“I began acupuncture treatments for infertility in the Fall of 2016. My husband and I had been trying to conceive for almost 2 years – 1 year on our own, and almost 1 year with fertility treatments at a reproductive health clinic. I am 37 years old, and at the clinic, I was diagnosed with “unexplained infertility”, and then given course after course of fertility drugs combined with IUI procedures for months to no avail, and only terrible side effects to show for it (weight gain,high blood pressure, high cortisol levels, and erratic thyroid levels.) Frustrated with this approach, I decided to quit taking the fertility drugs and IUI procedures and try something totally different. David was recommended to me by my good friends, who had gone to him for fertility issues themselves 15 years ago. They firmly believe that acupuncture treatments from him made all the difference for them in their efforts to conceive, so I was anxious to try this approach.
David’s calm and quiet demeanor instantly made me feel comfortable and relaxed when I met him, and I looked forward to each treatment, always leaving feeling tranquil and clear. I figured even if the treatments didn’t end up working to help my fertility, I was feeling better overall nonetheless, so I had nothing to lose. Byproducts of treatment that I noticed almost immediately included but were not limited to: elimination of PMS symptoms, relief of various muscle pain (bursitis in my shoulder, as well as acute pain in my left hand due to a piano-performance-related injury), and improved blood pressure and thyroid levels (as indicated by my monthly TSH, T3 and T4 blood work). After about 5 months of acupuncture treatment, combined with a Chinese herb regimen that David recommended for me, I discovered I was pregnant! I am now a little over 5 months along, and this pregnancy has been extremely smooth as I have continued to see David once a month for maintenance throughout my pregnancy. I am so indebted to David for his help with this – in just a few months, he was able to accomplish what 2 years of other methods were not!
I would highly recommend acupuncture – and David Mortell, specifically – to anyone with ANY health-related issues. It and he changed my life!”
— Sonia T., Age 37, Pittsburgh, PA
“I have had severe asthma for many years.When I first met David I was unable to walk one block without using my emergency inhaler to help me breathe. With David’s expert help I’ve been able to remain gainfully employed and lead a reasonably normal life. I honestly don’t know where I’d be without him. Plus, he has been an unfailingly kind and honest medical provider.”
— Joann R.
“David has helped me with menopausal symptoms, Gastrointestinal problems, and immune support over the many years I’ve seen him. He is compassionate and funny, with good clinical skills and integrity. He always tells me what to expect and how long it will take. I recommend him highly.”
” I have seen David for acupuncture treatments for many ailments over the past 15 years, including rib pain, back pain, neck and shoulder pain. He has always provided good humor, skillful listening, and excellent results. It was David who recognized that the seemingly intractable pain I’d had in my neck and shoulders for 6 years could be treated as a whiplash injury.. after only 6 sessions I had a 70% reduction in pain, and for the first time my remaining tension became responsive to stretching and massage. David’s unassuming, compassionate and professional bedside manner makes it easy for me to be in his presence. I’ve recommended David to many clients and friends over the years and they’ve all been pleased with his work.”
— Madeline H.
“David Mortell has the heart and soul of a true healer. David is a skilled acupuncturist, a practitioner of Chinese Medicine, and a brilliant diagnostician, using pulse diagnosis. I have been a patient of David’s for over 10 years. During that time he has treated me for various pain management issues including back,hip, and knee pain. I would unequivocally recommend him to anyone interested in exploring holistic health modalities. He has the highest standards of integrity, brings compassion to the treatment of his patients and produces the results his patients need and want.”
— Neal Griebling, career/life coach
“I have a strong aversion to needles so I never considered acupuncture as a viable treatment option for me. However, knowing David with his gentle style and demeanor, I decided to try it for a health issue I was facing. I was pleasantly surprised, time and time again, that the needles didn’t hurt. In fact, I got so relaxed during the treatments I often fell asleep. Pretty amazing!!”
— Patricia Boswell, Psychotherapist
“I have used David for a variety of reasons ranging from chronic pain, seasonal flu symptoms, and digestive issues. Each time David has put me at great ease about the needles, which surprisingly only pinch for a second, and I have had tremendous success and healing in a brief amount of time. I would definitely recommend him for anyone interested in acupuncture.”
— Nikki Remic, Pittsburgh Center for Health and Healing