San Diego Fertility Center Hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Its New, Expanded Facility

In October of this year, San Diego Fertility Center will open a brand new, expanded facility which will provide fertility treatment and services for its growing patient population.

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San Diego Fertility Center (SDFC) recently hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at their brand new, 13,700 square foot facility scheduled to open in October of this year. The new building will not only provide fertility treatment and services for the center’s growing patient population, but will also offer community and educational events to a number of local and international groups.

The new facility is located next door to their current Carmel Valley/Del Mar location and will house a full range of fertility services, technology and programs. These include: 

  • A CAP-accredited (College of American Pathologists), state-of-the-art IVF laboratory with a full glass window for viewing.
  • Two floors of clinic space, with the first floor specially designed for educational enrichment activities and support services for both small and large groups.
  • A state-of-the-art surgical center that is AAAHC-accredited (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care) and MediCal certified.
  • A dramatic increase in space in all exam rooms, consultation rooms, and education areas.

The new center will help support the tremendous growth the practice has experienced in recent years, which has included the addition of three new doctors as well as an expansion into two new locations in the area. Most notably, it will help support the marked growth in international patients visiting the clinic through fertility tourism and travel.

Because SDFC is recognized as one of the top fertility clinics worldwide for infertility treatment, it is a highly sought-after destination for egg donation, IVF, IUI, and surrogacy. The center’s work in Asia and Europe has created a steady increase in international patients who wish to travel to the U.S. for fertility treatment or third-party reproductive services. The new facility will help better serve those international patients who have experienced failed attempts at local clinics, or who have been unable to find suitable 
egg donors and surrogates in their home country or region.

San Diego Fertility Center has gained prominence in the news as well over the past few years, with its doctors regularly appearing in television and radio interviews to discuss topics such as egg freezing and LGBT family building. In fact, the new clinic has already been asked to host local and international professionals for education and development classes.

The team behind SDFC believes that its continued growth is evidence of the special attention and care provided at the practice. SDFC’s doctors have 70+ years of combined experience in fertility diagnosis and treatment, and they have helped bring more than 4,000 babies into the world since 1989. San Diego Fertility Center is currently the leading provider of infertility services in the San Diego area and is excited about the future with a new, expanded facility that will help better serve anyone who dreams of starting a family.

About San Diego Fertility Center 
Located in Southern California, San Diego Fertility Center is an internationally recognized fertility treatment center. SDFC’s infertility specialists are named among the top fertility doctors by a variety of publications, and are leaders in IVF (in vitro fertilization), egg donation, egg freezing, ICSI, male infertility and PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis).

SDFC’s passion is to encourage fertility clinic patients to hold on to their dreams by creating miracles every day. They are also committed to offering cutting edge technology in a private and personal environment using intelligence, integrity, and innovation. The center is easily accessible from local communities including La Jolla and Encinitas or points further like Murrieta and Temecula. SDFC also welcomes out-of-state patients and provides fertility tourism and fertility travel accommodations for patients all over the world.

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NBC Spotlights Egg Freezing Patient at the San Diego Fertility Center

NBC followed Angela Lachica as she went through the egg freezing process with Dr. Michael Kettel of the San Diego Fertility Center.

NBC recently spotlighted one of San Diego Fertility Center’s patients, Angela Lachica, as she went through the egg freezing process with fertility expert Dr. Michael Kettel. Dr. Kettel had previously appeared on NBC to discuss the increasing accessibility of egg freezing after news broke that companies like Facebook and Apple are now covering costs for the procedure.

Angela, age 34, allowed cameras to follow her through the entire process as she went through her initial consultation, blood work, ultrasounds, hormone injections, and surgery to harvest her eggs. She says that she would one day love to start a family, but isn’t ready just yet.

“Essentially it’s taking the keys away from Mother Nature and saying I’m driving this bus, and I’ll be in control of how this happens,” says Angela.

Egg freezing is a fairly simple process that is accessible to women of all childbearing ages, although younger women generally have higher success rates due to the age of their ovaries at the time of freezing. Once frozen, however, the eggs will last indefinitely. And it’s a scenario that Dr. Kettel sees weekly at his practice.

“The prototype is a woman who’s single and hasn’t found that life partner to raise her family,” says Dr. Kettel, adding “And yet is intelligent and realizes that time matters.”

Dr. Kettel says that fertility begins to significantly decline at age 35, declines again at age 37, and then declines sharply at age 40. Due to this, healthy, fertile women like Angela are looking for clinics like the San Diego Fertility Center to help them with family planning before it is no longer an option.

While egg freezing has existed for decades and Dr. Kettel has been freezing eggs since 1989, up until a few years ago the technology wasn’t yet ideal. However, thanks to a rapid freezing process called vitrification, today’s success rates are much higher, and the process is no longer considered experimental.

“The survival rate of eggs using slow freeze is in the, say, 10 to 30 percent range. Whereas the survival rate using the rapid freeze technology is in the 90 percent range,” says Dr. Kettel. 
For Angela and for many of the clinic’s egg freezing patients, the entire process is worth it in the end.

“It’s just this freedom,” she says. “It’s just so nice to just know that pretty much all of my options are completely open now at this point.”

Dr. Kettel is a leader in the fields of Reproductive Endocrinology and Obstetrics & Gynecology, and is part of an elite group of physicians who is certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director and also has additional expertise in Human Embryology and Andrology. Dr. Kettel has been identified by his peers as a top infertility doctor and specialist, and he is one of the “Best Doctors in America” (1996-2014) , as well as one of the “Best Doctors in San Diego” according to the San Diego County Medical Society since 2001.

About San Diego Fertility Center 
Located in Southern California, San Diego Fertility Center (SDFC) is an internationally recognized fertility treatment center. SDFC’s infertility specialists are named among the top fertility doctors by a variety of publications, and are leaders in IVF (in vitro fertilization), egg donation, egg freezing, ICSI, male infertility and PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis).

SDFC’s passion is to encourage fertility clinic patients to hold on to their dreams by creating miracles every day. They are also committed to offering cutting edge technology in a private and personal environment using intelligence, integrity, and innovation. The center is easily accessible from local communities including La Jolla and Encinitas or points further like Murrieta and Temecula. SDFC also welcomes out-of-state patients and provides fertility tourism and fertility travel accommodations for patients all over the world.

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Egg Freezing: Dr. Kettel on NBC takes “An Inside Look at Freezing Eggs”

(San Diego, California – 11/24/14) Dr. Michael Kettel, a leading fertility expert at the San Diego Fertility Center, recently appeared on NBC to discuss egg freezing as a viable and increasingly accessible fertility preservation option. Egg freezing has been trending in the news recently, with new company benefits at Facebook and Apple now covering this expensive procedure for women.

“[The companies] see it as a way to take care of the women who are on a career hot path.” Says Dr. Kettel.

Up until a few weeks ago, egg freezing was never covered by insurance or company healthcare benefits and required a significant financial investment from women and couples. But with the latest developments in benefit offerings for women – and with many women delaying starting a family until their thirties – things are starting to change.

“We see it all the time.” Says Dr. Kettel. “A week doesn’t go by before a woman will come in and ask about their options.”

Egg freezing is a fairly simple process that is accessible to women of all childbearing ages, although younger women generally have higher success rates due to the age of their ovaries at the time of freezing. To prepare for the egg freezing, Dr. Kettel administers fertility drugs to stimulate the ovaries to produce more eggs. Then he performs a minor surgical procedure under light anesthesia to retrieve them—there are no incisions and the procedure is over in about 20 minutes. Once frozen, the eggs will last indefinitely.

Dr. Kettel is a leader in the fields of Reproductive Endocrinology and Obstetrics & Gynecology, and is part of an elite group of physicians who is certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director and also has additional expertise in Human Embryology and Andrology. Dr. Kettel is one of the five practicing Reproductive Endocrinologists at San Diego Fertility Center. Dr. Hummel founded the center in the early 1990’s. Dr. Susanna Park, Dr. Sandy Chuan and Dr. Jeffrey Rakoff have joined the center in the last 5 years. The San Diego Fertility Center has locations in Del Mar and Mission Valley, in San Diego County and in Temecula California in Riverside County.

Dr. Kettel and his partners offer a personalized approach to treatment that is built on decades of experience with fertility drugs, artificial insemination, and in vitro fertilization. Today he is actively involved in clinical research trials that are exploring new ways to enhance success in IVF, ovulation induction and adhesion prevention, and he is also examining preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) as a new system for selecting the best embryos.

Dr. Kettel says that although he started freezing embryos in 1989, the ability to freeze eggs wasn’t possible even five years ago. Now the procedure is readily available, is no longer considered experimental, and saves healthy eggs for an indefinite amount of time. So women today have more options than ever when it comes to starting families on their own terms.

About San Diego Fertility Center
Located in Southern California, San Diego Fertility Center (SDFC) is an internationally recognized fertility treatment center. SDFC’s infertility specialists are named among the top fertility doctors by a variety of publications, and are leaders in IVF (in vitro fertilization), egg donation, egg freezing, ICSI, male infertility and PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis).

SDFC’s passion is to encourage fertility clinic patients to hold on to their dreams by creating miracles every day. They are also committed to offering cutting edge technology in a private and personal environment using intelligence, integrity, and innovation. The center is easily accessible from local communities including La Jolla and Encinitas or points further like Murrieta and Temecula. SDFC also welcomes out-of-state patients and provides fertility tourism and fertility travel accommodations for patients all over the world.

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Dr. Park Discusses Lesbian Family Building and Fertility Options on LezBeMommies Radio

Dr. Susanna Park recently spoke with LezBeMommies Radio and discussed lesbian conception options, including fertility testing, enhancement and treatment. Dr. Park details how she first became interested in the fertility field and what motivated her to make the move from research toward patient care. She explains the challenges that lesbian couples face when building their families and what they can expect during their visit with the San Diego Fertility Center. This can include a medical workup to determine if a fertility issue is present, such as testing the quality of a woman’s egg reserve. If it is clear that a fertility issue will not present difficulty during insemination, the type of insemination that will be used is determined. A lesbian couple can use IUI or IVF with the help of a sperm donor to have a child. If a fertility issue is present, the San Diego Fertility Center offers a range of unique treatment approaches.

You can listen to the Dr. Park’s discussion on LezBeMommies in full here:

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San Diego Fertility Center Featured on NBC 7 San Diego News Discussing Egg Donation

San Diego Fertility Center was featured on the NBC 7 San Diego News to discuss the option of egg donation for couples or individuals struggling with infertility. On average, finding an egg donor can be less expensive than adoption, and the gestational connection for many patients can be invaluable. More and more women are embracing the idea of finding an egg donor to get pregnant.

Jenna Lake, Program Manager at San Diego Fertility Center had a miscarriage at age 36, and decided to go with egg donation, resulting in her wonderful 4-year old son.

Dr. Susanna Park says that women come to San Diego Fertility Center from around the world to receive donor eggs, but it’s something that most people don’t talk about. Dr. Park hopes that more people will be open to discussing egg donation.

“One of the problems with hearing these Hollywood stories is it gives a lot of patients false hope that you can be fertile well into your late 40s and that’s simply not true,” Dr. Park told NBC 7 News.

Read the full article and watch the video here.

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San Diego Fertility Center Welcomes Dr. Susanna Jung-A Park

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 13, 2012 – San Diego Fertility Center is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Susanna Park to its fertility care team. She will be joining renowned fertility physicians, Dr. William Hummel and Dr. Michael Kettel, who are recognized among the “Best Doctors in America”.

Dr. Park, formerly with Columbia University, is double board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. After practicing on the east coast for eight years, Dr. Park is bringing her considerable expertise in fertility treatment to San Diego.

Dr. Park is a true citizen of the world. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, and when she was a young child, her family moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina. After six years in Argentina, she and her family relocated to New York City. As a result of her diverse experiences and upbringing, Dr. Park is able to communicate easily with patients in English, Korean, and Spanish.

“We are always looking for ways to improve the patient experience at our fertility center. In addition to her impressive resume, Dr. Park will help our practice better serve the Spanish and Korean-speaking communities. We are proud to welcome her to our team.” – Dr. Michael Kettel

In New York, Dr. Park attended the competitive Bronx High School of Science. She graduated summa cum laude from Siena College and obtained her medical degree at Albany Medical College. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Dr. Park is an award-winning clinical researcher, having performed extensive studies in perimenopausal women. She received the Resident Research Award for three consecutive years during her residency, was presented with the Resident Research Award by the New York Obstetrical Society, and was recognized with the Organon Resident Research Award for Outstanding Research in Women’s Health.

“It is an extraordinary privilege to take part in the miracle of childbirth, and I look forward to providing compassionate care to the patients of San Diego Fertility Center. As a female fertility specialist, I hope to bring my unique perspective to a very impressive medical team.” – Dr. Susanna Park

About San Diego Fertility Center

Located in Southern California, San Diego Fertility Center (SDFC) is an internationally recognized fertility treatment center. Named among the top fertility doctors by a variety of publications, SDFC’s infertility specialists are leaders in IVF (in vitro fertilization), egg donation, egg freezing, ICSI, male infertility & PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis).

San Diego Fertility Center is easily accessible from local communities including La Jolla and Encinitas or points further like Murrieta and Temecula. SDFC also welcomes out-of-state patients and provides fertility tourism and fertility travel accommodations for patients all over the world.

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Physicians of SDFC Named among the Nation’s Top Doctors

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) – San Diego Fertility Center specialists, Dr. William Hummel and Dr. Michael Kettel are honored on the prestigious U.S. News & World Report list of ‘Top Doctors’ for 2011.  Physicians are chosen from a wide range of specialties and locations. Out of the thousands of physicians nominated for this award, less than 300 reproductive endocrinologists were recently selected.

Considered to be one of the most competitive ‘Top Doctors’ publications in the nation, the U.S. News & World Report created its list in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a renowned publisher of consumer health guides and top doctor lists.  To receive this highly acclaimed award, physicians are nominated by their peers and then reviewed by Castle Connolly’s physician-led research team.  The extensive review process takes into consideration medical education, training, administrative experience, achievements and additional credentials.

“At San Diego Fertility Center we are dedicated to providing world-class fertility care for patients through our superior technical expertise and proven successful outcomes. To have been nominated by experts that know the ins and outs of reproductive medicine, and recognized as a ‘Top Doctor’ by Castle Connolly is an absolute honor. ” – Dr. Hummel

Dr. William Hummel has received numerous ‘Top Doctor’ awards, being recognized as one of the ‘Best Doctors in America’.  Board certified since 1990, Dr. Hummel is a pioneer of the blastocyst embryo transfer and egg donation IVF in San Diego. He is an active contributor to various national and international IVF publications as well as a member of the Society of Reproductive Surgeons and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Hummel dedicates his life to helping those struggling with infertility, contributing to thousands of births over his career.

“I am delighted that both Dr. Hummel and I were recognized by our peers as ‘Top Doctors,’ and grateful that every day we get the opportunity to help families achieve their dreams.” – Dr. Kettel

Dr. Michael Kettel is a highly accomplished reproductive endocrinologist who has received over $1,000,000 in research grants to explore new procedures that enhance success rates for IVF.  He is triple board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the American Board of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility and the American Board of Bioanalysis.  The recipient of numerous accolades such as ‘Top Doctor’ and academic/teaching awards, Dr. Kettel has contributed to over 100 scientific publications on various topics such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids and ovulatory disorders. Dr. Kettel is also an active member of several medical societies including the Society of Reproductive Surgeons and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.

About San Diego Fertility Center

Located in Southern California, San Diego Fertility Center (SDFC) is an internationally recognized fertility treatment center. Named among the top fertility doctors by a variety of publications, SDFC’s infertility specialists are leaders in IVF (in vitro fertilization), egg donation, egg freezing, ICSI, male infertility & PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis). San Diego Fertility Center is easily accessible from local communities like La Jolla and Encinitas or points further like Murrieta and Temecula. SDFC also welcomes out-of-state patients and provides fertility tourism and fertility travel accommodations for patients all over the world.

 

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SDFC Ranks Number One for Egg Donation IVF in the United States

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) – November 30, 2011-  In the newly released Fertilitysuccessrates.com reports for 2009 birth rates, San Diego Fertility Center has the number one live birth rate in the nation for egg donation. “To be ranked among the nation’s leading IVF centers is extremely gratifying, but to learn that our center has the number one live birth rate for egg donation in the nation is a special honor.  We hope that our success will give those struggling with infertility a renewed sense of optimism.” – Lisa Van Dolah, CEO & Administrator, San Diego Fertility Center

The latest data from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology reveals that San Diego Fertility Center has an astounding 85.1% live birth rate.  This is 30% higher than the national average of 55.1% for egg donation with fresh embryos. The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) is one of the most widely trusted resources for IVF data in the nation. SART works in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to collect and validate information from infertility clinics annually. SART provides valuable information and resources to intended parents.

For many families the cost of fertility treatment is extremely burdensome and the prospect of a failed or repeat donor cycle renders this journey even more daunting. Naturally, many are very focused on success rates when choosing fertility center or clinic. While previous success rates are not a guarantee of future positive outcomes, San Diego Fertility Center has clearly established itself as the leader in successful outcomes for egg donation with fresh and frozen egg donor embryos.

San Diego Fertility Center offers several popular success guarantee plans to further reduce the financial uncertainty associated with fertility treatment. The ‘Egg Donor IVF Success Guarantee Plan’ promises treatment at a fixed cost, based on the principle of mutual commitment. If a patient does not achieve a live birth after completing a treatment cycle, they are reimbursed up to 100% of the cycle fee.  A number of additional benefits are available to success guarantee plan participants, making the cost of treatment more predictable and manageable.

With the number one live birth rate for egg donation with fresh embryos in the United States and financial options that further reduce uncertainty, it’s easy to see why San Diego Fertility Center is a leading international destination for egg donation and other fertility treatments.

About San Diego Fertility Center

Located in Southern California, San Diego Fertility Center is an internationally recognized fertility treatment center. Named among the top fertility doctors by a variety of publications, SDFC’s infertility specialists are leaders in IVF (in vitro fertilization), egg donation, egg freezing, ICSI, male infertility & PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis). San Diego Fertility Center is easily accessible from local communities like La Jolla and Encinitas or points further like Murrieta and Temecula. SDFC also welcomes out-of-state patients and provides fertility tourism and fertility travel accommodations for patients all over the world.

For more information about San Diego Fertility Center, visit: http://www.sdfertility.com
To view San Diego Fertility Center’s IVF data, visit: http://www.sdfertility.com/cdc_success_rates.htm

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The Importance of SDFC’s Friends Program

Infertility is a medical condition that impacts every aspect of a person’s life. This challenging condition affects one’s self-esteem and influences one’s relationships with others. Therefore, emotional support during fertility treatment is extremely important. In order to address these concerns, San Diego Fertility Center created a peer-support program called “Friends”, in which fellow veterans of infertility share practical advice and provide an insider’s perspective of various fertility treatments, and their subsequent resolution. This support program is valuable for our patients because “Friends” offer empathy, support and encouragement that helps patients to make the best decisions for their family. Our referral network consists of former and current patients who have undergone one or more treatments including IVF, IUI, egg donation, surrogacy laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, and more.

We are always recruiting new volunteers who want to become “Friends” to our patients. The contact between the individuals is completely anonymous and is frequently conducted via phone or email. If you are interested in finding a “Friend” or becoming a “Friend”, please contact our program coordinator Shannon Kokjohn at media@sdfertility.com.

 

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When does SDFC recommend Assisted Hatching?

Assisted Hatching (AH) is a process in which we can create a small opening in the shell (zona pellucida) that surrounds each embryo. The embryo needs to “hatch” out of this shell in order to implant, so we like to help by performing AH. SDFC is unique in that we perform this process using a specialized laser technique, which is highly specific and does not harm the embryo in any way. We typically recommend AH in the following circumstances, as well as in some other cases:

Previous failed IVF
Women who are 38 or older
Eggs that have a thickened or pigmented zona pellucida
Frozen embryos

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