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

RMACT Fertility Doctor is a Vitals Top Ten Doctor in Connecticut

by Laura Oreilly

shaun williams

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

ABOUT Ladies Night Support Group 7/27-Danbury & 7/28-Norwalk

Lisa Rosenthal

by Lisa Rosenthal

Ladies Night Fertility Support CTThis Wednesday, July 27th in Danbury and Thursday, July 28th in Norwalk we are hosting a Ladies Night Support Group @ 6pm.

 

Most of you are familiar with our group and most are not.  For those of you who are not please let me give you a brief intro............... Ladies Night started a few years ago with myself and my amazing co-worker Lisa Rosenthal (she also happens to be our amazing Yoga Instructor as well).

 

Lisa and I both braved the infertility rollercoaster many years ago and survived it mainly due to the support of other women who were also on the ride with us. We decided to bring the experience of the “Peer Support “ to RMACT and have never looked back!

 

Our patients have found it extremely helpful and enjoy the time they have alone in this “safe environment” to unload all the frustrations this roller coaster can bring. Whether you are just getting your toes wet in IUI or about to embark on IVF, you will be AMAZED at how many other ladies are walking right beside you. 

 

This group is free of charge and we serve dinner so I certainly hope you can make it. Call me or email me if you want to know a bit more. 203.731.2520 ext. 289 or cvansteen@rmact.com

Topics: RMACT Team, Support

Norwalk Ladies Night in Presents: Peer Support Group “Pick your Topic”

by Brian Poe

Norwalk Ladies Night In "coping with the feelings of infertility"Peer Support Group “Pick your Topic”

 

Thursday – April 7th  6:00pm

 

If you are feeling alone and confused during this difficult time, please know that you are not alone. Ladies Night In will show you the way to cope and understand exactly what it is that you are feeling during your path to family building. You are not required to join in on the discussions, sometimes just listening helps more then you could ever know. This support group will be facilitated by Carrie Van Steen & Lisa Rosenthal who are staff members and former infertility patients dedicated to offering support and sharing their coping strategies with all of you.

 

RSVP- cvansteen@rmact.com or tell the receptionist!

 

As always a light dinner will be served!

RMACT - Norwalk

10 Glover Ave

Norwalk, CT 06850

www.rmact.com

Topics: Family Building, RMACT Team, Support

Ladies Night in Presents: Peer Support Group “Pick your Topic”

by Brian Poe

ladies night in 3 30 11 pic resized 600Peer Support Group “Pick your Topic”

 

Wednesday – March 30th 6:00pm

 

If you are feeling alone and confused during this difficult time, please know that you are not alone. Ladies Night In will show you the way to cope and understand exactly what it is that you are feeling during your path to family building. You are not required to join in on the discussions, sometimes just listening helps more then you could ever know. This support group will be facilitated by Carrie Van Steen & Lisa Rosenthal who are staff members and former infertility patients dedicated to offering support and sharing their coping strategies with all of you.

 

RSVP- cvansteen@rmact.com or tell the receptionist!

 

As always a light dinner will be served!

RMACT - Danbury

67 Sand Pit Road, Suite 300

Danbury, CT 06810

www.rmact.com

Topics: Family Building, RMACT Team, Support

Nutrition & Lifestyle Tools for Fertility Success: March 21st & 26th

Lisa Rosenthal

by Lisa Rosenthal

Spring into a healthy and fertile lifestyle with knowledge learned in this seminar, led by Carolyn Gundell, RMA Nutritionist and Monica Moore, MSN, RNC.  Come join us for an interactive nutrition discussion on The Fertility Diet, fertility secrets for meal planning, and shopping for fertile foods. We will also discuss how lifestyle behaviors, such as activity, sleep and stress can affect fertility.

Danbury:             Monday March 21st 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

                           67 Sand Pit Road, Suite 300, Danbury, CT

 Norwalk:              Saturday March 26th 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

                           10 Glover Avenue, Norwalk, CT

 Please call Nina to reserve a seat at 203-750-7484

 FREE ADMISSION

* Please visit our website or call to confirm date, time and/or location as they are subject to change. 

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut: www.rmact.com

Topics: Seminars, RMACT Team, Wellness

Pre-Natal Yoga Starts Saturday Feb. 5th: 11:45 AM @ Norwalk Fertility Center

Lisa Rosenthal

by Lisa Rosenthal

Pre-Natal Yoga-  Taught by Yoga Instructor, Lisa Rosenthal

Where: 20 Glover Ave, Norwalk, CT  06850

When:   February 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th 

            11:45 AM - 12:45 AM

 RMACT Patients:  $40 - Four Week Sessions 

This pre-natal yoga class was created especially for women who have been through fertility treatment. Class is designed around the special physical and emotional needs former fertility patients may have. Any woman, at any stage of pregnancy is welcome to attend class (with their doctor’s approval). We will explore how the body changes through the different stages of pregnancy and learn how to continue to feel healthy and strong until labor and birth. Class will be a combination of relaxation, movement and meditation. Come join us on the next step of your fertility journey.

Topics: RMACT Team, Yoga

Ladies Night In Presents: Coping With The Holidays

by Brian Poe

Coping With Infertility During The HolidaysCOPING WITH THE HOLIDAYS

 

Wednesday-December 8, 2010  6:00pm

 

Anyone who has ever suffered with infertility knows that the holiday season is usually one of the most stressful times of the year. Holiday cards splashed with baby pictures, the media and just spending time with family and friends may leave you feeling like there is no end in sight. That is why we have organized this special Ladies Night In.  We will discuss and share with you the different ways to cope and even handle some challenges you may face in the next few weeks.

 

You are not required to join in on the discussions, and sometimes just listening helps more then you could ever know. This group is free of charge and will be facilitated by Jane Elisofon, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Lisa Rosenthal & Carrie Van Steen.  If you have any questions, call Carrie at 731.2520 ext 289 or email her at cvansteen@gmail.com

Infertility & Coping With The Holidays

 Free of Charge/Dinner is provided!

67 Sand Pit Road, Suite 300

Danbury, CT 06810

www.rmact.com

 

Topics: Infertility, Holidays, RMACT Team, Support

10/26 SEMINAR: Holistic & Traditional Approaches to Infertility

by Robin Mangieri

Infertility Association
On Fertile Ground: Holistic and Traditional Approaches to Infertility

 

A breakfast panel discussion which looks deeper at some possible causes - lifestyle factors, nutritional imbalances, even emotional elements and offers ways in which couples may be able to overcome their fertility challenges by taking responsibility for themselves, rather than handing it all over to the doctors.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010
7:30am – 10:00am
Continental Manor,
112 Main St, Norwalk, CT


Our panel represents Western, Eastern and Integrated approaches
to fertility - offering a strong potential for success in promoting fertility.  Moderated By: Kelley Connors, MPH Real Women on Health!

Download PDF: Infertility Challenges: Holistic and Traditional Approaches


 

Dr. Spencer Richlin, Surgical Director, Reproductive Endocrinologist & Fertility Specialist @ RMACTDr. Spencer Richlin: Surgical Director and Infertility Specialist in reproductive endocrinology at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut

Vicki Kobliner, MS RD: Registered Dietitian with extensive experience in achieving optimal wellness

Joel Evans, MD: Nationally recognized wellness expert, educator, author, physician and founder of Center for Women’s Health

Elaine M. Malin, MTCM, L.Ac.: Licensed acupuncturist and a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine

Fertility: Traditional and Holistic Approaches
Tickets are $35 before Oct. 16/$45 after Oct. 16

To purchase tickets and learn more, visit
www.tlctimeforme.com or call (203) 853-4TLC

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to RESOLVE The National Infertility Association

Topics: Fertility, Acupuncture, Seminars, RMACT Team, Fertility Challenges, Wellness, Support, RMACT Doctors

FertilityAuthority.com Awards RMACT's Monica Moore Nurse of the Month

by Robin Mangieri

RMACT is pleased to announce FertilityAuthority.com, a trusted source for fertility information, awarded "Nurse of the Month" to our nurse practitioner Monica Moore.Monica Moore, NP -

As a nurse practitioner (NP), Ms. Moore received advanced nursing education in addition to being a registered nurse. She is fully licensed and  is a registered nurse in the state of Connecticut and by the national certification board of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  Ms. Moore's nursing work experience spans nearly two decades in the field of fertility treatment.  Prior to joining RMACT , Monica was the donor nurse coordinator at the Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine. Monica's first job in reproductive endocrinology was at Cornell Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility over 10 years ago. 

“Taking care of the whole patient is where my passion lies,” says Monica Moore, M.S.N, R.N.C., a nurse practitioner and a nurse manager at RMA of Connecticut. During our conversation, Moore talks about the importance of integrating comprehensive care – including yoga, acupuncture, massage therapy and nutrition care – with fertility treatment. “It’s a natural extension,” she says. Body mass index (BMI), the mind-body connection and stress release are important parts of the fertility equation. As is nutrition.

Click on logo to read more about Monica Moore's "Nurse of the Month" interview with Fertility Authority

Monica's research interests include: improving the efficiency of donor oocyte programs, advancing education for nurse managers, and developing patient teaching techniques. Monica enjoys any opportunity for teaching nurses or other staff members. Monica has published abstracts, online articles and a book chapter. She chaired the ASRM Nursing course in 2007 and was a recipient of the IVP Care's Professional Patient Education Grant in 2004. She is one of the founding members of the Advanced Nursing Network, a committee of the nursing practice group (NPG), whose purpose is to establish a national network of nurses in managerial or midlevel positions.

Monica received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the nursing honor society.

Fertility Authority is a web portal dedicated to providing the best information availiabie  to assist those who need to make informed decisions about their fertility.

Please join us in congratulations to Monica from all of us at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut.

Topics: RMACT Team, Nurse of the Month, Support