Author Highlight: Christiane Northrup

At ilumina we want to be an educationalresource for our patients and with that we have a lending library were we make available some of our trusted teachers and authors.  

Christiane Northrup started with a medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School and completed her residency at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston. She is an obstetrician and gynecologist and an advocate for woman’s health and wellbeing. She has written several books including Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom; The Wisdom of Menopause; Mother-Daughter Wisdom; The Secret Pleasures of Menopause; and Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Wellbeing. Dr. Northrup is a crusader for woman’s health, and is helping woman change their ideas around aging in our society.

As a Chinese Medicine practitioner her views on women’s health align with the ancient Chinese beliefs in treating the root of the problem verse the patients symptoms. At ilumina we treat the origin of the ailment, and help woman to restore health and balance in their lives. Chinese Medicine has a deep history in treating Women’s Health and is being used to treat a variety of conditions to help reestablish health in the body.

In Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, she covers the treatment of many health concerns PMS, menstrual cramps, breast cysts, fibroids, cervical dysplasia, endometriosis, infertility, depression, and cystitis. She takes her time explaining how many of these physical problems have roots in emotional upsets or lifestyle choices. This book helps woman to have an educated and healthy outlook on there bodies.
Women have trusted Dr. Northrup’s approach for decades. In 2013, Reader’s Digest named her one of “The 100 Most Trusted People in America.” And, in 2016, she was named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, a group of leaders using their voices and talent to help and heal humanity.

Christiane Northrup has many hobbies including Argentina tango, culinary arts, travel, and watching movies. Dr. Northrup’s work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, The View, Rachael Ray, Good Morning America, 20/20, and The Dr. Oz Show. 

“True health is only possible when we understand the unity of our minds, emotions, spirits and physical bodies.”
-Christiane Northrup



The expansion of summer at ilumina

Summer is a time for expansion and growth, we at ilumina are doing just that. I am pleased to welcome Terri Rowan & Marie Verveka to our practice. Terri is a Licensed Massage Therapist that specializes in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. A new therapy we are excited to offer at our clinic that promotes female reproductive health. Terri is available for appointments on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Marie is a Licensed Acupuncture practitioner. She joined ilumina to provide acupuncture and Chinese medicine at the clinic as well as at our affiliated physicians offices for IVF. Currently, Marie will be at ilumina on Thursdays and Saturdays. Please read more about our new staff members below

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Welcome Suzanne Gaynor

Suzanne Gaynorilumina healing Sanctuary would like to welcome Suzanne Gaynor to our practice. Suzanne is an Acupuncturist/ Chinese Medicine practitioner specializing in women's health. Suzanne graduated from the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture and is nationally board certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology by the NCCAOM. She will be working at the clinic on Wednesdays and Saturdays providing acupuncture as well as attending IVFs at our affiliated sites.Suzanne is also a registered yoga teacher and will soon be offering yoga for fertility, pregnancy and women's health through ilumina.In Health,Dana Price L.Ac.ilumina Healing Sanctuary7520 E Camelback RoadScottsdale, AZ 85251(602)957-2602

Women in Bloom: An Inner Journey to Motherhood One-Day Retreat

For women who are…

thinking about becoming pregnant or trying to conceive,

who have struggled with infertility or miscarriage

who have conflicting feelings or uncertainty about motherhood,

…our retreat will gently guide you to a place of clarity while providing emotional support

and the resources to help you realize your desires.

2009 DatesSaturday, February 7thSaturday, May 9thSaturday, August 29thSaturday, November 21st

9:00am-4:00pmParadise Valley, Arizona

To be the experiences of great joy and expansion that they were meant to be, conception, pregnancy and motherhood  require ultimate self-awareness and surrender. For many women, these profound life transitions have become a time of fear, pain, confusion and struggle. Women in Bloom’s retreat is designed to support all women with the physical and emotional issues surrounding fertility, pregnancy and motherhood. For women trying to conceive, having difficult pregnancies, or wanting to sort out conflicting feelings about motherhood, this unique program will bring you to a place of deeper clarity, understanding and balance and provide you with resources to enhance fertility and the experience of pregnancy and motherhood.

Retreat activities include:Discussions on fertility, pregnancy and motherhoodGroup Sharing and SupportGuided MeditationLabyrinth WalkSelf Discovery

$150 for the full day

Retreat size will remain small to allow for optimum healing and growth with these two renowned experts. Please register early as our offerings fill quickly.

For more information please e-mail:Marion Light  marion@marionlight.comorDana Price

To register please call (602)957-2602

Testimonials from previous retreats

“I left Women in Bloom believing in myself and having faith in what is ahead.”

“This was a powerful and transforming circle of women who empowered us to birth a new awareness of ourselves as women.”

Without Dana, Marion, & Women in Bloom, I would still be struggling to find a way to let go of the past issues. Thanks to these wonderful women, I feel a breath of new life has breathed into my future.”

“There is something powerful in the environment you have created for women on their path to conception. I feel extremely supported and nurtured.”

“Women in Bloom has become my sanctuary during a time of great challenges.”

“The workshop helped me create a brighter light within.”

“I feel very free to share and connect with women.”

“This is a great step on your path to self discovery and wellbeing.”


Hi, I’m Dana Price, Founder of ilumina, and I want to welcome you to the blog for ilumina Healing Sanctuary. My intention is that this blog be a pathway for information, news and updates, as well as a way for you to get to know us better. We hope that you find it enjoyable and informative.

ilumina is the culmination of a long standing dream. It is the evolution of a practice I started in the summer of 2001. After graduating from Chinese medical school in New Mexico in 1999, I opened a practice in Tucson. While there, I informally interned at the Tucson Medical Center in the labor and delivery department, where I learned as much as I could about pregnancy and birth. During that time, I also developed a relationship with the birth center and taught pregnancy related classes. I provided acupuncture during labor and delivery and treated many women during their pregnancies. This was an invaluable experience and a maturation of my lifelong desire to provide complementary healthcare to women during their reproductive cycle.

In 2000, I moved back to Phoenix, where I was born and raised, to be closer to my family. I accepted a one year position at an established clinic in Scottsdale. When that ended, I again ventured out on my own and created the Southwest Center for Oriental Medicine which became the leading Chinese Medicine center in women’s health. I worked hard to educate the community and its physicians about the safety and benefits of Chinese Medicine. It was during this time that I met Dr. Michael Foley, MD at Phoenix Perinatal Associates. He opened a lot of doors for me in the medical community. Together we petitioned for acupuncture privileges at Good Samaritan and Scottsdale Healthcare Shea. We wanted to gather research on the benefits of acupuncture during high risk pregnancies. And while not granted the privileges we sought, I was able to offer an elective month long study for Ob/Gyn residents at Good Samaritan Medical Center. I also began speaking at medical conferences and publishing in a high risk pregnancy medical textbook. I met with any willing allopathic healthcare practitioner. I was totally committed to spreading the word about Chinese Medicine, and I still am.

Now, I am approaching my tenth year of practice. It’s hard to believe so much time has gone by. I feel fortunate to be surrounded by such gifted healers and physicians and to have supported so many amazing women and couples in their journey to parenthood. I can’t say how fulfilling it is to witness the hope and joy this work can bring to those with reproductive issues, as well as other health issues. I can say now, that my practice has come full circle to my vision. In the details of its design and methods and the complete commitment to patient care, I feel ilumina is the best it can be. I look forward to the future.