We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Dorette Noorhasan, MD and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Noorhasan, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility as well as Obstetrics and Gynecology. I enjoy practicing fertility treatments here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. But, my story starts off with my birth in Guyana, a developing country in South America. My family and I lived in several areas of the Caribbean before me ultimately moving to the United States. As the oldest sibling of an immigrant family, I learned responsibility at an early age. Our lives were not easy, but we survived many hardships and losses. We endured several large hurricanes that essentially annihilated the island I was living on, loss of power for months, and finding the strength to rebuild our home physically and our lives emotionally. I lost two of my younger siblings during my childhood. These events shaped my life to pursue medicine, where I would be able to use my knowledge and skills to help others. Because of my upbringing, I am a person who sees the glass half-filled. I never complain and am always working on my own personal best. I am a successful fertility physician here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area; a lot of my success has to do with me being a patient myself. I have written two books. The first is Miracle Baby: A Fertility Doctor’s Fight for Motherhood. This book details my own personal struggles with infertility and what it is like to have a perspective from both sides of the exam table. The book also describes my own personal life story, the many tragedies in my life, and how these have shaped me into the woman that I am today. My second book is entitled The Fertility Manual: Reproductive Options for Your Family. I found that medical terminology can be overwhelming for many patients. I wrote the second book to equip fertility patients with the knowledge they need to ask their doctors the right questions so that they can be well informed of their own care.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the Medical Director and Co-Founder of CCRM DFW, a fertility clinic in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. CCRM is a network of eleven fertility clinics, ten in the United States and the eleventh in Toronto. We are best known for our high pregnancy success rates. Our labs are state-of-the-art with the latest equipment with all the bells and whistles needed to help people have babies. CCRM DFW is a full-spectrum fertility center providing diagnostic testing including hysterosalpingograms (an x-ray test where dye is injected to see if a woman’s fallopian tubes are open) and semen analysis (to evaluate the quantity and quality of sperm). We provided all forms of fertility treatments including pills for ovulation induction like clomiphene ctirate and letrozole, injectable hormones to induce ovulation, intrauterine insemination (IUI – a procedure where the sperm sample is directly placed into the uterus), in vitro fertilization (IVF – a procedure where the woman takes medications to make her ovaries produce the eggs, the eggs are removed, fertilized with sperm and embryos created) and pre-implantation genetic testing (PGT – a procedure involving removing a few cells from the embryo and testing for genetic abnormalities, or a full aneuploidy screening to see if the embryo has the correct number of chromosomes or gene regions). We also offer egg freezing for the woman who wants to delay her child-bearing years. CCRM processes all of our patients’ PGT-aneuploidy screening specimens and do not send these out to third-party labs, therefore providing quality and keeping costs down for patients. CCRM is the only fertility clinic in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that has its own hereditary cancer screening lab where we can test for genes like BRCA – a gene that can cause breast and ovarian cancer. We are also known for our excellent patient satisfaction. Feel free to read our reviews.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Here in Dallas-Fort Worth, there is a plethora of exciting things to do. I would take my friend to visit the Perot Science Museum. It is educational and makes learning fun for all ages. We would go to Tei-An restaurant for a taste of Japan here in DFW. I absolutely enjoy the soba noodles there. We would certainly head downtown and visit the infamous site where JFK was shot. Then we would go to Klyde Warren Park and have lunch from one of the many food trucks there. Who would have ever thought that a park built above an expressway would be so much fun. I grew up in the 80’s and watched the Dallas TV show. So, I would take my friend to visit Southfork, the home of the Dallas TV show. We would certainly have to have a home-cooked meal served family style at Babe’s Chicken Dinner House. Next, we would head to Fort Worth where we would visit the Modern Art Museum to see famous paintings and have lunch in their unique Cafe Modern restaurant. Certainly, before we left Fort Worth, we would visit the Stockyards and have some yummy Bar-B-Q.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have told numerous people over the years that my success has very little to do with me but more to do with the many people whom I have been lucky to have in my life. First and foremost, I would like to thank God for every day that he gives to me; I could not do anything without the health and strength he pours into me. I would like to thank my family and my friends: my parents who sacrificed so much for me to get to where I am in life today, my supportive husband who is my biggest cheerleader, and my very large group of friends who have provided healthy distractions for me during my most difficult times. I would also like to thank my staff who work with me. They work incredibly hard and make me look good all the time. Lastly, I would like to give a special shoutout to my hopeful resilient patients who put themselves through treatment cycles in order to start or grow their families.
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