Dr. Alice Domar, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF and a pioneer in the application of mind/body medicine to infertility care.
She established the first ever Mind/Body Center for Women’s Health and the very first Mind/Body Program for Fertility.
A senior staff psychologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Domar has earned an international reputation as one of the country’s top women’s health experts.
Her cutting-edge research focuses on the relationship between stress and infertility.
Over the years she has collaborated with Boston IVF on many groundbreaking studies – including anti-depressants and pregnancy, stress and fertility, acupuncture and success rates, eating disorders and pregnancy and many more.
In 1987, Dr. Domar began exploring the impact of psychological distress on fertility, culminating in her Mind/Body Program, which teaches women strategies to reduce anxiety, depression, and distress through relaxation, mindfulness, cognitive restructuring and yoga. Research continues to show that mind/body programs not only an improves psychological symptoms but also increase pregnancy rates.
Dr. Domar received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Health Psychology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Ferkauf School of Professional Psychology of Yeshiva University. and her post-doctoral training from the Beth Israel Hospital, Deaconess Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital.
She is the author of numerous books, sits on the advisory board for Parents Magazine, Health Magazine, Shape Magazine, Resolve and sharecare.com. Two of her books have been finalists for the Books for a Better Life Award. She was also the Series Editor for a series of mind/body books by Harvard Medical Publications/Simon and Schuster.
Dr. Domar has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Dateline NBC, CNN, PBS, and the CBS and NBC Evening News, to name a few. She presents lectures and conducts workshops throughout the country and around the world.
Lili Cai, Lic. M.Ac.Senior Staff Acupuncturist
Lili Cai received her medical degree from the Shanghai College of Traditional Medicine in 1983 and is a Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology with the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists. She has also practiced traditional Chinese medicine in China and Japan – and taught at the prestigious Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and New England School of Acupuncture. Her expertise lies in the areas of fertility, gynecological conditions, chronic pain and gastrointestinal problems. Close BIO
Michelle P. Hay. M.Ac.Director of Acupuncture
Michelle Hay is a graduate from the New England School of Medicine, where she received her Masters in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. She has practiced acupuncture at numerous clinics in the Boston area including Pathways to Wellness and at her private practice, The Hay Clinic, PC. Michelle’s previous career was working as a Respiratory Therapist in a hospital setting. This allows her to have insight into both the Eastern and Western ways of medicine. Her expertise lies in Women’s health, including sub/infertility, hormonal imbalance/menopausal issues, insomnia, and pulmonary issues (COPD, asthma, chronic bronchitis). Close BIO
Yan Jin, Lic. M.Ac.Senior Staff Acupuncturist
Yan Jin received his medical degree from the Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1982 and is a Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture. He has practiced at the Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, The Longhua Clinic and the Clinic of the New England School of Acupuncture. He has taught in China, Japan, Watertown, and Brookline. His expertise lies in the areas of male infertility, male sexual dysfunction, neurological disorders and pain management. Close BIO
Ellen Leifman, Lic. M. Ac., MS., MAOM.Senior Staff Acupuncturist
Ellen Leifman is a graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture, where she received a Masters Degree in Japanese/Chinese Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. She also earned an additional Masters Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation. She is on the faculty at New England School of Acupuncture, where she serves as a clinical supervisor. She has worked at Mt. Auburn Women’s Center and Harvard Teaching Hospitals. Her clinical interests and areas of expertise include infertility, hormonal imbalance, gynecological issues, migraines, digestive conditions, pain management, stress and anxiety. Close BIO
Hillary Wright, MEd, RD, LDNDirector of Nutritional Counseling
Hillary Wright is a registered dietitian with over twenty years’ experience counseling clients on diet and lifestyle change. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Master of Education from Boston University. Hillary specializes in nutrition and women’s health issues, and is the author of “The PCOS Diet Plan: A Natural Approach to Health for Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome” (2010), and “The Prediabetes Diet Plan: How to Reverse Prediabetes through Healthy Eating and Exercise” (2013). In addition, Hillary holds a part time position as a nutritionist for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA, counseling patients during and after cancer treatment. Previously, Hillary spent 12 years as a nutritionist for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Kenmore and Cambridge practices caring for adults and children of all ages. Close BIO
Dr. Alice Domar, Ph.D.Executive Director
Dr. Alice Domar, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF and a pioneer in the application of mind/body medicine to infertility care. She established the first ever Mind/Body Center for Women’s Health and the very first Mind/Body Program for Fertility. A senior staff psychologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Domar has earned an international reputation as one of the country’s top women’s health experts. Her cutting-edge research focuses on the relationship between stress and infertility. Close BIO
Karen Marans, PhDSenior Staff Psychologist
Dr. Karen Marans, a licensed psychologist and a clinical neuropsychologist, received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Boston University and completed a two-year post doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology. She specializes in treating all aspects of women’s health, with a focus on infertility. She has extensive experience working with patients experiencing a wide-range of symptoms, including mood and anxiety disorders, relationship/marital issues, grief and loss and the emotional and adjustment issues associated with pregnancy and postpartum. Close BIO
Elizabeth Ward, PhDSenior Staff Psychologist
Dr. Elizabeth Ward is a licensed psychologist who specializes in helping women/couples manage stress related to fertility challenges. She provides support and strategies to help her clients navigate depression, anxiety, loss, and relational tension. In addition to her work at the Domar Center, she works as a peak performance coach with high-performing athletes, professionals, and organizations. She received her A.B. from Harvard College, her master’s in counseling psychology from the University of Denver, and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Fielding Graduate University. Elizabeth is a member of Professor Ellen Langer’s mindfulness lab at Harvard University as well as the American Psychological Association, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and Wellesley Centers for Women. Close BIO
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