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Conversations with the Inspiring Roohi Jeelani

Today we’d like to introduce you to Roohi Jeelani.

Roohi, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
As long as I could remember I have wanted to be a doctor, typical of a child growing up in an Asian household right? The twist comes when I first met Dr. Reena Jabamoni, a Reproductive Endocrinologist, and Infertility specialist.

I was just barely twelve years old and as soon as I walked into this office, I was fascinated by all the pictures on the wall of stuff which at that time seemed very “inappropriate,” eggs and sperm lined the exam rooms and grey hallways. When I asked her what she does and what type of doctor she is, she quickly replied by saying, ” I make babies, I take an egg and sperm put it together and put it in the mom.”

At that moment, I was star struck! I told her I am going to grow up, be her, and come back to work with her. Since then, I have constantly worked towards my goals. However, like most college students I did get sidetracked and started modeling in college; from there I went on to win Miss India Midwest and Miss India International. The turning point in my life was when my college advisor told me, “honey, models don’t become doctors, pick another career that’s more attainable.”

I quickly realized that I could no longer model and be this type of doctor as this field is so specialized and only accepts 30 something doctors a year for training. So, I dug deeper into my books and carried on to focus on my passion and by channeling my energy on becoming a fertility specialist. I started doing research with such specialists while in medical school.

While in residency, I focused on both the clinical and research aspect of this field. I have presented at both national and international meetings in cutting edge topics of infertility that went on to win many awards. As a doctor, I feel it’s very important to stay up to date and work on improving the field, so I read and publish papers to help keep this field progressing forward.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I was once told, every challenge along the makes the end even sweeter. There have been multiple hiccups along the way in my journey to my dream career. The first one being my biggest distraction in college, modeling for a few years. Due to that, I had to work twice as hard to catch up with my peers in order to stay competitive. That meant staying focused and missing out on spending time with my friends and family. I had to miss weddings, birthdays and other important events but having a family who supported me every step of the way made it much easier.

My advice: stay persistent, work towards your goal and anything is possible. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Vios fertility Institute story. Tell us more about the business.
I am a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist. I help couples achieve their dream of becoming a family. In addition, I help women preserve their reproductive age by egg freezing. Most women feel pressured to settle down and have kids due to “age” and its impact on fertility. However, by freezing your eggs, this takes the pressure off while freezing your reproductive age at the age the eggs were frozen.

Egg freezing is not only important for women who aren’t ready to have kids but in addition, it can be a source of saving fertility for women who are battling cancer and will be undergoing chemotherapy or radiation.

Being able to give women back that power or helping create a miracle feels so rewarding I simply can’t put it into words.

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
I feel like every situation can be viewed for its good and bad. Women have the power and ability to do whatever their mind is focused on. No such thing is you can’t do it all. I tell my patients all the time…there is never a never… you just have to have the will and you will find the way.

Pricing:

  • Egg freezing is not as expensive as thought to be – $6500
  • In vitro fertilization and other fertility services are covered by most insurances in Illinois
  • Vios Pulse testing to test your ovarian reserve is $99.00

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Hashim Jeelani, Suboohi Pawar

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