Around the Town of Branford

Thanks to “Around the Town of Branford with Henry and Frank” and Branford Community Television for the opportunity to come in and talk about our newest office opening in Branford. We’re accepting appointments now for March, so please call us at (203) 481-1707 to make yours.

Fertility Foods for Healthy Weight Week

In recognition of Healthy Weight Week, Ami Chokshi, the Center’s Fertility & IVF Health Coach offers some tips and recipes. As a former fertility patient, Ami uses her experience and education to help women and couples to optimize their health and fertility. She does it through nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle shifts that maximize their chances of conception.

“Smoothies are a wonderful way to get a bunch of nutrients in one meal, but when winter arrives, keeping your core warm with warming foods and spices is a better option to support your fertility health and nourish your soul!

That’s why during the winter, I like to replace my cold smoothie with a warm blended soup. And, this dairy-free recipe is one of my favorites for many reasons. First, it’s quick and easy to make. And, you can replace the main ingredient with any vegetable on hand, like broccoli, squash, pumpkin, mushrooms, or asparagus.

Also, soups are a terrific way to get more veggies in. To optimize our nutrition, we should be eating a minimum of five servings a day. It’s even more important if you are trying to get pregnant. This can be challenging otherwise, but blending them can make this important fertility booster easier.

I know many who dislike veggies but love this recipe! Learning new ways to prepare vegetables and cooking them with different spices can make a huge difference in taste, especially if you’ve grown up on boiled, bland veggies. Spices, like the curry powder in this soup, enhance the flavors, build circulation, warm your core, and fuel your body’s detoxification systems.

Adding chicken bone broth instead of water or vegetable broth makes this soup a complete meal, having protein, fat, and carbohydrates. So, it can be a great breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Yes, I said breakfast. We are programmed to think that breakfast foods have to be traditional foods like eggs and cereal, but that’s not so. Rethink what you eat, and the doors will open to new ideas.

Bone broth is not only a fertility superfood. It also offers superior gut healing properties as well as much needed minerals. The collagen in the broth nourishes your intestinal lining and reduces inflammation.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! I would love to know how you made it your own.

Winter Carrot Ginger Soup


1 Small Onion, diced

1 T of Coconut Oil

2 lbs of Carrots, chopped

1 T of fresh Ginger, peeled and grated

4 C of Chicken Bone Broth

1 T Apple Cider Vinegar

2 t Curry Powder (or Turmeric)

1 t Sea Salt


  1. Saute onion in coconut oil until soft, about 5-8 minutes
  2. Add Carrots, Ginger, Chicken Bone Broth, Apple Cider Vinegar, Salt, and Curry Powder. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for about 20 minutes or until carrots are soft.
  3. Use a hand-held blender or a high-speed blender to blend the soup until smooth or desired consistency.
  4. Divide into bowls and adjust salt if necessary.
  5. Top with cilantro and/or hemp seeds.
  6. Save remaining soup in mason jars for another day’s meal.
  7. Enjoy!

Recipe published in the Dec. issue of Positive Fertility Magazine.


New Branford Office is Taking Appointments

Our new satellite location in Branford’s Stony Brook Medical Center at 6 Business Park Drive will officially open in March 2019. Appointments are now being taken.

The new Branford location joins the Center’s main facility in Farmington, plus two additional satellite locations in Hartford and New London. According to the Center’s CEO, Paul Verrastro, “We are excited to open our new Branford facility to better serve patients in New Haven county and surrounding areas. Fertility treatment can require many trips to our facilities, so we made sure our new office is designed specifically for patient convenience and comfort. Easily accessible off main highway routes, our new location offers free parking, private waiting areas, and comfortable, patient-friendly rooms.”

In 2015, the Center opened a state-of-the-art, custom-designed facility in Farmington featuring one of the most highly advanced IVF labs in the world including an innovative air purification and irradiation technology called the LifeAire System. New data from in vitro fertilization programs using LifeAire System demonstrates dramatic increases in clinical pregnancies through in vitro fertilization.

The Center for Reproductive Services is Connecticut’s largest fertility program, and one of the most successful in the country. Started in 1984, the Center employs over 100 individuals in the state and is responsible for the births of close to 13,000 babies. The Center is an academic affiliate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and runs the fellowship program in Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at the UConn School of Medicine. The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services is managed by In Vitro Sciences, Inc., a subsidiary of Women’s Health USA, Inc. (Whusa). Whusa is a family of companies dedicated to providing the best in business management solutions in partnership with physicians.

The Center’s Lab Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) awarded accreditation to our laboratory here at The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services based on results of a recent on-site inspection conducted by CAP inspectors. The inspection team included practicing pathology and laboratory medicine professionals.

The CAP advised Claudio Benadiva, MD, HCLD of this national recognition and congratulated the laboratory for its excellence in the services being provided. Our laboratory is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program.

During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.

Congratulations to every member of our team for this significant accomplishment that further demonstrates our commitment to high-quality patient care at the Center.

 About the College of American Pathologists

As the world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. For more information, read the CAP Annual Report at

Thank You For The Sweet Treats!

We cannot express our gratitude enough when we are visited by those we were able to help. And especially when we’re greeted with sweet treats by a wonderful young man who, as his mom says, “loves to visit his special friends and deliver them treats.”

New Branford Satellite Office Opening Soon!

Exciting news! The Center is pleased to announce we are opening a satellite location in Branford at the Stony Creek Medical Center, 6 Business Park Drive in March 2019. Appointments will be taken beginning in January 2019 by calling (203) 481-1707 or filling out the appointment form on our website.

Consider Anonymous Egg Donation

As this is the season of giving, have you ever considered being an anonymous egg donor? Egg donation is an incredible gift that can help individuals who might never otherwise have a child experience the joy of parenthood. Often, those who choose to use an egg donor have exhausted every other type of fertility treatment or are in need of donor eggs for their conception attempts. Very simply, the choice to become an egg donor means giving the gift of life. The Egg Donor Program at The Center assisted in the conception of the first child born from a donor egg in New England in 1987. Since then, we’ve helped many build their families with donated eggs, and our program continues to grow. Egg donors are compensated $8000 for their time and effort during the screening & donation process. Minimum requirements to be an egg donor include: age 21-32, non-smoker and full medical history of both biological parents. For more information on becoming an egg donor please visit or call 860.321.7082 EXT 8022.

Farmington Office – elevator refurbish

Beginning Monday, December 10 the elevator in the Farmington office will be down for maintenance. We expect the work to take 3-4 weeks. To accommodate patients requiring elevator access to our second floor we have installed a chair lift in one of our stairwells and will be able to accommodate most appointments on the first floor. If you have any concerns about the elevator down time please contact Susan, Practice Manager at 860.321.7082, EXT 8008. Thank you, The Center

Holiday Hours

Monday December 24th  , Christmas Eve 7:00 am to 1 pm We will be closing to direct patient care at 1 pm, however staff will remain on site until all clinical care and phone calls are complete. Patient needs after 1 pm will be handled via the answering service and clinical staff on call.


Tuesday, December 25, Christmas Day CLOSED Patient needs for day will be handled via the answering service and clinical staff on call.


Monday December 31st, New Year’s Eve 7:00 am to 1 pm We will be closing to direct patient care at 1 pm, however staff will remain on site until all clinical care and phone calls are complete. Patient needs after 1 pm will be handled via the answering service and clinical staff on call.


Tuesday, January 1, New Year’s Day CLOSED Patient needs for day will be handled via the answering service and clinical staff on call.

Dr. Jeff Thorne Wins at ASRM

Today was an exciting one for UCONN HEALTH and The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services at the American Society for Reproductive Meeting being held in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Thorne with his award winning poster

Our third year REI fellow, Dr. Jeff Thorne won 2nd place for best research poster out of nearly 800 entries. The posters title was “Higher rates of mosaic only embryos found in younger patients evaluated by next generation sequencing”. Authors were: Jeffrey Thorne, MD, Alexandra Loza, DO (UConn ObGyn Resident), Leah Kaye, MD (former UCONN/CARS REI Fellow), John Nulsen, MD, Lawrence Engmann, MD, Claudio Benadiva, MD and Dan Grow, MD.

Dr. Thorne receiving award & congratulations from Christos Coutifaris, MD, PhD, current ASRM President

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Thorne! This is the second consecutive year UCONN HEALTH/CARS has been honored in this way. Last year’s third year fellow Eric Anspach Wall, MD won first place for her research poster presentation at the 2017 ASRM meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice of reproductive medicine. It provides a forum for lay public, researchers, physicians and affiliated health workers through education, publications, and meetings. The annual meeting attracts participants for all over the world and is considered the preeminent scientific congress on reproductive medicine. Each year the ASRM presents awards for outstanding papers and posters.