Get to Know Dr. Wendy Schillings, RMAPA’s Founding Physician
January 24, 2019 |
By: Wendy Schillings, MD, FACOG
In the decade that she’s led Reproductive Medicine Associates of Pennsylvania (RMAPA), Dr. Wendy Schillings has helped many patients start or complete their families.
Whether through Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
, or egg freezing
, Dr. Schillings has enabled thousands of families to take charge of their fertility on their own terms.
“When we have a successful pregnancy and someone brings back their baby,” Dr. Schillings said recently, “that’s priceless.”
“It’s so rewarding.”
Dr. Schillings was born in Neptune, New Jersey, and grew up in Short Hills, New Jersey. Her uncle was a primary care physician, and Dr. Schillings quickly realized she had a knack – and passion – for science.
“When high school came around, I knew I wanted to be a doctor,” she said.
She attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, studying psychology and biology. It was biology class that piqued her interest in endocrinology and women’s health. She enrolled at what is now Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, and after graduation, completed her OB-GYN residency at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Schillings then went onto the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore to complete her Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship, during which she focused on research in addition to patient care.
After spending several years on the faculty at Temple University in Philadelphia, she came to Allentown, Pa., in 2000, and joined the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Lehigh Valley Hospital. In 2008, the hospital forged a formal partnership with Dr. Schillings and Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey (RMANJ)
which resulted in the opening of a brand new clinic: RMAPA.
As the head of the new office, Dr. Schillings would have the opportunity to offer personalized, high quality care using one of the country’s leading IVF laboratories in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, where RMANJ is based.
“I knew the RMANJ founding partners since fellowship, and I knew they were quality physicians,” Dr. Schillings said. “And because patient success was the most important thing to all of us, our clinical philosophy aligned.”
And RMAPA was born. Since then, Dr. Schillings has stayed on as the Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Lehigh Valley Health Network, overseeing resident education, quality improvement, performing surgeries and seeing oncology patients requiring egg or sperm freezing prior to cancer treatment.
At RMAPA, she’s been, until recently, the only physician, treating patients who have come from across the U.S. and as far as Dubai, achieving IVF success rates consistently well above the national average. But as the number of families Dr. Schillings helped create grew, so did the needs of the practice. In July 2017, Dr. Schillings added a second physician to the team: Dr. Ndeye-Aicha Gueye
Together – and with an exceptional nursing and administrative team – the doctors have embarked on a new chapter for RMA of Pennsylvania, late last summer formalizing the practice’s association with RMANJ by joining the IVI-RMA Global network that spans 88 infertility clinics in 13 countries.
“We have always offered top notch care in Allentown,” Dr. Schillings said, “and now that we’re officially part of this incredible research network, we can offer even more hope to our patients.”