Cara Ortiz, L. Ac
Fertility, PCOS, recurrent miscarriage, uterine lining issues, sperm quality, dysmenorrhea, DOR, women’s health, nutrition, pain
Cara Ortiz MTCM, L.Ac. joined the Lokahi fertility team in 2022.
She specializes in fertility, including polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), recurrent miscarriage, uterine lining issues, sperm quality, dysmenorrhea, diminished ovarian reserve (DOR), women’s health, nutrition, and pain.
Cara’s passion is rooted in the way plants show us how to live in greater harmony with nature, leading us to greater personal and communal health. Cara loves to share her knowledge about herbal medicine and healthy eating to empower her patients for greater well-being. Cara’s studies began in 2002 while studying botany and plant medicines from around the world. Learning about the indigenous wisdom involved in plant medicine put Cara on the path to studying Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Cara earned her Master’s in TCM from Five Branches University in 2011. Her education includes extensive training in biomedicine, dietetics, herbal therapies, acupuncture, and orthopedics. She also completed fertility courses in China at Zhejiang University and doctoral-level coursework at Five Branches University with an emphasis on pain and fertility.
Cara grew up in Northern California. She was previously a professional baker and taught yoga in Sonoma County before moving to the Bay Area to practice Chinese Medicine. She is married with one daughter and lives in Santa Cruz.
Cara loves swimming, cooking, yoga, and backpacking. She finds her happy place while walking through the forest with her family. She is passionate about nutrition with a focus on plant-based recipes for inflammatory conditions.