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Long Island IVF Celebrates National Doctor’s Day

By Tracey Minella

March 30th, 2017 at 8:48 pm

 

L-R Drs. Brenner, Pena, Kenigsberg, Kreiner


You’ve trusted them with more than just your medical care. You’ve trusted them with your future…with your dreams of having a family. They are your Long Island IVF doctors. And we celebrate them today on National Doctor’s Day. (Camera shy today are Drs. Zinger and Droesch!)

For almost 30 years, the doctors at Long Island IVF have been helping Long Islanders become parents through advanced assisted reproductive technologies like IUI and IVF. We were responsible for such milestones as Long Island’s first IVF baby, its first Donor Egg baby, and its first IVF baby from a cryopreserved embryo. We are often the first practice in the region to offer the newest technologies and treatments in family-building.

Whether you came to one of our doctors through a trusted recommendation from family or friends whose families we helped to build, or you found us through conducting your own research into Long Island IVF’s history, we are so glad you chose our doctors.

There is a beautiful transition that often happens between a patient and her doctor. What starts out as a queasy mix of hopefulness and fear at an initial consultation—where you lay your story and feelings there at the feet of an expert who is still a stranger—often develops into a partnership in care that leads to that sought-after pregnancy. Not always unfortunately, and that is devastating to both the patient and the doctor. The journey may be short for some, longer for others, and stressful for all.

Your doctors pour over your case and feel enormous responsibility to help you succeed because they know how much is on the line. They don’t really exhale until you are sent back to your ObGyn for pregnancy care with a healthy sono photo in your hand.

And nothing makes them happier than when they get to meet your little ones at the annual LIIVF family reunion– or any time you want to drop in for a visit.

If there is a special doctor at Long Island IVF that has touched your life, feel free to give a “shout-out” right here in the comments to let them know how much they mean to you. It will make their day! (Hey Dr. Kreiner, if you’re listening—thanks for the two miracles!)

Now it’s YOUR turn…

Shout out begins now!

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Who is your favorite LIIVF doctor?

 

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Long Island IVF-WINNER: Best in Vitro Fertility Practice 2015- 2016- 2017

It is with humble yet excited hearts that we announce that Long Island IVF was voted the Best In Vitro Fertility Practice in the Best Of Long Island 2015 and 2016 and 2017 contest…three years in a row!

The doctors, nurses, embryologists, and the rest of the Long Island IVF staff are so proud of this honor and so thankful to every one of you who took the time to vote. From the moms juggling LIIVF babies… to the dads coaching LIIVF teens…to the parents sending LIIVF adults off to college or down the aisles… to the LIIVF patients still on their journeys to parenthood who are confident in the care they’re receiving…we thank you all.

We love what we’ve gotten to do every day more than 29 years…build families. If you are having trouble conceiving, please call us. Many of our nurses and staff were also our patients, so we really do understand what you’re going through. And we’d like to help. 631-752-0606.

 

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Long Island IVF’s Dr. Zinger is now in Lake Success and Brooklyn

By Tracey Minella

February 22nd, 2017 at 12:27 pm

We are happy to announce that Dr. Michael Zinger has joined Dr. Daniel Kenigsberg and Dr. Steven Brenner in seeing patients at Long Island IVF’s Lake Success location. Dr. Zinger will continue seeing patients in our Brooklyn office as well.

Dr. Zinger has been with Long Island IVF since 2008 as the reproductive endocrinologist who anchors our Brooklyn facility. He enjoys a loyal patient following and has just branched out a bit eastward to reach even more patients closer to where they live and work.

Uniquely-qualified with dual board certifications in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility as well as OBGYN, Dr. Zinger appreciates the difficulty frustrated patients face when choosing an infertility specialist as well as the trust it takes for OBGYNs to refer patients out to him for advanced infertility care.

Consistently ranked by his peers as a “SuperDoc” in the New York Times and selected for the Patient’s Choice and Compassionate Doctor awards on vitals.com, Dr. Zinger makes quality, compassionate patient care a priority. He’s one reason the public voted Long Island IVF the “Best In Vitro Fertility Practice” for three straight years– 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Prior to joining Long Island IVF, Dr. Zinger spent six years heading the IVF program at Edwards Hospital. A prolific author of medical textbook chapters and medical journal articles, as well as a presenter at numerous national and international medical meetings, Dr. Zinger was also the recipient of The Endocrine Society’s prestigious Senior Fellow’s Award for outstanding research. His complete bio can be viewed here.

If you are looking for a trustworthy and experienced infertility specialist in the Lake Success or Brooklyn area, you can book an appointment with Dr. Zinger by calling (718) 375-6400 for Brooklyn or (516) 358-6363 for Lake Success.

Long Island IVF has multiple offices throughout Long Island as well as in Brooklyn for your convenience.

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When Should I Freeze My Eggs?

By Dr. Michael Zinger

August 4th, 2016 at 3:43 pm

 

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Every woman is born with a limited supply of eggs.  As this supply ages, the likelihood of each remaining egg to have the capability to become a baby diminishes.  However, this loss of potential is not spread evenly over the years, rather it is a shallow decline that usually continues into the mid-30’s, followed by a steeper loss that typically happens from the late 30’s into the early 40’s.  Over a matter of 5 years, the odds of one egg having the potential to make a baby decreases by about 80%.  Of course, not every woman is typical and the age at which this transition starts can vary quite a bit.

 

The only way to effectively protect the potential of eggs over time is cryopreservation, also known as egg freezing.  Once frozen, the capacity of the eggs to create a successful pregnancy is maintained through the years.

 

Gynecologists often ask me at which age to refer their single patients to me to discuss egg freezing.  The answer is not simple.  Certainly we do not want to put a patient through this process if it is likely that she will meet the right partner and form a family without ever using those eggs.  It would have been an unnecessary medical procedure with associated expense and lost time and effort.

 

On the other hand, we have to weigh the risk that the steeper decline in the eggs’ potential will happen before the woman has met her future partner and completed her family.  If we could predict when that decline will happen in each woman then this question would be much easier.  Unfortunately, our testing is only accurate in identifying this steeper decline when it is already occurring, at which point we have already missed the opportunity to freeze high-potential eggs.

 

Most of my egg-freeze patients are in their mid-30’s.  On average, at this point, only subtle changes in the potential of eggs have occurred, whereas within a few years, more drastic changes usually start.   Therefore, this timing does make sense for most women, but not everyone.

 

A concern about waiting until the mid 30’s is the possibility of an earlier decrease in egg potential.  While that is unusual, it tends to also be unpredictable.  Factors that contribute may include a history of smoking, a history of ovarian surgery or conditions that may lead to such surgery (e.g. endometriosis), or having a mother or older sister that experienced either an earlier menopause or infertility due to loss in egg potential.  Women with these factors should consider freezing eggs in their early 30’s or even late 20’s.    But, most often, if an early decrease occurs, it is without any predisposing factors and with no known cause.  Therefore, even without predisposing factors, cautious women, who want to minimize the risk of missing the opportunity, should also consider freezing their eggs in their early 30’s.

 

Of course, just as some women unpredictably have an earlier loss, some also have good potential that persists even past 40.  This can be determined at an initial visit with a fertility specialist through sonogram and blood tests.  So, for women who have not yet frozen eggs, even at 41 or 42 it makes sense to come in for evaluation and determine if this could still be worthwhile.

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Long Island IVF WINS– AGAIN!! Best of Long Island 2016: Best In Vitro Fertility Practice!

By Tracey Minella

January 10th, 2016 at 8:32 am

We are beyond excited to announce that… for the second consecutive year… Long Island IVF was voted the Best In-Vitro Fertility Practice in the Best Of Long Island 2016 contest.

And it’s all because of YOU!

To be the best infertility practice on Long Island means that you’ve trusted us not only with your care…but with your biggest dream. And that we came through for you in a way that compelled you to recommend us to others by voting.

The doctors, nurses, embryologists, and the rest of the Long Island IVF staff are so humbled by this honor and so thankful to each and every one of you who took the time to cast a vote in our favor. From the moms juggling LIIVF toddlers… to the dads coaching LIIVF teens…to the parents sending LIIVF adults off to college or down the aisles… to the LIIVF patients still on their journeys to parenthood who are confident in the care they’re receiving…we thank you all.

We love what we get to do every day…build families. And that’s all the thanks we really need. However, when you recommend us to your friends and families and endorse us to the public by voting for us, you enable us to help even more infertile couples fulfill their dreams of building a family. And we’re thankful for that as well.

As we’ve done for almost 28 years, we offer patients our unique blend of cutting-edge medical technologies and holistic, personal support… wrapped in the comfort of a private, non-hospital setting. Because we believe all people have the right to pursue their dream of parenthood, we have long-offered family-building treatments specially designed for the LGBT community’s unique needs. We also offer grants and other programs to help make treatment options more affordable. https://www.longislandivf.com/ivf_grants.cfm

Thanks again for your vote and for trusting us with your care.

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Long Island IVF Family Reunion 2014 Memories

By Tracey Minella

November 11th, 2014 at 4:26 pm


Long Island IVF just celebrated its 26th Annual Family Reunion event. With schools closed and many people off from work, we were blessed with an exceptionally high turn-out of babies and new parents. And we couldn’t have been happier!

The family reunion is the highlight event of our year because it’s when the doctors and staff get to meet the newest crop of little miracles. The last time some of these babies were held, they were only a few cells in size! It’s such an emotional experience for doctors and patients alike. This year, 99 of the newest babies came out. Maybe we’re biased, but they were all gorgeous! And their parents were bursting with smiles and pride…happiness and gratitude replacing the worry and stress of the past. A photographer was capturing the little dickens in a fall-themed pumpkin patch.

It was remarked that if we’d had all of the babies we helped to create for the past 26 years, we’d have filled the Nassau Coliseum!

We were also so lucky to have the event covered by several media outlets, including CBS, Fox, FIOS, and News 12. Not only did that coverage expose our practice’s success to potential patients who may need our family-building services, but it enabled all of our patients, past and present, to share in the reunion experience. You could feel the happiness in the air.

Please check out some of the videos of that news coverage on our Facebook page or at these links and check back often as we will update them as they are available:

http://longisland.news12.com/news/long-island-ivf-celebrates-26-years-of-helping-families-1.9608352

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/video/10839273-proud-parents-reunite-with-doctors-to-celebrate-birth-of-little-miracles/

 

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Have you been to a LIIVF family reunion? If so, what was the best part? If not yet, what part do you imagine would be the most fulfilling?

 

 

 

 

 

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Long Island IVF Designated an Aetna Institute of Excellence™ Infertility Clinic

By Tracey Minella

July 17th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Long Island IVF is proud to announce it has been recognized as an Aetna Institute of Excellence™ Infertility Clinic for Assisted Reproductive Technology services.

Aetna makes information about the quality and cost of health care services available to its members to help them make informed decisions about their health care needs. In line with this goal, Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. Facilities are selected for their unique expertise in consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care.

Long Island IVF has been selected as one such specialized, unique, and safe facility.

“From the day LIIVF first opened its doors 26 years ago, we’ve been committed to providing the safest, most advanced medical care to the infertility community on Long Island”, said Dr. Daniel Kenigsberg, Reproductive Endocrinologist and co-founding partner of Long Island IVF. “So to be recognized by Aetna as an ‘Institute of Excellence’ is not only an honor, but a validation of that commitment.”

Dr. David Kreiner, Reproductive Endocrinologist and co-founding partner of Long Island IVF, agrees. “Infertility is very stressful and the pressure on infertile couples to choose the right fertility practice can be overwhelming,” adds Dr. Kreiner. “The ‘Institute of Excellence’ distinction helps direct infertile patients to the doctors who have been recognized as leaders in the field of infertility and assisted reproductive technology.”

While recommendations from successful patients have always been a great source of new patient referrals, many couples who are trying to conceive may not know someone who has used assisted reproductive technology to get pregnant, or they may not be ready to openly admit that they’re suffering from infertility. So, the Aetna Institute of Excellence™ Infertility Clinic designation is a great resource to direct patients to quality care.

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What factors do/did you consider important when choosing a reproductive endocrinologist?

 

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Long Island IVF Doctors Named to “Super Doctors” List

By Tracey Minella

May 23rd, 2014 at 12:52 pm

 

Dr. Pena

Did you catch the big news in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine?

Long Island IVF doctors, Dr. Joseph Pena and Dr. Michael Zinger, have been named as New York “Super Doctors” in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology, securing two of just 6 spots on the elite list for the combined Long Island and Brooklyn area.

What makes this exciting and humbling is that “Super Docs” honorees are chosen by their peers. You can’t buy your way onto the list through paid advertising (at least LIIVF’s doctors didn’t pay for advertising!), or get on it by generating the most “likes” in a social media campaign (but feel free to come over and “like” us on Facebook anyway at http://www.facebook.com/longislandivf! It is doctors recognizing other doctors’ talent and ability.

For a complete list of the SuperDoctors in Reproductive Endocrinology, click here: http://bit.ly/1hglvmu

Dr. Zinger

We know of many other top notch doctors…both on the Long Island IVF team and in other fields who are not included on the Super Doctors list… and are humbled by this recognition. Thanks to all the physicians who voted for Drs. Pena and Zinger for this honor.

And of course, we’d like to thank our wonderful patients, who so often sing the praises of their LIIVF doctors… because it’s possible many of the doctors who nominate our physicians for these honors may have first heard about them from you! You are the reason we all love what we do every day.

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Have you ever told another doctor about your LIIVF experience or recommended your LIIVF doctor?

 

 

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Long Island IVF Patient Satisfaction Survey and Extended Hours Program

By Tracey Minella

September 17th, 2013 at 7:57 am

While Long Island IVF routinely conducts patient satisfaction surveys, earlier this year we undertook a major, multifaceted patient satisfaction review process. As this is the 25th anniversary of our bringing Long Island its first IVF baby, we felt it was the perfect time to reach out and confirm that we were still giving today’s infertile patients everything they want and need in their journey to parenthood.

This review included surveying current patients, former patients, and prospective patients who’d expressed an interest in our practice. It included in-office surveys, online surveys, mailings, and phone calls. It was structured to encourage both positive and negative feedback so we could really get an honest look at what we’re doing right and where we might do even better.

We weren’t just looking for a sugar-coated, love-fest from the many patients who we’d fast-tracked to parenthood. No, we wanted to hear from everyone: those whose success took longer, those still trying, those who came to us from other practices, and those who connected with us but didn’t follow through. This was a huge undertaking.

The results were well worth the effort. And we learned a lot.

Today’s patients are doing their homework. They are educated consumers who often come to Long Island IVF researching our success rates and comparing them to other clinics, nationally and regionally. We strongly encourage patients to do this and we take pride in our success rates, which far exceed the national averages.This information is available on our website http://www.longislandivf.com/  and is also explained simply in this recent blog: http://bit.ly/199We8L

Today’s patients appreciate a blend of high-tech and high-touch. They want the benefits of a stellar clinical program with great success rates, but they want the human touch. They want the best of a shiny state-of-the-art facility, but they want their hands held. They want the cutting edge technology of traditional IVF but they often want to blend it with other complimentary offerings like our unique Mind-Body program’s stress-reduction techniques, counseling, and acupuncture. http://www.longislandivf.com/mind_body.cfm. Our warm, private, non-institutional environment offers all these things.

But today’s patients have a real dilemma. The extended economic downturn has driven many infertile patients to work longer hours, sometimes at more than one job, in order to afford their treatments. Sadly, the days of 9-5 are history.

Even though we’ve long offered early morning hours for patients so they could get to work on time, many patients need or want to come to the office in the evening when possible. This request frequently came up in our survey.

We want you to know…we listened.

Long Island IVF is pleased to announce the following extended evening office hours and locations. Doctors will see patients until 8:00 pm, with the last appointment starting at 7:00 pm.

Monday: Dr. Brenner will see patients in Lake Success.

Monday: Dr. Zinger will see patients in Brooklyn.

Tuesday: Dr. Kenigsberg will see patients in Melville.

Wednesday: Dr. Kreiner will see patients in Melville.

Thursday: Dr. Zinger will see patients in Brooklyn.

Patient satisfaction has always been a priority at Long Island IVF and it’s something we will continue to assess frequently as we enter our next 25 years of family-building. Thanks to all those who took the time to share your thoughts and ideas. And thanks for continuing to refer us to your friends and family.

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We’re always looking for your input and suggestions. Feel free to weigh in on anything right here.

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