Nurture | A Women's Wellness Practice - Preparing for Pregnancy

2566 Prairie Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60201
690 E. Terra Cotta Ave Suite C
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014

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Services in a nutshell

We are a holistic women’s health practice, devoted solely to women’s health, fertility, pregnancy and postpartum. Our goal is to offer valuable knowledge and deeply compassionate care, meeting you where you are at along your motherhood journey.

More about us

Whether you have just begun thinking about starting your family or have run into challenges along the way, our integrative holistic approach serves to optimize your fertility. We at Nurture specialize in preconception and fertility support whether you utilize our services as your primary therapy or in conjunction with ART (assisted reproductive technology.

Treatments are specific to your individual presentation and can help regulate your menstrual cycle, improve ovulation and egg quality, increase blood flow to the uterus, and reduce stress. Fertility acupuncture treatments can address gynecological issues such as PCOS, high FSH, and recurrent miscarriage. In addition to acupuncture, we may provide recommendations for supplements, emotional support, lifestyle modifications, and/or movement therapy.

We provide support to women and their partners no matter what path they have chosen to take to parenthood. This includes couples who have chosen:


When you are planning for natural conception, your acupuncture treatments will be aimed at bringing the mind and body into balance. We will help you learn how to monitor your cycles and discuss ways for you to continue to optimize your overall health and fertility.

Conditions that we successfully treat:

  • Natural conception
  • IUI / IVF Optimization
  • Embryo Transfers
  • Egg Freezing Preparation
  • Diminished Ovarian Reserve
  • Premature Ovarian Failure


Acupuncture has proven to increase the success rate of IVF procedures from 26.1% to 42% in a study published in Fertility and Sterility Journal, April 2002. Your treatments leading up to and through your IVF or IUI protocol will support all the phases of your assisted cycle and help keep your systems balanced throughout the process to keep you connected with your intentions of conception.


We offer onsite acupuncture for the day of your embryo transfer during an IVF cycle, this includes both before and after embryo transfer treatments. This procedure is typically combined with in-office care, it can be provided as a stand-alone treatment.



Our fertility program is 6 weeks in length and can be used as a stand alone treatment or to prepare for a medically assisted cycle such as IUI or IVF. We highly recommend preparing your body properly prior to starting any medically assisted fertility cycle to help optimize a successful first cycle. This program can be completed in time for your stim start.

Whether you are preparing for pregnancy or experiencing fertility challenges, our holistic approach can support you in optimizing your fertility. Mercier Therapy {MT} is a safe, gentle, and external pelvic visceral manipulation technique designed to restore the health and well-being of the pelvis by addressing scar tissue, adhesions, malalignment or decreased mobility of the pelvic and reproductive structures. Mercier Therapy provides an integrative and comprehensive approach for a variety of pelvic issues for women of all ages.

The goal of Mercier Therapy is to restore mobility and proper blood flow to the pelvic organs which optimizes their function. It can be used as a stand alone therapy at any time. It may also be used as an adjunct to other assisted reproductive technology techniques (ART) such as IUI or IVF.

We assist with the following: 

  • Natural fertility preparation or complement to IVF, IUI
  • Regulation of menstrual cycles and ovulation
  • Restoring normal hormone balance
  • Improving ovarian function for better quality follicles/eggs
  • Increasing uterine blood flow and lining necessary for implantation
  • Improving your chances of successful IVF or IUI
  • Recurrent miscarriages
  • High FSH
  • Premature ovarian failure


  • Anovulation
  • Amenhorrea (lack of period)
  • Dysmenorrhea (painful periods)
  • Endometriosis
  • Infertility
  • Ovarian function
  • Painful Intercourse
  • Pelvic scarring from previous trauma or surgery ( laparoscopy, laparotomy, D&C, LEEP, abortion, cystocele or rectocele repair, cesarean section, or hysterectomy)
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Uterine Fibroids
Our team


Dr. Brook Merkel is a board certified chiropractor and acupuncturist who focuses on women’s health, especially fertility and pregnancy. She holds an undergraduate degree in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine and a Doctoral degree in Chiropractic Medicine. She has over 16 years of clinical experience and has worked exclusively in the field of women’s health, fertility, and pregnancy for over 7 hears. She has attended and completed many post-doctoral seminars on pregnancy, fertility, pediatrics, functional movement/rehabilitation, and functional medicine.

BA, Sports Medicine and Athletic Training, University of the Pacific
Doctor of Chiropractic, National University of Health Sciences

Webster Technique, ICPA
Mercier Therapy Practitioner


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