American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine


ABORM, Infertility, Reproduction, Acupuncture, IFV


ABORM, Infertility, Reproduction, Acupuncture, IFV


ABORM, Infertility, Reproduction, Acupuncture, IFV

    ABORM Advisory Board

    The ABORM Board of Advisors serve in an Advisory and Consultancy role only. They are non-voting
    Advisors to the Board of Directors and the ABORM Membership at-large, and while all are subject matter
    experts in the field of Reproductive Medicine and Infertility, some Advisors are ABORM Fellows, and some
    are Physicians/REI's.


    Dr. Daoshing Ni, D.O.M, L.Ac., Ph.D., Dipl.C.H., (FABORM)

    Dr. Dao is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of California and is a Diplomat of Chinese Herbology
    NCCA. Dr. Dao has been active in the TCM profession as well as professional organizations. He was
    an examiner for the California Acupuncture Committee and also participated in the Chinese Herbology
    Exam development for NCCA. Well known and respected for his special interest in reproductive and
    gynecological conditions. Dr. Dao is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine,
    Pacific Coast Fertility Society, and American Association of Oriental Medicine.


    Paul C. Magarelli, M.D., Ph.D., FACOG, (FABORM)
    Medical Director, Reproductive Medicine & Fertility Centers
    Colorado, New Mexico, California

    Dr. Magarelli is a Board Certified RE&I practicing in Colorado Springs since 1998, Dr. Paul C. Magarelli is a nationally noted specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility.  He is founder and Medical Director of Reproductive Medicine & Fertility Centers in Colorado and New Mexico.  He is Associate professor and UNM IVF center medical director at the University of New Mexico and Clinical Professor at Yo San University in LA, CA where he teaches Ph.D. TCM candidates western medicine with integration with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  He is Founding Advisor to the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine.

    Dr. Magarelli has presented and published ground breaking research in the area of integrating Eastern (Acupuncture) and Western medical treatments for infertility. Today, he continues to investigate the role of Traditional Chinese Medicine in treating IVF patients, thereby forging the way for the future of reproductive medicine. 

    Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Magarelli was honored as the recipient of the Reproductive Scientist Award in 1994 by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Practicing Physicians Award in 2004 by the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS). He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for PCRS.  Currently he is Vice President/Financial for PCRS. He is currently President Elect of the PCRS 2012-2013.

    Dr. Magarelli brings a very unique background to RMFC. He has a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry specializing in Marine Animal Reproduction.  He has worked for General Mills heading a research program and their learned the value of “bottom Line” planning. With this varied background Dr. Magarelli has developed very Cost Effective plans for fertility care:  Planning 4 Pregnancy ™ and has developed computerized information systems with Broadband access and video conferencing to allow remote medical practices to operate at peak efficiency for the reproductive care of his patients.  He also prides himself in providing High Tech with a Personal Touch ™.  Recently he developed a Cross Border Donor Program for IVF centers in Western Canada… these programs are one of the most cost effective plans to help Canadian couples grow or create their families.

    He has authored numerous abstracts and articles in peer review journals in his subspecialty, and is currently a reviewer for the journal "Fertility & Sterility. His book chapter: Revolution in Assisted Reproductive Technologies:  The Role of Traditional Chinese Medicine on IVF outcomes. Cambridge University Press.  “Infertility and Assisted Reproduction” represents the first Eastern Medicine chapter in a Western Medicine textbook on reproductive medicine. October 2008 he presented his data on Acupuncture and IVF in Venice and was plenary speaker (2006) at the American Associate of Medical Acupuncturists’ meeting in Washington D.C. He has presented at the Society for Acupuncture Research, American Oriental Medicine Association, and the American Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine national meetings.

    Dr. Magarelli is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technologies. He is also a member of the Pacific Coast Fertility Society.  He is a advisor to the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine.


    Richard P. Buyalos Jr., M.D., FACOG, (FABORM)
    Fertility & Surgical Associates of California

    Dr. Richard Buyalos is board certified in reproductive endocrinology, obstetrics and gynecology and
    is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. A graduate of the Thomas
    Jefferson University Medical College in Pennsylvania, Dr. Buyalos serves as associate clinical professor
    at the UCLA School of Medicine and is internationally recognized for his work in infertility, reproductive-
    aging, and polycystic ovary syndrome.

    With over 20 years of experience since 1983 in ovulation induction and assisted reproductive technology
    (ART), he has published more than 70 scientific articles, abstracts and book chapters, and is a member
    of numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists and the
    Society of Reproductive Surgeons.

    Dr. Buyalos has served as faculty for courses on advanced operative laparoscopy and pelvic
    reconstructive surgery. He has received awards from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine,
    given prize-winning presentations at the Annual Meeting of the American Fertility Society, and received
    the “Best Doctors for Women” award by Good Housekeeping magazine
    in 1997.

    Dr. Buyalos serves on a variety of committees for both the American Society for Reproductive Medicine
    and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is an ad hoc reviewer for several
    scientific journals. Additionally, he is co-director for Fertility and Surgical Associates of California.


    Jane Lyttleton, BSc (NZ), M Phil (Lond), Dip TCM (Aus), Cert Acup (China), Cert Herbal Medicine (China), Fellow AACMA, (FABORM)
    Paddington Medical Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

    Jane is qualified as a research scientist and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). After thirty
    years of TCM clinical experience and having had the privilege of working in hospital gynaecology
    departments with some of China’s best known specialists, she sits comfortably with the logic of both
    Chinese medicine and western science and feels both can contribute greatly to positive therapeutic
    outcomes for the patient.

    Jane is the Director of a multi-modality medical centre in Sydney where she practices TCM focusing on
    her specialty in gynaecology and infertility.

    Jane is the author of the preeminent authoritative text on the treatment of reproductive disorders with
    Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): “The Treatment of Infertility with Chinese Medicine”, published by
    Churchill Livingston Press.

    She is also the co-author of “The Clinical Handbook of Internal Medicine” Volumes 1 and 2, published
    by UWS and Pangolin Press.

    She lectures at universities in Sydney and internationally.


    Randine Lewis, MSOM, L.Ac., Ph.D. (India), (FABORM)

    A licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, has studied both Eastern and Western medicine. After attending
    Osteopathic medical school, she began her career in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She earned her
    graduate and post-graduate degrees in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, focusing on fertility, and
    performed her internship at the prestigious Dalian Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. Dr.
    Lewis is a diplomat with the NCCAOM, is a professional member of the American Society for Reproductive
    Medicine, and is on the Women’s Counsel of the ASRM. She supports, lectures, and publishes articles for
    RESOLVE, the American Infertility Association, and medical organizations, and is a medical expert on
    numerous online fertility boards. Dr. Lewis authored The Infertility Cure , Little Brown & Co., 2004, and
    has appeared on ABC Eyewitness News, NBC HealthBeat; CBS Up Close; PBS Weekday and Weeknight, all
    featuring her successes treating infertility with Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is devoted to providing
    quality, natural reproductive enhancement.

    Dr. Lewis is licensed in Texas, Minnesota and North Carolina.


    150WenShao-Ping Wen, M.D., MMSc, PhD (Cand), (FABORM)

    Dr. Shao-ping Weng received his Ph.D. in reproductive toxicology from Taiwan’s top-ranked university, NTU, in 2012. Prior to this time, Dr. Weng studied at the University of Nottingham, where he obtained a Master of Medical Science degree in assisted reproductive technology. He also became a visiting assistant researcher and clinical fellow at UCLA. Dr. Weng was awarded for his efforts with a certificate in 2007. He took first place in the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society’s Poster Award as well as their Scholarship for his research at UCLA. He joined the Society’s advisory board at that time.

    Besides having a strong background in Western medicine, Dr. Weng also firmly believes in the effectiveness of certain fields of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Modern science has already shown procedures such as acupuncture or acupressure can assist in the process of embryo implantation. Although Chinese medicine dates back to an ancient times, its application to Western concepts is still exciting and full of possibilities, and Dr. Weng tries to stay on the top of the latest developments.

    Dr. Weng is committed to two principals: Frist, he is dedicated to helping patients facing difficulty becoming pregnant overcome this hurdle. This especially applies to the elderly and individuals with health complications,. Second, he stresses the safety of the mother and newborn should always remain the foremost concern of any doctor. Dr. Weng has recently founded a clinic in Taipei to carry out IVF, fertility surgery, and fertility investigation, providing the highest standards possible and including his vision as well.


    Brandon HornBrandon Horn, Ph.D., JD, L.Ac., (FABORM)

    Brandon Horn, JD, PhD, L.Ac. is a lecturer, researcher and clinician in the fields of acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition. He received his Bachelor and Juris Doctorate degrees from the Ohio State University, his Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from Samra University and his PhD in Classical Chinese Medicine from the American University of Complementary Medicine.

    Brandon is one of the ECCM practitioners at the forefront of acupuncture research
    in infertility. He has two studies published in Fertility and Sterility and several other articles on
    reproductive medicine in various other peer reviewed journals. Brandon is currently involved in research
    examining the effects of acupuncture on ovarian blood flow and is teaching a two day advanced course
    in the treatment of poor ovarian quality (

    Brandon also has a special interest in nutritional medicine and has patented a novel technique to evaluate
     individual dietary and nutritional requirements which is currently being studied. Brandon currently practices
     in Los Angeles, and is on faculty at UCLA Medical School.


    Brian AcacioBrian D. Acacio, M.D.,(FABORM)

    Dr. Acacio is committed to compassionate, personalized care and takes pride in personally serving each one of his patients. He empathizes like few can because he
    and his wife have been through IVF treatment.

    He is actively involved in teaching and consulting at a number of schools and
    programs including USC, Loma Linda University, Glendale Adventist Hospital, and
    Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield.

    Dr. Acacio volunteers his time to give lectures on topics of his expertise such as Polycystic Ovarian
    Syndrome, Endometriosis, and Recurrent Miscarriage. Dr. Acacio has over 30 publications and
    presentations in nationally recognized peer review journals and conferences.
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    Michael OpsahlMichael Opsahl, M.D., (FABORM)
    Northwest Center for Reproductive Sciences, Kirkland, WA
    Dr. Opsahl's Full Bio l Dr. Opsahl's Curriculum Vitae

    Dr. Opsahl graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1974 with a
    degree in Biology. He joined Navy ROTC and accepted a scholarship to medical
    school funded by the Navy. He graduated from the Medical University of South
    Carolina in 1978 and served an internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the
    Naval Hospital Portsmouth Virginia. He served as an obstetrician-gynecologist at
    the Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan then returned to the Washington DC metro
    area to fellowship-training in Reproductive Endocrinology at Walter Reed Army Hospital (WRAMC) and the
    National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    In 1987 Dr. Opsahl transferred to the National Naval Medical Center as the reproductive endocrinologist
    and served at the NNMC in Bethesda as Director of Reproductive Endocrinology, during which time he also
    held an appointment as an Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Uniformed
    Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). NNMC was one of the primary training hospitals for
    medical students at USUHS. Dr. Opsahl also trained REI fellows from the fellowship that he attended at
    WRAMC/NIH. He was very involved in teaching, research and academics.

    Dr. Opsahl retired from the Navy after 20 years service in 1994. He held a position at the Genetics & IVF
    Institute (GIVF) in Fairfax, VA for 10 years and eventually because the infertility medical director, learning
    IVF from colleagues at GIVF.

    Dr. Opsahl developed the understanding of the symbiotic relationship between the IVF laboratory and the
    clinical REI. In his own practice, he has a business model/relationship in which the physician and scientist
    are truly equals in order to produce the best possible outcomes for patients, and collaborates with Klaus
    Wiemer, PhD, HCLD.

    Dr. Opsahl is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
    He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the Pacific Coast
    Reproductive Society, American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Reproductive
    Endocrinology and Infertility, and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. He authored or co
    -authored over 25 scientific papers. He continues to serve as an ad-hoc reviewer for the medical journals
    Fertility and Sterility and Obstetrics and Gynecology.


    Paul TurekPaul J. Turek, M.D., (FABORM)

    Dr. Turek is Director of The Turek Clinic, a men’s health clinic in San Francisco.
    He is a former Professor of Urology, Obstetrics & Gynecology at the UCSF and
    held the Academy of Medical Educators Endowed Chair in Urology Education.
    He is an internationally noted master microsurgeon and men’s reproductive health
     care specialist.

    Dr. Turek attended Yale College, followed by Stanford University Medical School. Following a urology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Turek was
    fellowship trained at Baylor College of Medicine. His 175 publications include basic and clinical research
    that focuses on germ and stem cell genetics, and epidemiologic studies of men’s sexual and reproductive
    health problems. He is on the Advisory Board of the national Men’s Health Care Network and the NIH
    Reproductive Medicine Network and he is the Editor of the Reproductive Volume of Netter’s Images, 2nd
    Edition, due out in 2011.

    He is President of the American Society of Andrology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the
    Société Internationale d'Urologie and the Royal Society of Medicine (London). He has chaired numerous
    courses for the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction and the Society for Male Reproduction and
    Urology. In San Francisco, he recently founded a volunteer medical clinic powered by retired physicians
    for the working uninsured. His hobbies include vintage cars and longboard surfing.


    Dawn UpchurchDawn M. Upchurch, Ph.D., (FABORM)

    Dr. Upchurch is Professor at UCLA School of Public Health and is a health demographer and epidemiologist. She received her AB at Stanford University and
    her Ph.D. at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has
    conducted over 20 years of NIH-funded research in women's health, employing
    biopsychosocial models to better understand women's health and well-being over
    the life-span, including reproductive health.

    Dr. Upchurch is currently completing her Masters in TCM at Emperors College of
    Traditional Oriental Medicine and is conducting TCM research.



    Christine Briton-JonesChristine Briton-Jones, Ph.D., HCLD, (FABORM)
    ART Reproductive Center - Embryology Laboratory Supervisor
    Beverly Hills, CA, 90210

    Christine Briton-Jones PhD HCLD, trained in Australia and worked in combined
    research and clinical positions in Australia and in Hong Kong before joining ART
    Reproductive Center in Beverly Hills, California.

    Dr. Briton-Jones has been working in clinical embryology for more than 20 years and has participated in
    refining and developing the laboratory techniques that have contributed to the growing success of
    assisted reproductive technologies with more than 70 peer reviewed scientific manuscripts and abstracts
    published in international journals. She is a current member of the Editorial Board of Reproductive Biology
    and Endocrinology Journal (RBEJ) and is an ad hoc reviewer for: Journal of Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology Journal Online, Journal of Assisted Reproduction
    and Genetics, Theriogenology Journal, Human Reproduction and Molecular Human Reproduction. Christine
    is a member in good standing of the National Guild of Hypnotists, the American Society for Reproductive
    Medicine and The Pacific Coast Reproductive Society. Her current research interests include hypnosis for
    infertility, fertility preservation and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).


    Christopher SipeChristopher S. Sipe, M.D., (FABORM)
    Fertility Centers of Illinois, FCI Chicago | FCI Oakbrook

    Christopher Sipe, M.D. is board-certified in Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility,
    Obstetrics and Gynecology. He completed his residency training at Northwestern
    University, where he received numerous awards for excellence in laparoscopic and
    hysteroscopic surgery. Following residency, Dr. Sipe started a successful OB/GYN
    practice and was chosen by Consumers’ Research Council of America as one of
    “America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists.” He completed Fellowship training
    in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Iowa. Dr. Sipe is
    well published and has presented at both national and international forums focusing
    on improving a couple’s fertility. His clinical expertise encompasses infertility, menstrual irregularities, and
    polycystic ovary syndrome. Dr. Sipe’s warm, engaging personality has been praised by patients, as has
    his excellence in personalized patient care.



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