From Our Founder & Clinical Director
It all started when...
I was 20 years old, and I couldn't walk without a cane. I had been an active teen, a state tennis champ, but once I went off to college, everything started falling apart. Doctors diagnosed me with MS, an autoimmune disease that would slowly break my body down over time. I felt hopeless.
Eventually, a friend introduced me to acupuncture. It changed my life. Using nutrition, herbs, and lifestyle changes helped rebuild my body and put my disease into remission. I was able to walk again, to run, to surf. Thanks to this simple, natural treatment, I've been able to live my life symptom-free as a mother, clinician, and entrepreneur.
My experience inspired me to bring the same kind of help and healing to other people. I have applied this approach with thousands and thousands of women. This isn’t a magic pill or some kind of miracle. It is a systematic approach to figure out why the body is struggling, and to create a highly customized plan to address your individual needs.
At TCRA, we use unique, natural interventions to help make your body stronger than the condition that is preventing you from getting pregnant. It's a system that leaves you healthier than when you started, and helps restore balance, not just to your reproductive system, but to you entire life.
Everyone's journey to build a family is different. Wherever your path takes you, the Texas Center for Reproductive Acupuncture can help. I truly hope you’ll allow us to be your partner on that journey.
Here's to Hope,
Kirsten Karchmer, MSOM, LAc (FABORM)
TCRA Founder & Clinical Director
More About Kirsten
Kirsten Karchmer is a Board Certified reproductive acupuncturist and former President of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. She pioneered proprietary infertility assessment and treatment protocols that optimize fertility while improving patients' overall health. She is also the CEO & Founder of Conceivable, a technology enabled fertility solution at 1/100 the cost of IVF, and Viv Wellness, a woman’s health revolution committed to eradicating PMS and cramping.
In 2013, Kirsten translated her successful clinical programs into her technology enabled platform that uses machine learning/AI to provide affordable and impactful reproductive solution. Conceivable was named one of the most innovative health tech start ups from MedTech in 2015, and has been featured in The New York Magazine, TechCrunch, and MHealth. She is also a Huffington Post contributor.
Karchmer lectures internationally on women’s health, the future of integrative medicine, and using technology to better serve patients, providers, and healthcare systems. Kirsten has been recognized as one of the top female start-up founders to watch, and is the recipient of the 2016 Texas Trailblazer award for her innovation in health care.
Accolades & Accomplishments
- Founder and Clinical Director, The Texas Center for Reproductive Acupuncture
- President, The American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (Former)
2016 Texas Trailblazer Award for Women in Innovation, Texas Women's Chamber of Commerce
- Founder & CEO, Conceivable & Viv Wellness
In The Press
- "Acupuncturist spreads joy one baby at a time." News 8 Austin.
- "Five small steps to naturally improve your fertility." Huffington Post.
- "Study: Acupuncture May Boost Pregnancy." USA Today.
- "Acupuncture may hike odds of pregnancy." NBC News.
- "Acupuncturists find niche alongside reproductive medicine." Austin Business Journal.
The Texas Center for Reproductive Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most established reproductive acupuncture centers in North America. With over thirty years of combined clinical experience, our team of acupuncture experts has developed a comprehensive treatment program that emphasizes a nurturing and natural, holistic approach to reproductive wellness. Our approach strives to balance and restore the systems of the body in order to promote optimal reproductive health, and enhance fertility.
Your experience is unlike any other patient’s. This is why our specialized team uses every resource available to create a treatment plan to fit your needs. Our trusted network includes acupuncture and holistic experts and works with obstetricians, gynecologists, and reproductive endocrinologists. Our compassionate staff provide top notch complementary care for all patients trying to get pregnant naturally, using IUI or IVF, or dealing with a full spectrum of reproductive system conditions. We look forward to finding the wellness plan that takes care of your body and has long lasting changes for your life and for your family.