Meet Our Staff

Compassionate experts in acupuncture, mind/body techniques and counseling.

At the Domar Center, we believe that complete, compassionate healthcare requires attention to the whole person, mental and physical. Our therapists, acupuncturists, and program leaders take time to get to kn ow you personally, and to address your individual needs in your quest for health and well-being.

Acupuncture Services

Lili Cai, Lic. M.Ac., Co-Director of Acupuncture Services

Lili CaiLili 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 practiced traditional Chinese medicine in China and Japan. She provides services at the Chinese Natural Health Clinic in Brookline and is on staff at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston. She has taught at the Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at the New England School of Acupuncture. Her expertise lies in the areas of fertility, gynecological conditions, chronic pain, and gastrointestinal problems.

Michelle P. Hay. M.Ac., Co-Director of Acupuncture at The Domar Center

Michelle HayMichelle 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).

Yan Jin, Lic. M.Ac., Senior Staff Acupuncturist

Yan JinYan 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 Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists. 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, and provides services at the Chinese Natural Health Clinic and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. 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.

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 and Chinese Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology.  Ellen has also earned a Master Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation.  Ellen is on the faculty at New England School of Acupuncture as well as serving as a clinical supervisor. She has worked at Mt. Auburns Women’s Center and the Harvard Teaching Hospitals.  Her clinical interests and areas of expertise include infertility, hormonal imbalance, gynecological issues, migraines, digestive conditions, pain management as well as stress and anxiety.

Susan Shaver, Lic. M.Ac., MAOM, Senior Staff Acupuncturist

Susan is a graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture where she received a Masters in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. She is a Diplomat in Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She provides services in Watertown, MA and Plymouth, NH.  She has been on the faculty at the New England School of Acupuncture.  Her expertise lies in women’s health, anxiety, digestive conditions and musculoskeletal issues.

Psychological Counseling Services

Alice Domar, PhD. Executive Director/Body Group Leader/Individual & Couple’s Counseling

Alice DomarThe Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health ­ and the Director of Mind/Body Services at Boston IVF ­ Dr. Alice Domar is a pioneer in the application of mind/body medicine to men’s and women’s health issues.

An associate professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and a senior staff psychologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, she established the first Mind/Body Center for Women’s Health. Her research focuses on the relationship between stress, different women’s health conditions, and creating innovative programs to help women decrease physical and psychological symptoms in relation to infertility.

Elizabeth Ward, PhD, Mind/Body Group Leader/Individual and Couple’s Counseling

Elizabeth Ward

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.

Karen Marans, PhD, Mind/Body Group Leader/Individual and Couples Counseling

Karen MaransDr. Marans is a licensed psychologist and a clinical neuropsychologist. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Boston University, and completed a two-year post doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology. She specializes in treating women’s health including infertility. She has extensive experience working with patients with a wide range of presenting problems including mood and anxiety disorders, relationship/marital issues, grief and loss, and the emotional and adjustment issues of pregnancy and postpartum.

 

Nutritional Counseling Services

Hillary Wright, MEd, RD, LDN, Director of Nutritional Counseling

Hillary Wright

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.

Restorative Yoga

Kerry Hinds, RYT, RPYT

Fertility Yoga, and how Kerry teaches it, is a practice of relaxation, slow movement to reconnect with the body, yogic philosophy to take it all off the matt, and postures to help promote blood flow to the pelvic organs. She firmly believes another wonderful part of the experience is the community that it builds, helping many leave the isolations that sometimes comes with a challenging path to parenthood.  In the middle of Kerry’s own fertility journey, she completed her 200 hr TT with Frog Lotus International with expertise in Vinyasa Flow Yoga.  Upon returning to the USA, she completed the OM Births Prenatal Yoga teacher training as well as Postnatal and Advanced Prenatal Training. Shortly thereafter, she completed the Yoga for Fertility Teacher Training with Sue Dumais.  Upon completion, she created the Fertile Body Yoga Program and continues to teach this class at OM Births in Watertown, MA as well as teach yoga to the participants in Dr. Alice Domar’s Mind/Body Program for Fertility.