Meet Medical Assistant Susan Lake

Susan Lake is one of the newest team members at Southeastern Fertility.

As a registered medical assistant, she helps serve both our general clinic and National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) families. In fact, many of you have probably already met her!

The video below, first posted as part of our popular “Facebook Friday” series, is your chance to get to know her a little better.

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Failure: A Valuable Teacher

When it comes to IVF, failure isn’t necessarily final. Something valuable can always be learned.

When IVF is unsuccessful, the failure will generally come down to one of three factors: the transfer itself, the lining of the uterus, or the embryo(s).

Reviewing the attempt with your physician is a valuable experience because it gives you and the doctor the chance to explore important questions related to those factors.

Some of those questions could include:

Were there difficulties accompanying the transfer?

Was there inflammation in the lining?

How did the body respond to medication or stimulation?

Unpacking the answers to these and other questions can go a long way toward impacting how (and whether) you move forward with more treatment in the future. The lessons learned can give you real hope.

Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum have more in this video, originally posted on social media as part of our popular “Facebook Friday” series.

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Dazed & Confused

Infertility can leave you dazed (as in, clinically depressed), and some scheduling changes for upcoming Southeastern Fertility cycles have some of our patients confused.

Southeastern Fertility’s Mark Mellinger & IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum unpack some helpful takeaways for these two concerns in this video.

This is one you really need to check out if you’re in the November or December transfer cycles!

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

They Persevered, and Found a Support System

Charity & Rhett went through a long road of infertility over several years. Along the way, they navigated failed IUIs, surgery, unsuccessful IVF, a very iffy positive pregnancy test, and even an ice storm! But amid their pain and vulnerability, they also discovered an amazing support system in their local church. And yes, eventually, they welcomed the son for whom they had so long prayed.

Learn from and be encouraged by this Southeastern Fertility family’s wonderful story in this episode of our “Hope, Faith, & Infertility” podcast.

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To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

Right Tool. Right Use. Right Result.

In the video below, originally aired as part of our popular Facebook Fridays series, Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon spins a yarn about an ultrasound machine, a pesky house key, and a fix that would make MacGyver proud.

Plus, a little practical joke on the doc, and a gift for IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum.

We hope you enjoy this mostly-for-entertainment video, but don’t miss the point Dr. G is driving at as well! It’s a key concept when it comes to treating infertility.

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

She Administers the “Thriller” Dose

We’re thrilled to have nurse anesthetist Stephanie Smith on board the Southeastern Fertility team!

Some of our procedures, such as egg retrievals, are done under sedation. It’s Stephanie’s job to administer the anesthetic in order for patients to remain relaxed and comfortable during their procedures.

Meet Stephanie, hear about the anesthetic she uses and its effects, and find out more about how she’s serving patients like you.

Plus, there’s a special gift for Co-Director Dr. John Gordon (in connection with his popular Facebook Friday series) in the video below!

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

A Prayer to Close Out a Rough Week

Not every week can be a good week and this one, unfortunately, had a lot of sadness in the halls of Southeastern Fertility.

But there’s still room for hope and healing.

Southeastern Fertility’s Mark Mellinger and Lynda McCollum have more, and invite you to join them in prayer, in the video below.

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

No Shortcuts

Yes, fertility treatment can be a long climb.

It’s tempting to want to take shortcuts. (For instance, many embryo adoption patients will ask us why they must have a trial embryo transfer.)

But shortcuts during fertility treatment are a bad idea, as Southeastern Fertility Co-Director Dr. John Gordon and IVF Coordinator Lynda McCollum unpack in the video below.

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

By the Numbers

One thing that makes Southeastern Fertility a different type of medical practice is that we work to be very transparent about pricing.

Toward that end, Co-Director Dr. John Gordon has some adjustments in the numbers to talk about in the video below, with more than a dash of sci-fi time-telling thrown in!

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.

“It Took Infertility to Draw Me Closer to the Lord”

Dominique & Tim didn’t know it was possible to have a child, then experience infertility. But that’s exactly what happened to them. In this episode of our “Hope, Faith, & Infertility” podcast (below), Dominique explains how secondary infertility challenged (and ultimately strengthened) her faith, how Mini-Stim IVF proved to be her family’s answer, and how she managed to go through it all while simultaneously pursuing advanced education.

Rate, review, and subscribe to “Hope, Faith, & Infertility” wherever you listen to podcasts.

To schedule your free 15-minute telemedicine consult with Co-Director Dr. John Gordon, call 865-777-0088 or click here. To learn more about Southeastern Fertility, including our mission, values and team, click here. To learn more about IVF with Southeastern Fertility, click here.