Hi I’m Michelle Kapler. When I’m not working, you can find me knitting socks, writing for my blog, eating oysters that my husband has lovingly shucked, creating and co-creating meals for loved ones or hanging out with my Herbal Medicine Textbooks and and a very specifically pulled espresso.”

What is MULI?

Muli is the oyster shell, a herb used in Chinese Medicine.  The oyster shell provides a calming effect.  The oyster represents a cool, slow, calm and sexy energy, which is what we need in abundance when making babies!

Also, I have a bit of a love affair going on with oysters.  They are all so unique, each with its own special texture, flavour, shape and smell.  They are also one of the most nutritionally dense foods, in terms of mineral content.  Zinc is a trace mineral which is essential for reproduction. Oysters are full of it!  Want to get in the mood?  Have some oysters on the half shell.  They are really sexy.  You won’t be disappointed!

How long have you been practicing?

I graduated from The Institute of Traditional Medicine in 2010. I have known since very early on in my education, that I wanted to work with women, so it had been my focus since the beginning of my practice.

 

Why did you decided to practice fertility medicine?

I am absolutely fascinated by how women’s bodies work. If we learn the language and take the time and space to listen, we can learn so much about our whole state of health through our reproductive cycles.

My own fertility journey with natural medicine has been nothing short of life changing. I love that I get to help other women fall in love with their bodies in the same way I did. To this day, I am still awestruck sometimes. It is pretty incredible!

 

Who are your patients?

This program is for you if…

  • you are thinking of getting pregnant soon and would like to prepare your body using a natural approach
  • you have been trying for a while and would like a little “boost” to help you along
  • you are using medically assisted reproductive therapies (such as IVF and IUI) and are looking for some natural support to give you the best chance of success

 

What kinds of patients do you work best with?

I work best with a patient who is committed to putting in the time and making real and permanent changes in her life. Natural medicine takes time to work. These issues typically do not arise overnight and they don’t go away overnight. Hormones usually take a minimum of 3-6 months to balance.

 

What can I expect from our appointments when we work together?

During our initial appointment, we will spend 90-120 minutes together discussing your medical history, current health state, fertility history and where you are presently. We will also discuss your goals and how we are going to reach them together. You may ask as many questions as you would like. I believe that patients should be strong advocates for their health care and that only comes with knowledge!

After the initial appointment, you will see me as often as twice weekly for the first little while. This gives us a really solid start. Each appointment will include a catch-up conversation about how things are progressing and an acupuncture treatment.

 

Which treatment methods do you use?

I use acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional guidance and lifestyle counseling.

 

Does Acupuncture hurt?

Most patients describe their experience as relaxing and pleasant. There is sensation felt with acupuncture but it should not be painful.

 

Do you need a license to practice acupuncture?

Yes. Registered acupuncturists are governed by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario. In order to receive a license from the College, a practitioner must complete a program which is up to a standard set by the college and pass written board exams. A Registered acupuncturist will have a minimum of 2500 hours of training. My education includes over 5000 hours of training. Also, I am consistent in updating my knowledge base through continuing education.

 

How long does it take to work?

The process often takes 3-6 months to work but people usually start to feel better as soon as their first appointment and treatment. Using this approach, we look at the entire woman and strive to balance the whole body. This might mean many pleasant “side effects” start to happen. This can include improved digestion, better sleep, elimination of PMS, reduction of painful periods and much more!

In most cases, women can expect to be pregnant within 6 months.
Sometimes things are a wee bit more complicated and it takes longer but that just means that we will both work extra hard to make it happen!

 

Michelle, I have decided I would like to work with you. How do we get started?

The next step is to book your “Getting Acquainted” phone call. This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other a little bit and see if we would be a good match for working together. You are also more than welcome to ask any questions you have about the program, fertility, health and anything else you have on your mind.

To book your complimentary call, click here to fill out the form.

 

What do you do when you’re not helping women make babies?

I run a series of fertility yoga workshops across the Greater Toronto Area. I work with a few very special and gifted yoga teachers to offer these programs and foster amazing community support.

When I’m not working, you can find me knitting socks, writing for my blog, eating oysters that my husband has lovingly shucked, creating and co-creating meals for loved ones or hanging out with my Herbal Medicine Textbooks and and a very specifically pulled espresso.