Get to know Dr. Mark Trolice in the following interview, where you’ll learn about his his views on reproductive medicine. Feel free to contact us if you have with any questions about our services or to schedule an appointment to meet with The IVF CenterSM doctor to discuss your personal fertility issues.
Tell us a little about your medical background and why you chose to specialize in reproductive endocrinology.
Following residency training in New Jersey, I began my fellowship in REI at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. The satisfaction and fulfillment I experienced during this time of patient care has never abated. My next home became Charlotte, NC where I was named Assistant Director in REI at Carolinas Medical Center, a teaching hospital for residents and medical students. During this time, I successfully completed board certification in both the fields of Ob/Gyn and REI. Additionally, I maintain voluntary annual Board recertification in both areas.
Desiring to advance professionally, I accepted the position of Medical Director of the Reproductive Health Institute (RHI), part of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women here in Orlando. I was also named Director of the Division of REI, responsible for the medical education of residents and medical students in Ob/Gyn, a position I am still proud to hold. While honored to have a high degree of patient satisfaction, an excellent support staff and above average pregnancy rates at RHI, my goal was to open a non-hospital based center and expand “to provide the most comprehensive reproductive healthcare in a compassionate setting.”
With the above “mission statement,” I established The IVF CenterSM in Winter Park, Florida in March 2003. Due to continued growth, we opened The IVF CenterSM IVF Division in March 2004 Additionally, we added Judith Burnett, PhD, a Reproductive Health Psychologist, to our team.
It is my pleasure to serve the reproductive needs of Florida patients as well as to serve as a consultant to my colleagues. I am excited about the plans to expand our services in the near future.
Reproductive Endocrinologists are board certified subspecialists in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology who also have advanced education, and professional skills capable of managing complex problems relating to reproductive endocrinology and infertility. These highly trained and qualified physicians treat a wide variety of reproductive disorders that affect women, men and children.
The initials, F.A.C.O.G. represent induction as a fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. This distinction is achieved after meeting all of the College’s requirements, including Board certification in Obstetrics and Gynocology. F.A.C.S. signifies a physician is a fellow in the American College of Surgeon. Approximately5% of REI physicians are accepted as fellows in the American College of Surgeons.
It seems that many people are waiting to become parent later in life. How much does age affect their ability to conceive?
If a woman is not able to conceive with her own eggs or is no longer ovulating, is she still able to give birth to a healthy baby?
There seems to be many famous women who conceive well into their mid 40s. Is this a common occurrence?
For those who need in vitro fertilization (IVF), do you offer special pricing for those without insurance coverage?
This past March, The IVF CenterSM celebrated its 10 year anniversary. Can you estimate how many people you have helped to overcome infertility and become parents?
Over 1,000 over the last 10 years.
The practice of Reproductive Medicine, specifically the aspect of treating fertility issues, involves addressing patient needs from both a physical and emotional perspective. Our patients often feel a sense of being ‘out of control’ when dealing with their fertility issues so we strive to educate them extensively about their particular diagnosis. We believe that this knowledge empowers the patient and allows them to take more control of their problem while being proactive in their treatment. We always include the patient in the decision making in managing their treatment, an approach which often reduces their apprehension.
Once a patient recognizes they are experiencing a challenge in trying to conceive, the first step we recommend is education. We truly believe ‘knowledge is power’ so an informed patient will gain tremendous advantage in their pursuit of fertility. Understanding the biology of reproduction, the patient can be reassured about certain questions and directed in a more focused way to diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, an educated patient can contribute to her or his own care during a consultation with the physician, resulting in a more rewarding and less stressful experience.
Following acceptance of difficulty in conceiving, I would encourage all patients to remember the benefit of faith and hope. Our goals in life may not always be attained in the way and time frame we desire, but as long as we continue to recognize opportunity, then fulfillment and achievement are in our grasp.
My first goal during a new patient visit is to place the patient at ease. I explain our approach to patient care, our availability to answer all questions and how our treatment plans are individualized. Our program does not merely focus on the medical aspect of fertility because we realize the significant physical, emotional and financial investment a patient makes during this process. By the time a patient has a consultation with a subspecialist, she probably has already gone through a significant amount of worry. So, we begin by discussing how her (or his) fertility problem is impacting her life and we review stress reduction and coping strategies. Sometimes, the majority of a new patient visit is spent on discussing the psychological effect of fertility.
Following a thorough medical interview, I proceed with a comprehensive physical examination and pelvic ultrasound, explaining to the patient about her reproductive anatomy and determining any conditions she has that contribute to a fertility problem. The patient then reviews her evaluation and testing with one of our specialized nurses and is given patient education materials to supplement the office visit. Finally, she spends time with our Financial Counselor to determine fertility benefits coverage and then schedules her follow-up appointments.
Assisted Reproduction is an exciting field that continues to rapidly evolve. Three areas that will probably be increased in use are Egg Freezing, Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), and Unstimulated IVF.