WESTPORT, Conn. Before Dr. Ryan Martin was helping Fairfield County couples conceive from his offices at the Yale Fertility Center in Westpor t, he took his talents to the net as a professional tennis player. Going from athlete to doctor is challenge enough, but Martin had an extra obstacle to overcome.
When I was 12, a crazy man in Washington, D.C., shot me, he says, seated in his wheelchair behind his desk. That madman took the use of Martins legs but couldnt touch his spirit.
Martin played professional wheelchair tennis for nine years. His prowess took him to competitions around the world. But as his college years drew to a close, he decided to get serious about a career path and turned to medicine.
I didnt want to regret that I never tried, says Martin, reflecting on his decision to pursue a medical degree. He tried and succeeded at Yale. During a lecture on in vitro fertilization, he discovered his passion for helping couples to start families.
As a member of the Yale medical staff, Martin is proud to bring the hospitals level of service and care directly to his Fairfield County patients. The Westport center opened in March and is seeing a higher number of patients than anticipated.
With couples having children later in life, the need for fertility treatments and diagnosis are on the rise. Because women are born with a finite number of eggs that diminish as time goes on, couples are fighting a biological clock. Martin recommends that couples take any complications or difficulties seriously and see a doctor before it is too late.
Luckily for the couples, treatments are effective, according to Martin. In vitro has been in use for decades, and the procedure has only become more refined.
The Yale Fertility Center in Westport allows patients to have personalized consultations and visits with their physicians. In many large hospital settings, patients can often be treated as numbers with little direct contact, Martin says. That is an atmosphere he wants to keep at bay with the new facility.
Martin says his job is exceptionally rewarding. He laughs and says patients often spot him out and about because hes hard to miss in the wheelchair. Sometimes Ill be at a restaurant and look over and make eye contact with a patient. Shell give a knowing smile and point at her belly, he says with a smile.
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