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My Functional Medicine assessment with Shelly has made such a big impact in my life. Before starting the treatment plan that Shelly made up for me, it was difficult for me to function properly. I had no motivation to exercise and it would take all the energy I had to perform my daily tasks. Fast forward a month into the treatment I am working out more than ever and have energy left over. I am able to engage more at home with my children and for the first time in many years I am sleeping soundly at night!
- A.R
My husband and I had been trying to conceive for almost 4 years. It’s been quite the journey with having multiple fertility treatments, several miscarriages, and lots of heartaches. When I found Shelly, through a friend who has Shelly as a teacher, we had been on the journey about a year and a half. Shelly has been with us since that time. She was actually the one to figure out that I had a thyroid issue ( Hashimoto’s) and worked with me to help get it in check. She helped to supplement various fertility treatments as well as healing my body after each IVF treatment or miscarriage. Not only was she there to help me physically, but she also became a dear support system, a friend to lean on some of our darkest days. She treated me how she would treat her own sister/daughter/friend with check-ins and various support measures. She also accompanied us to all our frozen embryo transfers and after. We are now mid-way through our pregnancy and we are so excited! Thanks to Shelly for all her years of working with us and her support!
- A.R
I wanted to share with you that I was reflecting last night that exactly one year ago I was going on the same vacation we leave for in a few days and I was so distracted and uneasy and scared because my hair was falling out, I had acne and my blood pressure was high, among other things. I cannot believe how much you have helped me in the last year and I will always be grateful to you and your gifts. You have done it all in a compassionate and caring and supportive way and once I started working with you, I felt supported. I am feeling so good in my body. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
- K. H.
I’m so glad that I found Shelly! I saw her weekly for herbs when I had difficulty getting pregnant. The doctors wanted me to get surgery, but instead, she prescribed me weekly herbal mixes, in combination with acupuncture, from the colleague who recommended her to me. It would have been more than worth my time and effort to feel healthy and balanced with the help from her treatments, which I did–but more than that, the docs were amazed my issues cleared up, and I had a completely healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy which culminated with the birth of my son. Shelly is warm, nurturing, accessible–I always looked forward to our sessions and I highly recommend her services!
- V. F.
I wanted to touch base with you and thank you for changing our lives forever! With your fertility acupuncture treatments and love, we now have a beautiful and slightly crazy 4-year-old. Thank you and I hope to run into you one day so that I can hug the crap out of you! Sending you love, from the E.F.P house. Shelly is warm, nurturing, accessible–I always looked forward to our sessions and I highly recommend her services!
- M. EFP
For the past five years, my husband and I have made efforts to conceive. It has been a long and arduous journey for us. We have tried a lot of different ways to try and get pregnant since we weren’t conceiving the natural way. We both went to doctors to have our health checked out and we were told we were fine. No red flags were evident, however, doctors immediately pushed me into taking hormones and going through intrauterine insemination. For one year I was put on Clomid and nothing, no pregnancy. Each cycle was devastating and heartbreaking, but doctors kept pushing medication on me and I kept taking it. After three years of attempting to conceive, doctors changed my medicine to Menopur, which is stronger than Clomid. At that time, I also began to look at my diet and physical state of being. I reevaluated what I ate, changed my eating habits to a more vegan/vegetarian lifestyle and began exercising, but still nothing. Menopur’s effects on my body and mood were not great. I had strong mood swings, felt irritable, and uncomfortable overall. I wasn’t feeling myself and was just not happy continuing to attempt to conceive the (Eastern) medical way. That’s when I decided to look for alternative more holistic based methods and found myself under the thoughtful care of Shelly Krahn. I still remember the first day I walked into her cozy office and was greeted by her with a warm welcome. Shelly took the time to listen and read through my physical and emotional health history before starting any treatment. Once she had a profound knowledge of my health, she began healing and readjusting my body via acupuncture. I appreciate that Shelly not only took the time to heal my body via acupuncture, but also that every session she took the time to understand my emotional well being as well. After three months of going to Shelly and also my doctor’s visits, I decided to stop going to the doctor overall and simply continue acupuncture. Every week Shelly worked on my body via acupuncture, herbs, and daily temperature readings. Six months after the first day I walked into Shelly’s office, my pregnancy test read positive; you can imagine the excitement I felt. I am now seven months pregnant and my baby and I continue our acupuncture visits with Shelly. I know that we are both under the best care. I do not look forward to ending my acupuncture visits after my baby arrives. I tend to get attached to great things or in this case a great, caring person. This has been my journey. If I were to do it all over again, I would not go through any hormonal treatments via my doctor’s office. My body and mind went through too much stress when I was going through that and who needs stress when trying to conceive, on the contrary. If I were to do it all over again, I would focus on healing and readjusting my body via acupuncture, natural herbs, a healthy diet, and exercise. To Shelly, I am forever grateful.
- A. M.
When my husband and I decided to start trying for a baby I was 35 and had been on the pill for many years. Shelly took the time to get to know me and my body and execute a plan for not only getting pregnant but my overall wellness. After a little over 3 months of seeing her on a consistent basis, I was pregnant and I felt fantastic. I continued to see her throughout my entire pregnancy and honestly had a wonderful pregnancy and birth. I am still a very happy client of hers and will continue to be! I cannot say enough good things about her!
- J. M.
After being told by a fertility specialist that I had almost 0% chance of getting pregnant on my own, we were headed down the IVF road. We decided to put it off for a more convenient time of the year to suit our busy work schedules and in the meantime, see if we could make it work on our own. We immediately decided to go all in and do acupuncture as well. Shelly was referred to me by a family member. This was my first time doing acupuncture or any form of eastern medicine and in so many ways it exceeded my expectations. I’ve always felt rushed at my regular doctors’ offices and leave wanting to ask more questions. I’ve never felt like that with Shelly. She asks a ton of questions, never seems rushed, and really listens to her patients. She is always available to answer my questions and has informative responses that I trust. Shelly is super friendly and cares deeply about her patients. I can also say that within 2 months of seeing Shelly, I conceived! I highly recommend Shelly for any fertility needs you may have. This is money well spent!
- M. V.
Shelly has helped our family so much in our fertility journey. I have PCOS and so had ovulation issues. I went to a fertility doctor and tried several rounds of letrozole, but it wasn’t until I started acupuncture with her (immediately actually) that we were able to get pregnant with our first-born son. Then when it came time to have another child, I decided to start out with acupuncture before visiting the fertility doctor. It was amazing how her treatments could regulate my periods. She also did the research to find the right supplement that seemed to also be the ticket to our pregnancy for our second son. I am now in my 3rd trimester and am so happy we found Shelly. She is so knowledgeable, yet always looking to learn more which I feel is so important in any health field. She also provides wonderful nutritional information. I could not recommend her enough!
- E. T.
Dr. Krahn is extremely knowledgeable, caring, and helpful. She helped to treat some significant medical problems I was experiencing and was a great source of wisdom and support during that difficult time. Dr. Krahn thoroughly assessed, diagnosed, and treated my health issues. She offered thoughtful suggestions to improve my life as a whole and listened respectfully to my concerns and questions. In addition, Dr. Krahn welcomed my emails and responded in a timely manner. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of an exceptional acupuncturist and wellness provider.
– A. T.
As someone who has struggled with severe anxiety and depression their whole life, I had been interested in trying acupuncture for quite some time to see if it would help me manage some of these symptoms as naturally as possible. After getting pregnant I was referred to Shelly by my midwife, and I was ready to give it a go. Little did I know how critical Shelly would become to my overall comfort and well-being during my pregnancy. Within a few weeks of seeing her regularly, I noticed my mood had improved, and my anxiety and depression were well-managed on significantly less medication than I had required in the past. In addition, Shelly and her treatments were the only things that helped terrible back pain that I experienced as a result of the pregnancy. No number of massages, heat, pillows, or other recommendations from my providers helped… with the exception of Shelly. I was able to continue working full time and largely avoid pain medications thanks to Shelly and the amazing work that she does. I cannot recommend Shelly enough for anyone, especially mothers-to-be. She takes time to fully assess you at the start of every session, listens to your concerns and issues, and tailors your treatment to your current symptoms and needs. It is obvious that she cares and truly wants to help, making sure symptoms are alleviated and treatments have been effective. Shelly is an extremely gifted practitioner and an equally compassionate soul. I am forever grateful for all that she has done for me, my health, and that of my baby.
- G. B.
I worked with Shelly for a period of 2 years while living in San Diego. We worked on a recurring medical condition that I had not been able to manage previously. That 2 year period with Shelly was the only time I experienced no symptoms! Shelly is a skilled practitioner, equally familiar with the Chinese and Western paradigms. I’d recommend her without hesitation.
- J. H.
I was three months pregnant with a huge sub-chorionic bleed. I was told that I would probably lose the pregnancy. I saw that Shelly specialized in women’s health issues and contacted her. I firmly believe that the treatments I received saved my pregnancy. The doctors were shocked. Thanks to Shelly I have my beautiful daughter who will be 10 years old in a few months. Since my daughter was born I have been to Shelly for any health issue or injury and acupuncture has always helped. Thanks Shelly!
- B. L.
I have been blessed to have Shelly by my side for the last year on my journey through infertility. I could not have made it this far without her. She is insightful, intuitive, courageous, and caring. I could not recommend her highly enough!
– G. D.
I was first treated by Shelly more than two years ago and I continue to see her because she’s just so knowledgeable and approachable. She doesn’t lecture you or try to get you to be “perfect” like a lot of practitioners do, and she takes an integrative approach. She’s encouraging and she gets results. Of course, the beauty of acupuncture is that while I was being treated, for one thing, I saw improvements in a variety of areas in addition to my main complaint. The fact that many of her clients are other acupuncturists is a testament to her abilities. I keep her on speed dial.
- J. L.
Shelly is amazing. I had unexplained chest pain that put me in the hospital. After many weeks, 11 doctors, countless painkillers, and lots of expensive tests later, no one had an answer for me. I never experienced acupuncture before, but I read that it could help with pain. So, I made an appointment with Shelly. From the moment I met her, she put me at ease. She really listened to my problems and concerns, explained everything that she was going to do to help, and made me feel like I could trust her. Leaving that appointment, I was so happy because it was the first time I had some relief from the pain. I continued my visits and soon, the pain was completely gone. With a combination of acupuncture and herbs, she cured me. She was able to help when doctors and hospitals couldn’t. I have visited Shelly a couple of times for back pain as well and I always walk out feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. I highly recommend Shelly to anyone looking to ease pain without dangerous painkillers.
- L. H.
Shelly has always given me very good nutritional advice. She is very attentive to each patient and really cares.
– D. R.
Shelly, it has been more than three months since I injured myself and started having shoulder and arm pain on my left side. I am glad to let you know that I have completely recovered from my injury. For the last three weeks, I have been back to my normal activities and exercises at the gym. Every time I think about the excruciating pain that used to wake me up in the middle of the night, I remember that I should write to you and thank you for the tremendous help that you provided me. You were able to diagnose my problem (i.e, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome). After identifying the source of my pain, with your acupuncture treatment, massage therapy, and recommended physical therapy exercises, I was able to recover 100%. Thanks!
– A. H.
As an acupuncturist myself, I seek out Shelly’s knowledge and expertise in our field. I’ve had the honor of interning under her shift at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where I received inside knowledge on treating an array of women’s health issues. Her shifts are highly sought out and fill up quickly. On top of being a pioneer in our field, she is so warm-hearted and humble. She is extremely down to earth and goes above and beyond for her students. I know she does the same for her patients. She’s a giver and a true healer. If you’re lucky enough to have her as a practitioner, your health and happiness are in caring capable hands.
- K. G.
I have been receiving care from Shelly for seven years for a medical problem that I did not want to treat with drugs. Shelly’s treatment has stabilized the condition. In addition, she diagnoses and treats anything that is preventing me from being in the best of health. Acupuncture works! And Shelly is the best practitioner that I have found. Try it! You may surprise yourself.
- J. T.
I have had the pleasure of knowing Shelly Krahn as an acupuncturist as well as a teacher at the Pacific College Of Oriental Medicine. As a student, Shelly taught my OB/GYN course and was one of my favorite professors at the school. Although humble, and she would probably fight me on the title, I feel that Shelly Krahn is a true master of her craft. To teach others at a world-renowned school is to truly know your field. As a patient, I feel Shelly truly cares about my well being and healing process along with everyone I have seen her work with. She takes a unique, individualized, and fresh approach with each of my personal ailments. What is amazing about her treatments is that they are supported by evidence-based practice. Shelly is unique because her Eastern-Western approach to medicine ensures that her patients receive the best care. A great example is when she breaks down a patient’s Western lab results to determine an imbalance (whether it be hormonal, nutritional, etc.). By using specific evidence-based Acupuncture points and herbs, she corrects the problem, retested the labs, and brings down the out of range levels. Shelly is a very warm person, which makes it very easy to talk with her about your health. Whether you are looking for a fertility or health/nutritional specialist, I can wholeheartedly say that you will have yourself in amazing hands.
- J. N.
Shelly has been a breath of fresh air! She looks at the whole picture and genuinely wants to help. My neuropathy is mostly gone and I no longer have heartburn with only 4 weeks of treatment! As I follow her plan for my health, I’m confident that I will continue to feel better and better. Shelly takes the time to teach and listen and truly cares about her patients. The acupuncture is extremely relaxing and she has created a warm and inviting environment. I would recommend Shelly to anyone who needs a fresh start and an all-encompassing look at their health issues.
- P. K.
I am a medically retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel and a Vietnam veteran with a 100% service connected disability and have been receiving acupuncture treatment with electrical stimulation from Shelly Krahn (for the last 4 years) and I am also an OUTPATIENT at the VA hospital since circa 1991. I had 3 surgeries for an inner ear disorder [ Meniere’s disease and vestibular nerve dysfunction ] ; the surgeries included a Stapedectomy for Otosclerosis; a brain surgery for my vestibular nerve section and tumor removal; and a final brain surgery to repair the hole punctured in the dura of the brain during the first brain surgery. After receiving follow-up treatment at the VA, I searched for and found additional help for dealing with the myriad problems associated with having one vice two Vestibular nerves with Shelly Krahn. The problems I sought treatment for were: vertigo, confusion, exhaustion, nausea [motion sickness], severe short-term memory problems, inability to concentrate, etc. The treatment of acupuncture with electrical stimulation has been a lifesaver for me and has enabled me to have a semblance of a normal lifestyle and be able to raise my son. When I receive acupuncture, it works right into the problem area, with the end result that I get a little more energy and clarity of thought and an obvious positive stimulation of the brain and inner ear. When I first went to her for treatment I had to lay down at least 50% of each day (24/7), and couldn’t concentrate on anything for more than 15 minutes without getting nauseous and being exhausted.. NOW, I can do so for several hours and only have to lay down about 20% of my awake hours. .. This treatment works! Also, although the Vestibular nerve is not known to regenerate, the treatment is keeping the remaining Vestibular nerve strong and functional to make up for the missing nerve on the right side. I can FEEL growth and progress and it gives me hope that someday I can be as close to living a normal life as possible. SHELLY KRAHN is the most knowledgeable, compassionate, prepared and dedicated health care professional I have ever met in my 65 years of life (and I’ve met A LOT of them.) I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND that she be included as a recommended acupuncturist and incredible source of help to my injured and sick fellow veterans. To NOT do so would be a mistake and a loss to those in need of real healing without relying on drugs and a loss to the VA in general.
– G. E. (Lt Col U.S. MARINE CORPS-Retired)
Fifteen years of superb health care! That’s what I’ve received from Shelly. As I get older, more things fall apart, but she can do amazing repairs: gums, eyes, hearing, back, arthritis in my hands, and chest pains that mystified the medical doctors. She’s always adding to her superb store of knowledge. We’re lucky to have Shelly available to us!
– J. C.