We are an experienced group of practitioners, offering the best in holistic reproductive care in the TC.
We believe that you are a whole person, with an innate capacity to heal. We’ll work together as partners to tune into what is right and true for you and your body, customizing an approach that’ll best support you and your goals.
At Fertile Ground, we have the expertise and experience to build upon what has happened in your life and health so far, and our goal is to prepare you for the future you desire.
Together, we can dig down to the root of your issues and take empowered actions that promote optimal fertility and health. Using ancient healing wisdom, we’ll help bring your body back into balance.
Our mission is to tend to your reproductive health using an individualized holistic approach that helps you reach your specific goals.
Our exceptional team of practitioners have helped hundreds of couples achieve their family-building dreams with greater health, comfort and ease. We’ve also supported women with a broad range of health issues through multiple life stages.
L.Ac., MAOM, FABORM
Kara founded Fertile Ground in 2007 and leads an exceptional team of practitioners, providing the best that the Twin Cities has to offer in holistic reproductive care. Her clinical approach is based on over 20 years of experience in women's health and her extensive knowledge of reproductive medicine.
Kara is passionate about helping women find the key pivotal areas that will create balance and greater health for them. Besides expertly providing care to fit the individual patient’s needs and goals, she is dedicated to empowering women to make the lifestyle changes that are going to have the greatest impact on their overall health and fertility.
Kara believes in the profound healing power of the food that we eat, and enjoys helping patients discover the diet that will be most supportive for them. She holds a deep respect for the authentic experience of each patient and is committed to offering a safe and compassionate space for women to explore their healing at a deeper level.
Kara is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed by the Minnesota State Medical Board. Kara graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master’s degree in Oriental medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. She has completed the comprehensive training and examination to become certified by the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College.
In her free time, Kara enjoys cooking, spending time in nature, connecting with friends and being with her family. She sees life as a great adventure and likes to live life to the fullest. Kara loves living in Minneapolis and being part of the vibrant mix of people, community and fun activities that the city has to offer. She likes going to movement classes (barre, yoga, and Qoya are her current favorites), music and dance of all forms, taking saunas (yes, she’ s true Finn!), and managing her busy household. She is grateful to be married to her husband Chandler since 2002, and together teaming up on the their greatest adventure and joy of all: parenting their 4 children, and one fur-baby.
Lauren joined Fertile Ground in 2012 and has played a significant role in the growth and expansion of the practice. Over the past several years, Lauren has worked with hundreds of women on their journey to parenthood, and has refined and expanded her expertise in fertility and pregnancy. Additionally, she has undertaken a high volume of onsite pre- and post-embryo transfer treatments at various fertility clinics around the Twin Cities metro area, including the Center for Reproductive Medicine (CRM), Reproductive Medicine and Infertility Associates (RMIA), and the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (CCRM).
Lauren is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed by the Minnesota State Medical Board. She graduated Cum Laude from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia with her bachelor’s degree, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis, MN.
In addition to using acupuncture, herbs, and other modalities in her practice, Lauren is particularly passionate about nutrition. She is a firm believer in the transformative power of good nutrition, and she loves to use food therapy in tandem with acupuncture to help others on their journey towards wellness. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, baking, reading cheesy mystery novels, and yoga.
Sarah Wilson has been a leader in the field of Chinese medicine since 1991. She graduated from the San Francisco College of Acupuncture and is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and licensed by the Minnesota State Medical Board. Before coming to Fertile Ground Sarah worked in women’s health in a variety of clinical settings- including United Hospitals and Clinics, Shakopee Women’s Prison, Health Partners Mental Health and Health Recovery Center, and The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center. She has served on the acupuncture faculty at Northwestern Health Sciences University, and leads seminars locally and nationally on preventative health, Traditional Chinese Medicine, T’ai Chi, and Qigong. She is a leader at Common Ground Meditation Center, and a lifelong practitioner of T’ai Chi.
Sarah is passionate about using the tools of Chinese medicine to support women. With extensive experience helping patients through many major life transitions, she expertly supports women to achieve reproductive wellness and identify solutions to many health care challenges including family planning, fertility, pregnancy, labor and delivery and postpartum care.
Sarah covers the majority of pre and post transfer treatments for Fertile Ground and is often on-site at CCRM, CRM and RMIA multiple times a week.
In her spare time, Sarah teaches Qigong and meditation, is an avid naturalist and is involved in building a small home in Finland, Mn.
AOBTA, Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapist
Jess's bodywork integrates The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, Shiatsu, Western Therapeutic massage, and Craniosacral therapy (CST) to aid the body’s ability to heal itself and support women’s health care. She has spent years cultivating an expert approach to women's health through bodywork .
Jess finds that the importance of self care in our society is often over looked and it is easy for women to become worn down and depleted. She is committed to offering a healing space to relax and reap the benefits of specialized bodywork so that people can leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and refreshed. Jess's work supports fertility, pregnancy, postpartum, helps resolve menstrual issues and digestive complaints as well as decreasing pain and tension in the body.
Jess graduated from Center Point Massage and Shiatsu Therapy School in the East West program in 2014 and has also completed the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy.
BCTMB, Qigong Healing, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Pain Neutralization Technique (PNT)
Chandler brings to Fertile Ground a wealth of clinical experience and personal study. He is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB), and graduated from Centerpoint Massage and Shiatsu School in 2004, going on to teach at Centerpoint until 2012.
Since 1995 Chandler has dedicated himself to the study and practice of healing, deepening his interest particularly in the areas of Shiatsu, Craniosacral Therapy, Qigong, and Emotional Freedom Technique. He is also excited to offer his training and experience with Pain Neutralization Technique, a dynamic new approach to soft tissue dysfunction.
Chandler has worked extensively with pregnancy and postpartum women, as well as children of all ages. He has spent 7 years treating patients in the hospital setting.
Chandler’s approach to treatment involves first creating an atmosphere of safety and respect. He believes that, “Even holistic medicine can focus too much on what is wrong with the patient; our health and vitality are inherent and always available. The purpose of treatment is to discover, liberate, and cultivate the health that is already present.”
Office Manager at Fertile Ground
Emily joins Fertile Ground as our Office Manager (aka Dragon slayer, backbone of the clinic, glue that holds us all together). She has a diversity of skills and talents that help to keep the overall clinic operation functioning smoothly. Her calm, gentle presence and can-do attitude is a healing balm for practitioners and patients alike. She believes the team at Fertile Ground has an immensely valuable understanding for women experiencing the various emotions and seasons of joy, loss, healing, and restoration. She hopes each patient feels understood, wherever they are in their journey.
Emily has always been drawn to telling stories, and has a background in narrative photography. She enjoys portraiture, life-style, and creative collaborations. She completed her AFA in Creative Writing and is working towards her bachelors in non-fiction Creative Writing. She says, “Fertile Ground is a special place where each day I'm there, I catch a glimpse or a sentence, maybe even a title, of a living, breathing, changing story.”
Kelly Rae Garland
Office Assistant at Fertile Ground
Kelly Rae has extensive experience working in customer service in a variety of different venues. After many years of being a birth worker and doula, she is exploring new ways of serving others, while enjoying the freedom of not being on call. Kelly Rae also enjoys her role as an energy worker.
When she's not at Fertile Ground she likes spending time with her son River, her husband Robin and her 5 cats. She also loves yoga working with her singing bowls, playing piano and guitar.