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Happy Birthday, Dr. Kreiner!

By Tracey Minella and David Kreiner MD

November 28th, 2011 at 12:00 am

Today is Dr. Kreiner’s birthday. I always remember this day, not because he is my boss, not because he is my friend, but because he was my doctor.

Where would I be if he had not been born?

I might have had children, but they would not have been the exact ones I have now. They would not be the same ages or have come into my life in exactly the same way.

My journey was what it was because Dr. Kreiner was born. He decided to be an RE and to pioneer IVF on Long Island, precisely at the time that I needed him to be there. And there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of other couples who feel like me.

So, in honor of Dr. Kreiner’s birthday, I’m sharing one of his posts about a tender moment Grandpa Kreiner shared with his grandson about the wonderful work he does:

Last night I tucked my grandson Jayden into bed. “Saba,” which is Hebrew for grandfather, Jayden said, “What do you do at work?” I thought back to when I first talked to his dad, my son Dan, about the birds and the bees. Well, I thought, I help those in need make babies but how do I explain this to a three year old?

I need to explain that my patients are suffering, some so severely that it affects their marriage, their jobs and often their health. I’m responsible for alleviating their suffering. I share my compassion for their troubles, hoping I may start to develop a bond with them.

I meet with each couple to try to evaluate the presence of any relationship problems. Sometimes these problems are sexual in nature, often related to difficulties with communication and, unfortunately, sometimes include violent behavior on the part of one or both spouses. Working with a program that employs a highly-trained mental health professional and a mind-body team approach helps alleviate stress, works on relationships and helps improve the health of my patients through nutrition, acupuncture and massage, as well as support groups. A healthier, less stressed patient with proper flow of Qi is more likely to conceive with my most advanced scientific infertility treatments available to man.

So I say to Jayden, “Saba is a doctor who helps people become mommies and daddies.” Jayden was not sure he was satisfied. His face frowned. He shrugged his shoulders and raised his arms, palms turned up. “How Saba?” he asked.

“With G-d’s help and the help of all those good dedicated men and women who work with me in the office,” I replied. With that, I looked at my grandson with all the joy and love a grandparent can feel for his grandchild, to which Jayden added, “Can we play another game of Wii?”

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