Russell A. Foulk, MD and the staff of
Utah Fertility Center are delighted to welcome Shawn Elizabeth Gurtcheff, MD, MS, as part of their staff.
Dr. Shawn Gurtcheff has recently returned to Utah where she completed her subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility as well as earned a Master of Science Degree. Patients at Utah Fertility Center value her expertise and kindhearted personality.
Tell us a little about yourself personally and professionally.
My father was an officer in the U.S. Air Force. As such, we moved around quite a bit when I was young. These moves gave me the opportunity to experience and appreciate many different parts of the country. For my medical education, I was drawn to Utah for the opportunity to train under renowned specialists in women’s health. But the serene beauty and wonderful people here in Utah drew us back for the long term.
What drew you to this area of medicine?
There is nothing more rewarding than helping people build their families. The fact that I get to do it every day, and that it’s a job, still amazes me.
What is the most common misconception about fertility treatments?
That everyone with fertility difficulties needs expensive, hi-tech treatments like in vitro fertilization in order to conceive. In actuality, most don’t.
Many challenges come with infertility. How do you help couples work through those challenges?
Coping with an infertility diagnosis is difficult, and treatments can be intimidating. But often, making that first appointment is the hardest part of the journey. I listen, provide a straightforward assessment and plan a clear course of action. At the end, my goal is that patients will look back and view this experience in a positive way.
How can people learn more about Utah Fertility Center?
What can couples expect at their initial consultation?
I use a patient-centered team approach to care. I also use the initial consultation as a time for education. I will extensively review a couple’s history and recommend any additional testing that may be useful. We will discuss their particular situation in detail. We will consider options for treatments and discuss the risks and benefits of each option. Ultimately we will make a treatment plan together, and it will be individualized for that couple.