Our Team is the heart of everything we do.
The YinOva Center is a complementary medical center in New York City that draws on the wisdom of Eastern medicine to treat a variety of chronic complaints from allergies to anxiety, infertility to insomnia, pain to pimples, digestion to depression — and much more. We are particularly well known for using Chinese medicine to enhance fertility.
The Center is run by husband and wife team Jill Blakeway and Noah Rubinstein. The New York Times named Jill and Noah as two of New York’s best acupuncturists and the work of the whole YinOva team has been featured widely on TV and radio and in newspapers and magazines .
Since 1999, we’ve developed a system that is deeply rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine and yet integrates seamlessly with the Western medical care our patients receive. We call this the YinOva Method and you can find a good example of it in the groundbreaking book, Making Babies, in which our Clinic Director, Jill, combines her knowledge and experience with that of a conventional MD.
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Strike up a conversation about acupuncture or alternative medicine and all roads inevitably lead to Jill Blakeway or NoahRubinstein – or both. The wife-and-husband team, working out of the YinOvaCenter, just south of New York’s bustling Union Square, perfectly epitomizes acupuncture’s shift from fringe medicine to legitimate treatment option. “
— Town and Country, January 2011
Jill and Noah are the Clinic Directors at the YinOva Center, where they both maintain busy practices and also supervise and train the YinOva team of Chinese medicine practitioners. Jill’s focus is on treating women and children. Noah’s practice is more general; he commonly treats male fertility, sports injuries, pain and emotional disorders along with chronic digestive problems, asthma and allergies.
The New York Times named both Jill and Noah in a list of New York’s best practitioners and they appear regularly on TV, radio and in the press to talk about natural health and alternative medicine. Jill taught Chinese medicine for many years as a Professor of Asian Medicine at Mercy College, and was the Head of the Acupuncture Service at Lutheran Hospital in Brooklyn. She is the author of two books on women’s health: Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility (Little, Brown) and Sex Again: Recharging Your Libido (Workman).
Noah, a former New York City paramedic, also taught Chinese medicine at graduate level as a faculty member at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and Mercy College. He has been a clinical supervisor at both schools as well as at Yonkers General Hospital and Sound Shore Medical Center.
To read more about Jill click here.
To read more about Noah click here.
At the YinOva Center we believe that our most valuable resource is our talented and experienced team of healthcare practitioners.
A large and well-trained group of Chinese medicine practitioners is at the heart of our team. All are board certified in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and are trained in the YinOva Method, which means that they are experts at integrating Chinese medicine with the conventional care patients receive and in delivering the programs outlined in Jill’s books.
Between them they cover a range of specialties from OB/GYN to pain management. Everyone at YinOva treats both male and female infertility, many of our practitioners have been trained by Sloan-Kettering in the care of cancer patients, all are certified in the treatment of hepatitis C and some have a pediatric specialty.
To read more about each individual practitioner click here.
Fertility medicine today is all about aggressive surgical, chemical, and technological intervention, but Jill (and co-author Sami David, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist) offer a better way in Making Babies, drawing on the best of both Eastern and Western medicine.
By identifying your “fertility type,” inspired by the classical patterns of Chinese Medicine, you can focus in on the strategies most helpful in your particular situation, and avoid the things that may be causing you problems. Those strategies include: choosing fertility-promoting foods; properly predicting the best time to conceive (hint: the answer is not 14 days after your last period began); accurately pinpointing the cause of your fertility problems; making specific and sometimes surprising lifestyle choices, like exercising less; taking cough medicine; decreasing doses of fertility drugs; and getting acupuncture along with IVF. The book concludes with an easy three-month program designed to get your body in optimal shape to conceive.
Think of it as “fertility book camp,” only without the scary drill sergeant. Some people will need additional support from a health care professional, whether conventional or complementary or both, but will greatly increase their odds of success by following the Making Babies plan. For many women, however, these simple steps will be all they need to conceive.
Will be published by Workman Press in 2013
Despite what you see on movies and TV, Americans have less sex than people in any other country. One in three women, of all ages, reports a lack of interest in sex, and more than 40 million Americans in relationships are having no sex at all. But rather than feeling complacent about it, most couples would like to have that interest back. The desire for desire is a feeling few women forget—or abandon.
Combining Eastern wisdom and techniques with a Western medical perspective, Jill Blakeway—called a “fertility goddess” by The New York Times for her bestseller, Making Babies—shows women how to revive their libidos and rekindle their sex lives. Assessments and quizzes help the reader place herself and her partner on the scale of yin and yang. Jill then shows how to keep these opposites—passive/active, accepting/initiating, cool/hot—in correct balance. Specific meditations and breathing techniques help unblock qi (pronounced chee), the essential energy that flows through the body.
There are chapters on specific elements of love-making: massage, kissing, positions, orgasms—having them, holding them, making them last. And finally, “Sex in Six,” a six-week program of reclaiming an active, satisfying, and possibly better-than-ever-before sex life. The book is full of case studies, fun “Do It Now” suggestions, and “He Said” boxes written by the author’s husband and medical partner, Noah Rubinstein. It addresses common sexual dysfunctions, healthy hormones, and herbal remedies. Sex Again provides a path to balance and emotional wisdom—individually and as a couple. To find out more visit the Sex Again website.
We believe in giving back and we do so in a number of ways. We run special events throughout the year and have targeted fundraisers aimed at helping specific charities where we donate a percentage of our profits for a set period of time. Our patients often help us pick which charities to support. Some charities need our support more consistently, for example with the Cambodian Children’s fund we support a specific child with monthly donations. Our staff also donate their time and talents to a broad range of charities and we give free sessions as auction prizes for charitable fundraisers. Below is a list of just some of the groups we contribute to financially.
I just got an email from the YinOva Center that today is the one year anniversary of when I was first treated by acupuncturist Jill Blakeway. How fitting that today is my first full day home with my son that I was beginning to think I’d never conceive until I met you. Thank you, Jill. — Julia, New Jersey
The YinOva Center was able to do what medicine could not. I suffered with the effects of PCOS for years. After several bouts of hormone therapy and sickening doses of insulin medications, I was at a loss. It was not until a coworker recommended acupuncture and the YinOva Center that things began to change. In less than two months Jill and her associates had my body functioning normally. I highly recommend the YinOva Center to any woman suffering with PCOS or fertility issues. Jill and her staff were able to change my life. — Jessica, New York City, Citysearch
Who knew? Getting pregnant is incredibly difficult. After months and months of different doctors telling me everything was fine and not to worry, Jill was the first person to say, “I’m sure everything’s fine, but let’s just give things a nudge.” Sure enough, there was a medical problem. But before we could have it fixed through western medicine, we got pregnant naturally. Jill was an incredible source of sage advice and calm through a very stressful time and I’m convinced it was through my husband’s and my weekly visits with Jill that gave us our beautiful daughter. — Nan, New York City, Citysearch
Amanda at Yinova got me pregnant.. After almost 3 years, 3 IVFs, a frozen transfer, 6 IUIs, laproscopic surgery (all at one of the finest Infertility Clinics), and 2 previous acupuncturists, Amanda Silver at Yinova helped me get pregnant naturally after three months. I was referred by a friend-of-a-friend who had been through similar trials, and also got pregnant after three months of going to YinOva. Amanda was focused from day one on measurable outcomes. She wanted to get my basal chart more even, and my ovulation happening earlier each month. Under her care, every month, my ovulation occurred a day or more earlier. I went from ovulating on day 21 to day 16 (the month I got pregnant). It was amazing to be able to measure the progress. How did we get there? Through acupuncture, but also a change in my diet. Because of my endometriosis, I was advised to eat more leafy greens, less white carbs, red meat, and dairy (all triggers for endo). I dropped 10 pounds without trying because of this, and was feeling more and more terrific every week. The month I got pregnant, I felt so healthy (unlike after my IVF cycles), and I think this has helped me have a strong pregnancy thus far. I’m in my 13th week, and couldn’t be more thrilled. Please try going to see Amanda. You will not regret it. — Jessica, New York City, Citysearch
Jill Blakeway offers her patients the best of both worlds – she is an incredibly evolved person – balancing an innate spirituality and healing nature with a pragmatic, medical and worldly overview. I initially went to see her to help with healing after a traumatic surgery and now I go to her regularly for “tune-ups.” She is a real medical intuitive. I trust her implicitly, which is a big deal because I don’t for most in the medical/alternative therapy fields. And in the end, it’s all about forming a supportive, trusting relationship with your care-taker that guarantees a person’s wellness. You get that with Jill. —Anon, New York City, Citysearch
Jill Blakeway brings her considerable skill, compassion, kindness and a tremendous sense of humor to bear in diagnosing a range of imbalances and diseases. I first came to Jill after I had been diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32. She not only fixed the underlying hormonal imbalance I had suffered with for years, but she helped me through a year of chemotherapy and radiation, making an extremely difficult experience much more comfortable and bearable. I have been in remission for two years now and I credit Jill with helping me stay healthy. She is an absolute delight and inspiration to be around, and has become a very treasured friend. You are in very, very good hands with Jill as she is the consummate practitioner of a healing art. — Suzanne, New York City, Citysearch
Jill Blakeway is caring, knowledgeable and extremely well qualified. She has been very helpful in helping to reduce the considerable stress of living in New York City. Through acupuncture, herbal therapy and her counseling, I feel that I am well armed to face whatever New York has to offer. —Louis, Actor/Musician
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