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Alternative Medicine Team

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At RMAPA we understand that the process of infertility treatment can represent a physical and an emotional challenge for our patients. To make treatment easier and more comfortable, we are one of the few infertility centers in the world to offer a comprehensive program of support and education to help couples manage the emotional aspects of treatment and to achieve a maximum level of “wellness.” Known as Complementary Alternative Medicine, our unique program is available to help you address many of the common and uncommon issues that may be associated with your treatment. With services from our specially-trained psychologists, social workers and acupuncturists, our goal is to make your treatment experience as positive as possible with a focus on the health of your mind and body.

Andrea Mechanick Braverman, PhD

Dr. Braverman is a licensed psychologist with a specialty in infertility counseling and third party reproduction issues. Before joining RMAPA, she spent 15 years at Pennsylvania Reproductive Associates of the Women’s Institute for Fertility, Endocrinology and Menopause. She became interested in infertility while in graduate school and completed her dissertation on public attitudes towards donor insemination. She received her M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Braverman has conducted research and published numerous articles in medical journals about the psychological aspects of infertility, attitudes of parents of children born with the use of ART, issues involved in the decision to end treatment, and psychological issues involved in using third-party donors. She has also lectured internationally on treatment issues in reproductive medicine before medical and patient audiences. To schedule an appointment, please call our Patient Coordinator at (973) 656-2087.

Marc Passmann, CAc

Marc Passmann is a renowned expert in advanced acupuncture and massage therapy who specializes in working with women and men during treatment for infertility. His services are now available to patients through the CAM program at RMAPA. Marc custom-designs a course of treatment that meets each patient’s individual needs. Often combining different forms of acupuncture Marc is able to target the specific causes of stress. He often combines traditional therapies with advanced approaches including gentler styles of Japanese acupuncture. Marc holds a Master’s degree in acupuncture and studied massage therapy at the Brenneke School of Massage in Seattle. He is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. For more information about Marc’s services for patients at RMAPA, or to schedule an appointment, call (973) 656-2087.

Bette Galen, LCSW

Bette Galen is a licensed clinical social worker who counsels on infertility issues and family building options. She is also a Resolve therapist and is trained in mind/body techniques for infertility. Bette has advanced training in trauma and is an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapist. EMDR therapy is an information processing therapy using a structured protocol including external attention stimulus in conjunction with personal associations to bring about treatment effects. Bette has lectured to patients in the area of fertility and children about their ART beginnings.