key reproductive endocrinologist medical partners:
Dr. Sipe is board-certified in Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility, Obstetrics and Gynecology. He completed his residency training at Northwestern University, where he received numerous awards for excellence in laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery. Following residency, Dr. Sipe started a successful Obstetrics and Gynecology practice and was chosen by Consumers’ Research Council of America as one of “America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists.” He completed fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Iowa. Dr. Sipe is well published and has presented at both national and international forums focusing on improving a couple’s fertility. His clinical expertise encompasses infertility, menstrual irregularities, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Dr. Sipe’s warm, engaging personality has been praised by patients, as has his excellence in personalized patient care.
about Dr. Allison K. Rodgers:
Dr. Rodgers is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and has been practicing medicine since 2004. She completed her residency at Case Western Reserve-Metrohealth Medical Center/Cleveland Clinic, followed by fellowship at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Rodgers’ personal experiences with both secondary infertility and pregnancy loss have given her a unique insight into reproductive medicine, and she is well known for her compassionate and individualized patient care. She has published many original research articles in top medical journals on topics such as endometriosis, tubal factor infertility, in vitro fertilization, and donor sperm. Her special interests include in vitro fertilization, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, unexplained infertility, and premature ovarian insufficiency.
about Dr. Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron:
Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and has been practicing medicine since 2004. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at University of Chicago, and then completed her three-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Northwestern. Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron’s professional interests include fertility preservation, which involves preserving fertility for women facing diseases of which treatment could impair ovarian function, as well as women choosing to delay fertility for social or personal reasons. Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron is well published in the areas of fertility preservation and cost analysis of fertility therapies. Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron’s personal practice philosophy stems not only from her clinical expertise, but from her experience as a woman and a mother. She understands the importance of individualized, comprehensive infertility care.
about Dr. Anne Borkowski:
Dr. Borkowski was born and raised in Chicago and earned a scholarship to Northwestern University where she graduated with honors. She completed her medical training at Loyola University Medical School. Dr. Borkowski completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Francis hospital of Evanston followed by a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has successfully completed her Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology. Dr. Borkowski is actively involved in teaching reproductive endocrinology throughout the country. Her numerous awards include “The Award for Professional Excellence,” “Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s First Place Research Award,” “Young Investigator Award,” and “Female MD of the Year.” Her special areas of expertise are: Endometriosis, Male Infertility, Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, Egg Donation, and Tubal Factor Infertility. Dr. Borkowski believes that patients should play an active role in their medical care.
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about Chicago Women’s Health Group:
Chicago Women’s Health Group offers a comprehensive approach to obstetrics and gynecology. They take pride in making their patient’s feel comfortable when they visit our office. The dedicated providers will utilize the latest advances to ensure that they receive the most effective care possible.
Established in 2015, Vios Fertility Institute has offices in St. Louis, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois. The staff at Vios is dedicated to helping each patient, couple and family with all their reproductive health needs by focusing on the patient from day one and developing a personalized plan best suited for the emotional, physical and financial needs of each individual. For more information, please visit http://viosfertility.com.
about Dr. Eve Feinberg:
Dr. Feinberg is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, and completed a three-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Feinberg is an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and has a robust clinical practice with Northwestern Medicine’s Fertility and Reproductive Medicine division. She has published over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She is nationally recognized in the field of reproductive medicine and serves on the Editorial Board of Fertility and Sterility, is one of the directors for the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility and is an active member of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology Practice Committee. Dr. Feinberg is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Life Foundation, a not-for-profit that provides education and financial assistance to those struggling with infertility. Dr. Feinberg takes great pride in providing outstanding, personalized care to each individual and couple.
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RMI is a private medical facility dedicated exclusively to the management of infertility. It is fully equipped to provide complete diagnostic evaluations, comprehensive medical and surgical treatments, and a full range of assisted reproductive techniques (ART) typically available only at major medical centers. Our facilities are fully accredited.
Wellsprings Health Associates’ mission is to provide the highest quality psychiatric and psychological services, providing both consultative and ongoing mental health care. The professional staff represents experienced licensed clinical social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists collaborating to create a uniquely comprehensive and responsive treatment team.
about the Blossom Method:
The Blossom Method is a supportive and resourceful center for women, couples, and families as they face the many hurdles of the child bearing years and beyond. We provide a unique combination of therapeutic and counseling services (individual, couple and groups), as well as educational seminars, social events and parent to parent support services. We take a comprehensive approach to patient care, by providing the tools and concrete resources needed to face both the joys and the challenges of pregnancy and parenting, and integrating them into our therapeutic services.
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about Centered Therapy Chicago:
Centered Therapy Chicago (CTC) is a small group psychotherapy practice in the North Center neighborhood of Chicago. Our therapists are dedicated to working with clients to improve their quality of life and make important changes through individual, couples, and family therapy. We work with people of all ages, all backgrounds, and from all walks of life.
We specialize in working with individuals who experience anxiety, depression, or distressing feelings as a result of typical stressors related to their life satisfaction, work/life balance, career/school, relationships, parenthood, family difficulties, identity and spirituality.
Ariadna Cymet Lanski is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice and a staff psychologist at Fertility Centers of Illinois in Chicago. Her clinical practice specializes in women’s issues and reproductive health. These areas include fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum adjustment to parenthood. She has led women’s support groups and mindfulness for fertility classes. Ariadna also provides consultation during various stages of fertility treatment and conducts third party reproduction assessments. She works closely with reproductive endocrinologists, OGBYNs, pediatricians and internal medicine physicians which provides for an integrative approach to patient care.
about Focht Family Practice:
Focht Family Practice is a private practice exclusively made up of Marriage and Family Therapists who are trained in providing individual, couple, and family therapy. We are a Chicago-based practice located in the heart of the Gold Coast. We are passionate about empowering personal and relational growth, healing, emotional wellness, goal achievement and life balance. Due to very specific requirements throughout our training process, we hold specialized experience and expertise working with relational issues, which include couple and family relationships. We understand that life’s transitions and challenges may impact these relationships and provide support and guidance during these challenging times.
Christine Vacin is a counseling therapist in the Old Town neighborhood. She is passionate about helping individuals become their best selves by working through past and present issues. Additionally, she believes physical fitness can be a key tool to unlocking individuals’ potential and seeks to incorporate this practice when appropriate. Her areas of focus are: Codependency, anxiety, addiction (People who are affected by someone’s addiction and those who struggle with addiction), family of origin issues, trauma, adjustment to life transitions, working with moms adjusting to the ever-changing role of motherhood, and couples. She is also fully trained in EMDR therapy (evidence-based therapy used to help with the symptoms of PTSD and unresolved emotions and trauma). She accepts BCBS PPO and offers a sliding fee to clients in need.
Dr. Silvia Schneider Fox is a clinical psychologist and founder of Fertility Resilience, a reproductive psychology practice with offices in the Chicago area. A specialist in the field of reproductive medicine, adoption and family building since 1992, Dr. Fox counsels individuals and couples during all stages of family-building, including third-party reproduction, pregnancy loss, and parenting after infertility. Dr. Fox facilitates Mind/Body For Fertility programs, which help women manage stress while increasing their treatment success. She screens ovum donors and gestational carriers, consults with recipient couples and reports to medical professionals and independent agencies. Dr. Fox has widely researched, written and presented on topics related to family-building. A professional member of RESOLVE since 1995, she served as its Illinois Director of Support Services, authored a regular “Ask the Expert” column and was a keynote speaker at its symposia and programs. Since 2010, Dr. Fox has been traveling the country, educating dozens of Reproductive Endocrinology practices on the emotional aspects of infertility. Finally, Dr. Fox has her own experience with infertility. Her long journey to parenthood has deepened her understanding of the challenges others face in the process of building their own families. Nowadays, she combines her personal, research and clinical experience into one voice, put into words on her Fertility Resilience blog.
Alison is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (L.C.P.C). As a therapist, she has worked with individuals struggling with infertility and pregnancy loss. The fertility process can be a roller coaster with hopeful ups and very difficult downs. Alison is compassionate and provides empathic support for those dealing with fertility challenges. She also has expertise working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, and interpersonal conflict.
Michele is a licensed marriage and family therapist with 15 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. Whatever brings you to therapy at this time, the therapeutic relationship is a safe space in which to explore, understand and work through life’s challenges in order to achieve a fuller, more satisfying life. Over the years, she has helped people dealing with a wide range of issues such as depression, anxiety, marital challenges, difficult family dynamics, grief and loss and self-esteem issues.
Michele has a particular niche working with infertility, pregnancy loss and perinatal mood disorders (i.e., “the baby blues”). Specifically, she sees women and couples using reproductive treatments such as in-vitro fertilization and egg donation; dealing with the heartbreak of miscarriages; and working through the difficult choices of family building. She also helps her patients navigate the transition to parenthood and the roller coaster of emotions that many women experience after their baby is born.
For two decades, the ConceiveAbilitites egg donor and surrogacy agency has simplified what can be a complex journey to parenthood. Our family creation experts believe Matching Matters™, and our mission is to build the best partnership for intended parents, surrogates and egg donors.
With personal experience guiding our program philosophy, ConceiveAbilities brings unparalleled support to lead intended parents through a challenging process. You deserve the most experienced and connected agency in the world to help you navigate surrogacy and egg donation. That agency is ConceiveAbilities.
Let our experts guide you: from the initial consult to bringing your baby home.
Rebecca Gruenspan, founder and chief navigator, went through the domestic adoption process personally after struggling with fertility issues, and used that experience to start her own consulting company. She is passionate about helping anyone who dreams of becoming a parent realize that dream. She is there with you every step of the way, helping you understand your options, and the adoption process.
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Chiropractic Physician and Acupuncturist, Dr. Kris Tohtz has been practicing in Chicago since 2001. She earned a Doctorate in Chiropractic (Magna Cum Laude) and a Master’s in Acupuncture (Summa Cum Laude) from National University of Health Sciences. In addition to two supervised internships in China, Dr. Tohtz earned a diplomate in acupuncture from the American Chiropractic Association, and an advanced certification in pregnancy & pediatric care from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Her continuous education in integrative medicine also includes specialized certifications in Rehabilitation/McKenzie Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Nutritional Therapy, Comprehensive Evaluation of Blood Work, Yoga and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Dr. Tohtz employs all of these healing disciplines in unique ways for each patient to arrive at their optimal treatment. Just as no two patients are the same, no two healthcare concerns are identical. Serenity Family Wellness offers a variety of Eastern and Western medical services. We provide personalized, holistic treatment that often involves integrating multiple types of care to successfully diagnose and treat your condition.
about Dr. Jennifer Mercier:
Dr. Jennifer Mercier’s passion is serving women with fertility issues, pelvic pain, general wellness matters, holistic breast care and newborn/infant craniosacral balancing.
During her undergraduate years she was preparing to attend medical school and at the same time was diagnosed with endometriosis and went to massage therapy school. In the early 90’s she worked as a clinician for the Center for Human Reproduction and learned so many amazing things as well as how broken the system really is with regard to how women are treated with fertility challenges. It started her thinking about the pelvic organs and how could we get this area to work more effectively. Women were undergoing numerous medically assisted cycles, how could this process be less emotionally and physically charging? Years later when she decided not to go to medical school and gave it some thought on how to proceed so she could effectively serve women with fertility challenges in a non-invasive way.
She ultimately decided to go into Midwifery and trained by apprentice in a myriad of different settings such as birth center, home and hospital. Over a span of 15 years she took care of women and their babies in a very gentle and respectful manor. She also trained as a Naturopathic Doctor and graduated in 2007 from a wonderful program that had to close it’s doors due to low enrollment. Instead of choosing a traditional naturopathic school which focuses on a more medical approach to natural health, she chose one with a curriculum devoted to the study and application of the traditional naturopathic philosophy. This way of thinking enhanced even further her passion about how women’s health and lifestyle have a profound effect on overall wellness and health.
Taking it yet one step further, she decided to study at an even greater level the effect that hormones and environmental chemicals would have on the body by enrolling in a PhD program with a small, private school.
Jackie O’Neill founded Collaborative Care to empower women and couples to take control of their fertility, through individualized, entirely natural and healthy means. Jackie’s unique guidance and treatment combine one-on-one support, acupuncture, herbal supplements, and nutritional counseling, in an all-inclusive program. Collaborative Care provides a true partnership with our patients, and we have great success treating the most difficult fertility challenges, including those patients with multiple unsuccessful IVF attempts and repeat pregnancy loss.
about Pro-Holistic Care:
Pro-Holistic Care is a holistic family wellness center. Our focus is on the care and prevention of chronic health conditions. We look to identify and treat the cause of health problems and help our patients achieve abundant health for a better future.
At Aligned Modern Health, we strive to help people feel better and live life to the fullest. Our physicians, Acupuncturists and therapists provide the highest standard of evidence based care with an integrated approach through Chiropractic Physical Medicine, Acupuncture, Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition and Massage Therapy.
At Aligned Modern Health we create a personalized care plan for everyone that walks in the door; we don’t have any packages or minimum visits. Our commitment to quality care and customer experience can be seen in our Yelp reviews as we are consistently the highest rated Wellness destination in all of Chicago across all of our locations in Lincoln Square, Lincoln Park at Diversey, Wicker Park, Streeterville, the West Loop (1 block from Ogilvie and Union Stations) and Lakeview in the Southport Corridor.
Kimberly Sullivan, licensed acupuncturist and owner of Logan Square Acupuncture, specializes in treating women with fertilty issues. She uses acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy to help enhance fertility. Whether a couple is trying to conceive naturally, or through the help of ART, Chinese medicine can support both body and mind through this process. She has been a licensed acupuncturist for 10 years. She is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM).
about Harmony Health:
Kellylee Whiteside, L.Ac, Dipl. OM, FABORM and Lisa Corrigan-Bilkey, L.Ac, Dipl. OM, FABORM are the Practioner-Owners of Harmony Health. They are both Fellows of The American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM) and licensed and board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Kellylee and Lisa contribute 20 years of experience along with the additional proper Board certifications so their practice focuses on Women’s Health, Fertility, Pregnancy, Post Partum support, and Male factor Infertility. Their passion is fueled by their own struggles with fertility and recurrent pregnancy loss so they know how important it is to be in a supportive community. Your treatments can significantly enhance natural fertility or optimize IUI / IVF and other fertility treaments. They regularly collaborate with RE’s on patient treatments.
Our mission is to provide high-quality, accessible holistic healthcare and education in an effort to cultivate long-standing relationships between highly trained practitioners and the community that are socially and economically just.
At Five Point, we offer a variety of modalities and healthcare services that focus on holistic-centered medicine. It is our goal to direct you to the right treatment intervention, in service of both your immediate needs and long-term health and wellbeing. We believe in creating an environment where you feel safe, cared for and listened to and where trust is built, valued and nurtured between you and our healthcare practitioners.
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nutrition and wellness partners:
about Healthy Jasmine:
Jasmine is a guru of all things health, especially nutrition and essential oils. She is an advocate for women’s health and educates women on how to empower themselves through healthy eating. She is a doTerra ambassador and loves to share how essential oils can help in all facets of life!
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childbirth, new parent partners:
about Third Coast:
Third Coast Birth Services is a community of professionals who share the goal of surrounding parents with support throughout pregnancy, birth, and the first three years of life. With different skill sets, backgrounds, and specialties, they are able to come together to provide a comprehensive support team, consisting of Childbirth Education, Labor Support, Postpartum Support, and New Parent Groups. Founded by Shawna Mertens and Margarita Valbuena, Third Coast was created with community in mind, and that community is at the heart of everything they do. They provide families with an unbiased, compassionate, collaborative approach to birth and parenting support.
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Mirella Alexis provides in-home postpartum doula support and one one one parenting education customized to fit the needs of expectant and current parents. We can cover one specific need or a variety of topics pertaining to parenting, giving parents knowledgeable and relevant information on navigating parent life.
Diana Zic is a Chicagoland Fertility Health Coach and 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). Her goal is to create a supportive environment that enables men and women to speak freely about their fertility journey and through that dialogue create a program that is tailored to your unique needs of becoming more fertile through holistic
Dana Sackar, MPT is a physical therapist with a Master’s of Physical Therapy and a Bachelor’s of Exercise Science. She is the owner of Flourish Physical Therapy, located in the Chicago-Lakeview neighborhood. She has been a physical therapist for over 16 years and is a member of the American Academy of Fertility Care Professionals. She specializes in fertility and Women’s Health. She recently was featured in Shape magazine, July 2015, for her work with physical therapy and fertility. She is committed to providing the highest quality of care to her patients with a one-on-one, holistic approach to treatment. Her fertility treatments include the use of Mercier Therapy, which focuses on improving the mobility and blood flow of the reproductive organs, in order to restore function and achieve pregnancy. Her pregnancy success rates are >75% within 4-8 months of finishing treatment. The fertility program can support a natural conception or be used to prepare for a medically assisted cycle, such as IUI or IVF. Dana strongly recommends that you prepare your body properly prior to starting any medically assisted fertility cycle to help insure a successful first cycle. “In order to plant a seed you must cultivate the soil.” Dana understands that the fertility journey is not easy and that each story is unique. She is dedicated to supporting her patients not only physically, but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually in order to achieve a successful pregnancy. Let Dana help you on your fertility journey and becoming a mother.
Jennifer “Jenilyn” Gilbert (LCSW) provides fertility and adoption consultations through her business, One Way or A Mother. She works with women who are open to trying to conceive with or without medical intervention and some who are open to exploring third-party reproduction or adoption. They are women who are struggling with worry, sadness, frustration at how long it’s taking and sometimes grief. They are women who are interested in a more mindful approach to creating their family and are interested in learning meditation and other mind/body/spirit tools. She works with women in person or through Skype. In addition, she facilitates seasonal fertility workshops.
Jenilyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Yoga Instructor. Her entire career has been focused on serving hundreds of clients in the fields of fertility and adoption. Working with women on this journey and living through it herself helps her understand how to reach women in a very personal way.
Great news! Bucktown’s Athletico Physical Therapy clinic offers pelvic floor physical therapy. Provided by two women’s health specialists, Amy Malone, PT, MPT, OCS and Rachel Barker, PT, DPT, their combined years of practice lead to excellent treatment and outcomes. They utilize techniques such as myofascial release, abdominal scar massage, biofeedback, internal trigger point release, and other techniques to empower patients and improve upon current physical limitations. As a patient, you are also able to bring your newborn to your appointments to make receiving physical therapy that much easier and accessible.
Amy and Rachel treat pre- and post-natal patients, along with patients for a variety of diagnoses, including but not limited to incontinence, male and female pelvic pain, pregnancy related low back and hip pain, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, prolapse, scarring due to c-section, diastasis recti, and post mastectomy. They have both completed training through The Herman and Wallace Institute and have strong relationships with many OB/GYN, Urologists, and Urogynecologists in the Chicago area.
If you feel like you might benefit from pelvic floor physical therapy, or have further questions, please feel free to contact them via email at Amy.Malone@athletico.com and Rachel.Barker@athletico.com, or by calling the clinic at 773-252-2300.
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about Fertility+ Concierge:
When our founders began their IVF journey it was emotional, scary, and stressful. They started this company to make it easier for others to achieve their goals of parenthood.
With Fertility+ Concierge you can book a registered nurse to administer fertility medication, or teach you how to administer the medication, in the comfort of your own home.
about The Fertility Concierge:
The Fertility Concierge makes your life during fertility treatments easier. We have been through fertility treatments and/or worked in fertility medicine and understand the many tolls it can take. That is why we started TFC – to bring a trusting and reliable fertility concierge service to the greater Chicagoland area. Our Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners provide safe and professional injection administration and counseling services in the comfort and convenience of your home, work, hotel, or wherever you may be.
about Fertility IQ:
We’re Deb and Jake and we started FertilityIQ to help fertility patients choose the absolute best doctor for them. At FertilityIQ, patients thoroughly assess their doctor, nurse, clinic and billing department. This way new patients can learn the good, and the not-so-good, of every fertility doctor in their area. Every assessment includes the reviewer’s age, diagnosis, fertility history and background, making it easy for you to calibrate their comments. We ask each reviewer to email us a document confirming they went to their clinic, and we ensure everything remains anonymous. If you like the idea, and want to help, we’d love to gather your assessment. Please go to FertilityIQ.com to help out!