Fertility Doctor Dr. Mark Leondires Honored by Path2Parenthood
Last night I was honored to be able to go and see Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) accept the Joyce M. Vargyas Visionary Award from Path2Parenthood.
Dr. Leondires does not want me to drone on and on here about his accomplishments. Or his vision. He would certainly prefer that I not. What I will say, even at the risk of embarrassing him, is that visionary is a word that describes him well.
He created the type of practice that he envisioned thirteen years ago. He knew what he wanted for each and every patient who walked in his door– a place where they felt accepted and a place where they could justifiably feel hope about having the family that they were dreaming of.
Fertility Doctor Dr. Mark Leondires Receives Visionary Award
I was honored to be able to see Dr. Leondires accept his award last night. He deserves it. I know that because for the last eight years I’ve personally seen his dedication to treating patients as whole and complete human beings. So while last night was more than lovely, the reality of working today, for him and for RMACT, is equally as lovely. Tonight, Carrie Van Steen and I will spend time with a group of women at Ladies Night In. This is a peer support group that is offered by RMACT. Free and open the public.
Why free and open to the public? Because it’s the right thing to do. To offer services and support to those who need it. Even if they aren’t patients of RMACT’s practice.
A small example of why Dr. Leondires received a Visionary Award last night.
A big vision.
A big heart.
A wonderful doctor, father, husband, employer and human being. ~ Lisa Rosenthal
Path2Parenthood Honors Mark Leondires, MD for His Contributions In the Fertility Field
Dr. Mark Leondires, a Board Certified reproductive endocrinologist and partner at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut, has helped thousands of patients become parents.
Path2Parenthood (formerly The American Fertility Association) recognized Mark Leondires, M.D., for his contributions and work with patients at the organization’s annual "Illuminations" fundraising gala in New York City last night. Dr. Leondires received the Joyce M. Vargyas, M.D. Visionary Award, which celebrates the work of individuals and organizations who have made a positive impact in the fields of fertility, reproductive health, and family building.
Don Hribek, a colleague in the infertility field who has known Dr. Leondires for over 20 years, presented the honorary award in a room filled with the infertility field’s most distinguished professionals, saying: “The Dr. Joyce M. Vargas Visionary award was conceived to honor an individual who exemplified her innovation, visionary patient care, faced and overcame challenges and adversity to assist people in creating families… She would be thrilled with our honoree tonight because he practices medicine in ways very similar to her.”
Since Dr. Leondires established Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) 13 years ago, the practice has become a leader in the infertility field with some of the most successful ongoing pregnancy rates in the country. Dr. Leondires is known throughout the infertility field for his whole-patient approach. RMACT is a comprehensive fertility practice that offers cutting-edge medical treatment, as well as emotional support, yoga classes, acupuncture, nutrition counseling and patient workshops. These services are part of Dr. Leondires’ mission to bring fertility success to everyone. RMACT has a robust program for patients seeking help for primary and secondary infertility, fertility preservation and family building options for the LGBTQ community.
“People dream about one day starting a family; nobody dreams about one day seeing a fertility specialist,” says Dr. Leondires, who has his own personal fertility story that includes working with two gestational carriers for his two sons. “But from the moment a patient walks through my practice door, I want to provide them with things they didn’t even know they needed: knowledge, hope and support. That’s how we achieve fertility success.”
Watch some of Dr. Leondires' speech below.
Path2Parenthood (P2P) is an inclusive organization committed to helping people create their families of choice by providing leading-edge outreach programs and timely educational information. The scope of their work encompasses reproductive health, infertility prevention and treatment, and family-building options including adoption and third party solutions. P2P is a national, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization headquartered in New York City.P2P services and materials are provided free of charge to consumers and are available to everyone without reservation. These services include leading-edge educational outreach events, an extensive online library with HD videos, a daily blog, a resource directory available for download on mobile devices, telephone and in-person coaching, and a toll-free support line.
About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)
RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS) . RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, CT and an affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.
The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All five physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. Each has received numerous awards, and all five are Castle Connolly "Top Doctors." RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.
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.