The Integrated Fertility and Wellness Team at RMACT
It's spring time, time for something new, to let something unfold. I'd like to introduce you to a remarkable team of women with whom I'm lucky enough to colloborate. If you have not met us, maybe that's a way to bring something new into your life. And please remember that on April 11, Thursday, we will be holding the Fertility Seminar for Couples - a great chance to meet some of our Integrated and Fertility Wellness Team.
Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut's (RMACT), Integrated Fertility and Wellness Team. Wow, that's a mouthful. At RMACT, we simply call it our IFW team.
Our Integrated Fertility and Wellness team includes, Lisa Tuttle, PhD (read her blog that was published yesterday!); Jing Jang, one of our beloved fertility accupuncturists; Carolyn Gundell, MS, fertility nutritionist; Lisa Rosenthal, MA (me); and last but not least, our gentle, wise leader, Amy Matton, fertility accupuncturist.
Read more about each of us below.
Clinical psychologist Lisa Tuttle, PhD, is a valuable member of our Complementary Care Team at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut. She specializes in fertility consulting and is available to all RMACT patients for individual and couples counseling. She also facilitates a support group that is offered free of charge at our Norwalk clinic.
Dr. Tuttle completed her undergraduate work at Duke University and received her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research. She completed her internship at Columbia-Presbyterian. She has been practicing for 17 years and is a long-standing member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, RESOLVE, and the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Tuttle specializes in the area of fertility counseling and maternal mental health, seeing patients in her private practice and at RMACT. She is a regular speaker for RESOLVE and supervises other clinicians who are entering the field of fertility counseling.
Our Fertility Acupuncture Team
Amy Matton is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with a master’s degree. Amy is a licensed acupuncturist and certified herbalist. While attending the four year master’s degree program at Pacific, she was awarded the prestigious Kamwo Award for academic excellence. Her clinical internships included Fortune Society and the Hospital for Joint Diseases. At the hospital her worked focused on disabled women and issues of pain management, sleeplessness, medication side-effects and depression. Her extensive study includes training at the distinguished China Beijing International Acupuncture Centre.
Ms. Matton’s areas of expertise include women’s health and fertility issues, pain management, stress, and adjunctive cancer care. In addition to a decade in private practice she has been working with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut for the past six years providing traditional and laser acupuncture to women undergoing treatment for infertility.
Amy has been treating RMACT patients for many years, and was instrumental in bringing laser acupuncture to our patients. She has been a leading force for acupuncture sessions before and after IVF retrievals and is a strong advocate for fertility patients.
Amy is also the leader of IFW, guiding us all with a strong, but gentle hand. She is always willing to listen to new ideas and help support them getting off the ground.
Jing Zhang joined our infertility treatment center in August 2006. Jing holds a M.D. degree from Capital University in Beijing, China, and has fifteen years of experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
While in the United States, Jing completed a three year postgraduate acupuncture program at the AIA Institute in New York. Besides her work at RMACT and her private office in Stamford, she is an instructor at the Acupuncture Institute of the University of Bridgeport.
Her areas of interest include infertility, anxiety, menstruation disorders, weight control and gastrointestinal problems.
Jing uses her vast expertise to bring relief to patients through accupuncture, accupressure and specific massage. Jing's patients report feelings of relief and calm following sessions with her, as well as a clearer mind.
Our Fertility Nutrition Program Leader
Carolyn Gundell, M.S., leads RMACT’s Fertility Nutrition Program, a service available to all patients. Carolyn has a great passion for nutrition and its link to fertility, which she shares with her patients to empower them with food and lifestyle behaviors that optimize their health for conception, successful fertility treatment, and healthy pregnancy.
After a nutrition assessment, patients benefit from individualized meal plans, advice on how to develop positive relationships with food, and on going motivational counseling sessions with Carolyn. She works closely with her patients and their team of fertility specialists to personalize their nutrition plans to reflect each patient’s own food preferences, concerns, and experiences – all influenced by their culture, religion, values, health, and emotions. In addition, Carolyn encourages her patients to embrace comprehensive wellness through acupuncture and relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, and tai chi to reduce stress. The goal is to support their fertility treatment while improving blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and insulin control, and weight management.
Under Carolyn’s direction, RMACT has implemented a Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)Clinic, one of the few of its kind in Connecticut. With Carolyn’s help, patients address this frustrating metabolic condition that causes hormonal imbalances, preventing women from ovulating and leading to infertility. It is a common condition, affecting 5 – 10% of women of reproductive age, and is best managed through lifestyle changes such as healthy eating habits, exercise and weight management.
Beyond patient care, Carolyn co-conducts health and nutrition seminars with Monica Moore, Nurse Manager, as part of an RMACT patient’s standard of care. Topics include Pre-conception Considerations, Nutrition Tools for Fertility Success, Heart Disease Risk Factors, Diabetes Risk Factors, Health and Nutrition for Pregnancy, Exercise, Fitness & Fertility and more.
With over 20 years of nutrition experience, Carolyn has a special interest in helping women with conditions that affect fertility, including insulin resistance, diabetes Type1/Type 2, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), lipid disorders, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, underweight and overweight concerns. Carolyn earned her M.S. in Nutrition from Columbia University and completed her undergraduate studies in Biology/Nutrition at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven. She is trained as a Research Associate in Clinical Skills Training, and is certified in HIPAA, CPR, First Aid and Food Safety & Sanitation. Previously, Carolyn worked at Pediatric Endocrine & Diabetes Specialists, The Center for Advanced Pediatrics, both in Norwalk and at Yale University Medical Center’s Obesity, Diabetes, PCOS Clinic and The Yale Fertility Center.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa Rosenthal, MA had a six-year struggle to conceive, she was amazed by misconceptions about fertility and how reluctant and ashamed women were to share their stories – even with their mothers and friends.
Seeking meaning from her fertility challenge and unsatisfied with the information available, Lisa began volunteering with RESOLVE: the National Infertility Association. She lent her help with hands-on roles such as the telephone support helpline, leading peer support groups, and organizing fundraising efforts. Her impact on the association grew as she took on new positions, including Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.
In 1999, Lisa was part of the team that founded The American Fertilty Association, a nationwide patient advocacy, support and educational non-profit organization. Twenty-five years later she continues to encourage women to share their experience and speak up about their fertility challenges.
Working with Reproductive Medical Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) as Coordinator of Professional and Patient Communication gives Lisa an opportunity to continue to educate patients, doctors and the general public about infertility and the impact and availability of responsible fertility treatment.
Currently Lisa channels her passion for fertility education and the importance of women breaking infertility stigmas by creating and teaching Fertile Yoga, a program and class designed to support, comfort and enhance men and women’s sense of self. “Yoga is affirmative. My students are reconnecting with their bodies – even when they are angry with themselves, even when they are wishing they could disconnect. I work with students to heal and forgive their bodies. After all, infertility is not a label we need to use to define our identities,” says Lisa, who is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). Fertile Yoga is offered by RMACT, free of charge, to the general public. Fertile Yoga is a restorative style class; gentle movement, guided meditation; positive affirmations, relaxation and breathing techniques are all offered as ways to make the journey towards fertility as supportive as possible.
Writing the blog, PathtoFertility, Lisa’s objective is to further women’s and men’s understanding of their fertility challenges and to provide a compassionate forum for telling and hearing experiences. Ultimately, her hope is that readers will feel supported as they move along their personalpaths of fertility. Sometimes, simply knowing that one is not alone nor the first person to have experienced these challenges can relieve stress and provide a sense of comfort.
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