after more months of testing and waiting, we were told that we were running out of time and we needed to proceed to IVF as soon as possible. At this point we had tried four times unsuccessfully with IUI and a large dose of clomid. As it turned out my FSH levels were on the “high” side (12.2) and although my husband had over 200,000 million sperm, there was an issue with the morphology (2-8 %). I had just turned 36 years old.
Having a science background as well as training in anatomical acupuncture myself, I did the research on acupuncture and its success with fertility and more specifically when combined with IVF treatment. I was convinced and committed to see Spence two times per week leading up to our first round of IVF. Unfortunately right before the procedure I was hospitalized with septic pneumonia and had to delay our plans. I thought that I was recovered and five months later we tried IVF with ICSI. It did not work. My embryos were poor quality and only two made it for the procedure. Devastated and then to be told that it was probably not going to work and to consider an egg donor, I did not know where to turn. Going in to see Spence that week helped me stay the course and not give up. He said that we could improve the egg quality with acupuncture and a healthy lifestyle. He was convinced that we would be parents one day and to “keep my eye on the child”. So I spent the rest of the summer going to acupuncture, two weeks of herbals, and eating a healthy, fertility friendly diet. My husband even came to see Spence so that he could help and find out what he could do to improve our situation.
The second round of IVF proved successful! This time we had excellent quality embryos along with a healthy and relaxed mom- to- be. I knew that it was going to work and I can honestly say that with Spence’s knowledge, research, and reassuring words, we were able to make our dreams come true. In the words of Maya Angelou: “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Thanks Spence!
Before I saw Dr. Pentland I was always a bit wary of chinese medicine mostly due to a lack of understanding. However, now I can honestly say that it was the best health care experience I have ever had. Dr. Pentland is a warm and intuitive person, but what I was most impressed by was his sound knowledge base which includes but is not limited to; nutrition, physiology, reproductive health, mental health and chinese interventions. I came to see him because I had decided to get pregnant and wanted to start the adventure on it’s healthiest course. I had been off of an i.u.d. for only one month and was having irregular periods. I was also feeling generally unhealthy due to a particularly indulgent month long honeymoon. Within two months of treatments consisting of acupuncture and cleansing, I was pregnant! Dr. Pentland then treated me through my first trimester to promote prenatal heath. During this time, acupuncture made a noticeable difference in the alleviation of symptoms such as nausea, dizziness and lethargy. I recommend him (and his treatment philosophy) wholeheartedly to my friends and family and will certainly use him again in the future.
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.
After several mainful years of infertility with no answers as to ‘why’ other than my ever-increasing age, I decided to work with Dr. Pentland as a last ditch effort along with my last attempt at ivf and icsi. Each time previous the result was not enough follicles, no eggs or no successful insemination. I started doing acupuncture with Spence, and along with his help, changed my eating, took different suppliments and implemented as many de-stressing techniques as possible. We implemented our plan weeks before starting another cycle and when we did, only one follicle again….and only one egg. With the help of doctors and my husband we decided to take the ridiculous chance (knowing we would not be doing another round) and go ahead with ICSI. Spence gave acupuncture before each process and his kind and honest support became a gentle hand when I needed it. The egg was fertilized and with continued acupuncture before the implantation and through the first trimester we now have a happy, healthy, beautiful daughter. She is all that I visualized in my sessions with Spence…pure light, pure joy and the embodiment of all Hope.
I will be forever grateful to you for assisting our baby girl in making it here. I truly believe it would not have been possible without you.
May you be forever blessed as much as we are.