Shady Grove Fertility’s Dr. Brianna Schumacher and Dr. Caleb Kallen were featured in Philadelphia’s Suburban Life Magazine’s November issue, opening up about what makes SGF so unique, why they chose to join the growing practice, and much more.
Dr. Schumacher, the newest physician to join the SGF team who sees patients in our Chesterbrook, PA and Philadelphia, PA offices, opens up about her decision to become a fertility doctor and why she joined Shady Grove Fertility.
“Over the years, I have seen friends and family members who haven’t been able to conceive children, and were also unable to adopt, and I’ve seen how hard that experience was on them,” she explains. “Whether someone may be striving to have their first child or trying to have a second or third to expand their family, I want to do everything that I possibly can to help people become parents.”
Dr. Schumacher joined Shady Grove Fertility because “the doctors always put the patients first,” she says.
Brianna Schumacher, M.D., earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She then went on to complete a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and a Master in Clinical Research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
“Patients come to us stressed out, anxious, vulnerable, and feeling hopeless and devastated, but we are consistently able to offer solutions that continually improve over time,” she says. “Even as a reproductive medicine fellow, I did not want to leave before my patients became pregnant and delivered their babies. One patient texted me recently that she delivered a healthy baby boy, and it made me so happy to be able to help them become a family.”
In a previous interview, when asked about her approach to helping patients who are struggling, she replied, “I let patients know that I am here for them and that they are understood. My first step is to talk to the couple to come up with a plan. In my own life, having a plan helps look toward the future and feel like I know where I’m going. Whether it’s trying again, moving to a different treatment, or deciding that a couple wants to take a break to breathe and reassess – I’m here to help guide them through the process of reaching their goal.”
One patient under Dr. Schumacher’s care wrote, “Just met Dr. Schumacher for the first time and my husband and I were very impressed. She was very reassuring and a great communicator throughout our embryo transfer, constantly letting us know what was happening and ensuring I was comfortable. Thank you, Dr. Schumacher!”
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schumacher, please call our New Patient Center at 1-877-971-7755 or complete our online form.
Dr. Kallen, who also sees patients in SGF’s Chesterbrook, PA and Philadelphia, PA offices, described the uniqueness of Shady Grove Fertility’s approach and the advantages of functioning as an integrated practice.
“There is power in using more brains to help all of our patients,” explains Dr. Kallen. “Anything we can do to improve patient access, as well as the patient experience, is a priority for our program.”
Shady Grove Fertility has over 30 locations along the east coast, and with five offices in Pennsylvania alone, accessibility and quality of care is unparalleled.
“Since we function as an integrated practice, our multiple locations in the Philadelphia metro area enable day-to-day flexibility for patients undergoing fertility treatments,” he says. “Our team of physicians, nurses, and embryologists work seamlessly to provide world-class and compassionate care for our patients. Every decision we make is based on safety, ethical principles, and success for the patients.”
Caleb Kallen, M.D., Ph.D., earned his medical degree, as well as his doctorate, from the University of Pennsylvania, and he completed his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He also completed subspecialty training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
“I am deeply impressed with the intelligence and commitment of my colleagues and staff at Shady Grove Fertility. Beyond this, I observe an insistence on evidence-based and state-of-the-art care. This is coupled with a focus on the patient and his/her experience from the time that care is initiated to the successful completion of his/her sometimes frightening journey. Our team approach to healthcare is personalized for each couple and benefits from our vast clinical experience, ongoing discovery, and our cadre of world-class providers who genuinely care,” says Kallen.
When asked about the most challenging and most rewarding aspects of being a fertility doctor, Dr. Kallen stated, “overcoming fear and frustration can be challenging in the practice of reproductive medicine, but that’s part of what we’re here to do. By far the most gratifying aspect of our work is the joy and appreciation that comes from helping individuals and couples achieve their family building aspirations. It makes every day a special experience.”
Multiple patients of Dr. Kallen’s have voiced their utmost satisfaction and gratitude for being under his care.
“I could not have asked for a better experience with Dr. Kallen and the staff at Shady Grove Fertility, Chesterbrook. Dr. Kallen and his nurse Chrissy were more than happy to answer all of our questions and help with any concerns my husband and I had. They truly went above and beyond to keep us informed. The staff at Shady Grove Fertility allowed us to feel more than comfortable and supported in situations that aren’t always so easy to go through. After our first IUI I am now pregnant!! A super huge Thank you goes out to everyone there!”
“I have been seeing Dr. Kallen for 6 months now. He has reassured me every step of the way and his optimism is precious to me. I never leave his office with questions. I would highly recommend Dr. Kallen as well as all of the amazing nurses at Shady Grove Fertility!”
“Dr. Kallen eased our worries from day one. He gave us hope that we had lost after trying to conceive for 2 years. He was always attentive, informative, kind, thorough, and answered any and all questions we had. Thanks to Dr. Kallen and the whole Shady Grove Fertility team we are now expecting our first child. Words cannot describe our gratitude to Dr. Kallen. Thank you for believing in us and helping us start a family.”
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kallen, please contact our New Patient Center at 1-877-971-7755 or fill out this brief online form.