Prior to seeing Angie, I had one miscarriage and then was told that the likelihood that I would get pregnant again was extremely low. I tried in vitro fertilization because, at the time, my doctor told me I had a 25% chance of success. After the IVF cycle failed, I was told that my chance of success with IVF in the future was only 10%. When I had my consultation with Angie, she told me it would be about 3-6 months before I got pregnant. I wasn’t sure if acupuncture would work; in fact, I had started to believe that I would never be pregnant happen. Despite this feeling, I thought I should give it a chance. If it didn’t work, at least I could say I had tried everything. Angie was positive and helpful. She always took the time to check in with me about my life and see how she could help me in anyway. She gave me advice for my diet and helped me to improve my sleep and stress levels, not just my fertility. One thing I really loved about her was that she was always looking for new techniques. She went to conferences, connected with other professionals, and was constantly on the quest for even more opportunities to help her clients. She definitely wasn’t going through the motions. She was invested in her clients every step of the way. In five months, I was pregnant. When I told Angie, she was genuinely excited. I could tell how much every pregnancy meant to her. She was available to answer questions any time which was a relief to me because, given my history, I wanted to make sure everything was going well. Even when my doctor wasn’t available, Angie was there for me. I am now 27 weeks pregnant and our baby is strong and healthy. My husband and I are so glad for Angie’s help. She has given us the closest thing to a miracle we have ever known.
My husband and I have been on the fertility journey for 5 years now and have been diagnosed with ‘unexplained infertility’. The first 4 years were spent trying naturally, followed by IUIs, IVFs, the last of which resulted in a pregnancy and a miscarriage at 7 weeks. During this time, I had also tried to get some help from other acupuncturists in Calgary who specialised in fertility. I never really felt comfortable with their approach because I didn’t understand what was being done to treat me and why. It always felt like “Black magic” to me.
About 10 months ago, a friend had mentioned that she was treated by Dr. Angela Fingler and had her first child naturally with Angela’s help. Just having barely recovered from the depression of a recent miscarriage, I was ambivalent about going to yet another acupuncturist. The first time I met Angela, she listened to my story for almost an hour and a half. She asked a lot of questions and made me recount facts that I didn’t know were relevant. It was wonderful to finally have someone listen to the whole story before proposing a solution! At the end of the session, we came up with a treatment plan together which included a combination of diet, exercise, meditation and acupuncture.
I have a history of chocolate cysts in my ovaries and extremely painful periods. I tracked my temperature and my symptoms diligently (finally, I didn’t feel like acupuncture was all Black magic). Angela helped me with my painful periods, my cysts disappeared and overall I feel more energetic and positive. She is super smart and listens patiently to everything I have to say. It’s so nice to talk to someone who empathises and understands everything you’re going through mentally and physically. My husband and I are still on our journey but honestly we wouldn’t have the energy or positive attitude to continue without Angela’s help.
I am not exaggerating… this practice literally saved me. I love this place! I started going once a week for about 5 weeks and now once every 2-3 weeks. Skye is simply amazing! I came in pretty much out of options, in a ton of pain and just hoping for even a little bit of relief. I was not expecting to see such amazing results, I’m blown away. I used to suffer from Osteoarthritis pain in allot of my joints on a daily basis, but by the first session I was dramatically better for days. I didn’t realize just how bad I was until I started feeling normal.
I had terrible hand pain in both my CMC Joints (thumb joints) and was currently out of options. I had been going for constant cortisone injections in both hands for 2.5 years every 2 months. My hands were starting to deteriorate quickly. I had seen a surgeon who had told me I was far too young for surgery and most people with this health problem were in there 70’s or 80’s, I am in my 40’s. He suggested I go for acupuncture and think about if I truly wanted to have the surgery as I would have no strength available in my thumbs at all if I chose this route.
What did this mean? I would no longer be able to do a lot of basic things without help like open jars or hold a glass and I would have to learn to work around basic tasks as my thumbs would be connected to my hand, however they would just be there to look at and could not help me in my daily tasks.
My daughter gave me Skye’s information through a patient she had been treating with MS, who said she has been helping her tremendously. Of course I was a bit skeptical at first, however I phoned and made a consultation with Skye. What harm could it do I said to myself. This was needed to control pain and allow me to continue to work and hold a glass. Skye went through an extensive history, diet, exercise and pain levels with me.
I have now been controlling the pain through acupuncture for quite some time. I am able to work and even open jars with no help as a result. The treatments helped with a number of other things as well and I have been able to eliminate some medications.
Skye is highly experienced and a fantastic and gifted healer. I fully recommend this practice and I am so grateful I gave this practice a try. You will be, too
Fourteen months after seeing Angela, I am a proud mom our first child, a healthy baby boy, at 38! Prior to seeing her for TCM treatment, I experienced two miscarriages. While waiting to get into the miscarriage clinic ( a 6 month wait), I began seeing Angela for treatment right away. Shortly after, I began to see changes in my body which helped me believe in the process – an important step in what can easily become a crazy mentally challenging journey. My period flow became “textbook” within two months, my BBT became very regular and predictable within three months, among many other changes to help prepare me to get pregnant. After working with Angela for three months to help prepare my body again, we began trying. Two months later we were pregnant! I know you must be thinking that five months is a long time – yes it seems that way when you are in the middle of the process and not getting any younger, however, the flip side is that I could still be trying to get pregnant and experiencing the same emotional roller coaster, prior to TCM treatments. I am also a firm believer that you need a healthy body prior to getting pregnant, as it does take a huge physical toll on your body.
This was a very cautious time for my husband and I, based on our previous experiences. However, along with her treatments, she guided me through various other strategies to stay calm and healthy, both mentally and physically. Her perspective was also very different from that of the Western medical world, which called my experiences bad luck, as they had no explanation ( after many tests) as to what was causing the miscarriages. I feel Eastern medicine has a lot to offer to our maternal health. Angela’s knowledge, experience and flexibility ( great hours) in this area has made this a wonderful journey and has made me a strong advocate of Eastern medicine.
Everyone has their own story, but if you are experiencing any sort of infertility, as any age, I strongly recommend that you consider this as an option, in addition to what you are already doing.
Proud New Momma!
I was having constant digestive issues and for a few months I could barely keep any food down. I was experiencing nausea and vomiting and had regular stomach pain. My sister referred me to see Skye and after the first treatment I was able to keep food down. After a few treatments I was feeling great. Skye instructed me to change my diet and I have been so much better since.
Thank you Skye, you’re the best
I was referred to Dr. Fingler by a co-worker. When I first starting receiving treatments from Angie, I was a woman in my early 30’s who was overweight wanting to get pregnant and who had very bad mood swings. I was willing to try Chinese medicine and acupuncture to balance my mind, body and prepare for the bet environment for hopefully a baby. From the very first meeting Angie made me feel comfortable and I was confident that I had made the right decision to come to her for treatment.
After only a few months of treatment I was feeling better. My moods were evening out and I felt more balanced. To my great surprise my husband and I concieved only after a few months of treatments. I strongly believe that Angie’s methods and treatments greatly contributed to that success. I carried full term and had a beautiful healthy baby girl.
After suffering from acne for most of my life I finally found Skye. With her herbs and acupuncture I finally have clear skin.
I’m really pleased to be writing this review for Dr. Fingler, because I wholeheartedly believe that beginning treatment with her is what got my fertility journey on the right track.
When I arrived at Angela’s office, after a friend recommended her, I had already sought the help of a naturopath and been tested by the fertility clinic. My husband and I had been trying to conceive for 1.5 years with no success, and I was approaching 35 years of age. The outcome of the testing at the fertility clinic gave us a diagnosis of “infertility of unknown origin”. Options for treatment that we were offered included medication (Clomid), surgery (to remove an ovarian cyst), or IUI. We decided that if we were going to need medical intervention to conceive anyway, we could take a 6 month pause to keep trying and pursue more natural treatments. What difference would it make if we did Clomid or IUI at 36 years of age instead of 35, right?
When I sat down at my first appointment with Angela, the first thing she asked me was to tell her my about my story and the journey we’d been on that brought me to her office. I breathed a huge sigh of relief as I realized I’d met a health practitioner that cared about understanding where we were coming from, and what had not worked.
I began treatment March 2014. Angela was focused on a few issues with my cycle (I had some spotting on a regular basis a few days before my cycle started, and my cycle was short, 26 days). She recommended weekly acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbs. I asked how long I should give the treatment plan before we started to consider some of the options the fertility clinic offered us. She said it would be at least 3 months to see some changes.
We had some travel interruptions to my weekly appointments, but by the end of June 2014, I noticed my spotting had stopped, and my cycle lengthened to 29 days. I wondered if this was just a fluke. Sure enough, next month, no spotting, and a 30 day cycle. Then, at the end of August 2014, no spotting, and I was on day 31 waiting for my period to start when I realized I should take a pregnancy test, and it turned out to be positive. I was completely shocked. I’m now 30 weeks pregnant and our baby will arrive end of April 2015. I’ve continued care with Angela throughout my pregnancy (on a monthly or semi-monthly frequency, as per her recommendations), and I appreciate having her input and care on this totally new experience of being pregnant.
Acupuncture treatments were without a doubt what transformed my cycle and gave us the best chance of conception. Angela was always perceptive in the questions she asked, it felt like she was focused on the right things and had a plan, which was reassuring for me. She has to operate as part-time health practitioner, and part-time counsellor- as infertility has some dark days. She is a great listener, and was good at re-directing those dark days with encouragement from her years of experience.
I would not hesitate in recommending Angela to anyone that I met who was struggling with infertility. She is really a credit to this profession.
Skye has been such a support during the process of getting pregnant and now caring for my unborn child. Skye’s outlook on pregnancy was such a breath of fresh air and I have enjoyed working with her over the past year. I truly believe that Skye’s practice of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine helped me conceive and continues to help me though my pregnancy.
I started seeing Angie for acupuncture treatment very soon after my second miscarriage. As soon as I met her, I felt that she was very experienced, educated, and had an amazing intuition about her patients needs. She has the innate ability to put her patients on a path of healing, give them new hope and strength to help them prepare for conception. She was able to help my periods become more regular and normal after the trauma of three D&C’s! Her gentle and skilled technique made the treatments painless as well as relaxing. She cares deeply for her patients and always offers sound advice. Angie has had a profound impact on my life. I wouldn’t be as strong as I am today without her support, care and treatment.
After having suffered a miscarriage before getting pregnant with my daughter, I naively thought our struggles with fertility were behind us. Unfortunately, once my husband and I decided to try for our second I suffered another miscarriage around 8 weeks, but it was a missed miscarriage, so I had to take a medication to induce labour. The medication worked, but it was like a freight train hitting my body. Without giving my body, and our hearts, time enough to heal we tried again. I became pregnant immediately, but knew something was wrong. Sure enough it was another missed miscarriage, but I really apprehensive about taking medication again. A friend had gone to see Angie when she was pregnant and I wondered if she could help me. She saw me the day after I spoke to her and was able to give me a treatment and take-home herbs to help induce the miscarriage. This happened in a much more natural way that was a lot easier to physically recover from.
In the months to come I continued to see Angie. She encouraged my husband and I to let my body heal and balance as well as take our minds off of ‘trying’. Although it was incredibly hard to wait, it was the best thing for me. I suffered another early miscarriage after a few months of treatment, but continued to go to Angie for treatments. After about 6 more months of treatments I became pregnant again and am experiencing a lovely pregnancy with our second baby expected to arrive in about 3 months or so.
What I found with Angie was that she was able to see imbalances in my system that western medicine chalked up to be “just one of those things”. Angie’s bedside manner was terrific and helped me through the emotional roller coaster my husband and I experienced. It was a helpful ‘therapy’ to help us get to where we truly wanted to be and I’m grateful for that part of the experience.
I approached the idea of Acupuncture with a great deal of doubt. Because of a prior 20+ year injury, I walked with a cane and could not sit or stand for longer than 20 mins. After my first session with Skye not only could I sit and Stand for long than 60 mins I no longer need my cane! As a health care professional, I cant explain what has happened or why- it just works! Of course the Acupuncture Professional using her knowledge and expertise makes the process work. Skye has made a significant change in my life- Ask my wife
I have been a patient of Dr. Angela Fingler for over a year. I found her from an excellent referral and soon realized that she was very well respected and other people were referring me to her also. I believe in going directly to the best in their field and there is no doubt in my mind that is exactly what I got with Dr. Fingler. Her manner is very understanding and comforting; she is extremely knowledgeable and gave me the straight goods on what to do to be successful. When you need health care and assistance, it can be a very emotional time. It never ceased to amaze me how relaxed, comfortable and happy I felt after each session. Dr. Fingler is a wonderful, caring practitioner who is at the tope of her field. I suggest you book to see her, you won’t be disappointed.
I have been going to Calgary Acupuncture and Health Centre for over two years. I can’t say enough good things about Skye and her acupuncture treatments. I appreciate her calm manner and patient-centred focus. Skye knows her stuff–she is well educated and stays current on the latest research related to her field. Her evidence-based approach as well as her healing touch and presence have made me a believer in acupuncture.
If you are looking for effective, solution focused acupuncture, I highly recommend that you meet Skye Van M. I have seen her for a number of challenges including digestion, eczema, tiredness, and frequent colds, and she has helped to improve each of these. She listens, then tailors her treatment to your needs.
When I was very small I was told I had asthma and a very weak respiratory system. Every time I caught a cold it would go into my chest (lungs) and I would end up with bronchitis or pneumonia. I missed a lot of school, hockey and basketball because I was always getting sick. Our family doctor would put me on antibiotics and I would feel better in two days but as soon as I was finished them I would start feeling sick and usually within a month it would start all over again. The last three years have been the worst. I have been sick with pneumonia, mono and ear and sinus infections. Last March I missed a full month of school. My Mom asked me to please try cupping and acupuncture as we had already tried herbs and hands-on-healing, Reiki and homeopathy. I was so sick I said I’d try anything. Since I’ve been having treatments I feel better, have more energy and have not been sick again.
I came at the beginning of my second pregnancy. I had terrible morning sickness with my first pregnancy and the second was the same. Acupuncture helped me a great deal. I went from being bed-ridden and vomiting consistently, to actually being able to function. Although the nausea did not completely go away, it was under control and for that I am very grateful!
I came with a chronic tear duct problem which had worsened over the years. I was hoping to find alternative ways to deal with chronic pain, infection, and plugging. I was also trying to avoid surgery. Using acupuncture treatments, the knowledgeable and professional practitioners at the centre have helped me to manage my condition and quality of my daily life has vastly improved. As a busy student, wife and mother, I have so appreciated their professionalism, their obvious respect for their clinic, and their holistic approach to the mind and body. I would whole-heartedly recommend this clinic to anyone searching for alternative therapies.
I started seeing Skye in the fall of 2016. I suffer from depression and anxiety and I felt like my medications just were not helping me like I thought they should be. Just a few months after my first acupuncture treatment, I have been feeling better than I have in years. I have energy, my moods are consistent and I actually enjoy socializing again. I owe this change in my life to Skye. She is so easy to talk to, and genuinely cares for her patients well being. I have recommended Skye to others as well. I will continue acupuncture therapy with her for as long as she will have me!
I came to the clinic after repeated visits to the chiropractor, physical therapy, and doctor with minimal relief. I was suffering for almost a year. After one visit with Angie and treatment of acupuncture, I felt considerably better. With the addition of massage with Heather, my body was feeling significantly better. I had more energy and could do everyday activities without pain. However, I received 100% relief when I had two treatments of IMS! Although IMS admittedly was somewhat painful, the relief afterwards was worth it all. I would recommend anyone with chronic muscle aches/pains to try the combination of acupuncture/massage/IMS. I am eternally grateful to Angie and Heather for treating/healing me!!
Struggling with infertility is one of the most difficult situations I’ve ever faced in my life, it tore me apart as a woman and I will never forget my experience.
My husband and I started trying to get pregnant on our wedding night in May 2004. We thought that it would be easy and that we would get pregnant right away. Both my husband and I were starting to get frustrated and concerned when 6 months later, I still wasn’t pregnant. Finally, on February 2005, I received the news that I had been waiting for. Sadly, that pregnancy ended in miscarriage. This crushed me and I fell into a deep depression. I became obsessed with getting pregnant again and in the process, I became angry, depressed and lost. I felt like I was a failure as a woman and a failure to my husband.
After doing a huge amount of research, I came across the book “The Infertility Cure” and was immediately intrigued. I started looking for an acupuncturist that would suit my needs. Angela Fingler’s name was passed along to me through another acupuncturist that had heard good things about her practice. I made an appointment in January of 2006. At that point in my life, I was desperate to have a child of my own. I was in a deep depression and wasn’t very hopeful about anything helping us.
My first meeting with Angela was unlike anything I had ever experienced in my life. She made me feel so at ease with the situation. She asked very detailed questions about my cycle, and my eating habits and my lifestyle. At the end of the “interview” portion of the first appointment, I received my first treatment. I left Angela’s office feeling relaxed and happier than I had felt in months.
Over the next 6 months, I continued to see Angela on a regular basis. She improved my very painful and long cycles after on a few sessions. I saw great progress, not only in my cycles, but in my general health and my outlook on life. My depression was lifting and I was feeling better about the process.
In June of 2006, my husband and I went for our appointment at the fertility clinic. I received an HSG procedure and subsequently became pregnant that cycle. My husband and I were overjoyed. I contribute a lot of our success to Angela and the treatments I was receiving.
I saw Angela until I was 13 weeks pregnant. She was a blessing to me because she calmed my nerves and fears of losing another pregnancy. She has an amazing “bedside manner” with clients that puts you totally at ease in her care.
My daughter was born April 2, 2007 and it was the best day of my life.
A year or so later, my husband and I decided it was time to try again. But this time, my cycles were completely all over the map due to breastfeeding and hormonal changes. I decided to be proactive and see Angela right away. Within 2 or 3 treatments, I could already see an improvement in my cycle. This time around, baby #2 was conceived on the first try, without complications. I contribute that to Angela and having her help me get my cycles in order.
I have recommended Angela to my family, my friends and to people that I’ve come in contact with that have fertility issues. I have the utmost respect for her as a person and as a practitioner. I believe she is invaluable to couples that suffer from infertility.
I first visited Angela Fingler several years ago, to prepare for the birth of my son. She tool one look at me and told me he would be born earlier than my due date and she was exactly right. I felt such confidence in her abilities after only a few visits that it was to her I turned a couple years ago when trying for another child after a miscarriage.
Western Medicine sent me away with a pat on the back and “just keep trying, it will happen soon.” Angie understood my distress and my visits to her helpd me to feel I was gaining some level of control over what was a difficult time for me and my family. Though a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs we worked on helping me get my body balance back: meditation and breathing helped deal with the psychological side of things. When I ended up being referred to the Calgary Fertility Clinic, Angie provided complementary treatment, advice and encouragement.
Angie will become more than just your acupuncturist; she will eb three to support you through all the highs and lows, whatever your situation. She has such a professional attitude and great range of knowledge in her field; even to someone like me with no previous experience of Chinese Medicine, there can be no question that she is the person to turn to if you are having fertility issues or want to prepare for the birth of a child.
Our journey to starting a family has been a long and painful one. After suffering from four miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy, a friend recommended me to go see Angie. My hubby and I had undergone several tests with the fertility clinic, all resulting in a diagnosis of infertility with no real cause. Like many other couples receiving this diagnosis, it is extremely upsetting and frustrating! We really wanted to understand why we could get pregnant so easily but not keep the pregnancy.
Immediately after my first visit with Angie, I came home and told my husband that I was going to really enjoy working with her to bring back stability to myself, both physically and mentally. After listening to my history, Angie set out a plan for me that involved weekly acupuncture and herbal treatments for three months. The goal of these treatments was to help address the imbalances in my system and prepare my body for pregnancy again. Once she felt that my body had responded well to the treatment and was ready, she gave us the green light to try. One month later we were pregnant !!!!
During the first trimester, I saw Angie twice each week to help me get over that initial hump and successfully reach my second trimester. I’m now in my second trimester and continue to see Angie every week. She has become a very good friend and I look forward to seeing her every time! She’s an excellent practitioner that listens to all of your concerns and helps to put your mind and body at ease with her years of experience.
My husband and I truly believe that Angie is the reason why we have had a successful pregnancy this time. She’s very knowledgeable and extremely passionate about her work. As a person, she is very positive and is there for you when you need reassurance that everything is going to be alright. I strongly recommend Angie to anyone that is having fertility issues!