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Women's Health & Fertility Center

Supported by the nurturing expertise of our team and the ancient wisdom of acupuncture & Chinese medicine, your body's innate healing capacity will create FERTILE GROUND, connecting you to the health, well-being and family you've been working so hard to achieve.

Meet Our Practitioners

  • Sophia Bouwens

    Sophia Bouwens

    Sophia is passionate about using acupuncture and Chinese medicine to help individuals get to the root of their health struggles, rather than just managing symptoms. Her work is fueled by the belief that our health is our most valuable asset, and is worth working to protect and maintain.

  • Kara Yorkhall

    Kara Yorkhall

    Kara founded Fertile Ground in 2007 with the goal of offering holistic support for women who are trying to conceive, who are pregnant or postpartum. Her clinical approach is based on 20 years of experience in women’s health and her extensive knowledge of reproductive medicine.  

  • Lauren Mathews

    Lauren Mathews

    Lauren joined Fertile Ground in 2012 and has played a significant role in the growth and expansion of the practice. Over the past several years, Lauren has worked with hundreds of women on their journey to parenthood, and has refined and expanded her expertise in fertility and pregnancy.

  • Dawn Pivec

    Dawn Pivec

    Dawn relies on the natural world for her own self care and finds much gratification in the fact that Traditional Chinese Medicine is based in understanding the balance of nature. 

  • Jessica Noble

    Jessica Noble

    Jessica has a unique style of bodywork that integrates The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, Shiatsu, Western Therapeutic massage, and Craniosacral therapy to aid the body’s ability to heal itself and support women’s health care. She has spent years cultivating an expert approach to women's health through bodywork.

What our patients say

  • Thanks for everything - you truly helped put me at ease with the embryo transfer, and I believe you helped the little guy decide to implant and stay around.  

    S.L. New Orleans, LA,

  • The dream to become a mother is incredibly powerful and when one adds infertility into the equation it becomes one of the hardest things a person may pursue in their lifetime. In my life and career I am a person who had always relied on Western medicine as my basis for healing. I was not aware or sure of the Eastern medicine tools to healing and infertility. Through my journey to become a mother I met with Kara for acupuncture. The treatments as well as her advice on health, nutrition, and well-being helped me to be more relaxed, more forgiving, and more compassionate during a very trying time. I am pleased to admit that the acupuncture and the words of wisdom that I received from Kara did indeed help me then as well as now in my new life as a mother of a 10 month old. Kara, thank you!!

    S.K. Minneapolis, MN,

  • Before working with Kara, I had been through a lot of testing, doctors and no explanation as to why I couldn't get pregnant. Kara helped me to get into a more balanced state and to listen to my body and its needs. I now have beautiful twin boys and I have Kara to thank for them!

    N.L. Shakopee, MN,

  • My husband was diagnosed with low sperm motility and low fertilization rates. I had a luteal phase defect and we had been trying to get pregnant for over three years. Before starting treatment with Kara we had done a few cycles with Clomid, gotten pregnant, but had an early miscarriage. After working with Kara for six months and my husband for three months we got pregnant. I was of course nervous, but the pregnancy went well and I now we have a healthy one year old daughter. Thank you Kara!

    J.H. Cannon Falls, MN,

  • I came to see Kara because I was past my due date and my midwives wanted to induce me and I wanted to try to go into labor naturally. After two acupuncture treatments I went into labor naturally and had a smooth labor and delivery. Kara’s calm presence and knowledgeable experience were very helpful during such a big transition.

    U.E. Minneapolis, MN,