Arrive Reproductive Medicine is an acupuncture practice dedicated to filling a gap in women’s healthcare. We offer the space for women to tell their stories, the experience to connect the dots of various symptoms and the time to create a custom treatment plan. Our approach to healing is rooted in Chinese medicine, with acupuncture and herbal medicine as our main modalities. Lab testing, liver detox, healing the gut and nutrition all play a role in delivering exceptional care to our patients with rewarding results.
Our acupuncturist is a board-certified specialist in reproductive medicine with over 15 years experience. The most common conditions we see in our clinic are unexplained infertility, age-related fertility challenges, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), irregular cycles and IVF support. Also central to our practice are busy women who are seeking solutions to low energy, insomnia, burn out, joint pain, menopausal symptoms and more.
Arrive is located within the vibrant community of Luma Yoga and Family Center in downtown Santa Cruz. Our patients can enjoy a yoga class before or after a treatment and take advantage of Luma’s convenient on-site childcare.
Anne Chiaramonte, M.S., L.Ac., FABORM, is a licensed acupuncturist (2004) and a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (2009). She founded Arrive Reproductive Medicine when she relocated to Santa Cruz from San Francisco after 15 years in practice.
Anne began her studies in anthropology and biology at UCLA. She received her master’s degree from Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica and continued advanced training in acupuncture orthopedics at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills. Here she collaborated with many western doctors and this inspired a drive to look for ways in which to integrate the rich tradition of Chinese medicine with conventional medicine.
Anne’s particular interest in women’s health led her to Sydney, Australia, to study with Jane Lyttleton, author of “Treatment of Infertility with Chinese Medicine.” Her internship with Jane deepened her interest in the integration of assisted reproductive technology (ART) with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Upon her return, she worked with Lifang Liang, author of “Acupuncture and IVF,” and became part of one of the country’s first on-site acupuncture programs at an IVF clinic, located at Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco.
In 2006, Anne joined Balance Restored-Integrative Medicine in Marin County and helped to expand the clinic to a multi-discipline center with acupuncture, nutrition, psychotherapy and massage therapy. In 2014, she moved her practice to San Francisco within Mama Lounge, an acupuncture clinic devoted to women in their childbearing years. Anne relocated to Santa Cruz in 2017 with her family.
I was in my mid-20’s when I embarked on my four-year master’s degree program in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. At the time, a few of my friends were dealing with a stubborn hormone condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). I quickly became very interested in the application of acupuncture in treating PCOS and other women’s health issues and witnessed the profound benefits of this ancient medicine in treating gynecological conditions.
Two years later a landmark study, referred to as the Paulus study, showed the significant increase in pregnancy rates when acupuncture was used alongside the western fertility treatment known as in vitro fertilization (IVF). One of my teachers, Ray Rubio, was instrumental in the dialogue between acupuncturists and reproductive endocrinologists at IVF clinics nationwide. Under his supervision, I discovered a passion for women and couples seeking fertility support and a new interest in the integration of western and eastern medicine.
Having a subspecialty in supporting women and couples going through IVF was never my plan. What I’ve discovered is that I find reproductive physiology fascinating and that this is an area of study that applies to all my women’s health patients. Over the years, I have expanded my knowledge of western medical practices to lab testing and healing the gut. Integrating both western and eastern medical traditions isn’t just effective, it allows me to explain things from different angles to my patients and this is valuable for both of us.
I moved to Santa Cruz from San Francisco in 2017 to slow down and to give my boys a backyard and close community. I am excited to deepen my practice here and to share it with my new community in this next phase of my life.