Laura Erlich, MTOM, LAc (FABORM)
Founder & Clinic Director, Licensed Acupuncturist, Birth Doula, Educator & Published Author
Laura is the clinic director and founder of Mother Nurture Wellness, a holistic health practice dedicated exclusively to the care of women through all of the dynamic phases of her lifetime. From gynecology and women's health to the childbearing cycle, motherhood and into peri/menopause, Laura consults and successfully treats patients in her West Los Angeles center and oversees treatment in the Mother Nurture Wellness Silver Lake office at GraceFull Birth center.
Since beginning her studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2002, Laura’s focus has held steady on the specialty of women’s health, with a deep emphasis in the realm of fertility and obstetric care. This interest formed as a direct offshoot of her longstanding career, which began in 1998, when she started supporting women as a birth doula and pre and postnatal massage therapist. After graduating summa cum laude from Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in 2006, Laura continued on her path and founded a progressive holistic medicine practice in Southern California, specializing in gynecology, infertility, IVF support, conscious conception and prenatal care. Now, in her 18th year as an active and well respected practitioner in the Los Angeles birthing community, she continues to guide women to optimal wellness in her roles as an acupuncturist, herbalist, birth doula, writer, instructor and group leader.
Though Laura is well versed in the modalities of integrative, allopathic and functional medicine, the heart of her practice lies in the beauty and complexity of Classical and Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is through this lens that she treats each patient, facilitating balance and harmony for the body, mind and spirit with the intent to foster optimal wellness. From this state, the body’s intrinsic ability to procreate, gestate and thrive is optimized. Laura works closely with RE’s, OB/GYN’s and midwives to ensure that her patients are receiving the best possible integration of care.
Laura’s background includes extensive post-graduate education under many notable professionals in the field of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, including a full year under the tutelage of her mentor, Dr. Ray Rubio, Executive Director of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Studies and English Literature from Emory University, a degree in Swedish, Shiatsu and Medical Deep Tissue massage from the Swedish Institute in New York City, and a Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Emperor’s College. Laura has been a board certified fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) since 2013. Always deepening her understanding of this complex medicine, Laura is currently enrolled in Sharon Weizenbaum’s two year mentorship program for advanced diagnostic and herbal skills.
In addition to treating patients, Laura also teaches continuing education courses on infertility, obstetrics and women’s health to acupuncturists all over the world through Pro D seminars (www.prodseminars.net), in person at her clinic (Mother Nurture Wellness), and to the doctoral cohort at Yo San University. In 2015 Laura’s first book entitled Feed Your Fertility, was published with Emily Bartlett, LAc (Fair Winds Press). She also frequently publishes articles and is interviewed on multiple online journals and podcasts including Mindbodygreen.com, the yinovacenter.com, holisticquid.com, everydayacupuncture.com (podcast) and growcookheal.com (CBS radio). You can find more on our press page. In 2016, Laura the honor of lecturing at the Integrative Fertility Symposium in Vancouver, Canada, among many of the most esteemed professionals in the field. Upcoming in January of 2017, Laura will be offering a webinar for acupuncturists on treatment during the postpartum period through Pro D seminars.
In her free time, she is blessed to spend her life with her lively son, loving husband and ancient dog, Pablo.
Molly Sue Welch, MTOM, LAc (FABORM), LMT
Assistant Clinic Director, Licensed Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist & Birth Doula
Molly has worked in the healing arts since 2008, when she earned her degree in Medical Massage Therapy from the prestigious Swedish Institute in New York City. She immediately went on to achieve certification in pre and post-natal massage, and soon found her way to the study of Chinese Medicine. In 2012, Molly earned her masters degree from Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, and began a practice combining her hands on skills from massage with acupuncture and herbal medicine. Soon after graduating and gaining licensure, Molly began mentoring with Laura Erlich, LAc (FABORM) a well known and respected figure in the holistic women's health field. Under Laura's tutelage, Molly was able to deepen her knowledge as a women's health specialist with an emphasis in fertility and obstetric care. Molly has received her birth doula certification through DONA and is a board-certified fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. Molly is comfortable in her role as both a general practitioner, a specialist in the areas of women’s health, fertility, the childbearing cycle and supporting women throughout the birthing process.
Molly’s varied background includes a BA in dance, which greatly influences her philosophies surrounding working with the human body. Molly individualizes her care of each patient, “choreographing” sessions that cater to each persons specific needs, and emphasizing the importance of active participation on one’s own path toward optimal health. Her fascination with the journey to motherhood has a been a constant in Molly's life and she is humbled to utilize all aspects of her training and background in her passion of supporting women. She is honored to be invited to participate in these sacred moments and is grateful to the women and families that have invited her to share them.
Dr. Lindsey Mathews, DC
Doctor of Chiropractic, Founder & CEO of B!RTHF!T, Birth Doula
Dr. Lindsey Mathews, DC spent the early part of her chiropractic career traveling the world with professional athletes and stunt actors for action movies, helping their bodies to perform and in return, recover from the physical demand required by that kind of work. Although exciting, Dr. Mathews knew that where she truly thrived and wanted to dedicate her career was in the field of women's health, supporting women throughout the many stages of their lives, more specifically pregnancy. Through this dedication, Dr. Mathews founded B!RTHF!T, a national movement to empower and educate women about pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum phases.
Dr. Mathews offers a unique approach to her chiropractic treatments utilizing DNS principles, Webster, Logan and Diversified techniques, plus various kinesio taping and corrective exercises to enhance a woman's confidence, mobility, and overall wellbeing throughout pregnancy. With an extensive background in coaching and physical conditioning, Dr. Mathews harnesses a comprehensive understanding of the body and how it works. It is this dedication to total body wellness that allows her to not only "adjust" but in addition guide her patients through therapeutic exercises to enhance their performance and recovery.
BIRTHFIT’s take on chiropractic: to be structurally balanced and free of subluxation so that the mechanical integrity of the nervous system can be restored and function ideally.
Michele Berg, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Michele Berg has been a licensed marriage and family therapist for over 12 years. She has always been passionate about women’s emotional well being. When fertility challenges entered her life through several different avenues, she became interested in supporting women and couples facing this very specific and often difficult journey. As a person facing fertility challenges, you might feel as if fertility has taken over your whole life. It often affects your relationships, your job, and especially the way you think and feel about yourself. Michele offers a safe place that is free from judgment; where you don’t have to feel ashamed to express the feelings of pain and struggle that others simply don’t understand. Together, you and Michele will create the self worth, calmness, confidence, joy, laughter, and improved relationships that you desire in your life right now. Aside from fertility, Michele specializes in trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, harsh self-criticism and depression. Michele and Laura also lead uplifting fertility groups here at Mother Nurture Wellness.
To schedule an appointment with Michele, call (310) 433-0493, or email: email@example.com
Farley Hom, LAc, OTR/L
Licensed Acupuncturist & Occupational Therapist
Farley has been operating Bee Well Kids in Los Angeles for six years helping children and families “Bee Well” utilizing holistic Oriental Medicine to treat acute and chronic pediatric illnesses. He earned his Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA. Farley is also a licensed Occupational Therapist at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He graduated from USC with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and has over seventeen years of experience treating patients with stroke, orthopedic issues, traumatic brain injuries, cancer, HIV/AIDS, and spinal cord injuries. He has also studied acupuncture and herbs at China’s Cheng Du University. His specialties include pediatric and family medicine, orthopedic sports injuries and chronic pain.
To schedule an appointment with Farley, call (310) 561-5657 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org