Lisa Tongel, MAcOM, LAc (she, her, hers)
My passion is helping you have the family you dream of!
For over two decades, I have dedicated my practice to treating infertility and reproductive health conditions. I am especially interested in supporting those with diminished ovarian reserve, endometriosis, and recurrent pregnancy loss. I proudly support all families who want to grow.
In my practice, I use a combination of traditional and evidence-based acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and focused bodywork, including Maya Abdominal Massage, to design a customized plan to help you reach your family building goals. I am dedicated to providing expert, collaborative health care for all families, and am honored to collaborate with many other integrative providers in our Portland community and beyond.
The treatments I offer are customized for your success. The complexity of every fertility journey makes it essential for me to get to know you extensively, to discover the root cause of your health concerns, and support your emotional well-being as you navigate them. I enjoy using the practical, deductive principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine to dig deep until I understand what is needed to restore your health and fertility.
I love celebrating the joy of success with my patients! I continue providing treatments safely throughout pregnancy using the gentle and individualized tools of Chinese Medicine to support pregnancy health. And, when heartbreak occurs, I draw on these same gentle and effective tools to help people grieve losses, heal, and prepare for the next step forward. My sub-specialty in pregnancy and infant loss allows me to bring both kindness and skill to worst case scenarios. I am especially devoted to helping people recover from losses and find their way back to wholeness, to be ready to try again.
In 2000, I was one of the first acupuncturists to begin collaborating with fertility specialists. This alliance led to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) patients around the world receiving on-site acupuncture at the time of their embryo transfer. I have since supported thousands of families through their fertility cycles. I am an acupuncture team member at ORM Fertility, and am credentialed with Oregon Health and Science University to provide on-site acupuncture treatments for fertility patients. I am honored to have been a co-investigator on research published in 2020 studying the effects of acupuncture on IVF success rates.
I received my Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1998. Before starting my acupuncture practice, I worked for 5 years as a medical assistant to obstetricians and gynecologists. As I assisted physicians in the OB/GYN clinic, I felt strongly called to use Chinese Medicine to augment and support patients’ conventional care. This deep commitment to integrative medicine allows me to effortlessly bridge Chinese Medicine with conventional approaches and create the best possible care for patients.
I am an Adjunct Faculty member at the National University of Natural Medicine’s Classical Chinese Medicine department, teaching both Doctoral and Master’s students. I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher and teach Yoga for Fertility, a gentle supportive Yoga series designed to enhance fertility through movement and breathing practices. Email me to learn more.
Learn more about my practice at pdxacustudio.com.