Meet Dr. Spencer Richlin, Award-Winning Fertility Doctor
Five years ago, we did an interview with Dr. Richlin (board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut [RMACT]). We wanted to give you an idea of who he is before you ever walked in for a consult. After all, it can be intimidating to meet with a doctor that holds the fate of your family building in his or her hands.
I promise that I will go back and get an update. Here’s an interview with Dr. Spencer Richlin from 2011. Chances are, some of his answers will have changed. Meanwhile, here’s some insight about what he cares about, both professionally and personally.
Thanks Dr. Richlin, for being willing to answer these questions five years ago! I’ll be asking some more questions in the very near future.
Meet Dr. Richin | Award-Winning Fertility Doctor at RMACT
Dr. Spencer Richlin is Surgical Director and a fertility specialist in reproductive endocrinology at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT). In addition, he is Division Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology at Norwalk Hospital. Dr. Richlin is Board Certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology, Obstetrics and Gynecology.
What drew you to the field of infertility?
The field is evolving so quickly. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is such an amazing tool to help people build their families. As a medical discipline, it is so interesting and futuristic.
What are the things that you would like to see evolve in treatment of infertility?
I want to see the pregnancy rates with IVF increase even more. One day, all embryos before transfer will be analyzed to help us choose the most fit embryos for transfer.
What appeals to you most about being a doctor?
Besides helping our patients, I like the scientific content of the reproductive health field.
What is the one thing that you would like your patients to know about going through treatment?
I want to see them have a good journey with us and get pregnant. I just want our patients to succeed and start or continue family building, knowing that they will be with a team that really cares about them and is diligent about the medical and scientific side of things.
Tell us something you would like every patient to know about you.
What makes me most happy is to see our patients succeed. We know how hard this is, and when you succeed, we rejoice.
Get to Know Dr. Richlin Beyond Fertility
What kind of things do you like to do in your spare time?
Spend time with my wife
Play baseball with my son and watch his games
Hang out with my daughters and help them bake
Travel and be on vacation
If you could travel anywhere in the world in the next month or so, where would you like to go?
I'd go to Hawaii and sit on the hot beach and do absolutely nothing
Who is your favorite author?
Greg Mortenson, Author of Three Cups of Tea
Favorite genre of movie?
If your schedule allowed for an unexpected few hours free, what would you do with them?
Relax at home with family or go clothes shopping
If you could sit down for lunch with two people, living or not, who would they be?
My Uncle Hugh, who was a great guy, passed away 15 years ago. I would have wanted him to meet my wife and family and have him see what I am doing now. Warren Buffet would be my other choice of an interesting person to spend time with, asking and answering questions.
What is your favorite ethnic food?
Indian and Mexican are my two favorites.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.