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Lisa Schuman, LCSW, is Director of Mental Health Services at Fairfield County’s Leading Fertility Practice

by Laura Oreilly

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut has hired Lisa Schuman, LCSW to counsel fertility patients and expand its mental health offerings, including new drop-in support groups.

 

Lisa Schuman, LCSWReproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) has hired Lisa Schuman, LCSW, to be its Director of Mental Health Services. Schuman will provide infertility patients with support, guidance and education, and as part of the Connecticut fertility practice’s Third Party Reproduction Team, she will screen and counsel egg donors and gestational carriers. She is also responsible for RMACT staff education concerning patients’ emotional needs, stressors, and ways to offer additional support.

 

“Lisa has an impressive reputation in the fertility field for her extensive work with fertility patients and patient advocacy groups,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director at RMACT. “Lisa’s past work and her open, gentle approach is a good fit with RMACT and will bring comfort and guidance to our patients.”

 

One of Schuman’s first actions is to start weekly drop-in support groups. The first group will follow morning monitoring on Mondays from 8 – 9 a.m. For fertility patients, morning monitoring can evoke strong emotions, especially if they have received disappointing news, such negative test results. The second weekly drop-in will address the unique needs ofrecipients of donor eggs and donor sperm every Tuesday from 8 – 9 a.m. These couples can find comfort with other patients going through similar situations, as well as share their questions and emotions. To find details about the days, time and locations of these support groups, go to: 
http://www.rmact.com/events/

 

“Fertility treatment can be like running a marathon, and our RMACT Team understands that sometimes patients need emotional support in order to stay in the race.” says Schuman. “When seeing infertility patients – as with all patients – my goal is their goal. Some patients come to me with a finite goal, such as making an important decision about treatment. For others, the goal is ongoing, such as managing stress or addressing conflicts in their relationships.”

 

Beyond her work with patients, Schuman has extensive academic experience. She has received several awards for research projects at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) and the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society’s annual meetings. She has also presented at ASRM symposiums and roundtables. In addition, she is chair of the Oocyte Cryopreseration Task Force for the Mental Health Group for the ASRM.

 

Schuman completed college at Northeastern University and received her MSW at Yeshiva University. Before entering the world of psychotherapy, she worked in advertising and business. After seven years in the business world she decided her calling was in helping people and went back to school to get her graduate degree. She then completed four years of post graduate training in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, studied short term therapy and became a licensed substance abuse counselor as well. Her desire was, and continues to be, to continue to grow and learn with the aim of having added skills to help her patients.

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) 
RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (SelectCCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and an affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.

 

The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All five physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. Each has received numerous awards, and all five are Castle Connolly "Top Doctors." RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook. 

Topics: RMACT Team, Support

GayParentsToBe.com Sponsors First-Ever Midwest Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo by Men Having Babies

by Laura Oreilly

Dr. Mark Leondires and Financial Advisor Beatrice Abshire Conducting In-Person Consultations with LGBTQ Community at The Center

 

On Friday, September 12 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Chicago, IL, Dr. Mark Leondires and Financial Advisor Beatrice Abshire of GayParentsToBe.com will conduct consultations with members of the LGBTQ community to discuss their medical and financial questions about family building. The following day, GayParentsToBe.com is sponsoring the Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo hosted by the LGBTQ organization Men Having Babies.


Dr. Mark Leondires“For gay men, starting a family, and surrogacy in particular, can be overwhelming because there are so many questions and challenges to consider,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, who is a Board Certified reproductive endocrinologist and has had two children with his husband. “I am proud to share my expertise and insights with the LGBTQ community as both a physician and a dad who worked with a gestational carrier. These consultations and the Men Having Babies Expo are
opportunities for gay men to find answers and make a plan for their families.” 

 

What: Consultations about Surrogacy and Family Building

 

Who: LGBTQ Community interested in having a family

 

When: Friday, September 12 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Where: Center on Halstead; 3656 North Halstead, Chicago, IL 60613

 

RSVP required: www.gayparentstobe.com/gay-family-building-consultations-chicago/

 

In addition, on Saturday, September 13, Dr. Leondires and Abshire will give consultations at the Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo hosted by Men Having Babies. The expo includes several speakers and break out sessions to help educate attendees about family building options for the LGBTQ community. Additional information may be found at www.menhavingbabies.org/chicago 

 

Dr. Leondires, Medical Director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and GayParentsToBe.com, married his husband in 2011 and has two sons through surrogacy. The combination of his professional and personal experience with surrogacy gives him a unique perspective when working with patients. For two consecutive years, Dr. Leondires has been selected through a peer-review process for Best Doctors in America, which represents the top five percent of physicians across the country. He is also a Castle Connelly “Top Doctor” for his work in the field of reproductive endocrinology.

 

Beatrice Abshire, who has 20 years of experience working in the fields of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine, is the Third Party Financial Coordinator with RMACT and GayParentsToBe.com. She can answer financial questions about family planning and working with a gestational carrier. Beatrice is also fluent in Spanish.

 

About GayParentsToBe.com

GayParentsToBe.com is an informational resource and link to gay parenting services for the LGBT community. Through its partnership with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), GayParentsToBe.com provides full service care by working with an established professional network, including gestational carrier (surrogate), egg donor and sperm donor agencies to help LGBT persons build families.

GayParentsToBe.com patients benefit from the experience and services of RMACT, which specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties.

 

About Men Having Babies

With over 1500 couples and singles worldwide, Men Having Babies (MHB) is the only international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing current and future gay surrogacy parents with educational and financial support. It offers seminars, exhibits, and workshops in NY, and teams up with LGBT family associations throughout the world to develop similar programs. In 2014 the organization’s Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP) awarded 10 couples and singles over $600,000 in cash grants and free services, in addition to dozens who became eligible for generous discounts from over thirty service providers. MHB also offers extensive online resources, a directory with ratings and reviews of surrogacy agencies and IVF clinics, a speakers bureau, and a vibrant online community forum.

Topics: RMACT, LGBT Family Building, Beatrice Abshire, RMACT Doctors

Dr. Mark P. Leondires, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, is named a Top Doctor: New York Metro Area

by Laura Oreilly

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July 29, 2014 -Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., America's trusted source for identifying Top Doctors, has published the 17th edition of Top Doctors: New York Metro Area and has selected Mark P. Leondires, MD for this exclusive honor.

The 17th edition of Top Doctors: New York Metro Area includes over 6,400 top primary care and specialty care physicians in a twenty-one county area spanning three states: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Selected physicians, including Dr. Leondires, represent the top 10% of doctors in the area in 65 medical specialties and subspecialties for the care and treatment of more than 1,800 diseases and medical conditions.

Castle Connolly Top Doctors® are selected each year by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. after being nominated by their peers in anonline nomination process. Nominations are open to all board certified MDs and DOs and each year tens of thousands of physicians cast many tens of thousands of nominations. Nominated physicians are selected by the Castle Connolly physician-led research team based on criteria including medical education, training, hospital appointments, disciplinary histories and much more.

About Mark P. Leondires: a short profile by and about the honoree: 
Dr. Leondires finished his fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and completed his military service as the Director at the military's most successful IVF program. Since 2002 he has been the Medical Director at RMACT. Leondires says: "We offer individualized care, including IVF, IUI and third party reproduction, as well as support services such as yoga, acupuncture and counseling. This has resulted in some of the highest pregnancy rates and patient satisfaction scores in the US." He is a proud member of the LGBTQ community and promotes family building at: www.gayparentstobe.com

For more information on this Castle Connolly New York Metro Area Top Doctor®, please visit Mark P. Leondires's profile onwww.castleconnolly.com.

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.'s President and CEO Dr. John Connolly has this to say about Dr. Leondires's recognition: "Roughly ten percent of area physicians were selected for our 17th edition of Top Doctors: New York Metro Area. Being nominated by Board Certified peers and then selected by our experts is an accomplishment worthy of recognition. The New York Metro area is home to a great number of very high quality medical professionals, yet some stand out. My congratulations to Dr. Leondires."

To find out more or to contact Dr. Mark P. Leondires of Norwalk, CT, please call 203-750-7400, or visit www.rmact.com.

This press release was written by American Registry, LLC and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., with approval by and/or contributions from Mark P. Leondires and was distributed by PR Newswire, a subsidiary of UBM plc.

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. identifies top doctors in America and provides consumers with detailed information about their education, training and special expertise in printed guides and online directories. It is important to note that doctors do not and cannot pay to be included in any Castle Connolly guide or online directory. Learn more at http://www.castleconnolly.com.

American Registry, LLC, recognizes excellence in top businesses and professionals. For more information, search The Registry™ athttp://www.theamericanregistry.com.

Contact Info: 
Dr. Mark P. Leondires 
Phone: 203-750-7400 
Email Address: mleondires@rmact.com 
Website: www.rmact.com

Topics: RMACT, reproductive endocrinologist, RMACT Doctors

RMACT Fertility Doctor is a Vitals Top Ten Doctor in Connecticut

by Laura Oreilly

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RMACT Fertility Doctor is a Vitals Top Ten Doctor in Connecticut

 

Dr. Shaun Williams Recognized by Patients for His Excellence in Fertility Care

 

NORWALK, CT– Based on patient input, Dr. Shaun C. Williams of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is a Vitals Top Ten Doctor. Vitals, which is an online resource for patients to rate and find doctors, analyzes online patient reviews about several components of care, including bedside manner, doctor-patient face time, and degree of follow-up, to determine the 10 all-around best physicians in their specialties. Of the 870,000 active physicians, Dr. Williams is among the top 1%.

 

“I feel honored that our patients take the time to share their experience with others and rate us online,” says Dr. Williams, a fertility specialist with RMACT. “Our team, which includes fertility nurses, nutritionist, patient navigators, medical assistants and financial advisors, is extremely proud of the care we provide patients, and that is especially true of our stand-out pregnancy rates.”

 

Dr. Williams, who is board certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology and Obstetrics and Gynecology, has also previously been named a “Best Doctor in America” and Fairfield County “Top Doc.” Dr. Williams has been treating Connecticut infertility patients since 2005; beforehand, he practiced with Pacific Gynecology Specialists in Seattle, Washington and was an associate clinical instructor in the Department of OB/GYN at University of Washington.

 

Dr. Williams earned his undergraduate degree from University of Texas at Austin and went on to study medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he was part of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He conducted his internship and residency at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he received the Berlex Labs Resident Teaching Awards. Dr. Williams did a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

 

Dr. Williams has been published numerous times, and has presented five of his abstracts at American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) annual conference for professionals in the infertility field. He is a member of ASRM, Fairfield County Medical Association, Fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and associate member of Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)

RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (SelectCCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and an affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.

 

The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. Each has received numerous awards, and all five are Castle Connolly "Top Doctors." RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.

Topics: RMACT, reproductive endocrinologist, RMACT Team, RMACT Doctors

RMACT Provides Fertility Testing for Teachers in July

by Laura Oreilly

RMACT Provides Fertility Testing for Teachers in July

 

For all that teachers give to our community and our schools, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is proud to offer free fertility testing for female teachers. Connecticut and New York teachers can visit any of RMACT's four locations for an anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) blood test. AMH is an excellent measure of a woman's ovarian reserve, the remaining strength of a woman's eggs, which naturally declines with age. Whether they are interested in starting a family now or planning for the future, an AMH test provides women with information about their reproductive and fertility health through a simple blood test.

 

RMACT's medical staff will conduct blood draws and AMH tests from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at the fertility practice's locations in Danbury, Norwalk, Stamford and Trumbull on a walk-in basis during these time periods. To learn more, click here

 

"Teachers understand the power of knowledge, and we want to give them this important information about their fertility and their reproductive health," says Dr. Joshua Hurwitz, a board certified reproductive endocrinologist and partner with RMACT. "This knowledge is essential for a woman to make important decisions about her fertility options whether she is interested in starting a family today or in several years."

 

Teachers who come to RMACT will have their blood drawn and will receive a phone call from an RMACT nurse with results within 10 business days. The AMH blood test can be drawn at any time of a woman's menstrual cycle, even if she is on Birth Control Pills so there is no special scheduling required.

 

AMH levels are widely recognized as a reliable indicator of a woman's reproductive potential; however, it does not give the full picture. For a more thorough understanding of their fertility, patients should schedule an individual consultation at RMACT that includes a complete diagnostic work-up. For women, this diagnostic testing includes AMH, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and hysterosalpingogram (HSG). For men, who contribute to up to 40 percent of infertility issues, diagnostic testing includes semen analysis. Both partners will also discuss their family and medical histories during their initial consultations.

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) 
RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (SelectCCS). RMACT, Fairfield County's largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and an affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT's Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.

 

The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. Each has received numerous awards, and all five are Castle Connolly "Top Doctors." RMACT's IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.

Topics: Testing, Financing Infertility Treatment

GayParentsToBe.com and TCC Present an LGBTQ Family Planning Event

by Laura Oreilly

Medical, psychological and legal experts will provide insights during a panel discussion.

 

Norwalk, CT March 26, 2014

On April 5 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. the Triangle Community Center (TCC) of Fairfield County, CT and GayParentsToBe.com will host “Getting Started: A Lunch & Learn on LGBTQ Family Planning.” During the event, a panel of experts will discuss starting a family in the LGBTQ community. The LGBTQ Family Building event will include a light lunch and is being held at TCC’s new location at 618 West Avenue in Norwalk.

 

The panel of experts is comprised of Mark Leondires, MD, Medical Director for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and GayParentsToBe.com; Lisa Tuttle, PhD, who specializes in third-party assisted reproduction at RMACT; and Elizabeth Swire Falker, Esq., who is a prominent lawyer specializing in third-party assisted reproduction. The panel will take questions from the attendees and will explore many facets of surrogacy, including medical (in vitro fertilization or IVF), psychological (emotional impact of choosing an egg donor, gestational carriers/surrogates) and legal (importance of using an attorney).

 

“With Connecticut laws conducive to gay parents and its renown quality of life, Fairfield County is an increasingly attractive destination for LGBTQ families,” says Anthony Crisci, Executive Director of TCC. “As our community grows, TCC is proud to provide a support system for new and existing LGBTQ families. Events such as this Lunch & Learn signify TCC’s coming of age with a new office, new team and new programs.”

 

For 23 years, TCC has been offering resources and programs for a wide range of interests and ages within the LGBTQ community. GayParentsToBe.com and Dr. Leondires, who are long-time supporters of TCC, are excited to be a part of expanding the family building program.

 

“TCC is an ideal partner for GayParentsToBe.com because we both have a mission to provide education and help our community overcome obstacles to creating the families of their dreams,” says Dr. Leondires, who is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist. “I am proud to share my expertise and insights with the LGBTQ community as both a physician and a dad who worked with a gestational carrier for both of my sons.”

 

About Triangle Community Center (TCC) 
Triangle Community Center (TCC) is an LGBTQ Community Center serving all of Fairfield County. The mission of TCC is to help strengthen the health, culture, and visibility of the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County, CT, as well as to work with the greater community to foster and promote a more welcoming place for all. TCC achieves its mission by offering a diverse set of programs and services for LGBTQ people of all ages and their allies. For more information visit http://www.ctgay.org.

 

About GayParentsToBe.com 
GayParentsToBe.com is an informational resource and link to gay parenting services for the LGBT community. Through its partnership with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), GayParentsToBe.com provides full service care by working with an established professional network, including gestational carrier (surrogate), egg donor and sperm donor agencies to help LGBT persons build families.

 

GayParentsToBe.com patients benefit from the experience and services of RMACT, which specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties.


Topics: Family Building, LGBT Family Building