Category: Dr. Beltsos

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!

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]

Dr. Angie Beltsos honored in the Most Inspiring Business Leaders Making a Difference 2021 list

We are honored to have our very own Dr. Angie Beltsos featured in CIO Views 10 Most Inspiring Business Leaders Making a Difference 2021. Dr. Angie Beltsos leads Vios as Chief Medical Officer/CEO who is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI), practicing medicine since 1991.

Dr. Beltsos believe in patient-focused care with success not only being measured by the amount of pregnancies but patient satisfaction and teamwork amongst Vios.

Read all about Dr. Angie Beltsos and her approach to fertility here.

The future of egg and embryo storage: The TMRW Platform

Vios Fertility Institute is proud to partner with companies like TMRW to raise the standard of care for fertility patients.

This morning, Dr. Angie Beltsos, Vios CEO and Chief Medical Officer, along with TMRW Founder and Co-CEO Joshua Abram, spoke to Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network to share the unprecedented safety and innovation TMRW is bringing to the fertility industry.

Watch Joshua and Angie explain just how monumental this shift is on today’s Mornings With Maria here:

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Dr. Angie Beltsos on Fox Business talking about innovations in embryo storage

When Should You See a Fertility Doctor?

If you and your partner are unable to conceive, you may feel confused and frustrated. Although infertility is a common issue, you still deserve to know why you have been unsuccessful. Eventually, it may be time to seek help from a fertility doctor.

At Vios Fertility Institute, you can always count on our team of experienced doctors. We go the extra mile to understand your fertility health, and we provide you with a variety of treatment and testing options to help you conceive a baby.

Let’s Talk About Fertility and Ovulation

Fertility is the ability of a woman to conceive and bear children through normal sexual activity. Ovulation, on the other hand, refers to the actual day in a woman’s menstrual cycle when pregnancy is possible and occurs when hormone changes trigger an ovary to release an egg. A woman’s fertile window varies but is usually the day an egg released from the ovary (ovulation) and the five days beforehand.

According to the National Center of Health Statistics, about 12% of women have trouble getting or staying pregnant. If you are unsure about your ability to conceive, the following can provide insight into your fertility health:

  • Your age – Unfortunately, a woman’s fertility decreases with age. Women under the age of 35 are at their peak fertility. At the age of 35, your fertility begins to decline steadily and ends with menopause.
  • Healthy lifestyle – By eating a healthy diet, exercising, lowering stress, limiting alcohol intake, and refusing to smoke, you can improve your fertility.
  • Healthy weight – A low body mass index (BMI) causes ovulation to stop as the body tries to conserve energy. A high BMI disrupts hormone levels. Insulin resistance can inhibit ovulation and affect egg quality, as well as embryo and fetus development. A healthy BMI ranges from 20-24.
  • Pelvic pain – Long, heavy, painful periods or pelvic pain are potential signs of fibroids or endometriosis, which affects your ability to conceive. Pelvic trauma or past surgeries can also affect fertility.
  • Regular menstrual cycles – Regular menstrual cycles show hormones are in sync and that you are ovulating. If you are unsure about your cycle, consider using period tracker or fertility calendar apps like Glow, DuoFertility, or Clue.
  • Unchecked STDs – Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a byproduct of specific STDs, can damage your reproductive organs and decrease infertility. To increase your fertility health, practice safe sex, and use protection. If you think you have an STD, consult your doctor immediately.

What is a Fertility Doctor?

A fertility doctor is a reproductive endocrinologist, or a physician who practices a subspecialty of obstetrics and gynecology called reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI). They complete at least two years of training beyond their OB-GYN residency and specialize in the treatment of hormonal disorders that affect reproduction in men and women.

When Should You Seek Help from a Fertility Doctor?

If you’re unable to get pregnant after months of trying, you may want to consult a fertility doctor immediately. However, just as every individual is unique, the same is true of their fertility.

Before you seek help from a fertility clinic, there are specific factors you should consider:

  • You’re under 35 – If you are under 35, have been actively trying to conceive, and have not been using birth control for 12 months or more, you should make an appointment with a fertility doctor.
  • You’re over 35 – If you are over 35, you should only wait six months to call a fertility doctor. After 35, a woman’s fertility begins to decline until she reaches menopause.
  • You’re over 40 – If you are over the age of 40, you should see a doctor immediately. By the age of 40, a woman’s eggs drop in quality and quantity, which decreases the chance of conception and increases the risk for miscarriage.
  • Your BMI is high or low – If you have a high or low BMI, you should see a doctor before you start trying. By talking to your doctor and achieving a better BMI, you are more likely to conceive naturally.
  • You have a thyroid condition – If you have a thyroid disorder, you should see a doctor right away. A thyroid disorder (hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism) can interrupt the ovulation process, resulting in irregular or missed periods. Normal thyroid hormone levels are required for a perm production. Through a medical evaluation, thyroid levels can be assessed and treated.
  • You have an infertility diagnosis – If you have a known reproductive issue such as PCOS or POI, you should see a doctor immediately.
  • You have experienced miscarriages – If you suffer from multiple miscarriages in a row, you should visit a doctor immediately. A single miscarriage is common, but repeated miscarriages are not.

Our Team of Fertility Doctors

At Vios, our team of board-certified and fellowship-trained reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialists understand the challenges of infertility. We strive to provide a customized fertility plan to suit the emotional, physical, and financial needs of every patient.

To learn more about our team of fertility specialists, visit our Meet the Providers page.

At Vios Fertility Institute, Conception is Our Life

At Vios Fertility Institute, our team of compassionate, caring physicians provide excellence in fertility care. We understand the unique needs of every patient, which is why we go the extra mile to make your dreams of parenthood a reality.

We have locations throughout Chicago, Northern Illinois, Milwaukee, and St. Louis. For a full list of our clinic locations, click here. All of our patient consultations are currently provided via telehealth.

While every patient is different, your initial consultation will include bloodwork, an ultrasound to measure eggs, and a semen analysis. You will also discuss treatment options with your fertility doctor. After you choose a treatment, your fertility journey will begin.

To schedule a consultation and take control of your fertility health, contact us today.

Reflecting on the Field of Reproductive Medicine

This wonderful, challenging, rewarding and at times heart breaking field of reproductive medicine is ever changing and expanding with new technologies, treatments, and techniques. All with the goal of welcoming new life into this world. To continue to innovate and push our field forward, it is important to look back at where we started and how far we have come.

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Dr. Beltsos Shares Her Story with Authority Magazine

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Create A Team Of People That Help Get Your Patient To Their Goal” With Dr. Beltsos

Interview with: Bianca L. Rodriguez, Ed.M, LMFT, Authority Magazine, October 1, 2018

Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

One of the things that brought me to this career was when I was a medical student walking the halls of Michigan State University clinical campus in Saginaw Michigan. As I was in the hospital, I walked by a door with the words IVF lab. I thought to myself what a spectacular thing going on in that room! They are helping people create their families and could there be anything more magnificent? At that moment I decided I would apply for my obstetrics and gynecological Residency. Specifically at a place that would give me a good chance of getting the competitive spot in reproductive endocrinology training called a fellowship that would follow. Being involved in this area and space of science and medicine has been an amazing life opportunity.

Read the full interview with Dr. Beltsos.

PCOS & Fertility Podcast

September is PCOS Awareness Month! Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a frustrating condition that can have symptoms like weight gain, excess hair on the face, stress, anxiety, depression, and…infertility. For this month, Progyny is doing a three-part series on PCOS and Vios physician Dr. Angeline Beltsos participates to provide background on PCOS and how it affects women.

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Episode 13: PCOS & Fertility, Progyny, September 10, 2018

Today we hear from Satoya Foster, Co-Founder of the PCOS Awareness Association, who tells us about when she started experiencing symptoms, her diagnosis, and her infertility struggles. Listen here.

Episode 14: PCOS & Awareness, Progyny, September 11, 2018

When Megan Stewart, founder of the PCOS Awareness Association (PCOSAA), was told to change her outlook on her condition she decided to change the world instead. We hear from Megan who tells us about a traumatic experience that drove her to create the PCOS Awareness Association, how she’s are trying to help others with PCOS, and the different events and resources available.

Dr. Beltsos Shares her Story with VoyageChicago

Conversations with the Inspiring Angie Beltsos

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Interview with: VoyageChicago, September 4, 2018

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angie Beltsos.

Angie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
We started Vios Fertility to help patients achieve the dream of a family. I found my calling as a medical student to pursue a career in reproductive endocrinology and fertility treatment. What a ride it has been! Absolutely amazing! Read the full interview here.

Implantation Issues in Infertility

Implantation Issues in Infertility

Radio show by: Creating a Family, July 2018

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Dr. Angeline Beltsos joins Creating a Family Executive Director Dawn Davenport to discuss implantation issues including: endometrial receptivity, endometrial scratching and other related issues.

Sometimes the cause of infertility is not with the sperm meeting the egg, but with the embryo being able to implant into the uterus. What do we know about endometrial receptivity and implantation issues in infertility? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Angie Beltsos, the CEO and Medical Director of Vios Fertility Institute Chicago. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI), practicing medicine since 1991. Listen here.