Physician Spotlight: Dr. Sejal Dharia Patel
When Dr. Sejal Dharia Patel joined CRM Orlando in 2008, both the city and our fertility clinic were very different. At the time, they were a team of just three infertility doctors who were unable to offer many of the advanced services available today. The city of Orlando was much smaller as well – now it has grown to become “a burgeoning center for healthcare, innovation, and new businesses.” CRM Orlando has grown in that time as well, boasting a team of over 8 infertility specialists that are able to offer a wide array of services, including elective egg freezing, fertility preservation, genetic testing of embryos, and relationships with one of the largest donor egg banks in the world.
Better, More Specialized Treatments for Patients
The field of reproductive endocrinology has changed tremendously as well. “When I started practicing we were doing more surgeries to correct reproductive abnormalities,” says Dr. Patel. “We would utilize medications and inseminations for multiple cycles and utilize in vitro fertilization as a last option based upon cost and the relatively low success rates.” Now, Dr. Patel and the team of infertility specialists at CRM Orlando are able to create targeted treatment plans customized to each patient’s unique situation. This has allowed her to give her patients a higher chance of success while keeping the cost of infertility treatment as low as possible.
Dr. Sejal Dharia Patel believes that in the future, treatments will become even more specific to each patient, enabling them to “figure out which medications or treatment approach will be the most effective based upon a patient’s genetics, receptivity, and metabolism.” This will help patients achieve their dreams of family in a much more efficient way, and in a much shorter time frame.
A Patient Centered Approach
As much as our fertility clinic, Orlando, and especially the field of infertility treatments have changed, there is one thing that has remained the same: the deep connection Dr. Patel has with each and every patient she sees. She recalls one particular couple whose infertility struggle touched her deeply. After two years of struggling with unexplained infertility, they realized that IVF at CRM Orlando was their last hope. Unfortunately, “In vitro fertilization was not financially an option for them.” They had given up for 6 months, before Dr. Patel gave them the call that would change their lives. “We then call them when our office had a research study that paid for the cost of IVF. The couple was in tears they were so hopeful to have a chance to start their own family. They diligently followed every step. They underwent the IVF cycle and conceived their beautiful son. Every year I receive a Christmas card with a note of thanks and I realize how important our role is to be compassionate, to think outside the box and to never give up.”
This is a lesson she hopes to pass on to others struggling with infertility. “Always have hope. The technology exists, the providers genuinely care and it is only a matter of time before you will start your family. Sometimes you have to think outside of the box.”
Have you been trying to conceive without success? Contact the team at CRM Orlando and schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel today to have your best conceivable chance of growing your family.