With more than a decade of experience specializing in reproductive healthcare, including the healthcare needs of patients with infertility issues and the use of acupuncture in the clinical management of patients undergoing assisted reproductive treatments such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Irina's method of managing subfertile patients is based on a thorough understanding of the value of combining the best of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and conventional medicine.
Her unique approach emphasizes the clinical utility of integrating both classically based traditional acupuncture treatment techniques and concepts with the practical clinical application of contemporary evidence-based advances, from the rapidly changing landscape of reproductive medicine research. In addition to her clinical experience, Irina holds several academic posts at the Northern College of Acupuncture in York, including Module Leader for the MSc in Advanced Oriental Medicine and MSc in Advanced Complementary Medicine courses, as well as supervising Masters level acupuncture students. She also lectures undergraduate university students on the use of acupuncture treatment
in the management of infertility and during IVF.
In 2006 she was the recipient of the British Acupuncture Council's nationally recognised Annual Research Excellence Award. She is a member of the Acupuncture Fertility Network (AFN), the National Network of Zita West Affiliated Fertility Acupuncturists, the British Fertility Society, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE).
Irina Szmelskyj is the co-director and lead clinician of True Health Clinics (www.TrueHealthClinics.com) and is the founder of The Fertility Foundation (www.TheFertilityFoundation).