Dr. Stefani Hayes, ND, L.Ac. (she, her, hers)

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Dr. Stefani Hayes, ND, L.Ac. (she, her, hers)

A Personal Message from Dr. Stefani Kovacovsky Hayes:

Do you yearn to hold your baby in your arms?  Are you overwhelmed with where to begin with preparing for a healthy pregnancy?  Are you feeling confused about what steps to take next on your fertility journey? 

Whether you are at the beginning of your fertility journey, or years into a complicated infertility process, I’d love to support you.  Through helping you to optimize an IVF cycle or know where to begin with trying for pregnancy, I love meeting all my patients where they are on their journey.  Whether looking for a “natural” alternative or an adjunctive support to a highly interventional process, I can offer you support.

For single by choice individuals, queer persons, or those with male factor infertility, I am trained in providing intrauterine insemination (IUI) using frozen or fresh sperm in order to achieve pregnancy.  I especially skilled in providing this opportunity without medication, where indicated, and as affordably as possible. 

My passion is assisting all types of families in not only realizing their goals of parenthood, but also having the energy and health to enjoy the time with their family.  My favorite experience is supporting individuals and couples through the entire family building journey – up to 5 years before conception, adjunctively throughout pregnancy, and for the entire 5 year postpartum period with each birth. 

I love offering a collaborative, integrative model of care for my patients, through co-treating in an integrative clinic and with other practitioners in the city.    I view myself as the center of a wheel, and I work hard to create an amazing team for you that addresses all the “spokes” of your wellness.  I am very skilled in treating complex fertility cases, using this whole body approach.  I approach fertility struggles from a holistic angle.  Often times, fertility imbalances can be seeded in the gastrointestinal or endocrine system, for example.  In co-collaboration with my colleagues, we have had great luck with helping patients optimize their fertility and minimize their other health struggles. 

My favorite modality to support this process is through the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy TM. I enjoy providing gentle but powerful bodywork to balance hormones, minimize pain, and optimize nutrient absorption through improved blood flow.  I also love to dive into blood labs, to make sure nothing is being missed with balancing my patient’s health.  I do use supplements, but try to encourage lifestyle balancing techniques over adding too many supplements. 

I aim to be conscious of ethical, financial, and complex social/emotional aspects of life that affect my patients.  I aim for equity and inclusion in how I practice medicine.  I strive to help you feel more vibrant – mentally, emotionally, and physically.  As a naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist, and practitioner of Maya Abdominal therapy, I am able to holistically address your concerns or find providers who can support you – separately or in collaboration.

I gain joy from improving the quality of fertility medicine in the naturopathic profession.  Therefore, you will often find a new naturopathic doctor or two on my team doing an intensive 1-2 year post-graduate residency.  When not in clinic, you can often find me still immersed in fertility related passion projects for the benefit of my patients and my colleagues.  I also experience great enjoyment from spending time with my two daughters and wife.  My daughters bring so much light and joy into my life.  I desire for all my fertility patients to achieve this same joy.  

Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to explore my bio.  Whether you have found this page randomly or because of a referral from one of my lovely patients or colleagues, I hope I was be able to give you a sense of the kind of doctor I am.  If you have any lingering questions after exploring this page, please feel free to email me – shayes@kwanyinhealingarts.com

I am currently accepting new patients, as are my resident physicians with whom I directly collaborate and cotreat. 

Current patient comments:

“Dr. Stefani – I’m so incredibly grateful for all of the help and support you provided me while under your care. I really feel like you saved me from a really bad place when I felt completely alone and hopeless. I will never forget the sense of relief I felt after our first meeting. I was honestly ready to give up on having a baby completely, but now I know what I need to do to hopefully make our dreams come true. I appreciate our time together more than you’ll ever know. “

“You have been such a vital part of allowing us to start a family and I truly can’t thank you enough for everything you have done for us.”

“Dr. Hayes.  We had our baby last Thursday! … I just wanted to say thank you for all your help and support in making this dream come true for us. I could not have done it without you!!”

“Stefani was instrumental in helping me become healthier and therefore pregnant.  I always felt very supported by her and appreciate how she explains things in layman’s terms.”

“Dr. Stefani Hayes is outstanding in her work and has effectively and compassionately worked with me over the years.  It is to her that I turn for medical/health care.  That speaks volumes of her competency. “

“I just wanted to send you a picture of my kids to say thank you for everything you did to make it possible for me to start a family. They wouldn’t be here without you!!  Thanks again!”

“Dr. Hayes is amazing and has helped me more than any other person has.”

“Dr. Stefani Hayes is the best provider … off the charts!”

“Dr. Stefani – Thank you for helping me through the muck of my healing.  You are an extraordinary soul in the most quietly strong way.”

Dr. Hayes’s Bio:

  • Mother, Wife, Daughter. 
  • Writer, Educator, Colleague.
  • Licensed Naturopathic Physician (ND)
  • Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc)
  • Extensive training in women’s health and fertility
  • Post-graduate training in Five Element acupuncture
  • Trained to perform intra-uterine insemination (IUI) with fresh or frozen sperm
  • Practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy (AT-MAT)
  • Additional training in pregnancy techniques for AT-MAT
  • Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine
  • Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine
  • Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Behavior from Mount Holyoke College
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