Today we’d like to introduce you to Carla Vidor.
Carla, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Studying Chinese medicine opened up my world. I understood for the first time how the parts of our bodies are so completely intertwined, not just with each other but with the natural world as well. You cannot look at dysfunction in one area without observing the whole picture.
I decided to specialize in women’s health and fertility honestly because of my own issues with hormonal imbalance. In my twenties and thirties, I was told over and over again by several doctors that I would have a very difficult time conceiving on my own without the help of drugs. I wasn’t opposed to medications if they were absolutely necessary, but I also felt at that time that there was something going on that the drugs would only be able to fix on the surface. I began to really take look at my stress response, lifestyle and even my thoughts and calmly found ways to manage these things. Wholistic medicine works! I’ve been working with women and couples since 2009. I’ve seen many miracles over the years and also thankfully my own two miracles (two healthy babies).
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Of course, there were struggles! Big changes can always shake the ground a bit, and there were several, both personally and professionally. But I would not change a thing. I love where I’ve landed.
As you know, we’re big fans of Vidor Acupuncture. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
My practice has a strong focus on fertility (male and female) and women’s health. I think we are learning more and more how much fertile health starts way before conception happens. It starts with the health of egg and the sperm which depend on the health of mom and dad. I learned this lesson strongly with my own fertility journey and I try to emphasize this in the work I do with couples. Everything we do now matters as this is the potential that we pass on to our future children. I also believe that no matter the diagnosis, there is possibility for change. I work with couples trying naturally or with the help of western fertility treatments. Acupuncture and IVF has gotten a lot of recognition over the last decade as being very complementary to one another and I have to agree!
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
When I was in my doctorate program, I had a fertility mentor, Denise Wiesner of Natural Healing and Acupuncture. Fortunately, I was able to get a lot of clinical experience during that time and I know one hundred percent how important the clinical practice is when it comes to making good diagnoses and developing good patient management. I’ve met amazing women and men in clinic over the years and learned a lot from their various stories and outcomes. While the stories can be full of pain, it is very rewarding to the complete dissolution of severe anxieties and lives completely changed as children are born. Since 2012 I’ve been a part of the American Board of Oriental and Reproductive Medicine. Going through infertility is incredibly challenging on every level- emotionally, physically, and mentally. It’s incredibly supportive to be able to share stories with a strong community of fertility specialists. I’ve also come to understand that while the outcome may not always reflect our initial hope or intent for our patients, the support they receive in the treatment room can be invaluable