Collaborative Care is a small traditional Chinese medicine clinic in Chicago that offers highly personalized fertility and pregnancy support; not only do we collaborate with other medical providers to provide you optimal care, we also work hand-in-hand with you, our patient, to create an individualized, integrative treatment plan.
Our holistic approach strengthens your reproductive health in order to optimize your chances of a successful pregnancy. Our proprietary treatment is effective for patients seeking an entirely natural approach to enhance their fertility, as well as patients utilizing Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) methods. Our patients tend to have persistent difficulties in becoming and/or staying pregnant and may be experiencing any of the following:
• Diminished ovarian reserve
• Poor response to IVF medications
• Advanced maternal age
• Irregular menstrual cycles
Traditional Chinese Medicine is especially effective in treating these cases. Our specialized treatment is most effective when we begin treating the patient 1-2 months before her next FET cycle and 3 to 4 months prior to a fresh IVF cycle.
We also treat patients who would like to get pregnant through natural and healthy methods by enhancing their fertility health.
Who We Are
Jacqueline O’Neill, MSTOM, L.Ac.
Since founding Collaborative Care in 2007, Jackie O’Neill has become the Chicago area’s “go-to” Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provider for women experiencing prolonged fertility journeys. Her proprietary treatment has helped hundreds of patients with previously poor fertility diagnoses to achieve full-term pregnancies. Her experience working with women and couples facing a broad range of infertility challenges has enabled Jackie to create a highly successful, unique treatment protocol using a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and nutritional support. Jackie’s extensive knowledge of TCM and experience treating a diverse range of infertility cases is quite unique and makes her a highly valued resource for her patients.
The daughter of a downtown Los Angeles neighborhood pharmacist, Jackie always knew she wanted a career in medicine, but it was her interest in botany that clarified her intent and aided in her decision to pursue a degree in Chinese medicine.
Jackie received her master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she taught a series of Chinese herb classes. She is nationally board certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbology and a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.
Meghan Schmit, MSTOM, Dipl. OM, L.Ac.
Meghan is licensed as an acupuncturist in the state of Illinois, and is Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
Meghan’s treatment strategies center on the belief that the body has an innate ability to heal and restore balance, and that via diet, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and other various life style modifications, she can help her patients achieve their reproductive goals. Meghan’s patience, compassion, and ability to recognize the uniqueness of each woman’s case allows her to provide specialized treatment and makes her a wonderful addition to the Collaborative Care team.
Meghan graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago and continues to study with her mentor Stephen Bonzak, furthering her knowledge of canonical herbal medicine. When she is not seeing patients, Meghan enjoys reading, camping, and spending time outdoors with friends and family.
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