A licensed acupuncturist, Mary Sabo’s specialization is fertility and women’s health. She started as a pre-med student, majoring in Biology, at the College of Wooster in Ohio. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, she worked as a researcher in the medical school laboratory at the University of Cincinnati. While Mary loves her background in Western medicine, practicing it is a different matter. “I wanted something more holistic to practice and to help people live better lives, not just fix their symptoms, which is how I saw Western medicine working.”
While in college at Wooster, Mary studied abroad in Scotland at the University of Aberdeen. There, she found her way into a graduate level course in a divinity school about spirituality and healing where her knowledge of Chinese medicine flourished. “It was a really interesting conversation about health and the concept of healing even when the physical body can’t heal.” She fell in love with Chinese medicine while completing her final project there and realized she wanted to pursue acupuncture. She received her doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago.
Mary has been practicing for twelve years now. Her methods, which are grounded in Chinese medicine, include acupuncture, Chinese herbs, cupping therapy, nutrition, and diet & lifestyle changes to help her patients heal and become more fertile. “Chinese medicine evolved over time to understand where the body is failing or weak and how to help itself correct. So we use things like acupuncture to signal the body to change and heal. We guide it, provide herbs and supplements to give the building blocks to help the body fix itself, to help the whole system get back to homeostasis, optimal health and, in my case, fertility.”
A session with Mary can last an hour to an hour and a half. She makes sure to have a long chat with her patients about important topics affecting health so that she may be able to help each of them accordingly, especially those dealing with fertility concerns. “When I'm working with someone trying to get pregnant, I'm also following their menstrual cycle. So I'm not only helping correct their underlying Chinese medicine pattern, but I’m trying to enhance the energies in Chinese medicine theory that need to be strong at [this] moment to make their cycle healthy and hopefully get pregnant.”
Aside from her own practice, Mary is also currently working at a Western fertility clinic called Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (CCRM) New York, where she works hand in hand with medical doctors. She acts as a support to patients undergoing embryo transfers during in vitro fertilization (IVF). “Helping people have the family that they've always dreamt of and are working very hard to get, it's very fulfilling when that happens.” At present, there is no way to guarantee pregnancy after undergoing the process, making it a tough journey for some. “It's very rewarding when they finally reach their goal. Whether they have a baby in the way that they wanted or they, through growth and overcoming obstacles, choose a different path.” Mary offers patients intimate emotional support in addition to the physical support through her diverse healing methods.