Monday, August 18

Get to Know Mike Berkley, Founder of Berkley Center

Mike Berkley, L.Ac.

Founder and Director, 
The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness

Mike Berkley, Founder and Director of The The Berkley Center for Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine in New York City, is licensed and Board Certified in Acupuncture in New York State. Mike is also certified in Chinese Herbology by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Mike graduated from The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York in 1996, and he has been treating reproductive disorders since then. Mike is the first acupuncturist/herbalist in the United States to work exclusively in the field of reproductive medicine

He works exclusively in the area of reproductive medicine and enjoys working in conjunction with some of New York’s most prestigious reproductive endocrinologists.

1997   Dr. Robert Atkins Radio Show, WEVD, New York, NY
1997   News All Day, NY1-TV, New York, NY
2002   Today in New York, WNBC (NBC), New York, NY
2002   Live With Regis & Kelly, WABC-TV (ABC), New York, NY
2002   The Early Show, WCBS-TV (CBS), New York, NY
2004   Interviewed on WHLV Talk Radio, Buffalo, NY
2006   WBAI - Global Medicine Radio. Interviewed by Dr. Kamau Kokayi
2006   Interviewed on the ROSHOW with Rolanda Watts
2007   Karma Radio, Myths and Realities of Infertility
2007   Conceive On Air, Talk Radio with Kim Hahn
2007   Interviewed on WWOR-TV Channel 9 News by Tena Ezzeddine
A Torah Infertility Medium Exchange (Medical Advisory Board)
Acupuncture Society of New York
American Association of Oriental Medicine
American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) (Board of Directors)
American Infertility Association
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
American Society of Acupuncturists (Fellow)
InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination (INCIID) (Board Member)
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine 
New York State Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (Westchester Chapter) 
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (Advisory Board Member)
Resolve, The National Infertility Association

Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center,
"Concepts and Applications of Traditional Chinese Medicine" 1997

Resolve, New York, 
"Infertility and Herbal Medicine" 1998

Resolve, Brooklyn,
"The Use of Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine in the Treatment of Infertility" 1998

American Infertility Association, "Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Treatment of Primary Infertility" 1998

American Infertility Association, 
"Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Infertility" 2001

Resolve, New Jersey, Annual Family Building Symposium
“Infertility and Traditional Chinese Medicine” 2002

Resolve, New Jersey, 
"Infertility, Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine" 2003

A.T.I.M.E. ‘Acupuncture for Infertility, Does it Work?’ 2004

The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 
"Infertility, Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine" 2005

The Jewish Community Center, NYC‘Acupuncture and IVF’ 2005

Pacific Symposium‘East meets West in Reproductive Medicine’ 2005

Resolve Brooklyn, 
"The Use of Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine in the Treatment of Infertility" 2006

Mike is currently writing a book on reproductive disorders and Chinese medicine, and hosts his groundbreaking seminars, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Reproductive Medicine in the Diagnosis & Treatment of Infertility, across the country. With the increase in the number of couples being diagnosed as “infertile,” Mike feels that it is even more important now to share his expertise and findings with acupuncturists, herbalists, gynecologists, and other healthcare professionals.

Mike’s Personal Story

I developed an interest in acupuncture and herbal medicine due to a very personal and difficult reason. Infertility.

My wife and I decided that we wanted to start a family a soon after we got married. We tried and tried for 2 years and then sought the help of a reproductive endocrinologist here in New York City. My wife was diagnosed as having a bacterial infection and an autoimmune marker. We were both given doxycycline and she was given a short course of prednisone. At our follow-up examinations we were 'cleared' of all obstacles to conception and told to go home and 'try'. Try and try we did for another 6 months without success.

At this point my wife sought out the help of an acupuncturist/herbalist who had some basic knowledge of reproductive issues. We were lucky to find one.

After treating with acupuncture and herbal medicine for six months my wife got nothing more than a regulated period. We were disappointed. Then, the very next month, the miracle manifested: she was pregnant and, she carried to term without a hitch! We had a beautiful 7.5 pound little tiger who is now a big boy. I was amazed, humbled and enormously excited and gratified by the result which was yielded by what seemed like some hocus-pocus newfangled type of medicine, but it really worked (my son can attest to this!).

It was then that I started to explore acupuncture and herbal medicine on my own. I had this urgent curiosity to learn more. I couldn't believe it when I found out that this type of medicine had existed for 3,000 years and that there are literally hundreds of medical 'Classics' dating back centuries on the subject of reproductive disorders and how to treat them. Incredible!

Then, this really strange thing happens: I'm reading the Village Voice and I spot an advertisement from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. The ad reads something like this: "PACIFIC COLLEGE OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF OUR NEW YORK CAMPUS. ALL ARE INVITED TO AN OPEN HOUSE." And, to the Open House I went. I left almost six years later with a degree in acupuncture and a National Board Certification in herbal medicine.

With license(s) in hand, I devoted every free moment to studying Western medical and Chinese medical approaches to treating infertility. After years of study and clinical experience, I have been fortunate in that I have been able to develop my own unique acupuncture protocols and proprietary herbal formulas. I am still amazed and in awe at how these treatments work miracles. Just ask all of our new mommies and daddies!

The fact that I am able to help so many couples achieve their dream of starting a family is the focal point of my life. Every single patient that comes to The The Berkley Center for Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine is a great gift to us. It's another opportunity to add joy to the world!

Mike Berkley, Licensed Acupuncturist
Founder and Director, The Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness

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