Month: February 2022

Dr. Angie Beltsos Named Top Doctor in Chicago

We are excited to announce Dr. Angie Beltsos has been recognized in Chicago Magazine as one of the Top Doctors in the Chicago area.

Dr. Beltsos is the CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Vios Fertility Institute. She is double board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI).

To learn more about Dr. Beltsos, click here or schedule an appointment with her now.

Dr. Beltsos was chosen by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a leading research and information resource for patients looking to find the best medical care. Doctors do not pay to appear on Castle Connolly lists. Castle Connolly selects the list of Top Doctors based on peer nomination, research, review, and screening.

Congratulations Dr. Beltsos on your selection!

Dr. Ellen Hayes Named Top Doctor in Milwaukee

We are excited to announce Dr. Ellen Hayes has been recognized in Milwaukee Lifestyle Magazine as one of the Top Doctors in the Milwaukee area.

Dr. Hayes received her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Emory University Medical Center.

To learn more about Dr. Hayes, click here or schedule an appointment with her now.

Dr. Hayes was chosen by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a leading research and information resource for patients looking to find the best medical care. Doctors do not pay to appear on Castle Connolly lists. Castle Connolly selects the list of Top Doctors based on peer nomination, research, review, and screening.

Congratulations Dr. Hayes on your selection!

Kindbody and Vios Fertility Institute Create Largest Women-led Fertility Care Company Serving Employers and Consumers

Kindbody Expands National Footprint with $1.15 Billion Valuation

NEW YORK, February 1, 2022 — Kindbody, a leading fertility and family-building care company, today announced that it has signed a merger agreement to acquire Vios Fertility Institute, a high-growth, innovative network of fertility clinics, to increase access to patient-centric, technology-driven care across the country. The transaction doubles Kindbody’s national footprint to 26 clinics with plans to expand to 40 retail locations by year’s end. Together, the companies performed nearly 10,000 fertility treatments in 2021 and served thousands of patients via their virtual and in-person services and is projected to double that in 2022.

Kindbody and Vios are both women-led companies driven by a mission and vision to revolutionize fertility care. Kindbody has transformed the fertility landscape through its design-forward clinics, state-of-the-art technology, and comprehensive virtual, at-home, and in-person care. Under the leadership of global fertility leader, Dr. Angeline Beltsos, Vios has developed deep experience and proven success in clinical operations, innovation, and scale. Vios clinics, located in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin, will rebrand to Kindbody and integrate Kindbody’s proprietary patient portal, EMR (electronic medical record), and telehealth platform into the expanded operations to ensure a seamless continuum of care. 

As part of the transaction, Dr. Beltsos will become Chief Executive Officer, Clinical, designing and leading Kindbody’s medical team. Annbeth Eschbach has been promoted from President to Chief Executive Officer, Corporate, and will ensure operational excellence and consistent growth across the country; and, Vios President Gregory Poulos will assume the role of President of the combined company. Gina Bartasi, Kindbody’s Founder and CEO, will oversee a newly formed holding company leading expansion and vision for the combined entity.

“We founded Vios with a mission of an unparalleled patient experience and a vision of building families dreamed of by our patients,” said Dr. Angeline Beltsos, Founder and CEO of Vios. “Now, more people will have access to the personalized, high-touch experience they have come to expect from both Kindbody and Vios. Together, we have the opportunity to revolutionize fertility and family-building care and make it more accessible for all. I’m excited for what the future holds.“ 

Incoming Chief Executive Officer, Corporate, Annbeth Eschbach said, “We welcome Dr. Beltsos and the entire innovative Vios team to Kindbody. This union brings together two organizations with shared values and alignment around unwavering empathy for patient experience and outcomes. Together, we double our size, reach, and strengths in fertility care to serve our large enterprise clients and more patients everywhere.”

In addition to its proprietary technology, Kindbody has 78 employer clients serving more than 350,000 covered lives. “Large employers have been asking for more Kindbody locations to serve their employees and now, together with Vios, we’re better able to meet this demand. Angie is one of a kind and we couldn’t be more aligned philosophically around patient-centered care. After more than a decade of friendship and respect for her work, I’m thrilled to bring together our combined strengths to further accelerate our mission to make fertility care more affordable and accessible for all,” added Gina Bartasi.

Last year was a record year for consolidation in the digital healthcare sector with M&A activity up 44% from 2020, according to CB Insights State of Digital Health 2021 report. Investments in the US digital health market also skyrocketed in 2021 reaching a record $37.9B. The number of global digital health “unicorns,” or startups that reach a valuation of $1B, reached a record of 85, up 49% over the previous year, according to the report. Kindbody is uniquely positioned for success in the digital healthcare sector because it provides both care navigation and care delivery with more than 64 providers across the country. The announcement follows Kindbody’s expansion into at-home testing earlier this month, beginning with fertility hormone test kits for women and men. 

Kindbody was founded in 2018 and is led by a best in class leadership team including Founder and Chair, Gina Bartasi; CEO, Corporate, Annbeth Eschbach; CEO, Clinical, Dr. Angeline Beltsos; President, Gregory Poulos; Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Lynn Westphal; Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Fahimeh Sasan, Chief Business and Legal Officer, Shilpa Patel; Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Dean Morbeck; Chief Revenue Officer, Taryn Branca; Chief Marketing Officer, Anna Levikova; Chief Technology Officer, Richard Forsythe; Chief Accounting Officer, Brian Goldfarb; Chief Strategy Officer, Hannah Johnson; Chief Genomics Officer, Dr. Amber Cooper; Chief Clinical Research Officer, Dr. Roohi Jeelani; and Chief Financial Officer, Meredith Whitney. Kindbody’s Advisory Board includes Dr. Jacques Cohen, Larry Leisure, Cindy Gentry, Kerry Van Voris, Kimber Lockhart and Andy Grover. 

About Vios Fertility Institute

Established in 2015, Vios Fertility Institute is one of the fastest growing fertility clinics in the U.S. with 13 locations in the Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Portland, and St. Louis regions. Woman owned, the Vios mission is to help patients find their way to fertility health with the highest chances of success. Vios offers innovative, scientific, and cutting-edge treatment options along with an unparalleled patient experience. Visit www.ViosFertility.com to learn more.

About Kindbody

Kindbody is a leading fertility and family-building care company offering state-of-the-art technology, comprehensive virtual and in-person care, and an employer benefits solution. Kindbody’s clinically managed program includes fertility assessments and education, fertility preservation, genetic testing, in vitro fertilization (IVF), donor and surrogacy services, and adoption, as well as physical, mental, and emotional support from preconception through postpartum. Kindbody is the trusted fertility benefits solution for more than 78 employers, covering more than 350,000 lives. Many thousands more receive their fertility care directly from Kindbody throughout the country at signature clinics, mobile clinics, and partner clinics. As the fertility benefits solution, the technology platform, and direct provider of high-quality care, Kindbody delivers a seamless, integrated experience with superior health outcomes at lower cost, making fertility care more affordable and accessible for all. Kindbody has raised $122 million in funding from leading investors including Perceptive Advisors, GV (formerly Google Ventures), RRE Capital, Claritas Health Ventures, Rock Springs Capital, NFP Ventures, and TQ Ventures. Visit www.kindbody.com and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Contact: Margaret Ryan, Head of Communications, Kindbody, [email protected]

Kindbody and Vios: Patient FAQs

We are thrilled to share that Vios has partnered with Kindbody to increase access to patient-centric, technology-driven, care across the country. Read the full press release here.

We know our patients may have some questions about this news, so we have put together answers to some frequently asked questions below:

  1. How will this partnership impact my current treatment plan?

Patients will not experience any disruptions in their individual care; their physician, care team, and treatment plans will not change.

Over time, we hope patients will see exciting developments as we thoughtfully integrate and evolve, taking advantage of the best each of our companies has to offer.

  1. Why did Vios join forces with Kindbody?

Kindbody and Vios are stronger together. We are unified by our shared mission to transform the fertility landscape through superior healthcare, innovative technology, expanded accessibility, and unparalleled patient experience. We are thrilled to see two female-led teams come together to provide our patients with the best patient-centered care in the market.

The combination immediately doubles the size, reach, and scope of both companies and combines the deep experience and proven success in clinical operations, innovation, and scale of Vios with the cutting-edge technology and employer network of Kindbody. 

  1. As a patient, what do I stand to gain from this? What are the benefits to me?

By combining the power of Kindbody with Vios’s clinical expertise and experience in scaling clinical operations, we are furthering our commitment to quality care, best-in-class patient experience and increased access to care. 

Kindbody’s proprietary patient portal, EMR (electronic medical record), and telehealth platform will be integrated into the expanded operations to ensure a seamless continuum of care.

  1. Will my cost of care stay the same?

The cost of care will not change for Vios patients.

  1. Will any locations close because of the union? 

No. Vios and Kindbody are already in progress to further expand the national footprint in additional markets.

  1. Will Kindbody patients be able to schedule an appointment at Vios right away? If so, who should I reach out to?

We are “business as usual” for the next 90 days and Vios is already a partner of Kindbody. If you are a Kindbody member, you can book your appointment through [email protected]. If you are not a Kindbody member, call Vios directly (866-258-8467) or complete this form to schedule an appointment!

As we work towards a full rebranding to Kindbody, you may receive a follow-up phone call or email from a Kindbody address – this is to be expected. Our team will get you scheduled at the location and with the physician you request.

Kindbody and Vios: Provider FAQs

We are thrilled to share that Vios has partnered with Kindbody to increase access to patient-centric, technology-driven, care across the country. Read the full press release here.

We know our referring provider partners may have some questions about this news, so we have put together answers to some frequently asked questions below:

  1. How will this integration impact how Vios cares for current patients?

Patients will not experience any disruptions in their individual care; their physician, care team, and treatment plans will not change.

Over time, we hope you and your patients will see exciting developments as we thoughtfully integrate and evolve, taking advantage of the best each of our companies has to offer.

  1. How will this integration impact me and my patients?

Your patient’s care, experience, and expected outcomes will not change. 

The integration allows for more individuals to access fertility and family-building care through expanded locations, employer benefits, and technology.

  1. What do we stand to gain from the partnership? What are the benefits to us?

Kindbody and Vios seek to revolutionize the fertility industry through superior healthcare, innovative technology, expanded accessibility, and an unparalleled patient experience. We hope this means that with your help, we can even better serve patients across the continuum of their family-building experience.

  1. Why did Vios and Kindbody merge?

Kindbody and Vios are stronger together. We are unified by our shared mission of accessible care for all, our vision and our values. We are thrilled to see two female-led teams come together to provide the best patient-centered fertility care in the market.

  1. Will Vios be offering gynecology or OB services now?

The overarching service of both Kindbody and Vios is fertility and family-building care. Some Kindbody locations have GYN practitioners on staff. 

Additionally, there are some GYNs who provide fertility care under the direction of REIs. 

Kindbody and Vios have always and will continue to refer OB patients to their OBGYN for prenatal care between 8 – 10 weeks of pregnancy. Our provider relationships are extremely important to us and we will continue to foster them.

  1. Will any locations change?

No. This union allows Kindbody and Vios to increase access to fertility and family-building care. All current locations will remain open and we will be opening additional clinics nationwide. Upcoming clinic openings: Denver, CO in March; Washington, D.C. in April; Houston,TX; Dallas,TX; Miami, FL in Q2 and Seattle, WA; Philadelphia, PA; Brooklyn, NY; Irvine, CA; and East Bay, CA in Q3 and Charlotte, NC; and a third LA location in Q4.

  1. Will the cost of care stay the same?

The cost of care will not immediately change for any and all current patients. 

We will embark on a thoughtful, strategic integration process to ensure a clean and uninterrupted evolution that captures the best of both organizations. Patients will receive ample notice of any changes. 

Over time we may roll out new pricing or packages as part of standard business efforts to continuously improve patient care and we will keep you apprised of significant changes.

  1. Do we direct our referral to Vios or to Kindbody?

Please continue to refer your patients to Vios. We will embark on a thoughtful, strategic integration process to ensure a clean and uninterrupted evolution that captures the best of both organizations. We will keep you apprised of significant changes and ensure you have updated marketing materials to help in streamlining communication with your patients. 

To schedule a New Patient Consult at Vios, call 866-258-8467 or to complete the Contact Us form at ViosFertility.com.

As we work towards a full rebranding to Kindbody, you may receive a follow-up phone call or email from a Kindbody address – this is to be expected. Our team will schedule all patients at the location and with the physician they request.

The Vios Practice Liaison team is available to help you with any questions!