Hi! My name is Kelly Vardakas, and I am a FertilityCare Practitioner of the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System.
I have a special interest in marriage, fertility and natural parenting! As a Practitioner, I am honored to work with women and couples on their journey toward fertility awareness at every stage, from a young woman's first period or before, through menopause, and everything in between. As a veteran charter and a patient of NaProTECHNOLOGY, I desire to share and pass on my experience to others, because of the great fertility care I have received, and that every woman and couple has the right to have.
It is incredibly rewarding to help a woman/couple understand their fertility and overall well being through observations and charting with the Creighton Model. I am a firm believer that the body speaks a language, and with regard to fertility, through observation and charting the menstrual cycle, this language can be understood and give vital information about a woman’s reproductive health. It is freeing, empowering, and allows a woman/couple to thrive they way we are all meant to!
HERE'S MY STORY:
After hearing about the Creighton Model System in college, I was impressed by the cooperative nature of a man and woman's' fertility. Not long after graduation, I met my husband, and when we got engaged, I started charting Creighton with the help of my own practitioner. My husband and I both desired a natural, reliable method of family planning. We used Creighton to successfully avoid pregnancy through the first few years we were married. We were impressed with the level of intimacy and communication this method of Natural Family Planning encouraged and fostered between us. Family planning did not all fall on me alone, as it often does for many women. Rather we were both involved in fertility awareness. There were no barriers, physical or chemical, between us AND in addition I gained a whole lot of information about my reproductive health.
As far back as I can remember, I suffered from excruciatingly painful menstrual cycles, recurrent ovarian cysts and severe PMS. Every doctor I consulted with (there were many!) had no answer, but each was quick to recommend the Pill, to "regulate" my cycles. But, my cycles were regular?! This didn't make sense, so I just rested (uncomfortably) took a lot of Advil.
When my husband and I began trying to conceive, we had difficulty, and given my history, I was concerned. Would I ever be a mother? Would I have children of my own? I desired a family for my whole life! Infertility is a scary road to look down! Family and friends would say "Just relax, have a glass of wine!" and "When its supposed to happen, it will!" This troubled me because I knew something was wrong in my body. And, It wasn't that simple.
It was through charting with the Creighton Model and a visit with a local NaProTECHNOLOGY Medical Consultant, Dr. Anne Nolte, MD, followed by surgery with NaproTECHNOLOGY trained surgeon Dr. Kyle Beiter, that Stage III Endometriosis was found and excised. I was also was diagnosed with low hormone levels which were corrected with NaProTECHNOLOGY protocols. I wasn't crazy! Something was very wrong! Now I had answers, and my pain was resolved. My reproductive health was optimized, resulting in two successful, full term pregnancies. I cannot recommend these two compassionate, sincere, brilliant physicians enough.
Dr. Nolte and her nurse followed and supported me from the moment I had a positive pregnancy test, until I was ready to be turned over at 8 weeks to my Obstetrician. My husband and I have two little girls born on the same day, July 12, three years apart! (No, we didn't plan that!) I am forever grateful for the Creighton Model and NaProTECHNOLOGY for helping us on our journey to parenthood. I am even more grateful for my Practitioner, and for Dr. Nolte and Dr. Beiter who have given their lives to helping women like myself. I was treated with such dignity.
Following the birth of my first child, I suffered tremendously from Post Partum Depression. I was greatly helped by my own personal FertilityCare™ Practioner and Dr. Nolte, supported again by NaPro protocols. It was also during both post partum phases that my husband and I used Creighton to navigate through Post Partum, breastfeeding cycles to avoid pregnancy, successfully.
I look forward to offering support and encouragement to my clients through attentive listening, dialogue and practical suggestions for optimal outcomes of health and fertility using the Creighton Model System.
Whether you are a young woman, and engaged couple, married and wanting to avoid or achieve pregnancy, suffering from infertility without answers, post-pill, have PCOS or erratic cycles, unexplained ovarian cysts, suspect Endometriosis, low hormome levels, or are pre-menopausal, let's talk! Creighton is for you!
I look forward to working with you!