Mary Wong BSc, RTCMP, R.Ac | http://marywong.life
A Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, Mary has been in practice for over 20 years and has treated thousands of people, the vast majority of whom struggle with gynecological disorders, fertility challenges, and pregnancy-related symptoms or issues. She always designs a plan for creative care that draws on a wealth of support from both Eastern and Western medical practice, and treats every patient as a full person—not just her diagnosis. In addition to her professional expertise, Mary brings poignant personal experience to her insight into fertility issues. When she and her husband decided it was time to start their family, Mary was dismayed to find that she had difficulty conceiving. As a medical practitioner, Mary held deep knowledge of the physiological causes of infertility and its options for treatment. But now a patient herself, Mary was not immune to the powerful emotional effects of the condition, and found herself grappling with same feelings of shame, guilt, fear and embarrassment experienced by so many of the patients she treats and counsels. Determined to overcome her own infertility, Mary sought help from both Western and Eastern medical traditions. After a lengthy and emotional journey with a range of fertility treatments, Mary became pregnant, eventually giving birth to her daughter Zoe in 2012. Mary’s personal experience with fertility challenges has fostered in her a profound compassion and respect for the families who come to her for help. Having spent thousands of hours in clinical consultation with women and men desperate to conceive, Mary is intimately acquainted with the many faces that infertility presents, and the equally diverse pathways to pregnancy presented by conventional and complementary medicine. Stirred by the fear, grief, courage and faith expressed by the couples she has worked with, Mary is a passionate and outspoken advocate for fertility awareness. It is her greatest hope that by sharing these unique and intimate stories, she can bring a renewed sense of possibility to infertility sufferers, and deeper understanding of this widespread condition to the public consciousness. Mary lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.